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Externship Program

  • Position Overview

    The primary focus of the program is to provide high-quality training for a counseling or clinical psychology master's-level trainee. The extern will be exposed to a short-term treatment model for individual therapy in a college counseling center setting at a diverse urban university. Also, the extern will be able to gain group counseling experience in the second semester of the academic year. The program aims to provide the extern with a clinically enriching experience and to foster the overall professional maturation of the trainee.
  • Learning Objectives

    The extern will:

    • increase skills in conducting intake assessments
    • apply clinical knowledge and further develop counseling skills
    • increase sensitivity to cultural diversity in therapy
    • increase understanding of ethical and professional issues
    • gain skills in conducting psycho-educational programs.
  • Externship Experiences

    • brief therapy (12-session model)
    • individual and group counseling
    • intake assessments
    • case management and referral
    • consultation to students, faculty and staff
    • outreach to University of Baltimore campus community
  • Supervision, Training and Development

    The Counseling Center staff believes in competency-based supervision. This approach fosters the development of a collaborative relationship that will allow the extern to grow both professionally and personally. Through the supervisory relationship, the trainee will develop essential counseling skills and sensitivity to ethics and cultural issues, while cultivating his or her identity as a mental health professional. The extern will receive supervision for individual counseling, which will consist of a minimum of one hour of supervision per four clients a week. All individual counseling sessions will be audio recorded for supervisory purposes. In addition, the extern will receive up to 1.5 hours of supervision for each group session. The extern will be required to attend and participate in intake and case conferences and professional development discussions that occur weekly on Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. At these meetings, there will be presentation of intakes and discussion addressing treatment planning.
  • Clinical Experience and Other Responsibilities

    The extern is expected to work 16 hours per week for the entire academic year providing individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy and outreach to the campus community.

    Individual Counseling: The extern will have a minimum of two to three individual clients and one to two intakes per week. Cases will be selected based on the appropriateness for the trainee. In each case, a licensed psychologist of the Counseling Center will consult and discuss the case with the trainee to determine if a case is appropriate.

    Group Counseling: This advanced practica/externship offers the opportunity to apply group counseling knowledge and skills in a university counseling center setting. The trainee will co-lead with a psychologist and will receive up to 1.5 hours of supervision for each group session (includes planning, post-session debriefing and session documentation).

    Outreach Experience: The extern will have the opportunity to hone public-speaking skills by providing psycho-educational presentations for University of Baltimore's campus community. Examples of outreach programming through the Counseling Center may include National Depression Screenings, participation in informational fairs and conducting workshops in freshman seminar classes.

  • Externship Eligibility

    Candidates must be pursuing a master's or doctoral degree in psychology or counseling and be able to commit 16 hours per week for the entire academic year. The successful candidate must have experience and interest in working with racial/ethnic or otherwise diverse populations, strong clinical skills and some interest or familiarity working from a time-limited therapy model. The candidate also must have successfully completed an individual practicum and provide proof of registration for group practicum during the fall 2013 semester.
  • Duration

    The externship program is a nine-month, part-time position. The position runs August-May. The position remains open until filled.
  • Application Deadline

    The deadline for the 2014-15 academic year has passed

  • Application Process

    Send:

    1. a letter of interest
    2. current vitae listing all practica and relevant work experience
    3. graduate transcript
    4. two letters of reference

    Qualified applicants will be selected and invited for an interview.

    Please forward application materials to:

    Marquette W. Turner, Ph.D.
    Externship Coordinator
    University of Baltimore
    Counseling Center
    1420 N. Charles St.
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    Phone: 410.837.5159 Fax: 410.837.5290
    Email: mturner@ubalt.edu