The Goucher College Student Counseling Center accepts two to four doctoral students into our externship program each academic year. Trainees will experience a variety of clinical experiences, a diverse caseload, and different supervisors throughout the year.
Trainees work at the Student Counseling Center 20 hours each week and can expect to receive approximately 8-10 hours of direct client contact on a typical week. The majority of this time is spent with Goucher students in individual psychotherapy. This process often begins by responding to students’ initial requests for counseling, conducting phone screenings and triage, and performing in-person intakes and psychodiagnostic assessments. Psychotherapy is then provided on a weekly basis following a short-term treatment model with goals of increasing self-awareness, teaching adaptive coping skills, and reducing distress and impairment. In the second half of the year, externs also participate in crisis walk-in coverage, assisting students in acute distress. Externs will also gain experience planning and implementing targeted campus outreach activities. Opportunities for group therapy also exist.
Goucher College has a diverse student population, and the Student Counseling Center is committed to ongoing development of multicultural competency. Common presenting problems amongst our clientele include adjustment challenges, academic difficulties, relationship issues, stress management, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, anger, eating disorders, substance abuse, grief, loss, sexual assault, and concerns related to sexuality and gender identity. Because presenting severity ranges from mild adjustment disorders to severe psychopathology, externs will also obtain experience in risk assessment, coordinating treatment with other health professionals (e.g., psychiatric providers), and in some cases facilitating referrals to a higher level of care, including hospitalization.
Training & Supervision Experiences
Doctoral externs will receive a minimum of one hour of one-on-one supervision each week, provided by licensed psychologists. Rotation of supervisors occurs at the half-year mark. This change in supervision is intended to help trainees establish comfort and familiarity with different theoretical models (including cognitive-behavioral, acceptance-based, and psychodynamic approaches) and different supervisory styles. Supervisors aim to help trainees find their own identity as clinicians. Live supervision is also used periodically to assist with clinical development. Trainees will attend a one-hour extern seminar each week, which combines didactics with group supervision. Externs will also participate in a one-hour case consultation with other staff members each week. Finally, externs will attend the weekly all-staff meeting on Wednesday mornings.
“The supervision I received at Goucher was the best out of all of my training experiences. I was given the freedom to explore my interests, and was given the support I needed when navigating new or challenging experiences. I left my externship feeling confident in myself as a clinician and in my decision to pursue a future career in college counseling!”
Doctoral Extern, 2017
Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology, and must be able to commit to 20 hours per week for the entire academic year (August 2021 through May 2022). Prior counseling experience is preferred. Application materials are due by February 1, 2021 with interviews beginning mid-February.
For those who wish to submit a letter of recommendation, please complete the Doctoral-Masters Extern Recommendation form.
For additional information, please contact:
Monica Neel, Psy.D.
Director, Student Counseling Center
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, MD 21204
Phone: (410) 337-6562