Counseling Service

University of Maryland Counseling Center's Externship Program

Training Program

The University of Maryland Counseling Center externship provides supervised training in short-term individual counseling for university students. Externs typically spend 14-16 hours per week, including two hours of supervision by two senior staff counselors, at the Counseling Center. Other training activities include participation in weekly case conferences and monthly seminars on various clinical topics. This is a non-paid externship.

The Counseling Center

The University of Maryland Counseling Center, which is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, has provided mental health services to University clients for nearly 60 years. Services target a large and diverse student population. In addition to providing psychological counseling and vocational counseling, the Center offers academic skills counseling, disabilities support services, as well as testing and research services. The center is open Monday-Thursday - 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Schedule of Weekly Activities

The externship requires 14 to 16 hours per week dependent on the extern's interests and the requirements of their training program. Externs usually are scheduled to be at the Counseling Center for two full days per week. Externs are responsible for ensuring that their hours meet criteria for their respective programs. The following is an outline of weekly activities.

1. Individual Therapy (6-8 hours per week)
Clients are generally seen once a week. Sessions take place at the Counseling Center. All sessions with clients are audio-taped. The audio tape device is provided by the Center. Externs will initially carry 4-6 individual clients during the first few weeks of their externship and gradually pick up their caseload to 6-8 individual clients per week

2. Supervision on Individual Therapy Cases (2 hours per week)
Each extern will have two clinical supervisors for individual therapy cases. A licensed psychologist and/or pre-licensed senior staff will provide supervision.

3. Clinical Case Conference (1 hour per week; Mondays or Thursdays, 1-2 p.m.)
The externs are required to attend the weekly case conference meetings either on Mondays or Thursdays depending on the schedule of the externs. The case conference consists of several senior staff, 2 interns, and 1 extern. Scheduled members will present clinical cases that reflect the specialty of our invited consultants. Like other staff and trainees, externs will be expected to write up a brief case presentation for the clients they will present at the case conference (due one week prior to conference).

4. Intake Observation and Administration
Each extern is required to observe three intakes conducted by a senior staff member or an intern. If interested in conducting intakes independently (this is optional), the extern will have to conduct three intakes under the observation of 3 senior staff members and obtain approval from all observing staff before the extern can perform intake assessment independently (once per week).

5. Group Counseling or Workshop Facilitation (Optional)
During the spring semester, externs will have the opportunity to serve as a co-facilitator in ongoing general therapy groups or themed groups co-led by members of the staff. Or, they may choose to facilitate a series of coping skills focused workshops after they have received the appropriate training.

6. Outreach (Optional)
Externs will have the opportunity to provide outreach/consultation projects within the University community. The externs are encouraged to contact the outreach/consultation coordinator to further discuss their outreach interest (e.g, topic, audience population).

7. Professional Development (Optional)
Throughout the training year, the externs will have the opportunity to participate in the staff development training programs which are generally scheduled 2-3 times per semester (usually on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon).

Applicant Qualifications

Applicants must be doctoral students in APA-accredited counseling psychology or clinical psychology training programs. Externs are typically in their fourth year of academic training. Preference is given to applicants who have completed a minimum of 3 clinical practica. Questions about the externship may be directed to Dr. Kayi Hui-Spears .

Applications should be submitted via email in Word or PDF format

To apply, students should send:

  • A statement of interest
  • Vita describing academic and clinical training

Students should have letters of recommendation sent by:

  • One letter from the student’s advisor or training director
  • Two letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors (Emails from letter writers should indicate your name in the subject heading)

Application Deadline

All materials must be received by Friday, Feb 5, 2021.

Please send applications by e-mail to Dr. Kayi Hui-Spears.

Upon review of applications, phone interviews will be arranged with those applicants under consideration. UMD Counseling Center is NOT part of the Consortium and the offers to applicants will be made prior to the Consortium match date.