Graduate Assistantship

Note from GA Coordinator

Dear Graduate Assistant Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in a Graduate Assistantship at the University of Missouri Counseling Center! We welcome applications from graduate students who are pursuing their degrees in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.

The application deadline for the 2017-2018 school year will be Friday February 3, 2017 by 5:00 PM.

The MU Counseling Center works hard to meet the needs of our clients as well as working to provided excellent training for graduate students. Training is a highly valued part of our work here at the center and we work to provide a supportive environment with supervisors who value training and your growth. You will see that we highly value our trainees and consider them an integral part of our staff and the culture of the counseling center.
Sincerely,

Christopher R. Smith, Ph.D.
Graduate Assistant Coordinator

Graduate Assistant Expectations

20 Hour Graduate Assistantships

  • 14 clinical hours
  • Must be flexible with available hours for ease of scheduling individual client sessions (must have at least 17-18 hours available- only 12 will be used)
  • 1.5 hours of individual supervision each week with a Senior Staff member
  • 1 hour of Case Supervision with a Doctoral Intern
  • 1.5 hours for weekly team meeting
  • Training on conducting intake assessments, 1 clinical hour per week will be for an intake assessment
  • Must participate in at least 2 Programming Events each semester (e.g., tabling, providing emotional support, etc.)
  • 20 hour Graduate Assistants can expect to have their own office

10 Hour Graduate Assistantships

  • 7 clinical hours
  • 1 hour of individual supervision each week with a Senior Staff member
  • 1.5 hours for weekly team meeting
  • Training on conducting intake assessments with the goal to have 1 clinical hour per week for an intake assessment
  • Must participate in at least 1 Programming Event each semester (e.g., tabling, providing emotional support, etc.)
  • 10 hour Graduate Assistants can expect to share an office with another trainee

Supervision

Assignments for supervision are made every semester by the training committee. Graduate Assistants are notified by the GA coordinator about supervision and team meetings prior to the start of each semester. Graduate Assistants are guaranteed supervision by a Clinical Senior Staff member. GAs may be assigned a different supervisor for the spring and fall semesters.

Rotations

The Counseling Center currently offers specialty areas for our 20 hour Graduate Assistants. Each 20 hour Graduate Assistant will participate in one specialty area during the academic year:

  • Group – Graduate Assistants in the group specialization area will have the opportunity to facilitate a therapy group both semesters; group topic/structure will be determined by the assistants’ training and by the current clinical needs at the Center.
  • Crisis Intervention – Graduate assistants in the crisis intervention specialty will carry the crisis on-call pager 2 hours/week and provide crisis counseling and consultation.
  • Clinical Specialization – Graduate Assistants will devote 2 clinical hours to working with a select population. Based on the Graduate Assistant’s level of training, experience, and supervisor availability, GAs may choose to work with a specialized clinical area such as: Men’s Concerns, Trauma, Disordered Eating and Body Image Concerns, Multicultural Counseling, Grief, or other areas of interest identified by the GA.

Application Procedures

Please submit a letter of application and a current vita with the names of 3 references 2 of which should be clinical to the Training Administrative Assistant, Ms. Elizabeth Ainsworth at ainsworthe@missouri.edu

Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2017.

Current Graduate Assistants (2015-2016)

  • David Diaz, M.Ed.
  • Jason Edwards, M.A.
  • Nikki Falk, M.A.
  • Joanna Foss, M.Ed.
  • Beth Hunt, M.Ed.
  • Jennah Strathausen, M.Ed.
  • Donna Strickland