Position Description

The intent of the residency is to provide an entry-level professional with the type of supervised experience necessary for licensure as a professional counselor or psychologist. The resident will provide:

  • Short-term individual, group, and crisis counseling
  • Consultation services and outreach programming
  • Initial assessments and after-hours emergency coverage

The resident will also participate in organizational and clinical staff meetings and other university-wide meetings as appropriate. Further, the Resident may gain additional experience in areas such as administrative leadership, eating disorders, sexual trauma empowerment, suicide risk reduction, and supervision and training for graduate students (note: provision of supervision is a requirement of a post-doctoral residency). The residency position is a 40 hour per week, 1500 hour position that begins in August and concludes in May. To avoid ethical issues that may occur when the Counseling Center staff relate to an individual in a role other than as a client, all current and former Counseling Center clients will be excluded from training and employment opportunities at the Counseling Center.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate must have:

  • Completed all requirements for their master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from a CACREP-accredited graduate program OR their doctoral degree in counseling or clinical psychology from an APA-approved graduate program, including an APA-accredited doctoral internship, preferably James Madison University, prior to the start of residency
  • Well-developed skills in providing brief psychotherapy for a student population.
Desired Qualifications

Previous training and experience in a college or university counseling center desirable. Preferred qualities of the candidate include:

  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to university counseling center work and college student development
  • A collaborative spirit of warmth, acceptance, respect, and trust towards colleagues
  • The energy to flexibly manage the professional demands of a challenging caseload while maintaining positive and healthy perspectives and relationships
  • A self-motivated, self-directed commitment to high professional ideals
  • An appreciation for and experience with working with students of color, international students, and issues pertinent to these populations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
University Description

Located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, James Madison University is a selective, regional, comprehensive, student-oriented public institution with an enrollment of approximately 20,000 students. For 16 consecutive years JMU has been ranked as the top public, master's level university in the South by the annual poll on academic quality conducted by U.S. News and World Report for its guidebook, America's Best Colleges.

The Counseling Center is staffed by fifteen full-time professionals, including licensed clinical psychologists, licensed counselors, a psychiatrist, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and four staff members whose efforts focus on working with under-served populations at JMU. We are a multicultural, multidisciplinary, and multi-theoretical staff striving to provide culturally competent clinical services, outreach programming, and training opportunities. In addition to our residency program, the Counseling Center also houses an APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship Program and trains master's level externs, practicum students from JMU's doctoral and clinical mental health programs, and post-doctoral and psychiatry residents. The Center is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Centers and resides in the Division of Student Affairs. The mission of the Division is to "prepare students to be educated and enlightened citizens," and individual departments strive to provide the best possible programs and services to assist students in realizing success in all areas of life.

JMU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access employer, and the Counseling Center has a commitment to diversity. Multi-culturally competent professionals with the awareness, knowledge, and skills required to work effectively with a diverse clientele and to enhance the Counseling Center's diversity mission are strongly encouraged to apply.

Region Description

Money Magazine's money.com identified the Shenandoah Valley as one of the twelve best places to spend a summer vacation. That list also included the Virgin Islands, San Diego, and Vancouver. The natural scenic beauty of the area is accompanied by a variety of recreational opportunities and historic sites. The University is located approximately two hours from both Washington, D.C., and Richmond metropolitan areas.


Application materials must be received at the Counseling Center by February 1st.

Application Process
  1. Submit the following application materials before the stated deadline:
    1. Cover letter stating interest in the Counseling Center as a residency site and how it relates to short- and long-term career goals
    2. Current resume/CV
    3. Names and phone numbers of two references, at least one of whom must be familiar with your clinical skills
    4. Written clinical work sample using this template (Case Conference Form)
  2. Selected candidates will be contacted regarding next steps in application process in mid-February.
  3. Position offers will be made in late February.

Questions about Post-Masters Residency opportunities at the Counseling Center should be directed to Nina Critz, LPC (critznh@jmu.edu) or Melinda Fox, LPC (fox3mm@jmu.edu), Co-Coordinators of Counselor Training, Counseling Center, MSC 0801, 540-568-6552

Questions about Post-Doctoral Residency opportunities at the Counseling Center should be directed to: Dr. Ilene Magee (mageeim@jmu.edu), Associate Director for Training, Counseling Center, MSC 0801, 540-568-6552.

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