Program Information: Counseling Center

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2072
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: College of William and Mary Counseling Center
Department: Counseling Center
Address: 240 Gooch Drive
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 60 miles east of Richmond, VA; 150 miles south east of D.C.
Phone: 757-221-3620
Fax:
Email: agpappas@wm.edu
Web Address: http://www.wm.edu/counselingcenter/training
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • University Counseling Center
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Alexandra Pappas
Chief Psychologist: Carina Sudarsky-Gleiser
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2022
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: 36720
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Free utilization of recreation center and libraries. Potential changes may take place in response to decisions regarding FLSA policies.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical day of work for an intern includes provision of individual therapy to a few ongoing clients, training related activities including either individual supervision, a seminar, case conference meetings, group therapy supervision, and/or time for case management/documentation. We typically do not schedule clients during the lunch hour; however, during the intern's "Team Day", one day of the week when a given intern and a senior staff member are available for crisis walk-in appointments, a student in crisis may need to be seen over the lunch hour.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum Students
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: 11/03/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Dates of interviews are communicated to selected applicants via e-mail. We typically offer video conference and in-person interviews; however, this year in order to prioritize the health and safety of applicants and staff, we will be limiting interviews to virtual meetings unless there are significant improvments in the state of the pandemic. Should there be an option to interview on-site, the applicant's preferred interview format has no impact on our rankings. Applicants who receive an interview offer are to schedule their interview by using an online scheduling platform and selecting their preferred day (indicating in-person or video conference preference). Scheduling of interview days occurs on a first-come, first-serve basis. The interiview starts with an introduction to the selection committee (training director, intern supervisors, seminar/group facilitators, and interns) and a thorough description of the agency and the work we do.  The interview continues with two 1-hour individual meetings during which intern selection committee members (2-3 per team) ask the applicants standard questions. Applicants then have a meeting with current interns and end with time with the Training Director. An in-person and/or virtual lunch meeting may also be included in the interview. There are opportunities for applicants to ask questions during the different components of the interview. It is our goal that, by the end of the interview day, applicants have a good sense of who we are, how we work, and the specifics of our training program. We believe that a good fit is predictive of interns' satisfaction and success during internship; as such, we have developed an informative, transparent, and throrough process by which our site and our applicants can evaluate degree of fitness.  

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Ph.D. and Psy.D programs in Counseling and Clinical Psychology from different regions of the U.S. and Canada.
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: No
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: 0
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 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: At least one semester of clinical experience in a university/college counseling center is required. Psychology interns are classified to be in "sensitive" positions, as such, criminal history checks are required. Information collected from the following databases:Sex Offender registry, County Criminal database (Felony, Misdemeanor and Other Offenses), Federal Criminal database (Felony, Misdemeanor and Other Offenses), National Criminal database, are reviewed in this process. Violent crimes, identity theft, felony charges, domestic abuse, are examples of offenses that would interfere with someone being hired for positions requiring criminal history checks.
Program Description

The WMCC internship program requires the completion of a 2000 hours, of which, 500 hours are to be direct service. The training program at the WMCC aims to provide a supportive and comprehensive doctoral-level internship in health service psychology. Our training philosophy emphasizes an experiential approach coupled with didactic seminars, and an interactive process-oriented learning experience. Woven throughout the training program is an appreciation for the diversity of all people. A multicultural lens and issues of social justice are central to our mission, our service delivery, and our training program.  An important component of the WMCC philosophy of training is the belief in the need to integrate scientific/scholarly knowledge and critical thinking into clinical practice and clinical/ethical decision making. Similarly, considering the role of the self as a therapeutic tool, we encourage, but not require, exploration of personal experiences that could impact clinical work. We strive to provide a collegial and supportive atmosphere in which interns feel safe but challenged to develop a flexible and integrated repertoire of skills and competencies. Interns benefit from formal and informal consultation with supervisors/staff members who are diverse in terms of age, gender, race and cultural heritage, national origin, discipline, theoretical orientation, interests, and skills. Staff members are highly committed to the training program and serve as mentors for interns.

Interns fulfill the multiple roles of counseling center psychologists. Individual and group therapy, assessment, crisis intervention, on-call coverage, outreach programming and consultation, and supervision of a practicum student, are all roles our interns perform. Our training program is designed to prepare interns to work in health service psychology as ethical, multiculturally sensitive, and competent clinicians. We strive to facilitate the integration of knowledge, scholarly work, and skills and the consolidation of a solid professional identity.

Our Center has transitioned to a hybrid model of service delivery in light of the COVID-19 pandemic in effort to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, trainees, and clients. Currently, staff work primarily from the office providing both in-person and telemental health services. Certain criteria must be met for clients to be eligible for either in-person or telemental heath services. Telemental health services are offered via the HIPAA-compliant Zoom Healthcare platform. Trainees video record sessions via this platform. Office space allows for social distancing and PPE and disinfecting supplies are provided to staff. Training meetings and supervision may be conducted remotely. Accommodations are available for staff and Interns who may experience a condition that would present concerns from being on-site. Center operation policies and procedures may evolve in conjunction with the state of the pandemic. Candidates are encouraged to reach out to the Training Director for the most up-to-date information on procedures in the future.

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children:
Adolescents:
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:
Homelessness:
Other:

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other: Interns engage in outreach programming. Interns also have the option to engage in a specialty track to receive additional training and experience in either group therapy or therapeutic assessment.

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Adult:
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: www.wm.edu/counselingcenter/training  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: 59 63 99 61 63
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 40 40 56 40 40
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 1 2 1 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 2 1 2 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 2 2 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 3 1 1 1 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 4 0 0 9 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 6 7 11 17 10
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 2 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 1 2 0 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 1 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: 2 2 1 0 2
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 1
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: 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 1 0
Not Currently Employed: 1 0 1 2 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0