Psychology Practicum Program for Doctoral Level Students

National Security Agency   Fort Meade, MD   Full-time     Education
Posted on November 15, 2023
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About the Practicum Program The Employee Assistance Services (EAS) is the psychological treatment division of the National Security Agency (NSA). It offers clinical services to all employees and their spouses. EAS is an ideal setting for practicum students to gain relevant experience working with a wide variety of presenting concerns and a broad range of diagnoses. The EAS clientele also offers the opportunity to work with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The 9-12 month practicum placement is designed for three doctoral students in psychology who are interested in developing their clinical skills and building their knowledge base. The practical application of this knowledge is in the treatment of a diverse workforce within the federal government's Intelligence Community. The 9-12 month practicum placement requires approximately 16-20 hours per week, dependent on the practicum students' interests and the requirements of their respective graduate program (this includes administrative responsibilities and supervision preparation). Practicum students are responsible for ensuring that their hours meet criteria for their respective programs. The following is a tentative outline of weekly activities. 1. Individual Therapy (7-8 hours per week). Clients will generally be seen once a week with a ten-session limit. Some cases may be more appropriate for biweekly counseling, which can be arranged. Practicum students will be provided with a private office at EAS in which they will see clients. Practicum students will carry 7-10 individual therapy clients at a time. 2. Supervision on Individual Therapy Cases (2 hours per week). Each practicum student will have one or two direct clinical supervisors for individual therapy cases, at least one of which will be a licensed clinical psychologist. Additionally, a multi-disciplinary consultation team will be made available to the practicum student in formal and informal ways in order to provide an opportunity for the practicum student to be exposed to various treatment modalities and theoretical orientations. 3. Intake evaluation. Learning to evaluate the client and the client's situation so as to help the client make the most of his or her counseling is essential to the work at EAS. Practicum students will conduct an intake evaluation with clients prior to starting individual therapy. This evaluation will be conducted under supervision and will allow for the practicum student and supervisor to determine whether or not a particular client is appropriate for the practicum student to manage in individual therapy. At least once per semester, direct observation of an intake evaluation will occur in which the student and the supervisor will both be present in the room. 4. Urgent Care Coverage/Crisis Intervention (2 hours per week for 1 semester). Practicum students will be given the opportunity to provide urgent care coverage for two hours per week for one semester. To prepare for this experience, all practicum students will participate in an orientation that will cover a range of topics, including how to provide urgent care support, risk assessment, and treatment planning. 5. Clinical Meeting (1.5 hours per week; Wednesdays 1:00 - 2:30PM). Practicum students meet with the clinical staff to present cases and to discuss particular problems or issues related to their work with clients. At least once per semester, they will be asked to give a formal case presentation to the clinical staff on a client which poses a particular challenge. 6. Workplace Consultations/Corporate Outreach. Each practicum student will participate in at least one workplace consultation/outreach activity for the workforce. Practicum students are encouraged to complete this in the fall semester. 7. Seminar (1.5 hours per week; Wednesdays 11:30 AM ' 1:00 PM). Practicum students are required to attend the 'Selected Topics & Clinical Application Seminar.' This seminar (conducted by staff members and visiting clinicians) focuses on a number of clinical areas in depth including: theories; application of theory; and other clinical topics (e.g., workplace consultations, substance abuse, collaboration within a work environment, worklife issues). Readings for the seminars are generally assigned in advance of class (all reading materials provided by EAS). During the course of the practicum placement, the practicum students will be asked to present a journal article. 8. Evaluation and Feedback. Feedback on progress will be provided in individual supervision as well as more formally throughout each semester. Practicum students are evaluated based on their ability to establish rapport with clients, integrate theory and practice, and intervene with clients. Application Deadline Applications for the 2024/2025 program are accepted 15 November 2023 - 15 January 2024.
Salary The NSA practicum/internship is a paid position. Students will earn a competitive salary commensurate with their education level. Benefits Practicum students will receive the following benefits: - Annual leave, sick leave and paid federal holidays - Participation in agency-wide extracurricular programs Students are hired on a temporary appointment, and are not eligible for health insurance, life insurance, or Thrift Savings Plan benefits. We recognize that practicum students will be enrolled in their graduate programs and continue to take courses/meet program demands at their home school while training here. As such, practicum students will not be expected to relocate and will not be provided with funding for travel or housing.
The 9-12 month Psychology Practicum Program for Doctoral Level Students placement is designed for two doctoral students in psychology who are interested in developing their clinical skills and building their knowledge base. The practical application of this knowledge is in the treatment of a diverse workforce within the federal government's Intelligence Community.
How to Apply Applications must be submitted online at on or before 15 January 2024. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered. To be considered for the Psychology Training Opportunity, submit a complete application package that includes: - Current CV - A cover letter addressing experience and interest in the above described practicum placement - Official transcript(s) - Two letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with your clinical work To submit the online application, you must use our resume builder application tool - you cannot upload a resume. For step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application, please refer to the application guide at ' 'Job Search/Apply' ' and look under the 'Need Help' section. Transcripts: Transcripts may be issued directly by the Registrar, or issued to you by the Registrar, then sent with your application materials. Only originals via post, photocopies of originals via post, scanned copies of originals via email (PDF format only) will be accepted. If your Registrar is capable of directly sending electronic transcripts, please have them sent directly to you and then email the transcript as an attachment. Please do not send html transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof. IMPORTANT: When applying online, you may only submit your resume at All other required documentation must be emailed to by the application. Questions If you have questions about the Student Practicum Program, please contact us at the e-mail address above or call 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also email or call 410-854-4726. U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph. This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.
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