Graduate Training Overview

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 suicide prevention, and multicultural counseling, 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 two-hour Professional Seminar (one hour didactic, one-hour case discussion) occurs weekly and is facilitated by the 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 at least three days. This involves one primary location throughout the year.

Training experience:

  1. Ongoing psychodiagnostic evaluations of incoming student patients.
  2. Clinical caseload of student patients, including individual and group psychotherapy.
  3. Outreach and psychoeducational responsibilities.
  4. Weekly Staff Clinical Meeting to discuss clinical cases, treatment planning, and high-risk cases.
  5. Didactic presentations by staff and selected professionals in the college/community on clinical and professional issues regularly occur.
  6. Training in multicultural issues related to treating diverse student population.
  7. Weekly individual supervision with Director and one other clinical staff member (two hours).
  8. Weekly Professional Seminar facilitated by Director and staff (two hours).
  9. 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.


Practicum and internship trainees will be offered a $2,000 stipend per year.

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