Important Application Information for Masters Level Training

Types of Masters Level Training Opportunities at the Counseling Center

How to Apply

Applicants are asked to submit the following:

  1. One page summary of interests and goals

  2. Brief vita highlighting course work and clinical experience

  3. Graduate Staff Application Form 

  4. If you are applying for a Practicum I position (CMHC or PsyD students), a secondary site placement (MFT students), or a field placement (Social Work students), please submit two professional references from advisors and/or previous supervisors on the reference form provided by the Counseling Center. If you are applying for a Practicum II or Externship position (CMHC or PsyD students), please submit three professional references from advisors and/or previous supervisors on the reference form provided by the Counseling Center.

Application Deadlines

Please observe the following application deadlines for the semester you would like to begin work at the Center:

Program                                Deadline Fall 2021
CMHC                                     February 22, 2021
MFT                                         March 12, 2021
MSW                                       April 2, 2021

These dates are the formal deadlines for the application. The Center may accept and process applications after the deadline if space is available in one of the training programs.  * Please note that the dates are subject to change from semester to semester. Please check with the Coordinator of Training for Master’s Level Training for the most recent deadline for the current year.

How do I know if I am a good fit for this training site?

It is strongly recommended that applicants complete the following courses prior to the start of training:  

  • Advanced Abnormal (aka Developmental Assessment & Diagnosis) (Preferred)
  • Ethical/Legal Issues (Preferred)

* Note that if a trainee has not completed the courses listed above, supplemental material may be required prior to beginning clinical work.

  • Trainees cannot receive counseling services at the Center while participating in the training. 
  • Trainees must attend orientation prior to the beginning of the semester. Orientation for the training site typically occurs the Friday before classes begin. Make sure you are available for this requirement.
  • Trainees must attend two weekly supervision meetings (8 am on Tuesday & Thursday) throughout the semester.  Individuals who have conflicts with this requirement will not be able to be placed with us, as we value the training and supervision that occur during these meetings.
  • For the paid externships, be advised that in order to qualify for assistantship funding, one must be enrolled in academic hours for the semesters that you are receiving funding. Check with the graduate school if you have any questions in regard to this requirement. 
  • While diagnosis is not a core aspect of our training philosophy, we recognize its importance as a part of future employment for many trainees and we integrate the use of the DSM in our clinical work.

Contact Person

Please submit any correspondence and all applications to:

Leslie Martin, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Training
Counseling & Psychological Services Center  
Miles Annas Student Services Building 

If you have questions or want to arrange a special training opportunity, please contact (828) 262-3180 or email at and make an appointment.

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.

For additional resources see our Emergency Services page.

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