Program Information: James Madison University - Counseling Center

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1649
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: James Madison University
Department: Counseling Center
Address: Counseling Center
Student Success Center
738 South Mason Street, MSC 0801
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 130 miles southwest of Washington D.C. via I-81 and I-66
Phone: 540-568-6552x
Fax: 540-568-8096x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Leslie Gerrard
Chief Psychologist: David Onestak
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 7
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 37346
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Twenty-two (22) days A&P Faculty leave Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave: Dependent on election of VSDP or peer coverage Ten (10) paid University holidays (JMU announces these holidays on an annual basis) $600.00 in professional development funds (pending State Budget approval) Access to Carrier Library and the University Recreation Center and reduced rates at cultural and sporting events *Please note that the stipend and benefits are subject to change at the start of each internship year.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site For information about a typical work day, please refer to:
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/04/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Optional
  • Preferred
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/14/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2023
Interview process description:

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:

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 450
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: James Madison University completes a national background inquiry which includes a criminal felony and misdemeanor search, national sex offender registry database search, social security number validation and trace. Adverse information discovered in the background check will not automatically disqualify an individual from employment. Decisions concerning employment will be made on a case-by-case basis in conjunction with a review of the job description and requirements.
Program Description

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.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

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.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 61 37 56
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 16 14 17
Total number of interns: 2 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 1 0
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 2
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0 5 Unknown
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 14 23 Unknown
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 1 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 2 0 0 1 1
Community Mental Health Center: 1 0 0 1 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 1 0 0 0 0 2
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 1 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 1 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 1 0