Program Information: Counseling and Psychological Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2057
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: George Mason University
Department: Counseling and Psychological Services
Address: Student Union Building I, Room 3129
4400 University Drive, MS 2A2
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Country: United States
Metro Area: Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 703-993-2380x
Fax: 703-993-2378
Email: aminieri@gmu.edu
Web Address: https://caps.gmu.edu/trainees/psychology-internship-program/
Brochure Website's Address: http://caps.gmu.edu
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Alexandra Minieri
Chief Psychologist: Jennifer Kahler
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 7
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 07/20/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 35568.00
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Private office University holidays
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns are fully integrated into the clinical system at CAPS. Interns provide a broad range of clinical services such as: brief screenings, intake appointments, individual therapy, group therapy, case management, and crisis intervention. Interns are also part of the after-hours on-call rotation. Additionally, interns provide outreach services and didactic workshops to the campus community. Supervision is highly valued at the site, and interns receive weekly individual and group supervision. Interns also provide supervision to doctoral-level psychology externs and receive supervision of the supervision that they provide. Interns participate in didactic seminars and develop an advocacy project to address an identified need of the campus community. They prepare case presentations and a supervision presentation during their training year as well as present to staff about their advocacy project. For the 2021-2022 training year and in response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the counseling center will provide a hybrid model of clinical services, including both telemental health services and in-person services. Full-time clinicians, including interns, will have a hybrid of working from campus and telework. Determinations about telesupervision and virtual didacts will be made based on updated guidance from the Commission on Accreditation and the Virginia Board of Psychology as well as public health best practices. Interns will be provided with required technology and are asked to have a confidential location in Virginia from which they can provide services if teleworking. It is possible this set of procedures will shift during the training year in response to ongoing emergency preparedness procedures. For additional information about the university's response to the pandemic, including current vaccination requirements and mask mandates, please review information at this webpage: https://www2.gmu.edu/safe-return-campus.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
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: 11/02/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
Interview notification date: 12/10/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Applicants are notified about interview decisions via email. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all interviews will be offered virtually. Interview days will be offered during the first three weeks in January 2022. Interviews are scheduled for 3-3.5 hours. Applicants will participate in individual interviews with staff members, current interns, and the Training Director. Each round of interviews will include 2-3 staff members. Applicants will be provided with videos to become better aquainted with the center and the campus. We may host an in-person open-house if circumstances permit. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Alliant International University, Chicago American School of Professional Psychology American University Boston College California Lutheran University Catholic University Chestnut Hill College Florida State University George Washington University Georgia Southern University Iowa State University Loyola University Maryland Oklahoma State University Spalding University The Chicago School, DC Campus University of Akron University of Indianapolis University of Virginia Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology William Patterson University
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 application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 350
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
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: George Mason 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. Please visit the University policy for more information regarding Mason’s background check policy: https://caps.gmu.edu/instructions-internship-application/. Interns must be eligible to work in the U.S. either by citizenship or Visa status.
Program Description

George Mason University (Mason) is located in Northern Virginia, which is part of the Washington, D.C. metro area. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) consists of a multidisciplinary staff (psychologists, social workers, counselors, psychiatrist, and learning specialists) who serves a community of more than 37,000 students at three different campuses through multifaceted clinical, outreach, and consultation services.

The CAPS Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology is a full-time, 12-month internship based on the practitioner-scholar model. The training program provides a supportive learning environment that fosters the development of cultural and ethical considerations into all aspects of service delivery and professional development. The foundation of the training model is based on a program of supervised, sequential, and experiential psychological practices while respecting and encouraging self-care and self-awareness. Each intern is expected to develop strong clinical skills with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds and gain a secure sense-of-self as an ethical psychology professional who can practice in a variety of settings. The internship also provides an opportunity to interact with mental health practitioners from a number of disciplines (psychology, social work, counseling, and psychiatry) within a fast-paced center at a large public university. Primary areas of training include brief screening, crisis assessment and intervention, individual therapy, group therapy, consultation, outreach programming, case management, and after-hours on-call coverage. Interns provide supervision to doctoral-level psychology externs and receive supervision of the supervision that they provide. Interns also develop an advocacy project to support the campus community. Seminars on a broad range of relevant topics are provided, including cultural considerations, outreach programming, ethical and legal issues, interventions for university populations, and assessment. Individual supervision, group supervision, supervision of group therapy, and supervision of supervision are provided. Individual supervisors are licensed psychologists with a range of theoretical orientations including cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, interpersonal, and psychodynamic approaches. Interns also participate in staff-wide meetings, including case conferences, diversity dialogues, and staff meetings. 

For the 2021-2022 training year and in response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the counseling center will provide a hybrid model of clinical services, including both telemental health services and in-person services. Full-time clinicians, including interns, will have a hybrid of working from campus and telework. Determinations about telesupervision and virtual didacts will be made based on updated guidance from the Commission on Accreditation as well as public health best practices. Interns will be provided with required technology and are asked to have a confidential location in Virginia from which they can provide services if teleworking. The center and training program will continue to follow guidelines from the APA Commission on Accreditation and the Virginia Board of Psychology regarding the use of telesupervision. It is possible this set of procedures will shift during the training year in response to ongoing emergency preparedness procedures. For additional information about the university's response to the pandemic, including current vaccination requirements and mask mandates, please review information at this webpage: https://www2.gmu.edu/safe-return-campus.

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children:
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family:
Older Adults:
Inpatients:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking:
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired:
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other:

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment:
Neuropsychology-Adult:
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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:
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research:
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

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: https://caps.gmu.edu/trainees/psychology-internship-program/  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
Number of Completed Applications: 0 75 68 60 80
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 0 20 29 31 35
Total number of interns: 0 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 0 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 1 2 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 2 1 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 3 2 1 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 1 2
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 0
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 1 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 1 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 1 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 2 0 1 2 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 1 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 1
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0