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Along with the variety of services offered to all students at Salisbury University, the Counseling Center operates as a graduate training facility for counselors-in-training at the master’s level.  We select individuals from an applicant pool of interested students from a variety of programs in the area (UMES guidance and counseling, SU social work, etc.).

Our training program provides supervised experience in the following areas:  brief psychotherapy, group counseling, crisis intervention, outreach programming, consultation, intake interviews, college developmental and educational issues, multiculturalism, research, and wellness.  The staff are committed to excellence in training and the provision of quality supervision. 

The training program is designed to provide supervised experiences in activities which reflect the functioning of a clinician in a university counseling center.  As members of the Counseling Center professional staff, trainees are afforded many learning opportunities.  They are required to attend all staff and disposition meetings, peer reviews, case conferences, in-service programs and staff retreats.  They are also provided with one hour of individual supervision per week with a the Counseling Center staff member and are encouraged to consult with any available staff when necessary. 

The focus of the internship is on the integration of the “counselor as a person” and utilizing knowledge and skills appropriately in a practical setting.  The overall goal of the internship is to enable each student to develop, improve and demonstrate her/his ability to function as a counselor in a mental health setting. 

If you are interested in being an intern with the Counseling Center, contact Dawn Harner (Training Coordinator) at 410-543-6070. Résumés may be forwarded to the Counseling Center, attn: Dawn Harner.    

Brief Testimonials from Past and Present Interns

"During my internship at the Counseling Center, I was privileged to work with a wonderful group of professionals. Observing and learning from them was an invaluable experience.  I was given my "wings" and encouraged to utilize my skills as a social worker, which helped me develop both personally and professionally.  As an intern, I felt supported at all times by professionals who show a willingness to embrace those who are learning the field of counseling.  The experience was very positive and helped to solidify my calling to the field of social work."

“The Counseling Center has presented me numerous opportunities and experiences assisting in my growth in becoming a competent and well-rounded social work practitioner. SCS offers the unique opportunity to learn from and receive feedback from a variety of licensed clinicians with a variety of theoretical approaches. Being part of the larger community of Salisbury University, SCS has allowed me to not only work with a diverse student population with various needs, but also participate in outreach programming and collaborate with other campus services.”

“Interning in the Counseling Center gives students a rich opportunity to directly apply what they are learning in classes, in meaningful ways.  The center's professional staff creates an environment which is both challenging and supportive for interns, and which allows them to maximize the experience that they gain, as an intern.  The supervisory philosophies and practices upheld in the center are invaluable to interns as they foster interns' identifying their own theoretical orientations, techniques, and styles.”

“The the Counseling Center internship provides valuable opportunities to work with and learn from the styles of various professionals and to gain exposure to the common and unique needs of college students.  Interns also benefit from collaborative work on outreach projects and from sharing diverse experiences and perspectives throughout the learning and field experience process. ”        

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