Graduate Training

The Counseling Center at the University of Rhode Island is offering a number of training opportunities for clinical graduate students. The graduate training programs were established to underscore the value and priority that the Counseling Center places on high quality training in professional preparation, and offers supervised experiences in individual and group clinical formats, crisis intervention, psychological assessment and diagnosis, outreach, consultation/education, and other activities appropriate to the University setting. The experiences include a year-long training seminar, case conference, and both individual and group supervision. Graduate Assistantships are extended to advanced graduate students in Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing, and the Marriage and Family Therapy programs at URI. Internship and practica experiences are offered to a variety of other colleges and disciplines.

The Counseling Center is the mental health resource for the approximately 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students at the University. Students use our services for a variety of problems, which range from normal developmental issues to more extreme dysfunction. Typical presenting problems include interpersonal concerns, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, lack of motivation or concentration, substance abuse, poor academic performance, and sexual difficulties.

The traineeships will begin August 28, 2017 and extends through Commencement Day in May, with some leave for vacation. Depending upon what level of training experience a student is looking for it may involve a commitment of 10-20 working hours per week. Participation in all phases of the agency’s delivery system is expected of each trainee, including occasional attendance at staff meetings. The remuneration for the academic year for URI Graduate Assistant students ranges from $12,044 – $12,956 plus tuition waiver, health insurance, sick leave and vacation leave. These trainees may take no more than nine credits per semester. We are working on developing funding for other training experiences, but nothing can be guaranteed at this time.

Application and Selection

An application for the Counseling Center’s training experiences can be found here: Trainee Application 2017. All application materials (application form, transcript, resume, and reference forms completed by two referees) should be submitted together in a large envelope by January 09, 2017. Applicants are discouraged from using campus mail to deliver materials to the Center, as timeliness of delivery is sometimes a problem. Please remember to provide a telephone number where you can be reached.

All documents will be reviewed following the close of the application period and a limited number of applicants will be invited for interviews. The position will be awarded within two (2) weeks after completion of interviews.

Candidates who are invited for an interview can expect to meet with Counseling Center clinical staff. Invited candidates should prepare a brief (approximately 10 minutes) case presentation for this meeting. The purpose of the interview is to become better acquainted with each candidate’s clinical interests, experience, and motivation for seeking the position. Questions can be directed to Dr. Cory Clark, Assistant Director / Director of Training, URI Counseling Center, (401) 874-2288.

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