These positions are open to College Student Personnel Administration (CSPA) students. For the Graduate Assistantship position, if they are not filled by CSPA students by April of an Academic year, these positions are open to students who are currently enrolled in a graduate psychology or counseling program. If interested, please contact us!

If the Practicum position is not filled by November for the Spring Semester position, these positions are open to students who have previously completed Psych 402 in the Counseling Center and/or who are currently enrolled in psychology or counseling programs. For the upcoming Fall position, it would be if the position is not filled by a CSPA student by April.

Please note, to avoid ethical issues that may occur when the Counseling Counseling Center staff relate to an individual in a role other than as a client, all current and former clients will be excluded from training and employment opportunities at the Counseling Center.

Practicum Position (1 per semester)

The Counseling Center CSPA master’s level training program is designed to provide an opportunity for CSPA students to gain knowledge about the structure and function of a university counseling center as an integrative and integral part of the mission of the university.

Learning Objectives

The following learning objectives have been established for CSPA training by the CSPA Program for the Practicum Position:

  • Communication
  • Decision-Making
  • Commitment
  • Ethical Practices
  • Job Knowledge/Professional Development
  • Management of Resources
  • Planning
  • Supervision
  • Team Building
  • Interpersonal Relationships

Students who participate in a practicum or internship experience at the Counseling Center have the opportunity to achieve these objectives through their experiences in the following areas: 

  • Psychoeducational outreach programming  
    • Helping brain storm, develop, prepare and implement outreach programming
    • Marketing and advertising for outreach programming 
    • Researching more effective ways to do outreach programming on university campuses
  • Data entry and data analysis around Outreach Outcome
  • Participating/shadowing in the Student Affairs Assessment Council
  • Gain familiarity with the interrelatedness of the Counseling Center to the larger university as well as with other Student Affairs partners
  • Gain experience with organization and system dynamics

Responsibilities

  • This is a semester long (150 hours) position  
    • 10-12 hours per week on site
  • Creation of 1 outreach event in an area of personal interest and/or JMU campus need  
    • Examples of prior projects
      • Creation of workshop to present to JMU students, staff, or faculty or even to Counseling Center staff
      • Creation of tabling events on a specific topic (i.e., stress management, mindfulness, etc).
      • Creation of a brochure on a specific topic or resource for students
  • 1 hour weekly of Supervision
  • Adherence to Counseling Center policies and procedures
  • Adherence to ethical guidelines of the College Personnel Profession

Evaluation

Ongoing feedback will be provided to you in the following ways:

  • Weekly one on one meetings with your direct supervisor
  • Written performance evaluation at the end of the semester from your direct supervisor
  • Feedback from selected Counseling Center staff members who you work with during the academic semester

Supervisors for the Practicum Position

  • Magali Laitem, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist – Resident and Outreach Coordinator
  • Depending on area of interest and senior staff availability, you may also be connected to another senior staff member who will help with and supervise the development of your outreach project
Graduate Assistantship (1 per academic year)

The Counseling Center CSPA master’s level training program is designed to provide an opportunity for CSPA students to gain knowledge about the structure and function of a university counseling center as an integrative and integral part of the mission of the university.

Learning Objectives

The following learning objectives have been established for CSPA training by the CSPA Program for the GA Position

  • Communication
  • Decision-Making
  • Commitment
  • Ethical Practices
  • Job Knowledge/Professional Development
  • Management of Resources
  • Planning
  • Supervision
  • Team Building
  • Interpersonal Relationships

Students who participate in a practicum or internship experience at the Counseling Center have the opportunity to achieve these objectives through their experiences in the following areas:

  • Psychoeducational Outreach Programming, Presenting and Teaching Skills
    • Participation with the Program Assistant (PA) PSYC 402 Class
    • Participation in the Peer Mentor Program – PSYC 202 Class
    • Scheduling outreach programs for PAs
    • Co-leading 2 all day Cultural Immersion Field Trips
  • Familiarity with the interrelatedness of counseling services to the larger University
  • Collaboration with other Campus Partners when working on Outreach Programming
  • Consultation with senior staff, peers, JMU students, and staff
  • Supervision skills
    • Supervision of undergraduate PAs from the PA PSYC 402 Class and Peer Mentors

Responsibilities

  • This is a year long (300 hours) position  
    • 20 hours per week on site
  • Attendance to Orientation/Training that will start early to mid-August
  • Attendance at weekly classes for both the PSYC 402 and PSYC 202
  • Attendance at the weekly staff meeting and other scheduled meetings
  • Complete paperwork in timely fashion
    • E.g., when editing students’ essays, completing the PSYC 402 Workshop Schedule
  • 1-2 hours of weekly Supervision
  • Communicate consistently and honestly with supervisor(s)
  • Adherence to Counseling Center policies and procedures
  • Adherence to ethical guidelines of the College Personnel Profession
  • Help in Assessing Effectiveness of Peer Mentor Program, Outreach Programs, and Cultural Immersion Trips

Evaluation

Ongoing feedback will be provided to you in the following ways:

  • Weekly one on one meetings with your direct supervisor
  • Written performance evaluation each December and April

Supervisors for the Graduate Assistant Position

  • Kara Karr, M.A., Ed.S., Staff Counselor, Program Assistant Supervisor, Certificate Program Coordinator
  • Magali Laitem, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist – Resident and Outreach Coordinator (optional)

Contact

CSPA students interested in a Practicum or Graduate Assistant position at the Counseling Center, please contact:

Magali Laitem
Counseling Center
MSC 0801
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Phone: 540-568-6552
Email: laitemmx@jmu.edu

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