Graduate Student Trainee Program

Brittany Lutton

My name is Brittany Lutton and I am a second year Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s student at UNCG. I also attended UNCG as an undergrad and have a B.S in Education (ASL Interpreting concentration) and a B.A in Psychology. After graduation, I plan to work towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS). My goal as a counselor is to provide a safe space for clients to share what has been going on in their lives and where we can collaborate to form a treatment plan together. The theories I use to inform my counseling approach are cognitive theories (CBT, ACT, DBT), person-centered theory, reality theory, narrative theory, and relational-cultural theory. I have worked with students with anxiety, depression, disordered eating, trauma, and other presenting concerns. I have an interest in trauma and have been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). I have completed Safe Zone 1.0, 2.0 and Trans Zone, Green Zone, and Recovery Zone. I look forward to working with you!

 

Sidnee Williams

My name is Sidnee Williams and I am a Graduate Trainee working with Shelby Malize, the Clinical Case Manager, during the Spring semester. I am an alumna of UNCG, obtaining my B.A in English— Secondary Education. I am now pursuing my MSW through the Joint Master of Social Work Program with UNCG and NC A&T. Before entering this field, I was an English teacher. My experience in the school system has allowed me to recognize the need for advocates extending beyond what could be done within the limitations of the classroom. Thus, I’ve developed a succeeding passion championing for mental health, providing therapeutic services, and sharing access to resources for the success of the individuals I advocate for.

 

Sudheera Ranaweera

My name is Sudheera, and I am a fifth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at UNCG. I earned a B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Florida. I earned my M.A. in Clinical Psychology in 2018 through UNCG, and I am working on earning my Ph.D. I am one of the graduate student trainees for the 2020-2021 year.
My approach to therapy is person-centered, multicultural, and includes cognitive-behavioral elements. I strive to provide students with culturally informed care, and practical techniques and skills that they can incorporate into their lives to manage any ongoing stressors. Currently, I help co-facilitate a support group for women of color called “Sista Talk” which meets weekly. I hope to work at a university counseling center in the future. I am also interested in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and supervising graduate students in their training. In my leisure time, I enjoy singing, discovering new music, creating playlists, attending spin classes, and spending time with loved ones.

 

Sherry Kelly

Hi! My name is Sherry Kelly, and I am proud to be a part of UNCG and NC A&T’s Joint Master of Social Work program. I first joined UNCG’s Counseling Center as a graduate trainee in Fall 2019 in a case management position. I have now transitioned to a therapeutic role of helping students and am thankful to have the opportunity to complete my internship among a knowledgeable and welcoming staff.
My time here has reaffirmed the fact that I enjoy working with students. While I am naturally drawn to Cognitive Behavioral therapy and Mindfulness as treatment modalities, I think it is important to take a generalist approach when working with such diversity that makes up our student population. My goal is to meet students where they are while honoring their complex identities to ensure equity of care for all.
I look forward to meeting you.


 

Become A Graduate Student Trainee

The Counseling Center at UNCG invites applications for three half-time (20 hour) graduate student trainee positions (advanced practicum/internship) each academic year. Applications are accepted from UNCG doctoral students in Clinical Psychology and Counseling and Counselor Education; UNCG master’s students in Counselor Education, and joint UNCG-NCA&T master’s students in Social Work. After a review of applications, individuals are selected to be interviewed by the Counseling Center staff. This is an advanced placement and is not appropriate for students without clinical experience.

The Counseling Center provides counseling services to UNCG students addressing a diverse range of mental health and developmental concerns. Trainees will provide individual psychotherapy, group counseling, workshops, and outreach services. Supervision is provided weekly by a senior staff clinician and will also include group supervision opportunities. In addition, trainees will attend staff meetings, case conferences, and training seminars. Trainees will gain experience in most aspects of a university counseling center. Our clinically diverse staff members bring extensive clinical and supervision/training experience and truly enjoy working with trainees. The Counseling Center is part of Student Health Services on campus and works closely with several other departments within Student Affairs and across campus.

Applicants are asked to complete the trainee application before February 15th. Electronic submissions are required. Review of applications begins on February 15thApplication will open December 1st.

[ Counseling Center Graduate Trainee Application ]

 

 

Send materials and direct questions to:

Jennifer Bell Brown, Ph.D., LCMHCS (Co-Training Coordinator)
or
Thomas Zigo, LCSW (Co-Training Coordinator)

Student Health Services
The Counseling Center
107 Gray Drive
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

Phone: 336-334-5874
Email: jbbrown@uncg.edu or t_zigo@uncg.edu