Training Opportunities

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 population is composed of more than 4,345 full- and part-time undergraduates of which more than 3,700 reside on the Bristol campus. In addition, there are approximately 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. While students come from more than 41 states, the majority of students reside in the Northeast. Additionally, there are a number of international students who are currently enrolled at the Bristol campus.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center offers comprehensive psychological services to full-time undergraduate, graduate, and law school students at the Bristol campus. Services include individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and outreach programming. In addition, the Center provides consultation and referral services to faculty, staff, and administrators. In addition to interns, the Center staff currently consists of 5 psychologists, 1 licensed clinical social worker, 2 post-doctorate fellows, 1 consulting psychiatrist, and 1 support staff member. The theoretical orientations and clinical interests of staff members are quite varied.  Our consulting psychiatrist meets with the staff for case conference each week. The Center has a highly positive reputation on campus and is highly sought out by students for treatment services.

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 is approved by the American Psychological Association. The pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology is based on a competency model of training in the areas of relationship-building, 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 J. Bailey, Ph.D., Center for Counseling and Student Development, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809 at or 401-254-3124.

The Training Program: Philosophy and Goals

The Center staff are highly committed to providing a supportive and accepting 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 weekly time commitment during the academic year. The following are estimated time allotments that may vary according to the interests of the intern and the needs of the Center and the university.

  • Intakes/individual therapy -- 10 to 15 hours
  • Record-keeping -- 4 hours
  • William James seminar -- 2 hours
  • Individual supervision -- 2 hours
  • Case conference -- 2 hours
  • Staff meeting -- 1 hour
  • Group supervision -- 1 hour
  • Crisis slot -- 1 hour
  • Didactic training seminar -- 1 hour

Optional Experiences

  • Research/professional development -- 1 to 2 hours
  • Groups/workshops -- 1 to 2 hours
  • Formal consultative relationship -- 1 hour

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 Fellow position is designed to prepare individuals for staff positions in a university counseling center. Fellows will have the opportunity to learn about systemic issues which psychologists often encounter when working in a university setting. Fellows receive advanced training opportunities in core service areas including individual and group psychotherapy, intake and assessment, crisis intervention, outreach programs and workshops, and consultations with administrators, faculty, family members of students, and staff. There are opportunities to develop ongoing, deeper 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 helping to cover at least one day per week of walk-in/crisis appointment availability during standard daytime working hours. No evening or weekend on-call coverage is expected from fellows. In addition, fellows, in consultation with the staff, are responsible for coordinating the didactic training seminars. Two hours of individual supervision provided by licensed psychologists occur on a consistent, weekly basis. Sensitivity to individual and cultural differences is emphasized throughout the training.

Benefits and Application Procedure for Post-Doctoral Fellowship

There is a $35,431.00 stipend plus a $300.00 professional development fund (e.g., licensure prep materials) attached to this position. Individual health and dental insurance, paid vacation, sick time, and 15 paid holidays are included.

We are now accepting applicants for the 2019-2020 academic year. The deadline is Monday, January 14, 2019. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, a cirriculum vitae (CV), and 3 letters of recommendation, at least 2 of which are from clinical supervisors. Selected applicants will be invited to interview with our staff. We do not provide compensation for travel or relocation expenses. Application materials can be submitted through the Employment section of Roger Williams University's Human Resources website. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Christopher Bailey at