The Goucher College Counseling Center accepts one to two master's students into our externship program each academic year. Trainees will experience a variety of clinical experiences, a diverse caseload, and an opportunity for different supervisors throughout the year.
Trainees work at the Goucher College Counseling Center 10-12 hours each week and can expect to receive 5-6 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.
“Prior to my externship at Goucher, I was full of knowledge, yet lacking in experience. However, at the end of the academic year, I left feeling confident, empowered, and prepared. I was pushed past my comfort zone while simultaneously being met with the support I needed to be successful in each task I took on. I left Goucher with the essential foundational skills to go on to become a successful clinician.”
Masters Extern, 2017
Goucher College has a diverse student population, and the Counseling Center is committed to ongoing development of multicultural humility in clinical practice. 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
Master’s externs will receive a minimum of one hour of one-on-one supervision each week, provided by a licensed mental health counselor. Rotation of supervisors may occur 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 relational-cultural 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. Externs will also participate in a one-hour case consultation with other staff members each week. Externs will also attend weekly staff meetings on Wednesday mornings.
“I feel very privileged to have had my externship at Goucher. Though initially nervous about giving therapy for the first time, I was immediately made to feel a part of the team of amazing clinicians. Their support and encouragement given through supervision and consultation made me feel very comfortable and was the highlight of my externship experience.”
Masters Extern, 2016
Applicants must be enrolled in a master’s program in clinical or counseling psychology, and must be able to commit to 10-12 hours per week for the entire academic year (August 2019 through May 2020). Typically the review of application materials begin in early March 2019, with decisions being made by April 1, 2019. To apply, please send a cover letter and CV by email. Two letters of recommendation are also requested (to be submitted via email directly from the writer). These materials can be addressed to:
Lauren Greenberg, LCPC
Counseling Center Assistant Director
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, MD 21204
For further information, please contact Lauren Greenberg, LCPC at (410) 337-3023.