Doctoral Training Specialty Areas

While the staff strives for generalist training of psychologists, there are plenty of opportunities within the structure of the internship to specialize. Each intern who chooses to specialize, individually designs the specialization in consultation with the training director and supervisors. The possibilities for the structure of a specialization are endless, but here are examples of how interns have chosen to specialize in the past:


  • Serve on a counseling center committee such as the training committee, clinical committee, or outreach committee
  • Meet weekly with the director, training director, or clinical director to discuss issues related to the administration of those areas
  • Assist with an administrative project
  • Meet every other week with the dean of students or another administrator in student development to discuss administrative issues
  • Serve on university-wide committees

Eating Disorders

  • Assist the coordinator of the Eating Concerns Treatment Team
  • Conduct eating concerns assessments and consultations
  • Provide group therapy through the Food/Mood group
  • Provide individual therapy sessions for clients with body image and eating concerns
  • Participate in special outreach offerings associated with Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Group Therapy

  • Co-lead two therapy groups each semester
  • Assist the Group Therapy Coordinator with the set-up and advertising of groups
  • Complete a research project related to group therapy
  • Co-lead a group with a practicum student during the spring semester, providing supervision of the co-leader (depending on group therapy and supervision skills)
  • Present a professional training seminar on a topic related to group therapy

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender

  • Serve as a co-consultant to  LGBT student groups/clubs on campus
  • Co-lead the Transgender or LGB support/therapy groups
  • Work with the LGBT Center on a special project
  • Provide outreach programs related to LGBT concerns


  • Serve as liaison/consultant to the Multicultural Center, International Students, GLBT student group, Women's Center, Disability Services, etc.
  • Serve on the Counseling Centers Diversity Outreach Team
  • Complete a special project such as developing a video of different groups' perspectives on counseling
  • Provide individual and/or group therapy to diverse groups
  • Develop brochures designed specifically for diverse groups


  • Co-lead the Mindfulness Group
  • Present outreach programs related to mindfulness
  • Apply mindfulness-based approaches in work with individual therapy clients
  • Present a professional training seminar on Mindfulness or Mind-Body approaches


  • Supervise an additional pre-practicum student in the fall semester
  • Supervise an additional practicum student in the spring semester, or an advanced student (extern) in the spring semester
  • Serve as the lead co-leader of a therapy group (if have substantial group experience)
  • Assist the Master's Training Coordinator in the provision of group supervision for Master's trainees
  • Participate on the Training Committee
  • Present a training seminar on a topic related to supervision and training


  • Co-lead a trauma-focused group (Painful Pasts, Promising Futures)
  • Participate in planning for sexual assault awareness week
  • Present outreach programs related to trauma
  • Participate as a co-consultant for groups such as the Women's Center, Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), or Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CASA)
  • Maintain a clinical caseload that includes clients dealing with trauma-related concerns
  • Use trauma instruments, such as the Trauma Symptom Inventory, in work with clients
  • Present a professional training seminar in the spring related to trauma

Emergency Services

The Counseling Center offers after-hours emergency coverage for urgent mental health concerns such as suicidal thoughts, sexual assault, and other trauma.  Call the Counseling Center at 828-262-3180 and select the option to speak with the counselor on-call.

During operating hours, students in crisis can walk in any time.

Prevent Suicide Block

Contact Us


Physical Address: 
1st Floor, Miles Annas Building
614 Howard Street 
Boone, NC 28608-2044

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 32044
Boone, NC 28608

Phone: 828-262-3180
Fax: 828-262-3182

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m-5:00 p.m

Initial Consultation Hours:
Monday - Friday:
8:30-11:00 a.m. & 1:00-4:00 p.m.

 - Please Note -
During Summer Sessions, Initial Consultation Hours at times may vary. Please contact us at (828) 262-3180 for our current schedule and to verify availability.

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