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RIT’s Counseling & Psychological Services has been a training site for both doctoral students and master’s level students in the fields of Psychology, Social Work, and Mental Health Counseling for many years. One of the values inherent in the training process and espoused by the training staff includes the belief that science and scholarship inform competent practice; thus, training program staff seek to integrate this value into all elements of the training program and into their own clinical work at Counseling & Psychological Services.
Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) offers a wide range of services to the RIT community, and students who participate in the training program benefit from supervised experience in providing individual, group, emergency/crisis, consultation, and outreach services to a diverse community presenting with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, trauma, disordered eating, substance misuse, among many others.
The CPS training program incorporates supervised clinical practice and didactic training as core components, adhering to the belief that these are both necessary elements to establish competence in clinical practice. Trainees are given opportunities to provide a broad range of clinical services and are supported in doing so with individual supervision, group supervision (including the opportunity for case conferencing), treatment team involvement, and didactic training.
Both the level of support and structure provided by the CPS training program, and the fact that this program is accessible to both doctoral level and master’s level students, as well as students’ access to and intensive work with licensed professionals from varied mental health disciplines make this program unique. Also unique is the training program’s ability to provide supervised clinical experience to graduate students fluent in ASL and interested in working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
RIT, founded in 1829, is a privately endowed, co-educational university with nine colleges (College of Applied Science and Technology, Saunders College of Business, B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, Kate Gleason College of Engineering, College of Health Sciences and Technology, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, College of Science) that emphasize career education and experiential learning. Over 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend RIT, and RIT is a recognized leader in providing education to over 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
Trainees in the Counseling & Psychological Services training program are asked to commit to a full-year, 20 hour/week training experience. A typical work week involves 2 full clinical days as well as a half day spent attending seminars (Didactic Seminar and Group Supervision Seminar) and a clinical staff meeting.
The RIT Counseling & Psychological Services Training Program has been fortunate to consistently be able to invite 3-4 interns/year into the training program from area graduate programs for the past couple of years. Graduates have moved on to work in community mental health settings, successfully match at APA-accredited internship programs, and complete doctoral degrees.
Training is an integral part of the Counseling and Psychological Services mission. As a result, all staff are involved in the training program in some capacity. CPS staff serve as supervisors, instructors, mentors, and consultants to trainees. They bring years of clinical, teaching, and supervision experience to their work as training faculty, as well as perspectives from varied disciplines (mental health counseling, social work, and psychology) and theoretical orientations. View Counseling and Psychological Services Staff. *Link to Staff Page*
Successful candidates to the RIT Counseling & Psychological Services training program will have successfully completed all major coursework for the appropriate Master’s Degree prior to entering the training program. Appropriate documentation of this (i.e., transcripts, references) is required during the interview process.
Successful candidates must also have completed at least one practicum experience prior to entering the training program. Students new to clinical work are not appropriate for this setting. References from prior clinical sites and samples of clinical work must be provided during the interview process.
Finally, successful candidates must demonstrate the capacity to receive, benefit from, and participate in training and supervision. Successful candidates are those who are self-motivated, can remain open and responsive to feedback, and have a positive work ethic.
RIT’s Counseling & Psychological Services Training Program offers unpaid training opportunities to masters-level and doctoral-level students in graduate programs for varied mental health disciplines. No stipends/benefits are offered.