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Counselor Training Opportunities

Counseling and Career Services (CCS) offers a comprehensive training program for graduate students enrolled in counseling master’s programs, and doctoral programs in counseling psychology, clinical psychology, pastoral counseling, or related fields.  Trainees will have the opportunity to provide both personal and career counseling on an individual or group basis, to engage in outreach and consultation with the campus community, and to develop knowledge of CCS operations by participating in center activities such as our biannual job fairs and freshman focus workshops.  To enhance the development of their clinical skills, trainees will receive intensive individual and group supervision, and participate in case conferences and training seminars. 

The program can accommodate trainees looking for a 10- to 20-hour per week training experience.  Interested applicants must commit one academic year to the training program and be available for a two-day training during the month of August.  As trainees see clients only when their supervisor is on site, evening hours are not typically available.

Counseling and Career Services serves both HCC students and Howard County community members.  In a typical year, about 1,270 clients seek services and are seen for emotional/personal and career counseling. Included in this number are approximately 385 community members who receive only career counseling.

Training experiences

In addition to the training programs described below, the Counseling and Career Services hosts an Annual Career Conference open to all professionals in the mental-health fields.  The last conference was entitled "Ethical Considerations in Suicide Prevention."   

Please check back soon for more information regarding the next conference. 


Individual clients

Counseling and Career Services currently has a 12-session limit per academic year for individual personal counseling.  Although there is some flexibility in terms of numbers and types of clients seen, trainees will carry at least five clients and conduct two intake sessions per week.  Individual caseloads will vary depending upon on the training needs and interests of the trainee; trainees will have the possibility of carrying two longer-term cases and/or more than five clients. 

Individual supervision

At least one hour of face-to-face supervision per week is provided by senior staff.  All trainees are required to audiotape their sessions and to submit tapes to their supervisor.  Supervision includes client case conceptualization and management, exploration of therapeutic relationship dynamics, and treatment planning.  

Group supervision/case conferences

Trainees will meet twice per month for case conferences.  Each trainee will be required to present two formal case presentations. Additional time is allocated for informal discussion of cases and other training issues.

Training seminars

Training seminars are also held twice per month.  These seminars incorporate topics of special interest to students as well as a selection of established topics.  For example, intake and progress note writing, suicide assessment and intervention, as well as career assessment.  Seminars may include presentations by CCS staff and outside experts in the topic.  

Campus outreach

Trainees will have the opportunity to be involved in facilitating outreach programs on various topics, as well as to consult with faculty and staff on varying issues.  Examples of typical outreach programs include anxiety and depression screening, health and wellness fairs, eating disorders awareness week activities, and  career workshops for orientation classes.

Additional activities

Individual therapy with Career Links students

Career Links is a special program within Counseling and Career Services that provides support to low- to moderate- income single parents and/or displaced homemakers.  Trainees with a specific interest in this population may choose to include Career Links clients on their caseload. (Co-facilitating a Career Links support group is also an option.)

Individual work and outreach with the Athletic Department

Trainees with an interest in sports psychology may elect to provide counseling and/or outreach programming to individuals and teams in the Athletic Department.  Examples of outreach program topics may include career development, goal setting, mental skills training, and perseverance despite obstacles.  Intervention in the Athletic Department is largely focused on enhancement (as opposed to remediation).

Group therapy

Trainees may elect to co-lead therapy groups (if available) with a senior staff member.  Trainees who choose the co-leader option will receive one additional half hour of supervision per week.  Current groups include Relationships, Women of Color, Transfer Support, and Career Links.

Weekly case conference for clinicians

Senior staff members meet weekly to provide one another with peer supervision and support.  These informal meetings may be open to trainees who would like to attend, schedule permitting. They typically occur on Tuesday afternoons.


Application procedure

Interested applicants must be available for the entire academic year, beginning the third week of August.  The program is designed for master’s students ready to begin their internship experience, and to doctoral level students who have successfully completed at least one practicum in counseling.  For the next academic year, we are accepting master’s students and doctoral students.

To apply, please send the following materials:

  • Letter of interest.
  • Current resumé or vita listing all relevant work experience and practicum experience.
  • Graduate transcript.
  • Two letters of reference, including at least one from a supervisor familiar with your clinical work.

Materials may be mailed to the address below:

Joy Stephens, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Mental Health Counseling
Counseling and Career Services, RCF 302
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044

(443)-518-1340 (Phone)
(443)-518-4499 (Fax)

Applications are due no later than February 16, 2018.  Qualified candidates will be invited to interview for the position(s).  Please call 443-518-1340 for additional information.

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