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The University

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 is a university-based department, which is responsible for providing comprehensive psychological services to full-time undergraduate, graduate, and Law School students. Services offered include individual, couple, and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, consultation, psycho-educational programming and clinical assessments. In addition, the Center provides consultation and referral services to faculty, staff, and administrators. Other than interns, the Center staff consists of 3 licensed psychologists, 1 licensed clinical social worker, 2 post-doctorate fellows, and 1 secretary. The clinical staff's orientations and interests are quite varied.  Our consulting psychiatrist meets with the staff for case conference on a weekly basis. The Center has a positive reputation on campus and is highly used by students.

Pre-Doctoral Internship

The Center is one of multiple training sites affiliated with the William James College (WJC) Internship Consortium in Clinical Psychology. This consortium has approval from the American Psychological Association. 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 Center for 2 academic years. A total of 2,000 internship hours (in no more than 24 months) is required. All applicants must currently be WJC students who have received approval via the WJC Internship Readiness Committee of their readiness for internship level training. There is a $10,000.00 stipend attached to this position. Students interested in the Center should contact Christopher Bailey, Ph.D., Associate 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 Center 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 longer-term clients. Interns are given considerable autonomy and are encouraged to exercise choices both within their prescribed responsibilities (e.g., types of groups, topics for outreach) and in their choice of optional or specialty areas (e.g., sexual assault, substance use).

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The Center first began offering a post-doctoral fellowship position in 2002. Currently, the Center offers 2 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 Center 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 staff, are responsible for coordinating the didactic training seminars. Two hours of scheduled individual supervision by licensed psychologists are provided each week. Sensitivity to individual and cultural differences is emphasized throughout the program.

Benefits and Application Procedure for Post-Doctoral Fellowships

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 cover letter, 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 Christopher J. Bailey, Ph.D., Associate 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.