Ashley received her undergraduate degree at NC State before going to Meredith College for her dietetic internship. She is passionate about helping students meet their nutrition goals through individual nutrition counseling as well as group presentations. In addition to working with students one-on-one, Ashley currently serves as co-leader of TWO (Take Weight Off), a weight loss program for students and is a member of the Eating Disorder Treatment Team.
Dr. Lauren Johnson joined our clinical staff in 2014. She graduated from North Carolina State University with an undergraduate degree in Zoology. She graduated medical school from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME. Before coming to NC State Student Health she worked at Duke University Student Health. Her interests include compassionately caring for students and empowering patients through education.
Thank you for your interest in NCSU’s Counseling Center’s Post-Master’s Fellowship. We anticipate offering three positions for the 2015-2016 Fellowship year. You will find information about the application process below. Please feel free to contact the Training Director (Richard Tyler-Walker, email@example.com) regarding any questions you may have.
Minimum Experience/Education: Recent Graduation from accredited Master’s Program in Counseling or Social Work and completion of an Internship or Field Placement at a University Counseling Center or equivalent clinical experience. Also, demonstrated progress in application for licensure within applicant’s discipline.
Departmental Required Skills: Established commitment to multicultural competencies. Candidate must have had prior clinical experience (during Training is sufficient) and experience in assessing for risk and managing crises. Strong interpersonal skills required.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Experience in a University Counseling Center is desirable. Preference for candidates who are generalists with experience utilizing a time-limited model of care. Preference for candidates who have experience and strong interest in providing outreach presentations and group work..
Once the position has been posted, Applicants need to apply at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/ Application materials will include:
- Completed University Application
- Statement of interest and how the Post-Master’s Fellowship at NCSU fits with your experience, training goals and longer term plans
- Vita detailing educational, training, practicum, and employment experiences
- Three letters of recommendation, two of which must be from persons familiar with your recent clinical/counseling work.
Skype interviews will be held in April. Skype interviews typically average 45 minutes in length and are conducted with members of the staff. Applicants are notified of invitation for a interview via email and are asked to sign up through an on-line scheduling program.
For questions about our Internship Program, please contact
Richard Tyler-Walker, PhD, LPC-S
via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
NC State University
2815 Cates Ave. Box 7312
Raleigh, NC 27695-7312
The Post-Master’s Fellowship is for a full Academic year (August through July) and Fellows must be able to commit to full-time work. Focus of time will be on direct service with clients. The Fellowship will be renewable for a second year if both the Fellow and Center are in agreement
The stipend for the internship is $30,000 annually (August through July). The training program also provides full benefits and leave equivalent with an EPA position at the university. This includes full employee benefits, including health care and flex options. Interns receive the same amount of leave as other EPA employees. Annual leave is accrued at 16 hours per month, and sick eave is accrued at 8 hours per month. In addition, interns have university holidays off. The university typically closes between Christmas and New Year to save on energy costs. Depending on the designated state holidays staff, including interns, may need to use some leave during this time (usually 0-2 days). Leave requests must be submitted for approval and it is encouraged that larger amounts of leave taken during slower times of the semester to allow us to
better serve students. Please review NC NC State University Benefits Website for more information. In addition, Interns will be provided with professional development money and educational leave.
Fellows receive a University ID which allows them access to the NC State University Library and check out materials for an extended length of time. Fellows also have membership at the university recreational center (for a nominal fee), access to many cultural and social events on campus, use of the Wolfline bus, and access to dining facilities on campus.
Fellows are also entitled to purchase a staff parking permit. Transportation will deduct the cost monthly, pre-tax, from employees checks if they prefer. Fellows receive clerical and technical support for client scheduling, business and travel arrangements, computing, and general office functions. Each Fellow has a private, fully furnished office with a computer and wi-fi access. Fellows are also eligible for a number of other employee discounts that are outlined on the HR Benefits page.
There are nearby a number of other activities that are close by that might be of interest. The Pullen Arts Center, run by the city of Raleigh, is adjacent to campus and offers affordable classes in pottery, jewelry making, painting and more. Pullen Park is also close-by and houses picnic areas, paddle boats, playgrounds, and a merry-go-round and mini-train. The location of the university allows for numerous opportunities.
