The Catholic University of America

Externship

The Counseling Center offers a part-time externship program for doctoral students in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and for graduate students in Social Work.

 

Psychology Externship

This externship is a nine-month, 16-hour per week position that involves participation in many phases of the Center’s activities. Each extern will carry a caseload of up to eight clients whose concerns are predominantly personal-social but may be educational/vocational, as well. In addition, trainees may have the opportunity to co-lead group therapy, consult in the campus community, and provide workshops. Externs receive both individual and group supervision and present clinical work in case conference.

 

The Counseling Center attempts to provide training experiences that meet the individual needs and goals of each extern. The overall objective of the extern program is to help each trainee develop a clearer professional identity, as well as more advanced clinical skills.

 

The psychology externship provides a stipend of $1,000 to second-year graduate students and $1,500 to graduate students in their third year and beyond.

 

Social Work Externship

Please note that while this social work field placement is typically referred to as “internship” at other sites, the Counseling Center recognizes this type of training program as “externship.”

 

The field placement is a nine-month, 20- to 24-hour per week position that involves participation in many phases of the Center’s activities. Each extern will carry a caseload of up to eight clients and may also co-lead group therapy. Trainees receive both individual and group supervision and present clinical work in case conference. Staff development activities are offered, and there may be opportunities to present workshops, consult with campus groups, and participate in campus outreach activities, including screenings for anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and alcohol abuse.

 

The staff development program includes weekly lectures and workshops on topics pertinent to professional clinicians, such as suicide assessment and treatment, eating disorders, ACOA issues, working with difficult clients, and theory-based and cross-cultural treatments. Presenters include in-house staff and local experts who are also practicing clinicians.

 

The social work externship provides a stipend of $1,000.

 

Commitment

By submitting an application, potential externs are agreeing to commit to the entire length of the externship program. Because of the compressed schedule of the externship, participation in all nine months is essential to the program, and any significant absence will jeopardize successful completion of the externship program. If a potential extern knows in advance that they cannot commit to being present for all nine months of the externship program for a given year, that applicant is encouraged to reapply in a different year.

 

Additionally, your hours here will be scheduled over two and a half days for psychology externs, and over three days for social work externs.

 

It is also mandatory for all externs to attend a two-day orientation at the beginning of the externship. Each year, this orientation takes place on the Wednesday and Thursday of the week before the start of undergraduate and graduate classes at CUA. Please see the current Academic Calendar to find out the date of the first day of classes for the upcoming Fall semester.

 

Application Process

Interested psychology candidates should submit the following materials to the Director of Training:

  1.  A self-descriptive cover letter explaining reasons for interest in this setting
  2. Curriculum Vitae covering relevant clinical work, training, and research experience
  3. Summary of completed/planned coursework
  4. Official or unofficial transcript
  5. Previous clinical experience
  6. Previous consultation/outreach experience
  7. Three (3) letters of reference (one from a current supervisor)
  8. Non-classroom learning experience

 

Interested social work candidates should submit the following materials to the Director of Training:

 

  1. Summary of completed/planned coursework
  2. Official or unofficial transcript
  3. Curriculum Vitae covering relevant clinical work, training, and research experience
  4. Three (3) letters of reference (one from a current supervisor)
  5. Statement of professional interests and goals with specific mention of the goals for the field placement experience

 

Materials should be mailed or hand-delivered to the following address. Please do not email applicationsPlease allow one week for mail delivery, unless materials are sent via overnight mail:

 

            Dorothy Van Dam, Ph.D., L.I.C.S.W.

            Director of Training

The Catholic University of America Counseling Center

620 Michigan Ave, NE

O’Boyle Hall 127

Washington, DC 20064

 

Phone: (202) 319-5765

Fax: (202) 319-5570

 

The application deadline for the 2017-2018 Social Work Externship is February 6, 2017.

 

The application deadline for the 2017-2018 Psychology Externship is February 13, 2017.

 

Selection Process

Psychology externs are selected from APA-accredited Clinical and Counseling Psychology doctoral programs and CACREP-accredited Counseling doctoral programs. Psychology applicants must be advanced students who are at least in their second year of course work. Social work applicants must be entering their second year of their MSW program.

 

In choosing applicants, the training staff considers previous counseling experience, unique clinical skills, and the professional needs of both the applicant and the Center. In addition, the staff considers academic achievement, consulting/outreach experience, and nonclassroom learning experience. Each candidate’s application is evaluated by at least three staff members. The most qualified candidates will be asked to come to the Center for interviews. Final selection will be made on the basis of both the application and the interview.

 

The 2016-2017 externs are psychology and social work graduate students from George Washington University, Catholic University, American University, and University of Maryland. 

 

 

 

   

          

 

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