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. The residency experience may include the provision of the following services:

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

The resident will also participate in organizational and clinical staff meetings and other university-wide meetings as appropriate. 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 prior to the start of residency
  • Well-developed skills in providing brief therapy for a college student population
Desired Qualifications

Preferred qualities of the candidate include:

  • Interest in and commitment to university counseling work and college student development
  • A collaborative spirit of warmth, acceptance, respect, and trust towards colleagues
  • Interest in working within the program's developmental-practitioner model
  • A willingness and ability to explore one's sense of self, have the capacity to self-reflect, and use one's self-awareness effectively to further personal and professional growth
  • Energy to flexibly manage the professional demands of a challenging caseload while maintaining positive and healthy perspectives and relationships
  • Self-motivation, self-direction, and commitment to high professional ideals
  • An appreciation for, and experience with, working with students from traditionally underrepresented groups and issues pertinent to these populations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Dedication to the exploration of diversity variables in professional and personal settings
University Description

Established in 1908, James Madison University is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs to more than 20,000 students. JMU is regarded as one of the finest regional universities in the nation and has been continuously cited in U.S. News and World Report, Changing Times, and Money Magazine as an outstanding public university. As a university, our mission is to be a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives. With that comes a vision of becoming the national model for defining what it means to be an engaged university. 

The Counseling Center resides in Student Affairs and is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Centers. The mission of Student Affairs mirrors that of the University, and its individual departments strive to provide the best possible programs and services to assist students in realizing success in all areas of life. Our Center is staffed by twenty-one full-time professionals, including licensed clinical psychologists, licensed professional counselors, a psychiatrist, and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. We are a multicultural, multidisciplinary, and multi-theoretical staff striving to provide culturally competent clinical services, outreach programming, and training opportunities. This is evidenced in all of our service delivery efforts and in the work of selected staff members which focus on supporting underserved populations here at JMU. The Counseling Center houses an APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship Program and LPC residency program. We also train Masters level externs, practicum students from JMU's doctoral and clinical mental health programs, and psychiatry residents.

JMU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access employer, and the Counseling Center has a commitment to diversity. We welcome multiculturally 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.

Region Description

Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. It has become known for its livability, diversity, local food, arts, and natural surroundings; this Virginia Main Street community is a great place to live and work. Harrisonburg has been recognized as one of the United States safest cities, which speaks to its "Friendly By Nature" slogan. View all of Harrisonburg's awards and recognition here. Further, the natural scenic beauty of the area is accompanied by a variety of recreational opportunities and historic sites. Festivals, downtown shopping, hiking trails, museums, and art galleries are just a few things to enjoy in Harrisonburg. Find out more here

Application Process
  1. Email the following application materials by April 1st:
    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. Three letters of reference, at least one of which speaks to 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-April.
  3. Position offers will be made in late April.

Applications for or questions about Post-Masters Residency opportunities at the Counseling Center should be directed to Nina Critz, LPC (critznh@jmu.edu) and Wendy Gerlach, LPC (gerlacws@jmu.edu), Co-Coordinators of LPC Training.

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