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 individual, group, and career counseling, to engage in outreach and consultation with the campus community, and develop knowledge of CCS operations by participating in center activities. To enhance the development of their clinical skills, trainees will receive intensive individual and group supervision, and participate in case conferences and seminars.
The program can accommodate trainees looking for a 12 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. Evening hours are not available for trainees.
Counseling and Career Services serves both HCC students and Howard County community members. In a typical year, over 1,000 students are seen for personal and career counseling. Community members are only eligible for career counseling.
In addition to the training programs described below, Counseling and Career Services typically hosts an annual conference open to mental health professionals. This conference typically occurs during the fall semester. Please check back soon for more information.
Counseling and Career Services currently has a 12-session limit per academic year for individual 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, if the college is not operating remotely. 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.
At least ninety minutes of face-to-face supervision per week is provided by senior staff. All trainees are required to record their sessions and to submit recordings to their supervisor for review. Supervision includes client case conceptualization and management, exploration of therapeutic relationship dynamics, treatment planning, and professional development.
Group supervision/case conferences
Trainees will meet twice per month for case conference. 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 are also held twice per month. These seminars incorporate topics of special interest to trainees as well as a selection of established topics. For example, theoretical orientation, ethics, multicultural counseling, and career development. Seminars may include presentations by CCS staff as well as outside experts.
Trainees will have the opportunity to be involved in facilitating outreach programs on various topics, as well as to consult with faculty and staff. Examples of typical outreach programs include anxiety and depression screenings, health and wellness fairs, and career workshops for orientation classes. Liaison relationships are also established with Ambiciones, Disability Support Services, Howard Pride, and Student Support Services.
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, and Career Links.
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 resume 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:
Email all application materials to email@example.com
Applications are due no later than February 12, 2021. Qualified candidates will be invited to interview for the position(s). For more information, please contact Dr. Joy Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-518-1340.