The Post-Master’s Fellowship is a full-time, one year, paid internship that can be renewed for a second year if the Fellow and the Center are in agreement. A sample 40-hour weekly schedule is described below. While the experiences described in this section generally remain constant, the specific number of hours devoted to each activity may vary. This is a sample of a typical Fellow schedule and may be modified depending on the time of the year, completion of activities or seminars, and with respect to any specialized focus, and any systemic changes in the Center.
|Direct Services Activities:||Hours Per Week|
|Intakes (Personal, Academic & Career)||4 – 6|
|Individual Counseling Follow-Ups||15 – 25|
|(Personal, Academic & Career)|
|Triage||0 – 3|
|Outreach Programming||0 – 4|
|Group Counseling||0 – 2|
|Consultation||0 – 1|
|After Hours / On-Call||0 – 1 (Rotates through staff)|
|Observing Senior Staff||0 – 1|
|Total Direct Service:||Ave 25|
|Training – Supervision Activities:|
|Training Seminar Topics||2 – 3|
|Total Training & Supervision:||Ave 6|
|Clinical Notes & Paperwork||5|
|Preparation for Supervision||1|
|Committee Meetings / Center Involvement||0 – 2|
|Total Administrative:||Ave 9|
|Approximate Totals:||40 (Possibly more due to nature of EPA position)|
Please note: We expect all trainees to take a lunch break when appropriate (when full or most of day is worked). Self-care is essential for a positive and successful training experience. We attempt, with all staff, to encourage balancing our busier times with some respite where possible. We feel that for all new professionals learning to set
limits and establishing reasonable goals is an important part of self-care and
is a goal of the training program. Also, trainees are not able to see students after the Center is closed, unless the supervisor has agreed to remain and be available. This does not include educational outreach presentations which may be scheduled after-hours.
Intern Seminars are designed to enrich the training experience of emerging mental health professionals. In addition to weekly group process time with the intern cohort and case-consultation meetings with fellow trainees and senior staff, training seminars are offered on a variety of topics. Seminars are didactic in nature and are illustrated with rich case examples. Seminars will be offered on a weekly basis for a minimum of two hours. Some topics will be offered regularly and others will be offered throughout the academic year.
Seminar Topics include:
- Multicultural / Diversity Seminar
- Clinical Skills / Clinical Issues Seminar
- Theories and Techniques Seminar
- Assessment Seminar
- Outreach Seminar
- Supervision of Supervision Seminar
- Group Counseling Seminar
- Professional Identity / Professional Development
The NC State Counseling Center supports students by offering personal, academic and career counseling. The staff is multidisciplinary, and although staff members may have some specific area of expertise, all are considered generalists. Interns will be trained in virtually every area of center functioning in order to prepare them for practice as a generalist first, while supporting each trainee’s distinct professional interests and skills. Training is viewed as a way to contribute to the profession, but also as a way to ensure that we stay current on practice issues. Trainees also infuse our center with the energy and enthusiasm that is both valued and supported.
The training program is based on the values inherent in the Practitioner-Scholar model. Learning that comes through direct experience with others and thoughtful self-reflection is valued by the training staff here at the Counseling Center. As scholars, the training staff recognizes the importance of theory, research and critical thinking. Both practice and scholarship are essential to preparing new mental health professionals to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups in a rapidly-changing world. The training staff seeks to foster a lifelong commitment to the integration of self-reflective practice and scholarly examination.
Becoming a competent psychologist requires graduated experiences and training; therefore, the NC State Counseling Center offers training experiences which offer developmentally appropriate experiences as the year progresses. The didactic instruction and supervised practice opportunities will vary based upon Fellows cohort needs, input from Fellows and requirements based upon APPIC and APA accreditation standards. As trainees gain experience, expectations for more advanced professional skills, greater self-awareness and autonomous functioning increase.
