The Behavioral Healthcare Division provides comprehensive, coordinated, recovery-oriented, community-based mental health and substance use services that are of the highest quality and fully accessible and responsive to the individuals served. Students start in the fall for the full academic year (September through May). We do not offer any positions starting in the winter or summer months. Applications are due March 31.
Students interested in applying for either program should complete the form below and submit:
- a resume/vita,
- a letter of interest and
- 3 letters of recommendation, including at least one letter from a clinical supervisor and one from their program director about readiness for externship.
For the coming school year, applications will be accepted until February 1 for the externship program, and until March 31 for the master’s internship.
For additional information please contact: Nakia Dawkins
Doctoral Externship for Clinical/Counseling Psychology Students
Nine-month program for clinical psychology doctoral students, beginning after Labor Day and continuing until June. Students are exposed to adult clients with serious mental illness and substance use disorders. Students will perform psychological evaluations of mentally ill individuals, maintain a caseload of 5-6 clients, provide both case management services and therapy, and will be able to co-lead and/or conduct therapy groups. As part of the program, students are expected to attend weekly Treatment Team meetings, monthly Testing Seminar, and at least four best practice didactic seminars presented by staff members.
Qualifications of Applicants: Applicant must be a doctoral student in an APA accredited clinical psychology programs in VA/DC/MD. The student should be entering their second or third year of graduate study and should have prior experience with therapy clients.
Master’s Level Internships for Clinical or Counseling Students
The Behavioral Healthcare Division accepts master’s level students studying to become a professional in the behavioral healthcare industry for the nine-months beginning after Labor Day, and continuing until June. Students are exposed to clients with serious mental illness and substance use disorders. The agency offers internships in the follow programs:
- Forensic Case Management
- Healthy Living Program
- Clarendon House – Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program
- Jail Based Services
- Art Therapy
Qualifications of Applicants: The internship program accepts applications from master’s level students in clinical or counseling psychology programs in VA/DC/MA. The students should be entering their second year of graduate study and should have prior experience with therapy clients.Click here to view form.