Pre-Internship Training Opportunities for Psychology Doctoral Students

The Towson University Counseling Center provides training through its Externship Program to students enrolled in doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or related fields. Students in the program have opportunities to provide personal counseling and offer outreach and consultation services to the campus community.

The Counseling Center provides intensive individual and group supervision to externs to facilitate the development of their clinical skills and their understanding of the operation of a university counseling center. Students are asked to commit 16 hours per week to the program for one academic year to maximize the benefits to their professional growth.

Externship Activities

  • Externs carry individual caseloads averaging 8-10 client hours per week.  This might include conducting initial same day sessions, engaging in short term individual therapy, or facilitating group therapy. 
  • Externs will lead psychoeducational groups each semester.  As opportunities become available, externs may choose to co-lead a therapy group with a staff member or doctoral intern. Externs who co-lead therapy groups will be provided with additional supervision. See the Counseling Groups page for examples of groups offered at the Counseling Center.
  • Externs will be involved in facilitating outreach programs. Examples of outreach and consultation programs might include student development workshops, orientation workshops, and programs with the residence halls and the Center for Student Diversity.

Senior staff provide one hour per week of individual supervision and one hour of group supervision to externs in the fall semester. Senior staff and doctoral interns provide two hours of individual supervision per week in the spring semester. Supervision includes discussion of case management, assessment and treatment issues, and general issues pertaining to each extern’s Counseling Center experience. Rotation of supervisors occurs at the half-year mark. Matching of externs and supervisors will attempt to take into account the special training needs of individual externs.

Externs meet as a group once a week for one hour for extern seminar. Seminar time includes case conferences, presentations by senior staff and doctoral interns on topics of special interest to externs, and discussions of general externship issues.

Eligibility of Externs

The externship is designed for students who are enrolled in a doctoral program in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or related fields, and who have completed at least one practicum in counseling.

Application Procedures

Send by mail or e-mail a letter of interest, a current vita listing all relevant work experience and practica, a graduate transcript (unofficial is acceptable), and two letters of reference, including at least one from a supervisor familiar with your clinical work, to the address below:

Please submit applications by February 11, 2022.

Chrissy O. Walsh, Ph.D - Externship Program Coordinator

  • 8000 York Road
    Counseling Center Ward & West
    Office #2319
    Towson, MD 21252-0001

Contact Information

Externship Program Coordinator

Walsh, Chrissy
Chrissy O. Walsh, Ph.D.

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.