Psychology Externship

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If ADA accommodations are needed, please contact CAPS at least 24 hours prior to the event.

Interested in volunteering for this event? DM us to find out how.
  • Unlocking motivation and tackling procrastination with Lilia from PEP - every day is a step closer to our best selves!

Join our PEP team! Applications are now open. Simply visit cglink.me/2d7/s95009 or the link in our bio to apply on Mason360!
  • Exciting Announcement! 🌟 This is your opportunity to join CAPS's PEP team for the 2024-2025 academic year!! 

Our PEP members destigmatize mental health and create fun and meaningful initiatives for the Mason community! Who's ready to make a positive impact? Let's make it happen!

 
Apply on Mason360. To learn more, visit our website at https://caps.gmu.edu/trainees/peer-educator-program/.
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  • Steaming cups of chai, warm hearts, and open conversations. Let's pour back into our cups by gaining resources and materials for our mental well-being. 

Registration is encouraged for this event, but not required. Space is limited!

If ADA accommodations are needed, please contact CAPS at least 24 hours prior to the event.
Join CAPS, @cwb_mason , and other campus partners for refreshing treats, games, resources, giveaways, and more! This event is perfect for students looking to recharge and have some fun!

If ADA accommodations are needed, please contact CAPS at least 24 hours prior to the event.

Interested in volunteering for this event? DM us to find out how.
Join CAPS, @cwb_mason , and other campus partners for refreshing treats, games, resources, giveaways, and more! This event is perfect for students looking to recharge and have some fun! If ADA accommodations are needed, please contact CAPS at least 24 hours prior to the event. Interested in volunteering for this event? DM us to find out how.
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Unlocking motivation and tackling procrastination with Lilia from PEP - every day is a step closer to our best selves! Join our PEP team! Applications are now open. Simply visit cglink.me/2d7/s95009 or the link in our bio to apply on Mason360!
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Exciting Announcement! 🌟 This is your opportunity to join CAPS's PEP team for the 2024-2025 academic year!! 

Our PEP members destigmatize mental health and create fun and meaningful initiatives for the Mason community! Who's ready to make a positive impact? Let's make it happen!

 
Apply on Mason360. To learn more, visit our website at https://caps.gmu.edu/trainees/peer-educator-program/.
Exciting Announcement! 🌟 This is your opportunity to join CAPS's PEP team for the 2024-2025 academic year!! 

Our PEP members destigmatize mental health and create fun and meaningful initiatives for the Mason community! Who's ready to make a positive impact? Let's make it happen!

 
Apply on Mason360. To learn more, visit our website at https://caps.gmu.edu/trainees/peer-educator-program/.
Exciting Announcement! 🌟 This is your opportunity to join CAPS's PEP team for the 2024-2025 academic year!! Our PEP members destigmatize mental health and create fun and meaningful initiatives for the Mason community! Who's ready to make a positive impact? Let's make it happen! Apply on Mason360. To learn more, visit our website at https://caps.gmu.edu/trainees/peer-educator-program/.
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Keep thriving, not just surviving!  If you find yourself caught in a cycle of stress, pause, take stock, and create space to refresh 🌿

#mentalhealthawareness #stressawarenessmonth #mentalhealth
Keep thriving, not just surviving!  If you find yourself caught in a cycle of stress, pause, take stock, and create space to refresh 🌿

#mentalhealthawareness #stressawarenessmonth #mentalhealth
Keep thriving, not just surviving!  If you find yourself caught in a cycle of stress, pause, take stock, and create space to refresh 🌿

#mentalhealthawareness #stressawarenessmonth #mentalhealth
Keep thriving, not just surviving!  If you find yourself caught in a cycle of stress, pause, take stock, and create space to refresh 🌿

#mentalhealthawareness #stressawarenessmonth #mentalhealth
Keep thriving, not just surviving! If you find yourself caught in a cycle of stress, pause, take stock, and create space to refresh 🌿 #mentalhealthawareness #stressawarenessmonth #mentalhealth
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Steaming cups of chai, warm hearts, and open conversations. Let's pour back into our cups by gaining resources and materials for our mental well-being. 

Registration is encouraged for this event, but not required. Space is limited!

If ADA accommodations are needed, please contact CAPS at least 24 hours prior to the event.
Steaming cups of chai, warm hearts, and open conversations. Let's pour back into our cups by gaining resources and materials for our mental well-being. Registration is encouraged for this event, but not required. Space is limited! If ADA accommodations are needed, please contact CAPS at least 24 hours prior to the event.
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Externship Training Program

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at George Mason University (Mason) is pleased to offer a 9-month (during the academic year), 16 to 20 hour/week Externship Training Program! The externship program is ideal for advanced doctoral students in APA-accredited programs in Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology who have interest in working with a diverse population in a university counseling center. It is preferred, but not required, that externs have at least one year of experience providing psychotherapy before the start of the training year. The training year is from August 2024 through May 2025. Orientation will likely begin mid-August 2024 (specific start date to be determined).

