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Post-Doctoral Residency Program

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 psychologist. The Resident will provide (1) short-term individual, group, and crisis counseling, (2) consultation services and outreach programming, and (3) supervision and training for graduate students. 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, group counseling, psychoeducational outreach, sexual assault counseling and response, and suicide risk reduction.

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate must have:

  • Completed all requirements for their doctoral degree in counseling or clinical psychology from an APA-approved graduate program prior to the start of residency;
  • Completed an APA-accredited doctoral internship, preferably in a university counseling center;
  • 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: (1) demonstrated interest in and commitment to university counseling center work and college student development, (2) a collaborative spirit of warmth, acceptance, respect, and trust towards colleagues, (3) the energy to flexibly manage the professional demands of a challenging caseload while maintaining positive and healthy perspectives and relationships, (4) a self-motivated, self-directed commitment to high professional ideals, (5) an appreciation for and experience with working with students of color, international students, and issues pertinent to these populations, and (6) 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 twelve full-time professionals, including licensed clinical psychologists, licensed counselors, a psychiatrist, and two 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 APA-Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship Program, the Counseling Center staff also trains master's level externs, practicum students from the JMU's doctoral and community counseling 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 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.

Questions about the Post-Doctoral Residency Program at the Counseling Center may be directed to:

Ilene Magee, Ph.D.
Directory of Training
James Madison University
Counseling & Student Development Center
Varner House
800 South Main Street, MSC 0801
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
540- 568-6552