Two 20-hour per week graduate assistantships are currently available at Counseling & Psychological Services each academic year. Students will be in good standing in either the Ph.D. program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology 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 current stipend is $20,000 per year.
How to Apply for Graduate Assistantships
Students will complete the application for the Graduate Assistantship position (see below). 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. Maximum placement in the position is two academic years.
Download application materials here. Applications are due February 26, 2021, for assistantships that start in the fall semester 2021. 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 & Coordinator of Practicum Training at Elizabeth.Malone@uncc.edu
Activities and 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:
- Two 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).
Students in the Graduate Assistantship position have the opportunity to elect participation in receiving more specialized training in group therapy at CAPS. The training is flexible to the student’s level of experience. Training can include such activities as process observing a therapy group, co-leading a structured psycho-educational group or workshop, process observing a therapy group, and attending an all-staff group case conference. The time commitment to this area of focus will be two to three hours a week.
Students in the Graduate Assistantship position have the opportunity to elect participation in receiving more specialized training 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. The time commitment to this area of focus will be two to three hours a week.
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 either the Clinical Health Psychology or the Counselor Education 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.