BridgeClinical and Counseling Psychology Training Program

We appreciate your interest in training at Westmont College Counseling Services, and hope you find the information you need below. Should you have further questions or concerns, please email Dr. Eric Nelson at

We offer training positions for:

  • Clinical / Counseling Psychology Practicum Students
  • MFT / LPC Trainees and Interns
  • Postdoctoral Psychology Trainees seeking SPE in California (separate application deadlines; please contact for further information).


Program Description

Contact: Eric Nelson, Ph.D., Director of Counseling Services

(805) 565 6003


Position Summary

Westmont College Counseling Services will be accepting applications for clinical training positions for the 2018-2019 academic year. The position will be 9 months in duration, beginning generally the 3rd/4th week of August and ending mid May. The position is focused toward training and providing high quality learning experiences to graduate students in counseling and clinical psychology for a career in mental health. The bulk of the trainee’s experience will be in individual psychotherapy. Oppotunities avalabile include:

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Intake assessment / triage
  • Psychosocial assessment (e.g., MMPI2-RF, MCMI, etc.)
  • Crisis intervention
  • Consultation (e.g., parents, faculty, other campus staff)
  • Couples counseling
  • Delivering workshops / group therapy (if available)

Trainees will also be expected to attend all monthly Counseling Services staff meetings if the time works for their schedule. The primary supervisor will be the clinic director, with additional supervision completed by other licensed Counseling Services staff. Our services are highly utilized by students of the College, and trainees have the opportunity to see a wide range of students.

Program and College Description

Counseling Services treats students of the college facing a wide variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, disordered eating, adjustment, trauma, relationship problems, and others. The center is co-located with the Westmont Health Center, providing opportunities for collaboration with medical staff. Counseling Services is established as a comprehensive center, with focus on developmental and life skills interventions, consultations, and outreach to students. Short-term psychotherapy is the primary means of direct service.

A nationally ranked liberal arts college in Santa Barbara, Westmont College provides a rigorous academic program in a residential Christian community and seeks to cultivate thoughtful scholars, grateful servants, and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church and world. Undergraduates on the wooded, ocean-view campus choose from more than 100 majors, programs and concentrations. With a low student-to-faculty ratio and small classes, students develop close relationships with outstanding faculty.  U.S. News & World Report includes Westmont in the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation.

Experience and Qualifications

In consideration for the position, strongest candidates will be those with at least one year of previous clinical experience. We also seek applicants with a personal affirmation of the Christian mission of the College, and ability/willingness to affirm personal agreement with the Westmont Statement of Faith.

Westmont College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, mental or physical disability in its employment practices, except where physical fitness is a valid occupational qualification. As allowed by federal and state law, Westmont chooses to exercise religious preference in all areas that it deems appropriate for its mission.

Application Process

Applicants should submit a CV and cover letter to be considered for the position. On the cover letter, please briefly address your reason(s) for pursuing clinical training at a Christian liberal arts college. It is preferred that the application materials be sent electronically by email.

Applications should be sent to Eric Nelson, Ph.D., Director of Counseling Services, via email at or

Application due date is Monday March 19, 2018. Interviews will be held late March – early April. Offers for placement will go out on or before April 9.