Post-Internship & Externship Programs

Counseling and Psychiatric Service

CAPS provides excellent training opportunities for students and graduates in clinical and counseling psychology.


Two 10-month Psychology Associate positions are available each year. The application deadline for the 2017-2018 academic year is February 6, 2017.

The Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS) of Georgetown University offers a post-internship program for individuals desiring advanced psychodynamically-oriented training in the treatment of late adolescents/young adults. This program is a ten-month experience beginning in September, 2016. It is open to A.B.D. candidates and recent PhDs/PsyDs in clinical and counseling psychology. All applicants must have successfully completed a one-year internship from an APA approved internship program before entering this program. Preference will be given to candidates from APA-approved programs and internships. Participants in this program have the title of Psychology Associate. Psychology Associates, who work in close collaboration with staff, function as professionals with many of the same responsibilities as the staff. They receive close supervision of their clinical work from several staff members in order to provide alternative perspectives on clients' problems.

Major areas of training experience:


Psychology Associates receive the majority of their training in individual psychodynamically-oriented psychotherapy. Brief therapy and more intensive treatment are emphasized equally. Additionally there may be opportunities to do couples and group psychotherapy.

Psychology Associates receive individual supervision from several staff members and participate in a series of psychotherapy seminars throughout the duration of their training. These seminars include Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Eating Disorders, LGBT Identity, Group Therapy, Issues Regarding Sexual Trauma, Ethnocultural Factors in Psychotherapy, and Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory: Controversies and Techniques.

In addition Psychology Associates may participate in a range of didactic presentations within the Georgetown community. This includes grand rounds at the hospital and training conferences through the Department of Psychiatry.

Clinical Evaluation

Psychology Associates participate in the evaluation of clients new to CAPS. Psychological difficulties are assessed and treatment plans carefully formulated on the basis of clinical interviews.


Psychology Associates may engage in a range of ongoing consultation and outreach programs within the University. These activities include: (1) clinical consultation, (2) consultation to dormitory staff, and (3) training for paraprofessionals and Residence Life staff. Supervision of this consultation is provided.


Research and evaluation activities are tasks that complement CAPS' primary goal of providing a variety of mental health services to the University community. Time is allotted for Psychology Associates to conduct research, either to meet dissertation requirements or to pursue personal research interests. The staff is available to consult with trainees about their research investigations. University resources, such as the libraries and computer facilities, can be utilized by trainees for research purposes.

Counseling and Psychiatric Services

CAPS provides psychological and educational services to the Georgetown University students, faculty, and staff. The primary psychological services of CAPS are evaluation, psycho¬therapy, counseling, and consultation. In addition to the clinical services, consultation and outreach programs are extended to numerous campus groups and organizations.
The professional staff of CAPS consists of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and an intake coordinator. Additionally, there are two psychology associates and several externs from local psychology doctoral programs. The clinical staff emphasizes a psycho¬dynamic approach which includes object relations, interpersonal, relational, and self-psychology perspectives.

The Setting

Georgetown University is a selective, urban Jesuit univer¬sity located in Washington, DC, in the historic community of Georgetown . The University has a total enrollment of 16,871 students in the University's four undergraduate schools (Georgetown College, the School of Foreign Service, Nursing and Health Studies, and the MCDonough School of Business), and three graduate divisions (Law, Medicine, and the Graduate School). Washington, DC , offers a wealth of cultural activities and professional training opportunities. Among the institutions which offer professional development are the National Institute of Mental Health, the Washington School of Psychiatry, family therapy training programs, the Washington and Baltimore-Washington Psychoanalytic Institutes, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, and the Sheppard-Pratt Hospital . There are numerous graduate training programs in clinical psychology, psychiatry, and social work in the greater Washington metropolitan area, creating an excellent climate for teaching and practice in mental health and psychotherapy.

Equal Opportunity

Georgetown University is an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action institution in employment and admission.

Stipend and Benefits

The stipend for 2017-2018 will be approximately $31,269 for 10 months. Benefits include: health insurance, university holidays, vacation, sick leave, and professional leave time to attend conferences.

