Site Name: Howard University
Department: Counseling Service
Selected applicants are invited for interviews via email notification. Interviews are typically held from early January until the mid-to-end of January. This year, we will host virtual interviews with a possibility for an on-site interviews. Interviewees meet with the Training Director and other members of the training staff. Some portions of the interview are one-on-one and some portions are conducted with multiple members of the training staff. Interviewees may meet with current interns depending on interns' availability and/or are given current interns' contact information. Interview process is approximately 2-2.5 hours.
The Howard University Counseling Service Internship training program uses a practitioner-scholar model to prepare interns to be well-rounded, entry level psychologists with special competencies in working with diverse populations. A minimum of 400 intervention hours is required of applicants. Also, a background in psychological assessment is preferred, given the required rotation in assessment at DC Superior Court Child Guidance Clinic. Interns complete one full year of specialized training in the substantive area of clinical/counseling psychology. A degree of self disclosure is expected. The work load is as follows:Direct Service Activities,Training Activities, Administrative Activities, Professional Development, Teaching, and Supervision. Our program utilizes a psychodynamic theoretical orientation, brief and long term therapy models and includes special training in group therapy. The core training program consists of learning experiences in the following areas at HUCS: individual & group counseling & therapy, intake interviewing, psychodiagnostics, University outreach, teaching, and supervision. There are also 3 rotational placements. The first rotation is at Howard University Hospital Inpatient Psychiatry Unit -2 mornings per week for 4 months. On this rotation they learn about inpatient treatment and diagnoses. The second rotation is a forensic assessment rotation and takes place at the District of Columbia Superior Court's Child Guidance Clinic- one day per week for 6 months and conduct psychological assessments. Integrative reports are generally due on a weekly basis during the 6-month rotation. The third rotation is a two-month rotation based on individual choice. In the past, interns have chosen rotations in assessment, outreach, trauma, group, administration, etc. The 2007 class wrote a screen play on mental health stigma in college students of color which was made into a DVD, entitled Lost & Found: a college story. It is used across the US to increase help-seeking behavior. The program also includes a montly or biweekly research seminar during the first or second semester, a monthly psychopharmacology seminar, and annual Diversity and professional development opportunities.
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Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:
for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.