A high value is placed on the integration of one’s personal and professional identities. The training staff strives to tailor each interns’ experience to their individual needs within the structured activities of our training program. Ongoing self-assessment of one’s strengths and limitations is encouraged. When coupled with the supervisory feedback of multiple staff members who are committed to training new professionals, there is great opportunity for personal and professional development.
Fellows learn through direct experience under close supervision and are encouraged to also utilize their cohort group for learning and support. All staff involved in training will be expected to serve as a mentor and positive role model. Interactive, skill-building seminars are used as an additional source of learning. Trainees receive on-the-job training in the full range of university psychological services including individual and group psychotherapy, intake assessment, psychological assessment, urgent care, on-call, clinical supervision, multicultural competence, program development and outreach services. Opportunities to initiate or continue the development of specialties or areas of interest are also provided.
Orientation and training will occur when Fellows begin in August. Presentations, trainings, and other activities are scheduled to assist trainees in transitioning to our setting. Initial assessment of skills in various areas of professional functioning determines each intern’s areas of strength and areas for growth. During this time, each intern is given the opportunity to explore goals for their training experience and to discuss ways to maximize opportunities in individual areas of interest. An attempt is made to match interns to supervisors based on interns’ areas of interest and individual needs.
In addition to the variety of training activities offered during orientation, informal social events are scheduled to help Fellows build group cohesiveness and to aid in meeting Counseling Center staff members.
North Carolina State University Counseling Center invites applications for a two year, full-time, 24-month position as Post-Master’s Fellow. The position is on a year-to-year basis and can be renewed for a second year if the Fellow and Training staff are in agreement. The Post-Master’s Fellowship at the NC State Counseling Center is designed to prepare individuals for a staff position in a university counseling setting, with particular emphasis on social workers or counselors wishing to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Each year of the fellowship will offer a different specialized training focus, in order to provide Fellows with the flexibility to work in a variety of settings. The Post-Master’s Fellowship requires graduation from a master’s program in Counseling or Social Work and completion of a clinical Fellowship or field placement preferably at a university counseling center. The program is designed to meet partial requirements for licensure in the state of North Carolina.
Fellows will develop skills in brief intervention, assessment, and crisis intervention. They also will serve as part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary medical team, providing on call services to medical providers working with distressed students. A primary focus of the fellowship is the consolidation of generalist clinical skills, to prepare Fellows for licensure and independent practice. Fellows will spend the majority of their time working in General Services, where they will have the opportunity to provide individual and group therapy, crisis intervention (both daytime and after-hours), triage, initial consultations (intake), and outreach programming.
Fellows also are expected to commit to the development of cultural competence through self-examination and participation in university-based outreach and prevention services for both the general student population and underrepresented groups on campus. The NC State Counseling Center has a strong commitment to multiculturalism and has solid working relationships with the various Diversity Programs and Services Offices on campus. The training of clinically skilled, ethical, self-aware, and culturally competent mental health professionals is central to the mission of the NC State Counseling Center.
In the first year of the fellowship, Fellows will focus gaining additional training in the mental health field as well as gaining clinical experience and supervision as a generalist clinician. Our staff are dedicated to providing a robust learning environment and clinical supervision to facilitate professional growth. In the second year of the fellowship, Fellows will have the opportunity to function effectively as part of the team in a large, fast-paced Counseling Center and have some opportunity for additional training in areas of specialization.
North Carolina State University’s Post Master’s Fellowship Overview of Training
Training at North Carolina State’s (NCSU) Counseling Center begins with the idea that learning is developmental, and that trainees have different needs that change with time and experience. Fellows will be supported in both their personal and professional growth. Post Master’s Fellows will be encouraged to continually seek awareness of self and use this information to define strengths and areas for development. Fellows’ examination of personal values will help them to discover the impact of their beliefs on professional functioning. Increased personal awareness should also assist advanced trainees in understanding their role in interpersonal dynamics and their role in personal and professional interactions.
Diversity is a core value here at NCSU’s Counseling Center. Fellows are encouraged to explore their beliefs, attitudes and skills in order to assess and increase their multicultural competence. Furthermore, the emphasis placed upon personal understanding as part of professional development may require that Fellows be asked to consider issues that are somewhat personal in nature. Every effort is made to provide a safe and nurturing environment which respects disclosure and protects Fellows’ confidentiality.
