Student Counseling Services Training Program For Graduate Students


A practicum/internship in Psychology and/or Social Work at Connecticut College Student Counseling Services provides supervised clinical experience within a college counseling center setting. The focus of the training site is mental health issues of late adolescence and adulthood.

Connecticut College is a highly selective, coeducational, private liberal arts college located in New London, Connecticut on the northern shore of Long Island Sound. It offers academic excellence in a community shaped by a student-run honor code. Connecticut College occupies 750 acres on a hill overlooking the Thames River and Long Island Sound. Many of its early buildings are constructed of native granite and limestone, while more recent additions harmoniously blend contemporary with traditional architectural styles.

The primary training experience is comprised of diagnostic assessment, individual and group psychotherapy, outreach and psychoeducation to the campus community. Mental health issues range from adjustment problems and problems in living to severe psychopathology. Specialized training experiences, including eating disorders, suicide prevention, substance abuse and self-mutilation, are available to practicum students depending on their interests and level of experience. Neuropsychological testing is not available.


Supervision is provided by the Student Counseling Services staff. Individual supervision is provided 2 hours per week for a 20-24 hour trainee. One hour is provided by the Director of the Student Counseling Services, Janet Dee Spoltore, Ph.D., ABPP, and another hour by another staff clinician. A Professional Seminar occurs weekly and is facilitated by the Director and staff. Additionally, trainees are encouraged to attend staff clinical and training meetings, where additional group supervision is gained.


Students typically perform an (academic) year-long training experience. This typically includes 20-24 hours per week and is done over three days. This involves one primary location throughout the year.

Training Experience:

Ongoing psychodiagnostic evaluations of incoming student patients.

  1. Clinical caseload of student patients, including individual and group psychotherapy.
  2. Outreach and psychoeducational responsibilities.
  3. Weekly Staff Clinical Meeting to discuss clinical cases, treatment planning, and high risk cases. Didactic presentations by staff and selected professionals in the college/community on clinical and professional issues regularly occur.
  4. Training in multicultural issues related to treating a diverse student population.
  5. Weekly individual supervision with Director and one other clinical staff member (two hours).
  6. Weekly Professional Seminar facilitated by Director and staff (one hour).
  7. Administrative tasks that incorporate professional role in service delivery.

Goal of Training

To provide to trainees supervised clinical work with a population of diverse college students and to provide clinical and didactic training in the ethical practice of outpatient mental health, diagnostic assessment, treatment, prevention, referral and crisis management.


At this time there is no stipend available for the practicum/internship experience.

To apply, contact:
Janet Dee Spoltore, Ph.D., ABPP
Director, Student Counseling Services
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320

Contact information:

Phone: 860-439-4587
Fax: 860-439-2317
Emergency contact: Campus Safety, 860-439-2222

For student appointments, call x4587
or email

Student Counseling Services
Warnshuis Health Center
270  Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196

National Suicide Crisis Line:
800-273-TALK (8255)


Southeast CT Mental Health Authority Crisis Response
(7 days per week but not 24 hours)

Trevor Project Crisis Hotline


Mental Health Online Screening


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