The George Mason University Center for Psychological Services (GMU CPS) offers a nine-month, 16-hour per week Psychology Externship Training Program for doctoral students enrolled in APA-accredited clinical and counseling psychology programs. It is required that applicants have received foundational training (coursework and practicum experience) in cognitive-behavioral therapy and psycho-educational assessment. Preference will be given to extern applicants applying during their third year or later of graduate study with previous therapy and assessment experience. However, we will consider applications from students in their second year of graduate study if they have exceptional prior clinical experience.
The GMU CPS is a community-based clinic that provides a wide range of psychological services to the Northern Virginia community. These services include psychotherapy (individual, group, family, and couples), psychoeducational assessment, and consultation. As a community-based clinic, we work with clients across the lifespan experiencing a broad range of presenting concerns and diagnoses. Our Center is also the primary training facility for the doctoral students in clinical psychology and masters students in school psychology at George Mason University.
The GMU CPS Psychology Externship Training Program is designed to provide externs with the opportunity to strengthen clinical skills through training and direct client care. The foundation of the training program is on the implementation of evidence-based assessment and intervention with a particular emphasis on therapies that fall under the larger umbrella of cognitive and behavioral approaches. The training sequence includes individual and group supervision, didactic seminars related to clinical practice, and case presentations.
Two to three extern placements are available for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Combined Therapy & Assessment: The Training Sequence
It is expected that externs will maintain five to six active therapy cases (individual, family, couples, and/or a group), conduct one psychoeducational or mental health assessment equivalent per month, receive one to two hours of individual and one hour of group supervision weekly, and attend regular didactic seminars. Additional training opportunities that may be available include workshop presentations and clinical research.
Primary Assessment: The Training Sequence
Externs on the Assessment rotation will spend the bulk of their time conducting psychoeducational and mental health assessments. It is expected that externs will conduct approximately two psychoeducational or mental health assessment equivalent per month, receive one to two hours of individual and one hour of group supervision weekly, and attend regular didactic seminars. Depending on extern interest, part of the time spent at GMU CPS can be devoted to maintaining a small caseload of therapy cases. Additional training opportunities that may be available include workshop presentations and clinical research.
How to Apply
Interested applicants can submit a cover letter indicating the track to which they are applying, how we can meet your training goals, a CV including previous clinical experience, an unofficial transcript, and at least two letters of reference (one must be from a current/past clinical supervisor) to:
GMU Center for Psychological Services
Attn: Externship Coordinator
10340 Democracy Lane, Suite 202
Fairfax, VA 22030
Applications should be received as one complete package by February 19, 2018 either by mail or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please direct any questions to Dr. Mehlenbeck (email@example.com). Interviews will be held in early-mid March.
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!