About the Programs
Internship and trainee positions are available in the Counseling Center. Internships are open to students in doctoral programs who are preparing for a career in counseling. Trainee positions are open to students in Masters level programs. Supervised training opportunities also are open to individuals who have completed a graduate degree and need to accumulate supervised hours toward state licensure. Application can be made at any time, though most are made in Winter quarter for positions to begin the following Fall. Doctoral internship applicants must follow APPIC guidelines and timetables regarding the submission of their application materials. The positions typically are not paid. A Masters level trainee position typically involves 16 hours a week for three quarters.
If you have any questions contact Dr. Eric Denson at the Counseling Center.
The Counseling Center
The Student Counseling Center at Western Washington University is a unit of Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services, a department of the Division of Enrollment and Student Affairs and is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services is dedicated to promoting the mental and physical wellbeing of Western Washington University students.
The Counseling Center is charged with contributing to the educational mission of the University by assessing and responding to the psychological needs of students and by assisting the University community in the area of psychological concerns. The Counseling Center offers a full range of counseling and student development services and is the primary mental health facility of the campus. The staff of the Center spends roughly 70% of its time in direct client service, client-related activities, and supervision, with the remainder devoted to outreach, administration, consultation, training, and staff development activities.
Currently, the Center includes 8 full-time professionals and 2 graduate trainees, supplemented by 2 full-time support staff. Staff members practice in a variety of counseling modes and represent a number of theoretical approaches to counseling and psychotherapy. Case conferences, professional development programs, and consultation activities help each staff member share and expand their individual skills.