The Catholic University Counseling Center offers an externship program for advanced doctoral students in Clinical Psychology, Counseling, or Counseling Psychology and for advanced graduate students in Social Work.

This part-time training program is ideal for students looking to hone their clinical skills, expand their theoretical knowledge, and collaborate in a multidisciplinary environment. The Counseling Center's externship program has an integrative theoretical perspective with a specialized focus on multiculturalism.

The Counseling Center serves as the primary mental health agency for Catholic University students. It provides a broad range of direct services, including individual and group therapy, consultation, outreach, and emergency response programs.

Training Philosophy

At the Catholic U Counseling Center, we are committed to the three Cs: Comprehensive, Culture, and Community. By providing training in multidisciplinary and multitheoretical service delivery, nuanced exploration of identity and culture, and a cohesive support system, we offer externs the opportunity to be challenged and excel in their training as future social workers and psychologists.


  • Short-term and long-term therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Walk-in consultations
  • Intake assessments
  • Outreach
  • Psychiatry consultations
  • Individual supervision
  • Group supervision
  • Case conference
  • Exposure to CBT, DBT, ACT, multicultural, and psychodynamic approaches


  • Learn how to understand clients as multicultural beings with diverse
  • Specialized training in understanding spirituality as an element of diversity
  • Biweekly Multicultural Spotlight to understand your own identities and how they affect clinical work
  • Weekly Considering Culture in Case Conference
  • Monthly Book Club to discuss relevant social justice issues


  • Diverse extern cohort of social work and psychology graduate students
  • Agency culture of support and collaboration
  • Connection to other offices in the Division of Student Affairs
  • Lifelong membership in a rich community of Catholic U Counseling Center training alumni throughout the Washington, DC area 

Past Externs


Externs 2021-2022




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Past extern students