Externs can expect to accrue a minimum of 500 total hours (i.e. direct and indirect service). The number of direct service hours externs will obtain varies depending on caseload size and the number of hours per week that an extern is on site. Applicants are encouraged to speak to the Externship Coordinator (Dr. Tabb) if they have questions about whether our site would be able to provide the direct service hours they need.

We welcome externs who are practicing from a range of theoretical orientations! The staff at the counseling center also work from a range of theoretical orientations, including psychodynamic, interpersonal, multicultural/feminist, humanistic, CBT, and ACT. There are a range of supervisory styles, though all are grounded in relational, developmental, and multicultural perspectives.

CAPS provides a wide range of psychological services to the diverse Mason community. We encourage potential applicants to review our website to learn more about the center’s values and services offered to the community. Externs have historically received an honorarium to help cover the travel to campus and/or the cost of parking on campus. The university is also metro-accessible and there is a free shuttle from the metro to campus. The externship experience includes a training component, direct service, and administrative responsibilities in addition to opportunities for participation in other center activities. Please see below regarding the many opportunities offered by the externship program:

Direct Service:

  • Individual: Externs will typically maintain at least 6-8 direct client hours per week. If externs are co-leading a group, which is usually 1.5 hours/week, they will offer fewer individual therapy hours. Caseload size will vary based on whether externs see their clients weekly or biweekly. Each extern will participate in intake assessments, case management support, and individual therapy. Consultation procedures and ongoing supervision are established for support throughout the training experience. Externs will primarily gain experience in providing time-limited individual therapy; however, they may also have opportunities to provide a small amount of longer-term therapy.
  • Group: CAPS staff prioritizes providing trainees with the opportunity to co-facilitate group therapy based on interest and group availability.
  • Outreach:  Externs will have the opportunity to co-facilitate outreach programming on campus, such as through workshops, presentations, and tabling events based on areas of interest.

Training:

  • Didactic Seminars: Externs will participate in didactic seminars on a range of topics related to clinical practice at a university counseling center. Examples of some topics presented in the past include incorporating multicultural perspectives in clinical work, risk assessment, and management, working with specific student populations, and using various theoretical orientations within a short-term model.
  • Professional development:  Externs provide case presentations to the supervisory team, which allows them to present their clinical work and receive feedback.
  • Supervision:  Externs will receive two hours of individual supervision, one hour of group supervision, and a half hour of supervision of group therapy if they are co-facilitating a group. Some supervision may be provided by doctoral psychology interns, who will themselves be supervised by a licensed psychologist.
  • Note: Availability on Friday mornings is required as that time is reserved for didactics and group supervision.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Externs will maintain at least two hours of administrative time for the purpose of ethical and timely documentation and addressing any clinical or non-clinical responsibilities.

Evaluation and Feedback:

  • Informal feedback will be provided to externs throughout the semester. Formal feedback, including any evaluation forms required by the extern’s program, will be provided at the conclusion of each semester. Externs whose programs do not have evaluation forms will be evaluated on the range of services provided at this center using the competencies outlined in the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychologists.

Statement on Service to a Diverse Public and Trainee Self-Disclosure:

For the 2024-2025 training year, the counseling center anticipates continuing to provide a hybrid model of clinical services. Externs will work from a private office at the counseling center on campus to provide both in-person services as well as services via a telemental health platform. The center and training program will continue to follow guidelines from public health agencies, the APA Commission on Accreditation, and the Virginia Board of Psychology. Please feel free to reach out to Dr.Tabb if you have any questions!

To Apply

For best consideration, interested students are asked to submit their completed application by Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at 11:59 pm EST. Applications received after that time may or may not be reviewed. Please see below for information about the materials we require in order for your application to be considered complete. We will abide by the Washington, DC area Consortium of Doctoral Programs in Clinical Psychology Externship Guidelines for our recruitment process.

To apply to the program, please submit the following application materials should be submitted to Dr. Kevin Tabb, Externship Coordinator via e-mail to ktabb4@gmu.edu:

  1. Cover letter expressing specific interest in this program.
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) covering relevant clinical work and training experiences.
  3. Unofficial transcript.
  4. Two letters of recommendation sent directly to the Externship Coordinator (ktabb4@gmu.edu). One must be from someone who is familiar with your clinical work. Please notify Dr. Tabb if one of your letter writers is unable to submit their letter before the date listed above.

For more information, please contact:

Kevin Tabb, Ph.D.
Externship Coordinator
Counseling and Psychological Services
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 2A2
SUB I, Rm 3129
Fairfax, VA 22030
ktabb4@gmu.edu