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spacer spacer Masters Internships in Counseling 2016 - 2017

The Keene State College Counseling Center serves the Keene State College community, an undergraduate and graduate population of about 5,500 students. Our services are available primarily to students. However, we also consult with faculty and staff. In addition, we work closely with the Center for Health and Wellness and a psychiatric consultant. Our clients present a broad range of diverse developmental and mental health issues. Our office is busy, and interns are given a great deal of responsibility, autonomy and support. This is a team-oriented, hardworking, and fun internship site.

DESCRIPTION: The Internship Training Program is founded upon the belief that the training of emerging counselors is one of the most important and valued activities that can be performed. As a result, we invest a great deal of time and energy ensuring that interns are provided with the highest quality training and supervision possible. One of our objectives is to provide an individualized training experience that is unique to each intern’s current and developing professional needs and abilities. Interns will receive a highly diversified training experience that will, over the course of their training year, provide a representative experience of being a staff member in college mental health. Interns participate in all functions of the Counseling Center: individual and group counseling, designing and providing outreach programs, and performing consultation with other college areas.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Masters level program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Dance Movement Therapy, Social Work, or School Counseling, and have completed some academic coursework prior to internship, including counseling skills/techniques and psychopathology. Mental health experience is preferred, and applicants must be highly motivated and eager to learn. An interest/experience with multi-cultural and diversity issues is essential. We are looking for self-starters who can work independently yet who enjoy the interaction and cohesion of a staff that works hard as a team and relies on one another.

EXPECTATIONS: Interns are expected to participate in staff meetings and case consultations, provide individual and group counseling, and participate in outreach programming. Interns carry 10-12 weekly clinical caseload hours. Total internship hours equal 20-25 per week, depending on home program needs. Scheduled hours occur between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Outreach programs often occur after hours, and interns are expected to be “first responders” in all programmatic areas in addition to the 20-25 scheduled hours. If needed, interns are expected to join the team for campus crises that might occur nights and/or weekends, over and above their regular hours. This may happen once, twice, many times, or not at all. Internships begin on August 15, 2016 and end on May 19, 2017.

SUPERVISION/TRAINING: Interns receive l hour per week individual supervision with a senior staff member who is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor or licensed Social Worker (determined by home program requirements), 1 hour per week supervision/staff meeting, 1 hour per week group case consultation/seminars, and 1 hour per week peer supervision/training. Senior staff members are always available for consultation on an ‘as needed’ or crisis basis. We provide a thorough one-week orientation prior to the start of the internship, and various trainings throughout the year.

EVALUATION: Interns are evaluated in accordance with their program requirements. However, evaluation is always an on-going, collaborative process throughout the internship.

COMPENSATION: Interns will receive a stipend of $500.00 per semester for a total of $1,000.00 for the year.

Candidate application should include a cover letter, resume, and three letters of recommendation (at least one should be from a current faculty member). Applications must be received by February 12, 2016. Once the application is received, an interview may be extended for a time within the following two weeks. Interviews take approximately 4 hours.

For more information or questions contact:

Joe Yazvac, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist & Interim Training Director
KSC Counseling Center
Keene State College
229 Main Street, MS 2803
Keene, NH 03435-2803
(603) 358-2867
(603) 358-2985 (fax)



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