Two 20-hour per week graduate assistantships are available at Counseling & Psychological Services each academic year. Students will be in good standing in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Health Psychology or Counseling Education at UNC Charlotte. Students will have completed courses in basic counseling/clinical theory and techniques, ethics, and personality or abnormal psychology. It is also desirable that students have completed courses in multicultural counseling, research design and methods, and group therapy. The stipend is $20,000 per year.
Activities & Expectations for graduate assistants
The graduate assistantship position at Counseling & Psychological Services is a 20 hour per week experience that can include the following activities:
- Three initial consultation sessions per week
- Approximately eight individual counseling sessions per week
- One hour of individual face-to-face supervision per week
- One and a half hours of weekly group supervision
- Monthly full staff meetings and quarterly staff-wide trainings on diversity and inclusion (as schedules permit)
- Specialized training and experience in group counseling or outreach (see below). The time commitment for each is two to three hours per week.
Graduate Assistants have the opportunity to elect participation in specialized training in a group modality at CAPS. The training is flexible to the student’s level of experience and can include co-leading a discussion or theme-based group, structured psycho-educational group, or workshop, and attending an all-staff group case conference.
Graduate Assistants have the opportunity to elect participation in outreach at CAPS. This training is viewed as an apprenticeship experience in which the Graduate Assistant will receive mentorship from the Outreach Coordinator and take part in assisting with outreach-related activities, conducting outreach, and receiving training/mentorship in outreach.
How to apply
Download application materials here. Applications are due March 24, 2023, for assistantships that start in the Fall semester 2023. Students will submit a completed application form, a short vita, and one reference from a faculty member or current supervisor who is familiar with the student's clinical experiences.
Submit the application materials by email to: Elizabeth Malone, Ph.D., Psychologist & Assistant Director of Training at Elizabeth.Malone@uncc.edu.
Selected applicants will be interviewed following submission of their applications. The Assistantship is a two-semester (fall and spring) appointment that will be open every year. Students who are in the GA position can reapply following their initial placement and the maximum placement in the position is two academic years.
Policy on GA use of counseling services
If you are a student interested in becoming a trainee at Counseling & Psychological Services, it is important to consider some ethical issues related to the potential for dual roles. Prospective trainees who seek counseling at CAPS should be aware that they will limit who would be available to supervise them and coordinate their training experiences. Due to the importance of avoiding multiple relationships, a Ph.D. student in the Clinical Health Psychology program who would like to be a trainee at this Center will not be able to have counseling with the Practicum Coordinator or the Training Director. For the same reason, students are not eligible to receive counseling at CAPS while they are trainees here.