Training

Welcome

Thank you for stopping by and checking out our training programs. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the USF Counseling Center is still committed to providing training to future mental health professionals. The bulk of our work has become telehealth, and trainees provide services and receive supervision through videoconferencing technology. Health and safety precautions are taken seriously including maintaining proper physical distancing, wearing of masks when traveling through hallways, videoconferencing meetings and remote work when possible.

Our center seeks to prepare developing clinicians from multiple disciplines including psychology, counseling, and social work. The three training programs incorporate the traditional hallmarks of evidenced based collegiate mental health (individual therapy, group counseling, outreach, consultation, and supervision), a commitment to social justice embedded throughout, and innovative efforts utilizing technology resources and coordinated treatment with other healthcare providers and campus partners to provide exceptional care for our students and their whole well-being.

I am proud to let you know that the USF Counseling Center is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services. Our first training program, the doctoral internship, has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association for over 30 years and we are an active member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. Over the years, we have added exceptional training programs for post-doctoral fellows and graduate students from multiple disciplines in mental health.

Each training program has its own focus and structure, so I invite you to look at your program of interest for in-depth information. However, a few key characteristics are at the heart of everything we do. As a trainee at the USF Counseling Center, you can expect to have a comprehensive training experience, receive excellent supervision, enhance your multicultural and social justice competencies, and benefit from a multidisciplinary training environment.

I also want to highlight the unique option for training specialization we offer for doctoral interns and postdocs in psychology. In May, June, and July, interns and post-docs are able to do an external rotation at affiliated training agencies in healthcare and other settings to expand their skill set and more widely market themselves. Trainees who graduate from our programs have secured employment or post-doctoral fellowships in multiple settings including university counseling centers, federal prisons, hospitals, private and group practices, primary care settings, VAs, academic settings, and non-profits.

Please continue to look at our training programs and if we seem like a good fit for your continuing development, I encourage you to apply. If you would like to learn more about USF and the Counseling Center in general to aid with your decision, you can check out the following links to learn more about:

If you have any general questions about our training programs, please feel free to contact me (Dr. Michael Rogers) directly. If you have program specific questions, please contact Dr. Hege Riise for the internship program, Dr. Jordie Poncy for the post-doctoral fellowship program or Madeline Colón, LCSW for graduate student clinician training program. We are happy to answer questions ourselves or get you connected with the right person (such as other staff or current trainees).

Sincerely,

Michael Rogers, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Training