Counseling Services Graduate Training Program

Graduate Training Program at Counseling Services

The Graduate Training Program at SUNY Geneseo Counseling Services is open to graduate students enrolled in enrolled in a CACREP-accredited masters- or doctoral-level program in mental health. Counseling Trainees are required to complete 10-20 hours per week, according to program requirements.    

Counseling Trainees will build direct and indirect counseling skills to facilitate integration into the professional counselor role upon graduation. Focus areas of the training program will include direct and indirect clinical experience including but are not limited to: crisis intervention, triage counseling, individual therapy, group therapy, campus outreach programming, clinical documentation, case conceptualization, and case presentation. 

Site Overview

Counseling Services is part of the Department of Student Health and Counseling, which is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and serves as a Medical Home. The Student Health and Counseling department is part of the division of Student and Campus Life. SUNY Geneseo is a public liberal arts college located with the Village of Geneseo.

Training Philosophy, Clinical Supervision, and Mentoring

The Counseling Services internship training program approaches supervision from a developmental and integrative model of supervision focused on building clinical and case conceptualization skills while supporting professional identity development. Counseling Trainees will engage in individual and group supervision focused on building strong and varied clinical skills in the college mental health setting. A conscientious effort is made to address the individual interests and needs of the counseling trainee to provide experiences which enhance an identification with and integration into the profession of mental health counseling. Emphasis is given to short-term treatment, with counselors working from different theoretical perspectives. 

Each Counseling Trainee receives receives a minimum of 1 hour per week of individual supervision with a licensed professional staff member. Mentoring relationships with other clinical staff and group supervision is an integral part of the training program to facilitate additional support and supervision. Counseling Trainees are also encouraged to participate in all in-service trainings, team meetings, and group clinical consultation.


Evaluation is an ongoing, formal, and informal process that will occur throughout  internship/practicum. Each Counseling Trainee receives formal evaluation and feedback at a minimum of two instances during the semester. These evaluations cover clinical work, personal/ professional relationship skills, case presentations, ethical principles and their ability to meet administrative responsibilities such as completing clinical notes in a timely fashion.

Application Requirements and Instructions

Applicants must be at least a second year student from a CACREP accredited Master Level program in Mental Health Counseling and in good standing with their program.

All application materials must be submitted via email to Cailley Wayman, LMHC, CASAC, by February 2, 2023 in order to be considered for internship during the 2023-24 academic year.

  1. Cover Letter (statement of interest, introduction)
  2. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  3. Unofficial Copy of Graduate Transcript
  4. Clinical Writing Sample, such as an actual/mock case study or progress note (in the case of actual client documentation, all identifying personal health information must be removed/changed)

Additional Requirements:

  • On-site interview (case presentation) or zoom interview
  • At least one semester of supervised clinical work
  • Personal liability insurance (required by most training programs and available for purchase through APA, ACA, ASCA, or through a private carrier)
Contact Information

Cailley Wayman, LMHC, CASAC
Counseling Services
Lauderdale Health Center, 2nd floor
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Current Trainees

Our Counseling Trainee for the 2022-23 academic year is Faye Zhang. Read more about Faye.