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Roger Williams University Information

Roger Williams University is an independent, co-educational, liberal arts institution, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The student body is composed of more than 4,345 full- and part-time undergraduate men and women of which more than 3,700 reside on the Bristol campus. In addition, there are 850 graduate students, including the Law School. More than 210 full-time professors offer 41 different majors leading to the B.A., B.S., B.Arch., B.F.A., A.A. and A.S. undergraduate degrees. Masters degrees include science in criminal justice, arts in literacy education, arts in teaching-elementary education, architecture, public administration and arts in forensic psychology. Currently, annual tuition is approximately $28,968. While students come from more than 41 states, the majority of students reside in the Northeast. Approximately 95 international students from more than 48 countries, including Afghanistan, China, Japan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Turkey, are currently enrolled at the Bristol campus.

Center for Counseling and Student Development

The Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD) is a university-based department, which is responsible for providing comprehensive psychological services to full-time undergraduate and graduate students (not including Law School students). Services offered include individual, couple, and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, consultation, psycho-educational programming and clinical assessments. In addition, the CCSD provides consultation and referral services to part-time students, faculty, staff and administrators. The CCSD staff consists of a licensed clinical nurse specialist, a licensed social worker, three licensed psychologists, two post-doctoral fellows and a secretary. The clinical staff's orientations and interests are quite varied with an inclination towards developmental, relational and psychodynamic perspectives.  A consulting psychiatrist meets with the staff for case conference on a weekly basis. The CCSD has a positive reputation on campus and is highly used by students.

Pre-Doctoral Internship

The CCSD is one of five training sites affiliated with the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology's (MSPP) Internship Consortium in Clinical Psychology that has APA approval. The pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology is based on a competency model of training in the areas of relationship, assessment, intervention, supervision and management, consultation and education, research and evaluation, ethics and professional identity, and cultural competence/diversity. Interns spend 27 hours per week at the CCSD for two years. A total of 2,000 internship hours (in no more than 24 months) is required. All applicants must currently be MSPP students who have received approval via the MSPP Internship Readiness Committee of their readiness for internship level training. The application process is outlined at There is a $8,500.00 stipend attached to this position. Students interested in the CCSD should contact Jim Azar, Ph.D., Director, Center for Counseling and Student Development, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809 or call (401) 254-3124.

The Training Program: Philosophy and Goals

The CCSD staff are highly committed to providing a supportive, accepting and caring environment, which is conducive to self-reflection, skill development, experimentation and professional development for interns. We view interns as colleagues-in-training who deserve to be treated with a high degree of professional, as well as personal respect. Our training model is relational and reciprocal, and we strive to empower personal and professional growth through supervision, modeling, experiential learning, didactic teaching, consulting and mentoring. Individual training goals are tailored to the developmental needs of each intern to the extent that is possible. Our goal is to train you to be not only a skillful specialist, but a "generalist" -- a highly competent and versatile professional whose expertise extends to a variety of domains. A secondary and pervasive goal of our training program is the development of professionalism. Strong emphasis is placed on enhancing the intern's sense of ethical responsibility (conformity to accepted professional standards of conduct), social responsibility (sensitivity to the full range of human differences) and personal responsibility (awareness of self and of one's personal impact upon counseling interactions).

Training Activities

Balanced against individual training needs, a number of core activities will typically take up to the majority of the intern's 27 hours per week time commitment.  These estimated time allotments may vary according to the interests of the intern and the needs of the Center.

  • Intakes/counseling -- 10 to 15 hours
  • MSPP/seminar -- 2 hours
  • Staff meeting -- 1 hour
  • Individual supervision -- 2 hours
  • Group supervision -- 1 hour
  • Case conference -- 2 hours
  • Assessment seminar - 1 hour
  • Didactic seminar -- 1 hour
  • Administrative/paperwork -- 4 hours

Optional Experiences

  • Consultation (formal) -- 1 hour
  • Emergency Services -- 1 hour
  • Research/professional development -- 1 to 2 hours
  • Groups/workshops -- 1 to 2 hours

Note: A brief therapy model is the generally accepted mode of treatment for individual counseling, although there is a provision for you to gain experience with long-term clients. Interns are given considerable autonomy and are encouraged to exercise choices both within their prescribed responsibilities (types of groups, topics for outreach, etc.) and in their choice of optional or specialty areas (incest survivors, eating disorders, substance abuse, ADHD, etc.).

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

CCSD first began offering a post-doctoral fellowship position in 2002. Currently, the CCSD offers two twelve-month, full-time fellowship positions that are designed to prepare individuals for staff positions in a university counseling center. Fellows will have the opportunity to learn about common systemic, ethical and community issues, which psychologists encounter when working in a university setting. Fellows receive advanced training opportunities in core service areas including individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, intake and assessment, crisis intervention, outreach programs and workshops, and consultations with faculty, staff, and parents. There are also some opportunities for more ongoing consultative relationships with other departments on campus. The CCSD staff strive to create a supportive, collegial environment in which fellows can further develop and expand their professional identity. Each fellow is responsible for covering one day per week of on-call/crisis services during normal working hours. In addition, fellows, in consultation with the co-directors of training, are responsible for coordinating the didactic training seminars. Two hours of scheduled individual supervision by licensed psychologists are provided each week with a focus on transference and counter-transference issues in treatment. Sensitivity to individual and cultural differences is emphasized throughout the program.

Benefits and Application Procedures Post-Doctoral Fellowship

There is a $34,959.00 stipend and a $300.00 professional development fund (books, conferences, materials, etc.) attached to this position. Individual health and dental insurance, paid vacation, sick time and 15 paid holidays are included.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current C.V., and 3 letters of recommendation (at least 2 from clinical supervisors). Selected applicants will be invited to interview with our staff. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to provide compensation for travel expenses. Application materials should be sent to Jim Azar, Ph.D., Director, Center for Counseling and Student Development, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809. All positions for the 2016-17 academic year have now been filled.