The Counseling Center of Johnson State College: A Training Site for Graduate Psychology and Counseling Students
About Johnson State College
Nestled in a valley surrounded by hills, the campus resides in a beautiful area of Vermont. The Center serves the population of 2,000 on and off-campus students. Most are traditional college age, although some portion of an intern’s caseload is likely to be non-traditional. The Johnson student is an eclectic mix ranging from a first generation college student who works on a family farm on weekends to a student from the suburbs of New York City who is drawn to the curriculum and the intimate campus environment.
The intern will gain exposure to a wide range of clinical issues which may include: adjustment reactions, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, response to trauma, sexual orientation issues, couples counseling, family of origin issues, drug and alcohol abuse and personality disorders. Interns usually become involved in at least one outreach activity such as a “brown bag lunch” discussion or a support group on a chosen topic. The clinical supervisor is careful to design each intern’s experience so that it is challenging and growthful, yet does not exceed a pace that is comfortable.
About the Director
The Director of the Counseling Center and supervisor to the interns is Cynthia Hennard who earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch/New England in 1997. Cynthia has worked in residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment centers; behavioral health centers as an individual and group therapist, had a private practice in Johnson for 5 years and most recently was Clinical Coordinator providing clinical supervision at the Lund Family Center prior to joining the Johnson State College Counseling Center as Director. Cynthia’s clinical interest and expertise are in the areas of the neurobiology of attachment and addictions, strength based personality development, depth psychotherapy (psychodynamic/ psychoanalytic), assessment and the skill based applications of motivational enhancement and Cognitive Behavioral therapies. Cynthia’s licensure is Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Those seeking Psychologist licensure will utilize Cynthia for clinical supervision and will also need to make external arrangements for supervision to meet requirements for that licensure.
Supervision & Other Interns
Each intern receives an hour of individual supervision and 1 hour of group supervision (with fellow clinicians and interns) per week. Whereas individual supervision concentrates on the intern’s progress with their own caseload, group supervision provides interns with presentations on relevant topics and offers opportunities to present their clinical work or hear about another intern’s work. Each year the Center usually has a total of 3-4 graduate interns, who come to us from Antioch, St. Michael’s, Johnson State, University of Vermont and Vermont College.
The Counseling Center encourages all interested students with at least entry level clinical experience to apply for an internship at our Center. The standard internship contract is 20-32 hours per week and follows the academic calendar. Interns are not expected to be here when students are on holiday (which amounts to 2 weeks in each of the Fall & Spring Semesters and an additional 4 weeks over the winter break). For more information or to obtain an application, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We begin reviewing applications for the next academic year in January and ideally make final decisions by March. We will continue to review applications until all of our positions are full.