In support of the desire to foster diversity, the Counseling Center is committed to developing diversity training for staff. The Counseling Center recognizes that factors such as multiculturalism, race or ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, and range of ability affect college students’ lives and sometimes present unique challenges. The Counseling Center values each student’s individuality and commits to welcoming all people with respect and sensitivity. Counseling Center staff also attends to their own professional development by participating in training and programs designed to enhance their understanding of the needs diverse people.
As part of the Division of Academic and Student Affairs’ mission to promote the success of the whole student, the University Counseling Center believes that a healthy emotional life is the foundation for personal, academic, and professional success. Honoring individual and cultural identities, strengths and differences, core personal values, and the complexities of collegiate life, our multidisciplinary mental health team uses compassionate, professional interactions to support emotional balance while encouraging students to reach their potential.
Our mission is realized through the delivery of comprehensive services, such as:
Brief individual, group, and couple’s counseling
Psychiatric evaluation and treatment
24-hour crisis response
Campus and community referrals
Faculty, staff, and student consultation
Mental health educational programming and training
Training at NCSU’s Counseling Center will cover all of the services listed above, and will be comprehensive in breadth and depth.
Direct Service Experiences
We consider personal counseling of individuals the primary direct service practice. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with students with varying presenting issues. While our center works primarily within a short-term model, all staff, and especially Fellows are encouraged to work with a few longer-term clients. Fellows may have the opportunity to do some couples counseling work either individually or in a co-therapy situation.
Groups are an integral part of counseling service in our center. We have a variety of groups offered at any given time, with a combination of closed therapy groups, drop-in groups, and psychoeducational groups. We are a busy center and find groups an excellent opportunity to provide support while students are waiting for an Intake, in between sessions, as individual work is finished, or in some case instead of individual therapy. Typically Fellows will co-lead a group with a permanent staff member and will have an opportunity to do a different group each semester. Fellows typically meet with their group co-leader on a weekly basis while planning and running the group.
Our center uses a triage model to assist in determining student’s level of risk and urgency for which they need to be seen. Triage is used as a screening and referral tool. While we have Triage Clinicians who do the bulk of Triage, we include this experience as part of the Fellowship as it is a valuable skill that may be expected of them in future positions. Training for Triage and opportunities to observe Triage clinicians occur early in Fellowship. Our Triage system offers back-up for consultation and support in crisis situations.
All counselors at our center do some after-hours on-call. Fellows will be trained to participate in the on-call system, with back-up available if consultation is needed.
Our center provides career exploration counseling and assessment for students. Fellows will use the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory with students when suitable. We provide training in the career exploration process as well as in use of these instruments.
Our center does a significant amount of outreach programming for the campus community. This includes screening days, tabling events, Residence Life training and programs, classroom and campus organization presentations, as well as in-house programs. These programs cover a large variety of topics, from time and stress management, to healthy sleep and healthy relationships. Our center also offers QPR (Question Persuade Refer) training to students and staff. Outreach is considered an essential skill for clinicians in a university setting. As such we require Intern participation in outreach programming. Outreach programs and projects will offer additional exposure to a range of interventions with diverse populations. If there are special populations an intern would like to work with Outreach is another way to gain this experience.
There is training for all Fellows each August to prepare Fellows in outreach presentations. For those who have a special interest in outreach there is opportunity to work closely with our Outreach Coordinator to gain further experience.
Staff regularly consults with student, faculty, staff, parents, off-campus mental health providers and others. Most consultation requests come through phone calls, on-call, and walk-ins. Other times consultation will be around a particular student or issue of concern. Fellows will participate in consultation as circumstances arise and back-up will be available as needed. Consultation will offer further opportunities to work with diverse populations and student issues.
Our students have access to time-limited psychiatric services, including evaluation and medication management. Our staff can refer students to our in-house psychiatrists, and consult with psychiatrists about students. Additionally, there may be some opportunities to sit in with students during the psychiatric evaluation when a student is referred.
