Training Program

The Counseling Center at Notre Dame of Maryland University offers six pre-doctoral externship positions in professional psychology. The training program is designed to provide externs with the opportunity to experience the various functions of a professional psychologist in a university counseling center.

Externs carry a full case load of diverse, individual clients and have the opportunity to conduct psychotherapy groups, outreach programs, and consultations with students, faculty, and staff.

Types of Experience

Externs at the Counseling Center typically provide individual psychological services for 9-10 hours per week. In addition, externs conduct screening assessments and may meet with students in crisis during their coverage hours.

The remainder of the time is spent in individual supervision, group supervision, a didactic seminar, outreach prevention work on campus, special projects, and administrative work.

Externs provide treatment for a wide range of presenting problems and diagnoses. The range of clinical experiences at the Counseling Center builds a strong clinical foundation that will serve new clinicians in numerous professional settings in the future.

Diverse Clientele

Our center provides opportunities to work with a highly diverse group of students of varying race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. More than 50% of Notre Dame’s students are students of color. Externs also have the opportunity to work with first-generation college students.

Over half of the members of the student body at Notre Dame of Maryland’s Women’s College are the first in their family to go to college. This site is an excellent choice for clinicians interested in working with the LGBTQ population.

Delivery of Services

Individual Psychotherapy

Externs have opportunities to provide both short-term and long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Students are most often seen at the frequency of once a week, though in some cases students are seen on a more intensive basis. Treatment length varies, and it is common for students to be seen throughout the year. Additional therapy models include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and interpersonal process psychotherapy.

Group Therapy

Externs have opportunities to co-facilitate groups and are encouraged to co-lead support groups or interpersonal process groups, depending upon NDMU needs, extern interests and current offerings.  While co-facilitating, externs receive 1 hours of extra supervision per week dedicated to group therapy.

Consultation, Training and Outreach

Externs typically participate in a variety of consultation, training, and outreach on campus. Consultation generally involves coordinating care with off-campus treatment providers, faculty and staff. 

Externs have the opportunity to provide training to community assistants on a variety of topics including conflict mediation and how to respond to a student in distress.

Outreach programs include:

  • Depression and Anxiety Screens
  • Eating Disorders Awareness
  • Alcohol and Drug Screens

Externs are encouraged to become involved in one or more training workshops or outreach programs or to develop a program based on their interests.

Supervision and Training


Externs receive 3 hours of clinical supervision per week by a licensed psychologist -- one hour of individual supervision, and two hours of group supervision including one hour of didactics.

Theoretical orientations emphasized in clinical supervision include Interpersonal process and psychodynamic theories.

Audio recordings are used in supervision to:

  • Facilitate empathic immersion
  • Raise awareness of transference and countertransference
  • Develop case conceptualizations

Externs are an integral part of our counseling center and additional supervision is provided as needed. Additionally, Cara Ditto, LCSW-C co-leads weekly didactic training supervision.

Training Seminars

Students are given the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops and continuing education programs, including a series of workshops offered by the Baltimore Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, as well as the psychoanalytic film series and monthly case presentations offered by the Baltimore Washington Center for Psychoanalysis.

Evaluation and Feedback

Written evaluation of the extern's progress is conducted at the end of each semester by the supervisor. The extern actively participates in this process by responding to feedback, as well as by giving feedback about his/her supervisory experience.

Self-Disclosure Policy

The Notre Dame of Maryland University’s Counseling Center views supervision as a means for externs to learn how to conceptualize and intervene with clients, and to recognize, understand, and manage transference/countertransference reactions as they engage in the therapeutic process with clients.

We believe that the therapeutic relationship is the most important vehicle for change in a client’s treatment. As such, one must engage in a process of exploring their own dynamics in order to more meaningfully interact with clients.

In accordance with the APA ethics code, section 7.4, it is important for the trainees to be informed that they will be expected to explore and reflect upon their feelings and reactions to clients. We firmly believe all externs could benefit from psychotherapy in order to better look inward and examine one’s own interpersonal processes.


Candidates must be enrolled in a doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology. Although we integrate interventions from a variety of theoretical orientations, our site is primarily psychodynamic.


The successful candidate:

  • Is pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or Counseling
  • Can commit to 16-20 hours per week for the entire academic year
  • Has qualities of initiative and autonomy

Note: Some counseling experience is preferred.


Externship starts mid-August and ends 3rd week of May. Externs must commit to the entire academic year. 


The hours are flexible and schedules change each semester. Externs work 16-20 hrs/week over the course of 2-3 days and some evening hours are required.

Application Process

Application Deadline: February 15

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis starting in January. Although the application deadline is not until February 15, we receive many applications each year for a limited number of positions.

Offers for interviews will be granted on a rolling basis. We strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible. We understand if your letters of recommendation may be delayed.

How to Apply

To apply, please email a CV along with a cover letter and two letters of recommendation to:

Marie Allee, Ph.D.
Director of Counseling Center
Notre Dame of Maryland University
4701 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210
Phone: (410) 532-5379