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Doctoral Externship

The Counseling Center at UMBC is pleased to offer two openings for a 16-20 hour per week psychology externship program for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. The program is designed for advanced doctoral students in APA-approved clinical or counseling psychology graduate programs who are interested in college student mental health. We strongly prefer that candidates have at least one year of supervised clinical experience prior to beginning the externship at the Counseling Center.

The primary emphasis of the externship is to develop counseling skills within a brief psychotherapy model. UMBC has a highly diverse student population so there is a focus on the ongoing development of multicultural competency. Externs will see a range of 8-10 individual therapy clients per week and may have the opportunity to conduct initial assessments depending on their experience, availability, and the center’s needs. A minimum of two hours of supervision are provided weekly.

A secondary emphasis is on group psychotherapy and outreach programming. Externs have the opportunity to either process-observe or co-lead a therapy group, depending on trainee experience and the availability of a group.  Externs will also have the opportunity to present Skills for Success workshops, participate in mental health screenings, or represent the Counseling Center in other outreach efforts throughout the year.

The Counseling Center has a strong commitment to embracing diversity and increasing multicultural competency. We value having staff from a broad range of backgrounds and strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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All applications should include the following:

  • A letter of interest, which describes why you are interested in training at the Counseling Center, areas of clinical interest, and previous clinical experience.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Informal graduate transcript
  • The completed Director of Clinical Training Consent Form signed across the seal
  • Two letters of recommendation that identify both strengths and growth areas


The application deadline is February 21st, 2020. Application materials should be submitted electronically to Letters of recommendation must come from the letter writer directly and should also be sent to Dr. Tabb. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be offered to qualified candidates on a rolling basis.

Final notification about acceptance to the externship will be given in March or early April 2020.

Please submit your application to:

Kevin Tabb, Ph.D., Counseling Center
Student Development and Success Center
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

For more information, please contact Kevin Tabb, Ph.D. (Interim Externship Coordinator) at