Graduate Student Trainee Program

Nadiyah Abdul (She/They)

Hello! I am Nadiyah Abdul (she/they), a proud 2nd year Master of Social Work Student of the NC A&T and UNCG Joint Master of Social Work Program (JMSW). I am honored to be here at the UNCG Counseling Center serving students for a second year!

I have a B.S in Public Health Education, with a concentration in Community Health from UNCG. I spent my post-undergrad career working in the Sexual Education field, where I educated adolescents and communities on inclusive sexual reproductive health.

As a graduate trainee, my interest includes working with Black identifying students, LGBTQPIA+ students, sex and relationship (general) issues, grief, boundary work, and decolonizing mental health practices to create a more holistic healing approach. We are all at different places in our healing journey, and I hope to create an environment in which everyone can show up as their most authentic selves, to be their best selves.

When I am not here at the Counseling Center or completing thousands of assignments, I enjoy swimming, resting, rejuvenating with my dog Sansa, and reading. I look forward to meeting you all soon.

 

Catrina Berry (She, Her, Hers)

Hi! My name is Catrina Berry, and I am a second-year master’s student studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling here at UNCG. I received my Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University. I have always had a passion for helping others reach their full potential and have developed a particular desire to work with college students in the university setting. Through previous clinical and work experiences, as well as my own journey, I have come to recognize the impact of personal, professional, and academic barriers on student well-being.

As such, my approach to counseling focuses on supporting students holistically. I utilize theories and techniques from Narrative therapy, Solution-Focused therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral therapies. My aim as a counselor is to cultivate a space in which students feel supported in exploring their lived experiences while working together with students to develop goals and coping skills to navigate their university journey and throughout their lives.

 

Jessica Moser (she/her)

My name is Jessica Moser, I am currently in the Joint Master’s of Social Work program between UNC Greensboro and NC A&T. I received my Bachelor’s of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As an Undergraduate student, I began my internship in Child Welfare for the Department of Social Services in the investigations division. While working in child welfare, I realized that we, as people often have to overcome many obstacles in life but instead of seeking perfection, we must seek to become life-long learners. This will allow our minds to continue to grow for a positive mindset either on ones’ personal or professional life. This is the basis of my philosophy: to continue being mentally strong during the challenging and enlightening times college can be. I look forward to helping you become the life-long learner you want to be this academic year!

 

Cat Salemi (They/them/theirs)

My name is Cat Salemi and I use they/them/theirs pronouns. I am a second year Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s student at UNCG and I am currently working toward becoming a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC). As a counselor, my primary goal is to help my clients find ways in which they can not only survive in life, but thrive. While much of my practice is informed by Person-Centered theory and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), I am always willing to make changes based on a client’s particular needs and desires.

I also work from a multicultural, intersectional lens and I believe that honoring a client’s identity is a critical part of the counseling process. I am particularly interested in working with transgender and gender-nonconforming clients in my current and future practice, helping them navigate life challenges both related and unrelated to gender identity, and I hope to one day start a nonprofit that focuses on helping economically disadvantaged trans people receive medical and mental healthcare. In my free time, I enjoy sewing, playing video games, and doting on my sixteen-year-old cat, Tiny.
 

Jasmine Johnson (she/her/hers)

Hello everyone! My name is Jasmine Johnson, and I am currently in the Joint Master of Social Work (JMSW) Program at UNC Greensboro and North Carolina A&T SU. I received my Bachelor’s in Social Work from NC A&T in 2014. I am very passionate in helping people reach their highest potential and fostering healthy human relationships. Throughout my career, I have helped link people with the services that they need regarding mental health and human well-being through direct practice. I am excited to start my journey to being a greater part of the team as a future Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Life and the experiences that it brings can be traumatic. No one should have to navigate their traumas alone. This is what drives my passion for helping people. I look forward to partnering with students who would like to overcome obstacles related or unrelated to school life, personal life, or their individual studies.
 

Maleeha Hassan (she/her/hers)

Hi everyone! My name is Maleeha and I am a second year graduate student with the Joint Master of Social Work Program hosted by UNCG and North Carolina A&T University. I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from UNCG in 2020. Additionally, I am a graduate assistant with the University’s Campus Violence Response Center. I provide advocacy and counseling for individuals who have experienced trauma due to interpersonal relationship violence, sexual violence, gender based discrimination, and/or stalking. I am passionate about one’s journey towards healing and empowerment, and hope to initiate those beginning processes serving the role as graduate assistant for the CVRC. I am interested in the effects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in addressing trauma responses and aim to provide trauma-informed care to students with my role at the CVRC. My goal is to empower survivors on an individual level and be a part of their journey towards self discovery. I would like to expand my advocacy on a group level for populations who lack access, resources, or support in response to interpersonal violence; more particularly with respect to immigrant and refugee populations.
I have chosen the field of Social Work in combination with my background in Psychology to propel me into an action oriented approach, while also holding a therapeutic space to continue engaging in areas related to counseling and mental health. Here at the Counseling Center, I am able to do just that, and gain learning experiences from students and staff throughout my time here.
While I am not working with the CVRC and the Counseling Center, I enjoy spending time with my cat, Snickers, going for walks, writing, drawing, and binge watching anime/Studio Ghibli. 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