Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Graduate Training Program at the Wheaton College Counseling Center! We invite you to review the following information about our graduate training program and application process, but please feel free to contact the Training Director, Melissa Rideout, PhD, for additional information. Dr. Rideout can be reached mid-August through mid-June by calling 508-286-3905.

Graduate Training Program Goals

The Wheaton College Counseling Center offers unpaid clinical training placements for Master’s-level students in Mental Health Counseling and Social Work, as well as PhD/PsyD students in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. Training is aimed at developing each trainee’s clinical skills and professional competencies. Specific goals of the graduate training program include:

  • gaining experience and skill building therapeutic relationships with a diverse range of clients
  • increased skill completing comprehensive intake assessments
  • increased ability to make appropriate treatment recommendations and formulate treatment plans
  • gaining skills related to case conceptualization
  • developing the ability to implement a variety of therapeutic interventions
  • increased ability to effectively terminate with clients
  • increased ability to make treatment referrals, as appropriate, and developing case management skills
  • developing the skills to effectively use individual and group clinical supervision

Training and Supervision Components

Individual and group supervision are the main components of the training experience at the Wheaton College Counseling Center. Each trainee is assigned an individual clinical supervisor with whom the trainee will meet for 2 hours per week.

Trainees also participate in a weekly group supervision meeting (held Monday morning), which combines both didactic elements and case review/consultation. Each week trainees will be provided with readings to complete, which will be the focus of the group supervision. The fall semester focuses on the beginning stages of therapy, while the spring semester focuses more on clinical issues specific to the college-aged population.

Furthermore, to support trainees in achieving the stated clinical and professional goals, supervisors and the Training Director work closely with a trainee’s academic program, as needed.

Trainee Clinical Duties and Responsibilities

Trainees have the opportunity to work predominantly with traditionally aged college students.  Approximately 1600 students attend Wheaton College, with about 60% identifying as female and 40% identifying as male. Additionally, 437 students entered in the class of 2019. Forty countries and 27 states are represented in the class of 2019. Wheaton College values and embraces diversity and trainees have the opportunity to work with students from varied backgrounds.

As the Wheaton College Counseling Center offers brief goal-focused counseling to currently enrolled students, trainees predominantly provide intake assessments and brief individual counseling. Trainees may also co-facilitate a counseling group with a licensed staff member, depending on the Wheaton student population’s needs and/or the trainee’s interest. As time permits and opportunities arise, trainees may either offer or participate in outreach offered through the Wheaton College Counseling Center.

Application Process

  • Application Deadline: January 3, 2018 (submission of applications prior to this date allows for greater flexibility when scheduling interviews).
  • Application Materials: Letter of Interest, CV or resume, and 3 letters of recommendation
  • Application Process: Applications can be e-mailed or mailed to Melissa Rideout, PhD, Training Director.

Interview Process

All considered applicants will be invited for an interview at the Wheaton College Counseling Center. Interviews will occur during the months of January and February 2018.