Counseling and Psychological Services

Clinical Training Program

Clinical Training Program

Each year, Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services (ECAPS) offers advanced training opportunities in college mental health. Our primary focus is providing intake assessment and brief individual psychotherapy with a creative and accomplished student population. Trainees also have ample flexibility to see several students over the course of the academic year. We offer a unique balance of exposure to a high volume of client contact and the ability to focus on one’s own development as a clinician. Through intensive supervision, the use of process notes and videotaping, and a variety of opportunities to present and discuss one’s clinical work, trainees leave ECAPS with increased experience, competence, and comfort conducting psychotherapy.

Clinical Training Philosophy

ECAPS is dedicated to the process of training students through the use of a trusting supervisory relationship. We encourage trainees to develop their own individual styles of counseling, with a solid foundation of experience and education to support their own individual professional growth. Supervision is a highly valued and essential component of our training program. Through dialogue and self-reflection, the focus of supervision is not only trainees’ clinical work, but also the professional and personal development of the therapist-in-training.

Advanced Practicum/Internship

ECAPS offers a variety of training opportunities to advanced practicum and internship level students. We have three positions available each academic year, beginning in late August and ending in early May. Students in psychology must be in their third year or above of a doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology by Fall 2016. Social work students must be in their second year of a master’s in social work program. Students may elect to be on site 24 hours per week (800 hours) or 30 hours per week (1000 hours). Applicants must have at least one year of supervised clinical experience conducting individual therapy with an adolescent or adult population.

Application Process

Application Deadline: Priority deadline is January 3, 2017. Applications may be accepted on a rolling basis after that date until all three positions are filled.

Applicants should submit:

  • A cover letter detailing interest in the position
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Current graduate transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation (letters from placement supervisors preferred)

Send application materials to:

Patricia A. Challan, Psy.D.
Associate Director
Director of Clinical Training
Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services

Emerson College
120 Boylston Street (mailing address)
216 Tremont Street (physical address)
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617-824-8595

ECAPS will abide by the policies recommended by the Massachusetts Psychological Association Training Committee.  Please go to the link below for more information.