Psychology Externship

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 2022-2023 academic year. The program will last from August 2022 through May 2023. Orientation will likely begin mid-August 2022 (specific start date to be determined). The externship program is ideal for advanced doctoral students in APA-accredited programs in Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology who have had at least two prior therapy practicum experiences 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 a licensed psychologist.

Direct Service:

  • Individual: Each extern is expected to maintain a caseload of six to eight clients. 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.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • 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/or 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:

Note: Availability on Friday mornings is required as that time is reserved for didactics and group supervision.

For the 2021-2022 training year and in response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the counseling center will provide a hybrid model of clinical services, including both telemental health services and in-person services. Externs will work from an office at the counseling center on campus to provide the hybrid services. Determinations about telesupervision and virtual didactics will be made based on updated guidance from the Commission on Accreditation as well as public health best practices. The center and training program will continue to follow guidelines from the APA Commission on Accreditation and the Virginia Board of Psychology regarding the use of telesupervision. It is possible this set of procedures will shift during the training year in response to ongoing emergency preparedness procedures, and we will update our website accordingly. Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Minieri if you have any questions!

To Apply

The following application materials should be submitted to Dr. Alexandra (Allie) Minieri, Associate Director, Training Services via e-mail to to apply to the program:

  1. Cover letter expressing specific interest in this program and prior relevant clinical experience.
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) covering relevant clinical work and training. Externs are required to have at least two full years 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.
  3. Unofficial transcript.
  4. Two letters of recommendation sent directly to the Training Director ( One must be from someone who is familiar with the applicant’s clinical work.

Complete applications must be received no later than 5:00PM on February 1, 2022.

We will be respecting the notification date set by the Greater Washington Areas Directors of Clinical Training (GWADCT). Interviews for the externship will occur between mid-February and mid-March based on the notification date.

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