Psychology Externship

Externship Training Program

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at George Mason University (GMU) is pleased to offer a 16-hour-per-week Externship Training Program.  CAPS provides a wide range of psychological services to the diverse Mason community.  The externship experience includes a training component, direct service, and administrative responsibilities in addition to opportunities for participation in other Center activities.


  • Weekly didactic seminars that cover a broad range of topics related to clinical practice.
  • Professional development, such as opportunities for case presentations.  Case presentations afford trainees the opportunity to present their clinical work with clients to the entire staff and receive feedback.  Time will also be allotted for trainings in clinical and multicultural issues that would be beneficial.
  • Individual and group supervision.  Externs will receive two hours of individual supervision and one hour of group supervision each week.  Some supervision may be provided by pre-doctoral psychology interns, who will themselves be supervised by licensed psychologists.

Direct Service

  • Each extern is expected to carry seven direct client hours and be on site for two full days each week.
  • Each extern is expected to get extensive experience with clinical intakes as well as case management.  Clinical intakes will be supervised by CAPS staff and interns, and appropriate consultation procedure is provided throughout.
  • Opportunities for group co-facilitation are possible and prioritized for trainees.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • The trainee is expected to maintain at least two hours of administrative time for the purpose of ethical note-keeping and addressing any clinical or non-clinical responsibilities.
  • Outreach and programming development.  Outreach and programming development allows trainees to learn about clinical issues unique to Mason as well as common college student concerns, and provide psychoeducational trainings for faculty, staff, and students.

To Apply

All application materials should be submitted in two different formats. These consist of the following: a cover letter, a current vita, an unofficial transcript and two letters of recommendation. Please send a paper copy of all materials to the address below. Please also submit electronic copies of these materials to

Both forms of the application must be received no later than February 1, 2017.

We will be respecting the notification date  of March 31, 2017 set by the Greater Washington Areas Directors of Clinical Training (GWADCT).

For more information, please contact:

Alexis Melville, PsyD
Associate Director, Training
Counseling and Psychological Services
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 2A2
SUB I, Rm 3129
Fairfax, VA 22030

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Emergency Contacts

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