Professional Staff

Philip Meilman, PhD, Director, University of North Carolina , Chapel Hill
Susan Gordon, PhD, Director of Psychology Training and Associate Director, DePaul University
Sarah Bellovin-Weiss, PhD, Columbia University
Lauren DePompeo, PsyD, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; CAPS at the Law Center Mariana Figueira, PsyD, George Washington University – CAPS at SCS Downtown
Meghan Hanlon, PsyD, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Patrick Lillis, MEd, Intake Coordinator, University of Maryland
Sonja Lillrank, MD, Univ. of Tampere, Finland
Laura Lokker, JD, PsyD, Rutgers University – CAPS at the Law Center
Lindsay Metcalfe, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Tina Nelson, Receptionist
Daniel Phillip, PsyD, Loyola University Maryland
Mary Quigley, LCSW, Catholic University
Navin Reddy, MD, University of the West Indies, Trinidad
Erica Shirley, PhD, University of Virginia
Michael Tartaglia, PsyD, Antioch University New England
John Wright, PhD, Florida State University

Associated Psychology Staff

Arlene Amidon, PhD, City University of New York
Becky Bailey, PhD, University of Kentucky
Sally Bloom-Feshbach, PhD, Yale University
Leila Bremer, PsyD, Rutgers University
Lauren Brown, PhD, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
Matthew Knauer, PhD, Rutgers University
Rachel Miller, PsyD, George Washington University
Erin Peterson, PhD, Catholic University
Sandra Piedrahita, PhD, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
William Pinney, PhD, Adelphi University
Lucy Pugh, MSW, PhD, Temple University
Mathilde Salmberg, George Washington University
Alisa Schwartz, PhD, Fordham University
Richard Smith, PhD, University of Maryland
Kimberly Burghardt Sutter, PhD, Nova Southeastern University
Steven Van Wagoner, PhD, University of Maryland
Barbara Wayne, PhD, The American University
Ilyse Zable, PsyD, George Washington University

Psychology Associates (2016-2017)

Corene Alvarado, PsyD, University of Alaska
Jessica Pavlick, PsyD, George Washington University


Completion of requirements, except dissertation, for a doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-approved program. Outstanding candidates from non-APA approved programs may be considered as well. All candidates must have completed one year of approved internship training.

Application Materials
  • Letter describing what the applicant wishes from the training program and specifically how he or she plans to use his or her research time
  • Current vita
  • Four letters of recommendation, including letters from (1) the Director of Training of the applicant's internship; (2) the Director of Training of the applicant's doctoral program, stating that the applicant will complete all requirements for the doctorate, except dissertation, by the beginning of the program; and (3) two letters from supervisors familiar with the applicants' work

Send Materials To:

Susan Gordon, PhD
Director of Psychology Training
Counseling and Psychiatric Service
Georgetown University
One Darnall Hall, Box 571105
37th & "O" Streets NW
Washington, DC 20057-1105


Three externships/praticum positions are available each year. The application deadline for the 2016-2017 academic year is March 1, 2017.

The Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS) of Georgetown University is accepting applications for its 2016-2017 Externship Program. CAPS accepts up to three externs per year from APA-approved doctoral programs in clinical and counseling psychology in the metropolitan Washington area. The focus of training is on psychotherapy with university students. Externs receive individual supervision, and participate in the CAPS case conference and training seminars on Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Eating Disorders, LGBT Identity, Group Therapy, Issues Regarding Sexual Trauma, Ethnocultural Factors in Psychotherapy, and Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory: Controversies and Techniques. Externs are expected to spend a minimum of one and one-half days per week at CAPS.

Training Staff

The Clinical staff consists of psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers who are available for the teaching and supervision of externs. The staff emphasizes a psychodynamic approach to psychotherapy which broadly defined includes interpersonal, object relations, relational, and self psychology perspectives.

Qualifications of Applicants

The externship program accepts applications from doctoral-level students from APA approved clinical and counseling psychology programs. We require externs to be entering their third year of graduate study and to have previous practicum experience. Students entering their second year of graduate study will be considered if they have exceptional prior clinical experience. Students interested in applying for the externship program should send a vita and three letters of reference, including at least one from a current clinical supervisor and one from the Director of Training of the applicant's graduate program to:

Susan Gordon, PhD
Director of Psychology Training
Counseling and Psychiatric Service
Georgetown University
One Darnall Hall, Box 571105
37th & "O" Streets NW
Washington, DC 20057-1105

While the deadline for applications is March 1, 2017, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.