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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 2021-2022 Academic Year. The program is designed for advanced doctoral students in APA-accredited 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 6-10 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. While efforts are made to match externs with a licensed psychologist for individual supervision, this cannot be guaranteed and individual supervision may be provided by a licensed clinical social worker or an unlicensed psychologist (i.e., a member of doctoral-level senior staff in the process of becoming licensed who is supervised by a licensed psychologist). Applicants are required to verify with their DCT that this supervision arrangement is acceptable prior to accepting a position with us.

A secondary emphasis of the externship 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 may 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
  • Unofficial Graduate Transcript
  • The completed Director of Clinical Training Consent Form emailed directly by your DCT
  • Two letters of recommendation that identify both strengths and growth areas emailed directly by your letter writers.


For best consideration, applicants are asked to submit completed applications by February 5th, 2021. We will accept applications until February 22nd, 2021, but will begin offering interviews and positions after the 5th. Application materials should be submitted electronically to Dr. Tabb at We aim to make offers to students by end of February or mid-March 2021 at the latest.

Please submit your application to:

Kevin Tabb, Ph.D.
Acting Assistant Director/Training
Counseling Center
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

For more information, please contact Dr. Tabb, Ph.D. at