Site Name: James Madison University
Department: Counseling Center
Applicants are notified via phone/email to participate in a 30-minute phone interview. Based on the results of phone interviews, some applicants will be invited for a virtual or on-site interview in early January. Virtual or on-site interview notification will be made by early December. Interview format includes individual and group meetings with senior staff and doctoral interns. Requests to meet with specific staff are welcome and must be made when applicants accept an interview date.
During the virtual or on-site interview, applicants will be asked permission for their photograph to be taken.
For specific internship application instructions, please go to: https://www.jmu.edu/counselingctr/training/doctoral-internship/admissions-support-placement.shtml
Training activities integrate didactic and experiential learning components to assist interns in achieving intermediate to advanced levels of competency in assessment and diagnosis of presenting concerns, outpatient individual, treatment program and group therapy, crisis intervention, and making referrals for appropriate treatment modalities. Interns are trained to provide psychoeducational outreach programs, serve as consultants for university organizations and programs, and provide clinical supervision of counselors in training. Weekly caseloads average 12 individual client hrs, 3 initial therapy hrs, 1.5 group therapy hrs, and 7 walk-in assessment hrs. The training program is grounded in the Developmental-Practitioner model of training, which is based on the premise that learning occurs as a developmental process by engaging in experiential activities and receiving supportive guidance and feedback within the context of close supervisory relationships. We seek to build upon the clinical and didactic knowledge base acquired at the interns' host institutions to nurture the transition from graduate student/apprentice to professional psychologist. On average, a minimum of 5 hrs of supervision are provided on a weekly basis (3 hrs for individual, 1 hr for training track, 1 hr for supervision of supervision, .5 hr for group, and 1-2 hrs via seminars). Interns' acculturation to the Counseling Center community is facilitated by forming a supportive cohort and appropriate personal and mentoring relationships with clinical staff at the Center. The training program is committed, through mentoring relationships, to cultivating the person of the intern as well as the conceptual and methodological skills necessary to the ethical practice of psychology.
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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.