Clinical Training Program

I’m delighted to introduce you to the clinical training program at Trinity Christian College Counseling Services! Trinity’s counseling center provides counseling and psychological services to the college’s diverse student body through its clinical training program, which offers practicum and advanced practicum experiences for graduate students in clinical psychology and practicum and internship experiences for graduate students in clinical mental health counseling.

My prayer is that our clinical trainees will grow personally and spiritually as they participate on our team in a clinical training experience designed to enhance mental health knowledge, hone clinical skills, and deepen each counselor’s reservoir of experience for becoming a competent mental health professional. Trinity is a wonderful place, and the student life division is hospitable and collaborative! I’m eager to introduce you to the Trinity community to explore whether Trinity Counseling Services might be your next step of clinical training!

Clinical Training Program

Dr. Stephanie Griswold

Director of Counseling Services
Instructor of Psychology

Training is Central to Trinity Counseling Services’ Mission

Trinity Christian College’s Counseling Services exists to promote emotional wellbeing, relational health, and spiritual vitality for each sector of the college’s diverse student body through clinical counseling and related services, thereby supporting the college’s educational mission involving the whole person. Additionally, Trinity Counseling Services provides clinical training for professional counselors in a manner consistent with the mission and philosophy of the college and the highest standards of practice in professional counseling.

  • Weekly 1-hour face-to-face clinical supervision with a Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Weekly 1.5-hour group supervision and in-service training aligned with clinical application of weekly readings, podcasts, or videos on topics relevant to clinical work with emerging adults, attachment theory, trauma-informed care, spiritual issues, integrating faith, and treatment planning
  • Training regularly includes collaborative review of video recordings of sessions

We invite applications from students who are pursuing their PsyD or PhD in the psychology field.  Trinity Christian College abides by the Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training (ACEPT) timelines for recruiting and selecting psychology externs for those applicants from ACEPT-affiliated academic institutions.

We invite applications from students who are pursuing their Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or from Trinity Christian College’s Counseling Psychology program.  We are not bound to the ACEPT timeline above.  Receiving of applications and corresponding materials for training in 2020-2021 academic year will begin on January 31st, 2020. Interviews and position offers will be made on a rolling basis thereafter.

A total of (4) counseling internship and/or psychology externships are available for the 2020-2021 academic year; trainees commit to a 10-month placement that begins in August and ends in May. Those interested in a clinical placement at Trinity Counseling Services should send the following materials to Dr. Stephanie Griswold, Director of Counseling Services at  Electronic applications are preferable, but paper applications are certainly acceptable.

  • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume
    In addition to describing your interest in our training program, please also describe your faith and how it impacts your approach to clinical work
  • A Letter of Interest
  • Current Copy of Your Academic Transcript (official or unofficial)
  • One to two (1-2) letters of recommendation with contact information