Our center is involved in some academic processes on campus, including withdrawal and course drop requests. While Deans make decisions about granting exceptions to academic policy, center staff is expected to provide assistance in assessing psychological issues that may impact a student’s performance in classes. We have staff that takes the lead in this area, but all staff may be required to participate in this process at times, particularly if a student a staff member is seeing needs to request a lower course load or to withdrawal from the semester entirely. Academic policies and procedures are covered in training in August.
In order to prepare to see clients and function as a Counseling Center staff member, Fellows will be introduced to Center modes of service delivery via an orientation process. This orientation will be completed within a two-week period. Orientation will consist of sessions in which Fellows will learn more about policy and procedure regarding Center functions, and will be given time and space to process any questions they might have. Fellows will also be introduced to the Center’s electronic record system (Titanium), will engage in orientation to available benefits, will have an “Onboarding” session in which important personal information is entered into the university system (i.e. banking information for direct pay deposit) and will have a chance to meet with the Administrative Team here at the Center.
Finally, orientation is also a very important piece of training in that Fellows will be exposed to many different staff here in the Center; thus, beginning the process of integration into the team through learning about staff interests and areas of expertise.
Fellows receive 1 hour of individual supervision per week with their primary supervisor. During the first year the Fellowship, the Fellow will have one primary supervisor. For the second year of the Fellowship, a secondary clinical supervisor can be assigned if the Fellow is interested in seeking supervision in a specialty content area (i.e. Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, Trauma work, etc.)
Trainees will be supervised regarding their triage/intake work, during individual supervision. There will also be a monthly supervision meeting of all trainees providing triage services (in order to ensure understanding of policy and resources related to triage services). Trainees will be expected to provide coverage for triage services, and will learn how to engage students in timely and effective assessment of their risk and needs. Triage here at NCSU’s Counseling Center is the manner in which students enter the system, and is generally a short session focused on assessing current symptoms and directing students to services they need (whether that’s here in the Counseling Center or off campus). Trainees will also learn more about how to conduct an intake interview.
The intake Session is utilized as the student’s first session with their therapist here at the Counseling Center. Intakes are scheduled off of triage, and are longer and more involved than a triage session. Training regarding an intake interview will occur through live observation and through viewing audio/video tape. This session will allow the trainee to gather more information regarding the client’s history and general well-being. Risk will also be assessed.
Group Supervision meets 1 hour weekly to discuss clinical issues including: challenging cases, disposition issues, professional concerns, multicultural or ethical issues salient to a particular clinical situation and various treatment approaches. Fellows are encouraged to participate in discussions and to informally present cases throughout the year
Didactic Training Opportunities:
For the first year of the Fellowship, there is a two hour weekly meeting during which topic-focused subjects are covered in areas such as ethics, theoretical orientation, multicultural competencies, professional issues, utilizing specific treatment strategies, crisis and risk management, psychopharmacology, etc. The seminar will be organized by the Training Director and the Training Coordinator, but will utilize center staff in their areas of expertise on a rotating basis.
This seminar will occur a few times over the semester. During this time, the Assistant Director of Outreach Services and Wellness Initiatives will assist trainees with discussions regarding their outreach responsibilities and will provide training/supervision as needed regarding the provision of outreach, liaison and consultation services. This seminar will also serve as a “check-in” regarding trainees’ progress with the outreach requirement (4 presentations per semester, 8 in all). Fellows will be expected to show increasing competence related to provision of outreach, liaison and consultation services.
Group Counseling Seminar
This seminar will occur during the semesters for clinicians offering group counseling. During this time, the Coordinator of Group Therapy Services will assist Fellows with discussions regarding their group therapy experiences. This supervision will not serve as primary supervision for the Fellows’ group experiences (this will be provided by the leader(s) of the group), but will serve as a processing and didactic space for Fellows to increase knowledge about group theory and process/learn more about group therapy interventions.
All staff participates in small-group case conference meetings and trainees are included. Case conference is every week for 1 hour. This is an opportunity for staff, including trainees, to present and discuss cases that are more complex or for which the staff member would like feedback.
