Masters Clinical Internship

The information provided below serves to provide general information about the masters-level clinical training opportunities at the Counseling Center. Applicants from Masters of Social Work and Counselor Education programs are invited to contact Dr. Brent Elwood for additional information and instructions on how to apply.

Training Model and Objectives

The Counseling Center staff is highly committed to the concept of excellence in a training experience within an active service-oriented agency. While broad exposure to a variety of professional activities and delivery systems is advocated, a genuine commitment to quality supervision and to the furthering of the trainee’s personal and professional growth exists as the foundation of our program.

The four primary objectives of the Masters Level (ML) Internship training program are:

  • To facilitate clinical competencies
  • To foster the development of professional and personal functioning
  • To promote sensitivity to cultural diversity
  • To provide opportunities to enhance specific areas of interest such as prevention, group work, etc.

Selection

ML interns are recruited throughout the year by reaching out to students in graduate training programs in Counselor Education and Social Work. Interested students are encouraged to apply during the spring semester in order to be a part of next fall’s class. Applicants submit a cover letter, two reference letters, and a current vita. If selected for interview, the candidate is interviewed by the ML Coordinator and another staff member and chosen based on criteria including clinical experience and potential, interpersonal skills, and professionalism.

Clinical Service Requirements

ML Interns provide clinical services to the UMaine community, including Individual Therapy, iConsult (Initial Consultation and Urgent Care response), and Group therapy. They typically provide 10-15 hours per week of clinical services, with a total of 20-24 hours per week on-site for the internship.

Supervision

ML interns receive 1.5 hours of individual supervision per week in the fall from senior staff member or postdoctoral clinician. In the spring, this supervision is taken over by a doctoral intern who is selected by the senior staff based on the doctoral intern’s perceived readiness for and interest in supervision. The ML interns also attend a weekly supervision with the ML coordinator either as a group or individually, if only one ML intern in selected.

Didactic Seminars

Depending on attributes of the ML cohort and availability of Counseling Center staff members, ML interns may be invited to join doctoral psychology interns in their seminars or a seminar solely for ML interns may be presented. These weekly seminars are training opportunities organized by the ML coordinator or Training Director in which presenters are brought in to present on topics of interest. These topics may change based on interests of the ML intern class but can include ethics, diagnosis, crisis intervention, mindfulness, and power and privilege. ML interns are also invited to join other training opportunities that may become available to the staff over the course of the academic year.

Evaluation

Masters Level Intern Clinicians are unpaid trainees of the University of Maine Counseling Center and provide professional services to the students and staff of the University. The services they provide and overall performance in the placement are subject to evaluation by Counseling Center staff (primarily the ML Internship Coordinator and the clinician’s individual supervisor). Their performance is also evaluated by their program’s or school’s adviser/supervisor utilizing input from Counseling Center staff. In most situations, concerns involving a trainee’s work performance will be addressed and resolved through the regular evaluation process and communication with the involved supervisor, the ML Internship Coordinator, or through review by the Training Committee.