Navigating Life's Challenges

Graduate Training Opportunities

Maps Counseling Services offers a one-year practicum/internship opportunity for doctoral level interns as well as second year Masters Level students. Students join a dynamic team of psychotherapists providing outpatient counseling to clients in our Keene office. As a Maps intern, you will become an integral part of our treatment team.

Maps is distinguished among mental health services in this region by our adherence to a broadly defined view of spirituality as a critical dimension for mental health and healing. Integration of spirituality and psychotherapy is a critical cornerstone of our conceptualization of the services we provide to our community. Graduate students develop the clinical skills necessary to recognize and incorporate the spiritual orientations and themes which may be relevant to each client or family system, thus weaving them into the clinical evaluation, case conceptualization, treatment formulation, and ongoing psychotherapy.

Maps students work primarily with uninsured adults and couples. For students interested in developing child and/or family systems skills, there are opportunities to work with children and families. Group therapy training is available as a co-facilitator in our social skills groups for adults with Autism.

The Maps Practicum/Internship is a challenging and highly rewarding experience. The student functions as a fully integrated clinician with the senior staff, independently carrying a caseload of approximately 10 clients per week. Clinical peer supervision and case management is held bi-weekly and administrative staff meetings are held monthly. Structured in a small group format, clinical peer supervision and case management provides comprehensive feedback and support around aspects of client care. During monthly staff meetings, students learn the elements of a successful clinical practice: addressing financial billing challenges, documentation and compliance expectations, and navigating managed care. Students are expected to have and further develop the skills necessary to function with autonomy. As such, Maps recruits candidates with sufficient clinical experience to prepare them to immediately begin individual therapy with their clients. They must be adept in developing an effective therapeutic alliance, have exposure to basic clinical diagnosis and intake assessments, possess the ability to recognize at-risk clients, and be capable of conceptualizing presenting problems and treatment plan based within a theoretical model. Doctoral practicum students will administer approximately four comprehensive psychological and psychoeducational test batteries.

Students receive comprehensive supervision: each student is assigned an individual supervisor who they meet with weekly for one hour. Students attend and participate in bi-weekly peer supervision/ case management which offers valuable opportunities for a collegial, collaborative learning environment alongside seasoned clinicians. Student participate in facilitated weekly process group comprised of residents and students to allow for peer support with a focus on process in the therapy sessions as well as the group process. While extensive supervision is provided, our internship/ practicum is best suited for applicants with strong interpersonal skills and the confidence to be assertive and self-aware of their training needs.

If you are a student seeking a comprehensive practicum/internship experience and wish to apply to Maps, please forward a cover letter, resume, and 3 letters of recommendation to Tina Borsa, our Training Director. Students with sufficient experience will be invited to interview. The doctoral level student applicant deadline is the end of the first week in January, and our invitations will be made in early to mid-February. The masters level student applicant deadline is February 28, and our invitations will be made by the end of March. Our students are with us for 9-12 months beginning in early August for Orientation. Should you have additional questions, Ms. Borsa can be reached at 603-355-2244, x8118 or by email at