Graduate Training Programs
The Graduate Clinical Training Programs at the Counseling Center are designed to provide training to exceptional graduate students in clinical psychology and clinical social work. Trainees participate in coursework, individual and group supervision, outreach and consultation activities, and the delivery of psychological services to American University students.
Practicum trainees are first- and second-year graduate students in clinical psychology program at American University. Practicum trainees receive clinical supervision from Psychology Department faculty members and administrative supervision from the Counseling Center. As a required part of their training, first-year practicum trainees videotape their sessions and second-year practicum trainees audiotape their sessions. The security and confidentiality of tapes are strictly maintained.
Externs are advanced graduate students in clinical psycholgy or clinical social work from graduate programs in the DC area, including, for example, Catholic University, George Washington University, and George Mason University, and University of Maryland. Externs receive clinical and administrative supervision from the Counseling Center professional staff. Click here for information and application materials regarding the Externship Program, or contact Dr. Amanda Rahimi, Assistant Director for Training (202) 885-3500.
The internship program is APA accredited. Interns are advanced doctoral students in clinical or counseling psycholgy who participate in the same activities as the professional staff -- assessment, counseling, crisis response, outreach, consultation, and staff development. They receive clinical and administrative supervision from the Counseling Center professional staff. Click here for information and application materials regarding the Internship Program, or contact Dr. Amanda Rahimi, Assistant Director for Training, (202) 885-3500.
The American University Counseling Center is committed to:
-providing culturally competent services.
-celebrating diversity in all its forms and expressions.
-providing culturally sensitive and affirming services for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, country of origin/nationality, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, religious/spiritual beliefs, learning differences, and physical ability.
-providing a safe and respectful environment to explore and discuss experiences of prejudice, discrimination, and oppression.
-supporting students as they work to understand and integrate the various aspects of their identity.
-preparing students for lifelong learning and global citizenship.
As staff, we hold ourselves and our trainees to these standards of inclusion and affirmation. We are committed to engaging in a deportment of ongoing self-awareness, openness to learning, and demonstration of evolving skill in working from a culturally competent framework.