The Drexel Counseling Center offers advanced training for students in the fields of clinical and counseling psychology. The Counseling Center is an APPIC member and offers a 12-month, full-time, Doctoral Internship program for four applicants. Additionally, we offer a part-time, 12-month Psychology Externship program for doctoral students in clinical and counseling programs. Find out more about Philadelphia, Drexel University, and the Counseling Center below.
Drexel University is located in Philadelphia, PA. Known as the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia is a large multicultural destination that brings art, history and culture together with its assorted selection of museums, theatres, restaurants, sports arenas, and music venues for year round entertainment. Visitors and locals alike can experience the city’s welcoming and diverse cultural communities, from one of the country’s oldest and largest “Gayborhoods” to thriving African American, Latino and Asian communities. Convenient train and bus schedules with SEPTA make for easy commuting within the city and to neighboring towns. Philadelphia is a short drive to NYC, New Jersey shore towns, and Pocono mountains in Pennsylvania.
Drexel University was established by Philadelphia financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel in 1891, with the first incarnation as Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry. The cornerstone of Drexel’s career preparation model has been the co-operative education program, which is still an integral part of the educational experience. Through it, students alternate periods of study with periods of full-time professional employment, providing valuable professional experience. The institution's curriculum and organization of its academic programs have evolved to include nine colleges and four schools. Approximately 25,000 students are enrolled in Drexel University’s 14 colleges and schools.
Drexel University offers a unique academically rigorous program, providing undergraduate students with up to 18 months of professional experience before graduation. Drexel University is on a quarter system, and most students attend a five-year undergraduate program. The Drexel culture and pace is reflected in the needs of the Counseling Center and potential doctoral interns will find a culturally diverse, rich training experience in a well-utilized center. Interns are expected to conduct short and long-term individual therapy, couples and group therapy, as well as conducting intakes, triage, participate in the afterhours on-call rotation, walk-in hours, consultation, outreach and workshops. Interns will also provide supervision to doctoral externs as well.
Drexel University’s Office of Counseling and Health is housed within the Division of Student Life, as part of Enrollment Management & Student Success. As part of these divisions, the Counseling Center plays an essential role in making sure Drexel’s students receive additional support as needed in order to make campus life a safe and valuable experience. The Counseling Center’s mission is to support the academic goals of Drexel University through assisting students with personal challenges that interfere with their academic progress, and to promote and foster the academic, personal, and interpersonal development of Drexel students. The Center values diversity and is committed to being an inclusive space for our students. Our clinical work is guided by the ethical and practice standards of our professions, with the goal of providing the best services possible. Psychological services are both remedial (including crisis intervention, assessment and referral and counseling/psychotherapy) and preventive (including psycho-educational workshops, outreach programming and peer training). The Counseling Center seeks to be fully integrated into the university community by providing consultation to faculty and staff regarding student concerns, serving on university committees as well as teaching and training. The Center employs a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, a care coordinator, and a psychiatrist. A variety of theoretical perspectives and areas of expertise are represented among the staff. The Counseling Center works within a short-term treatment model, but trainees may carry a few students who may require longer-term services.
The client population reflects the diversity of the Drexel student body in terms of race/ethnicity, religion, gender and social class. Client's ages typically range from 18-30 years old. Clinical diagnoses include DSM-V psychiatric disorders and range in severity from mild to severe. The most frequent concerns as presented by students include: depression, stress management, anxiety, disordered eating and body image concerns, trauma, issues of cultural identity and international student concerns, adjustment problems, relationships, sexual orientation, difficulty expressing feelings, career planning, balancing school, work and relationships, and substance use/abuse. The Counseling Center also provides crisis management during business hours and off-hours.
The Counseling Center offers a range of services, including short-term individual counseling, group psychotherapy, couples counseling, crisis intervention, consultation/workshops and outreach. Read more about our services here.