March 27, 2015

Post-Graduate Internship

A Mandala of Learning

A Mandala of Learning


The Center for Relationships is pleased to offer a post-graduate internship program with a focus on Diversity, Mindfulness, and Relational Models.  The goal of the training program is to train emerging professionals in counseling and psychology to become self-aware and self-confident therapists who embody best practices in counseling and psychotherapy with a relationship focus.

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The training experience will emphasize an apprenticeship model of learning under the mentorship and guidance of center staff including a primary clinical supervisor as well as opportunities for collaborative work with other staff in doing co-counseling, groups, or workshops.

The Mandala Training Model

Loosely translated to mean “circle,” a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.  The Mandala Project

We have developed a training program called the Mandala model of training that encompasses all aspects of health and wellbeing both of the therapist as well as the client.  A holistic perspective on wellness does not separate the body, mind, and spirit into separate realms to be addressed with different techniques.  It sees therapy as a science and an art that utilizes a multi-disciplinary foundation of knowledge and skills and a multi-dimensional view of the therapeutic relationship as the basis for the helping professions.

In the Mandala model of training, we abide by the following principles:

  • The self of the therapist is just as important to the healing process as the theories and techniques learned in graduate study.
  • Diversity is not just about accepting or tolerating differences but celebrating differences from a non-problematizing and affirming point of view as a source of strength and value.
  • Valuing mindfulness and non-traditional healing practices are equally valuable and integral to the well-being of a person or relationship as medical or psychotherapy treatment practices (especially western empirically based models of disease and health).
  • The therapeutic relationship is more important to the healing process than theories and techniques.  This means the therapist has to work on themselves as an instrument of healing in addition to receiving appropriate training.
  • All therapeutic encounters are sacred contracts and experiences and must be undertaken with great care to promote empowerment of the clients, professional ethics, and integrity of thought and action.
  • An emerging professional is a healer in training and embraces the role of learner and apprentice with humility and openness to feedback, new information, and skill development from multiple sources including clients.

The Training Sequence

The internship begins typically in the fall semester and lasts till the middle of August for a period of 12 months.  Options for starting the internship cycle at other time periods will have to be negotiated with the Executive Director of the center. The intern will be required to make a minimum commitment of one year (September to August) with the possibility of renewing for an additional year at the recommendation of the clinical supervisor and other center staff who have worked with the intern.  During the internship training, the center will provide the intern with –

  • office space and all the amenities necessary to conduct counseling or psychotherapy.
  • weekly supervision by a board approved clinical supervisor, appropriate to the intern’s license, and following the guidelines of the board.
  • A bi-monthly consultation and continuing education group focused on different aspects of clinical practice
  • Level 1 and Level 2 training in the Gottman method of couples therapy at cost
  • Additional trainings and workshops on relationship focused therapy models such as EFT, IBCT, IFS, and Imago.
  • Opportunities to co-lead couples or family counseling sessions, groups, workshops, and other community outreach with other center staff.
  • Opportunities to participate in research activities at the center and co-author research publications.
  • Mentoring and support in transitioning to private practice after the internship training has ended.

Interns will be required to make a commitment of a minimum of 15 hours per week of clock time at the center.  5-10 hours per week of this time commitment will be reserved for direct contact activities and 5 hours per week will be dedicated to supervision, consultation, and administrative activities.  Interns will be required to carry their own malpractice insurance during this internship.  Other details of the internship requirements will be communicated in writing during orientation which will typically take place in the first week of internship.  Preference will be given to candidates with a strong focus and interest in relationship work, interest in community outreach, and willing to participate in the research activities of the center.

How to Apply

To apply for this post-graduate internship, please submit a cover letter with three clinical references and a current resume outlining positions held, graduate coursework, and any specialized trainings received.  Applications materials may be submitted by email to Dr. Vagdevi Meunier at The Center for Relationships.  Interns candidates will be required to appear in person for an interview with the center training staff.

Applications are accepted in the Spring of each year for the following fall, i.e. January through April 30 for the fall.  Selections decisions will be communicated by May 30th.  Interns wishing for an earlier decision may request an early decision during their interview.