Fellows will engage twice per month in an “all trainees seminar” during which they will (on a rotating basis) be asked to present a formal case presentation. Trainees will be asked to present from a written report. The presentation time allotted is 30 minutes, and trainees are encouraged to provide enough time for staff to ask questions and comment about the case. A format will be provided regarding this case presentation.
The goal of the presentation is to assist Fellows with developing their case conceptualization skills, along with an ability to share relevant details of client presentation and how theoretical orientation was utilized intentionally to guide treatment.
Additional Opportunities for Training:
These are typically 2 hours every week. This is an opportunity for the entire clinical staff to get together and discuss center issues, policies, current happenings. Several times a semester this time will be used for CE activities to assist in enhancing the staff’s professional development or to work on the center’s planning, mission/goals, or cohesion.
The center provides a number of CE programs throughout the year on a variety of topics. Guests from other departments or from outside the university frequently serve as presenters for these programs. Most of these CE programs are approved by APA and NBCC for CE credit. The CE committee works in conjunction with the Multicultural Task Force to include topics relevant to multicultural training and competence. Additionally, some other professional development programs are offered by the center. This may include “lunch and learn” discussions, or webinars.
Fellows are invited to participate in at least one committee. Committees range from Outreach Committee, Groups Committee, Multicultural Task Force, Clinical Services Committee, CE Committee, Assessment Committee, Training Committee, and the Social Committee. Some committees meet weekly, while others meet bi-weekly or as needed.
Professional Training & Conferences
There is a budget set aside for Fellows to attend off-campus trainings or conferences. The amount available may vary depending on budget allowances each year. There are a number of trainings that are convenient based on our location (close to Chapel Hill and Durham) and the number of colleges and universities in the area. All requests need to be made directly to the Training Director.
There are some opportunities to take place in trainings available to staff on campus. For example, most of our staff has participated in Project Safe training that is offered by the GLBT Center on campus. If Fellows see trainings advertised for the campus community that are of interest, we encourage them to discuss participation in these with their supervisor or Training Coordinator.
Since late Monday February 2, 2015, a number of students reported having several gastrointestinal illness demonstrating stomach flu-like symptoms. This has not been diagnosed as norovirus however the University is taking every precaution to contain the spread. At present, approximately 20 Greek students in two separate houses close to one another have exhibited symptoms and several of those have been seen and treated at various medical facilities. There has been no indication of ill students related to this incidence outside of those two houses. Further testing is being conducted through the Wake County Health Department to determine the nature of the illness.
What are we doing about this?
- Affected students have been informed on precautions to take in the event someone becomes ill.
- As it seems this illness is highly contagious, we are asking that all students exhibiting gastrointestinal issues stay in their residences in an effort to not spread any potential virus.
- Student Health is actively working with Greek Life to contact all of the sick students as a follow-up
- Faculty of the students who are ill have been notified
- To care for students exhibiting the illness, Dining is providing Get-Well Meal Kits to those staying in the sorority and fraternity houses.
- University Housekeeping and Facility Operations have been providing thorough cleanings each day and will continue to do so daily until the illness passes.
- Student Health is actively working with the Wake County Health department to determine the nature of the illness
With gastrointestinal illness, the most important way to stop the spread is to practice good hand washing and hand hygiene. If you are exhibiting symptoms and feel ill, you should carefully wash your hands after any bathroom visit. If you are ill, you should not prepare food for or serve food to others. It is also important to get adequate rest and good fluid hydration, both when ill and when trying not to become ill.
If a student becomes ill and needs medical care during normal business hours, they should call Student Health Services (919-515-2563) or their personal healthcare provider. If they experience severe symptoms after hours, they should call 911 or visit their medical provider.
Flu Season is in full swing! Protect yourself and the rest of the Pack by getting your flu shot. Student Health has 2 flu shot clinics this month.
January 13th at Wolf Ridge Apartments in the Multipurpose Room from 3pm to 8pm.
January 21st at Talley Student Center in the Multipurpose Room from 11am – 7pm.
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