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-hour-per-week Advanced Externship Training Program! We have openings for three predoctoral externs for the 2021-2022 academic year. The program will last from August 2021 through May 2022. Orientation will likely begin mid-August 2021 (specific start date to be determined). The externship program is ideal for advanced doctoral students in APA-accredited programs in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or a related field who have had at least one prior therapy practicum experience as well as interest in working with a diverse population in a university counseling center.
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. The externship experience includes a training component, direct service, and administrative responsibilities in addition to opportunities for participation in other Center activities. Externs have historically received an honorarium for their participation in the program to help cover the cost of parking on campus. Please see below regarding the many opportunities offered by the externship program:
- 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, crisis 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 clinical staff, 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 licensed psychologists.
- Individual: Each extern is expected to maintain six to eight direct client contact hours per week. Each extern is expected to participate in, intake assessments, case management support, and individual therapy. Offering brief screenings may also be available based on center needs. Consultation procedures and ongoing supervision are established for support throughout the training experience.
- Group: CAPS staff prioritizes providing trainees with the opportunity to co-facilitate group therapy based on interest and group availability.
- Crisis: Each extern may have the opportunity to be involved with the daytime on-call crisis system based on interest and center needs.
- Externs are expected to maintain at least two hours of administrative time for the purpose of ethical and timely documentation and addressing any clinical or non-clinical responsibilities.
Outreach and Programming Development:
- Externs will have the opportunity to provide and/or develop psychoeducational training for faculty, staff, and students.
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 are 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:
- As members of the CAPS staff, we consistently strive to integrate our multicultural commitment into the everyday functioning and structure of our agency and training program. Thus, we have adopted APA’s documents “Preparing Professional Psychologists to Serve a Diverse Public: A Core Requirement in Doctoral Education and Training” and “Professional Psychologist Competencies to Serve a Diverse Public“, which were developed by the Education Directorate of the American Psychological Association. Further, we adhere to Standard 7.04 of the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002) by identifying our expectations of trainees with respect to self-disclosure of personal information during training.
Note: Availability on Friday mornings is required as that time is reserved for didactics and group supervision.
The counseling center continues to monitor the public health situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to operate based on best practices from public health guidelines and the university in terms of telework and telemental health service provision. Trainees may be asked to have a confidential location in Virginia from which they can provide services or be asked to work from the counseling center to ensure compliance with licensing board regulations. We will work with trainees with whom we match for the 2021-2022 training year based on best practices at the time. Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Minieri if you have any questions!
The following application materials should be submitted to Dr. Alexandra (Allie) Minieri, Associate Director, Training Services via e-mail to email@example.com to apply to the program:
- Cover letter expressing specific interest in this program and prior relevant clinical experience.
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) covering relevant clinical work and training. Externs are required to have at least one full year of a therapy practicum prior to applying to this placement (we ask that applicants have experience working with a range of clients prior to applying). This training should be reflected in your CV.
- Unofficial transcript.
- Two letters of recommendation sent directly to the Training Director (firstname.lastname@example.org). One must be from someone who is familiar with the applicant’s clinical work.
Thank you for your interest in the externship program at George Mason University Counseling and Psychological Services! We have filled our positions for the 2021-2022 academic year. We will welcome applications in the future for the 2022-2023 academic year and invite you to review our site later in the year.
For more information, please contact:
Alexandra (Allie) Minieri, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Training Services
Counseling and Psychological Services
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 2A2
SUB I, Rm 3129
Fairfax, VA 22030
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