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. There
may also be an optional opportunity to teach a career development course. 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
Externs carry individual caseloads according to their personal training goals averaging
8-10 client hours per week. Externs work with their supervisors to create a caseload to accommodate their training
Individual and Group Supervision
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 with the externship coordinator.
Seminar time includes case conferences, presentations by senior staff and doctoral
interns on topics of special interest to externs, and discussions of general externship
As opportunities become available, externs may choose to co-lead a therapy or psychoeducational
group with a staff member or doctoral intern. Externs who co-lead groups will be provided
with additional supervision by the group co-leader, or by another staff member if
the co-leader is an intern. See the Counseling Groups page for examples of groups offered at the Counseling Center.
Outreach and Consultation
Externs may 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.
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.
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 14, 2020.
Betty A. Fletcher, Ph.D - Externship Program Coordinator
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001