Career Services

Career Development Resources

Clinical Career Training

Clinical Career Training assists master’s level students as they navigate the many steps toward building their careers and completing their degree requirements.  Under the supervision of the Director of the Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology, doctoral mentors meet regularly with master’s students to guide them in discerning the Psy.D. track; researching, securing, and preparing for second year externships; as well as resume and cover letter writing and refining interview skills.  These doctoral students serve as invaluable resources in understanding the job hunt and licensure process and provide master’s students with continued support and assistance.

Living the Call Speaker Series

Successfully juggling a career as a mental health professional with the demands of marriage and family life can prove to be quite challenging.  Sponsored by the IPS Office of Student Services, “Living the Call” aims to assist current students and alumni in facing the difficulties of professional service in order to flourish.  With lectures offered throughout the academic year, the series provides practical advice on issues related to living out one’s vocation as a Catholic mental health professional.

Writing Resource Service

A free, student-run program offered on campus, the IPS Writing Resource Service (WRS) allows students the opportunity to have one-on-one assistance in composing, strengthening and refining resumes, CVs, job applications and essays.  The mission of the WRS is to help students clearly and effectively communicate, providing a strong introduction to potential employers.  For more detailed information about the services offered, view the WRS webpage.

Relevant Courses

Additional career resources are offered through credit courses as a part of the set program curriculum.  These classes are required for all students at either the master’s or doctoral level.

PSY 680: Professional Roles & Clinical Competencies in Counseling & Psychotherapy

Taken in the first summer session of the master’s program, this two-credit course examines the varied professional roles and functions of the mental health professional.  This includes an orientation to professional issues and scope of practice as well as professional preparation standards and credentialing.  The course will also address critical clinical competencies necessary for a successful externship experience.

PSY 760: Professional Roles and Issues

This seminar-style course is offered for first-year doctoral students and examines the multiple career opportunities and professional roles of psychologists.  Topics include academic careers, clinical practice in a variety of settings, scholarly publishing and presentations, and involvement in professional associations.  Students also construct a curriculum vitae and develop a strategic career plan.

Resource Books
Darley, J., Zanna, M., & Roediger, H.L. III. (Eds.). (2004). The complete academic: A career guide. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Feldman, D. & Silvia, P. (2010). Public speaking for psychologists: A lighthearted guide to research presentation, jobs talks, and other opportunities to embarrass yourself. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Kilburg, R. (1991). How to manage your career in psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Kuther, T. & Morgan, R. (2012). Careers in psychology: Opportunities in a changing world. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Morgan, E. & Landrum, E. (2012). You’ve earned your doctorate in psychology. Now what?: Securing a job as an academic or professional psychologist. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Morgan, R., Kuther, T., & Habben, C. (Eds.). (2005). Life after graduate school in  psychology. New York: Psychology Press.

Pope, K. & Vasquez, M. (2005). How to survive and thrive as a therapist. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sayette, Michael A., Mayne,  T. & John C. Norcross. (2012-2013) Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. The Guilford Press.

Sternberg, R. (Ed.). (2004). Career paths in psychology: Where your degree can take you. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Williams-Nickelson, C., Prinstein, M., & Keilin, W. (2008). Internships in psychology: The APAGS workbook for writing successful applications and finding the right fit.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Continuing Education Opportunities

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