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Activities and Expectations for Graduate Assistants

The graduate assistantship position at the Counseling Center is a 20 hour per week experience that can include the following activities:

  • One or two intake sessions per week.
  • Five to ten individual or couples sessions per week.
  • Co-leadership of a weekly, structured group.
  • One hour of individual face-to-face supervision per week.
  • One and a half hours of weekly group supervision.
  • A one and a half hour weekly staff professional development seminar.
  • Two to four programs or projects per semester in a chosen area such as group process (see below), outreach (see below), relationship violence issues, multicultural issues, or administration.

Group Experience:

Students in the Graduate Assistantship position have the opportunity to elect participation in receiving more specialized training in group therapy at the Counseling Center.  The training is flexible to the student’s level of experience. Training can include such activities as process observing a therapy group, co-leading a structured psycho-educational group, and attending an all-staff group case conference. In the group case conference, trainees are able to watch recordings of our ongoing therapy groups and participate in discussions about such issues as co-leadership dynamics, theoretical approaches, ethical issues, norm-setting, social justice and diversity issues that surface, confidentiality issues, and holding the group to the contract. The time commitment to this area of focus will be two to three hours a week.

Outreach Experience

Students in the graduate assistantship position have the opportunity to elect participation in receiving more specialized training in outreach at The Counseling Center.  This training is viewed as an apprenticeship experience in which the Graduate Assistant will receive mentorship from the Outreach Coordinator and take part in assisting with outreach-related activities, conducting outreach, and receiving training/mentorship in outreach.  The time commitment to this area of focus will be two to three hours a week.