Launching Your Career

The Lead Trainees of the 2011-2012 Training Year. 

The Hume Center is not just a place you'll train at for a year and never look back. There's a reason why the majority (sometimes as high as 100%) of our Interns apply to stay on as Post-Doctoral Fellows and our Masters Trainees apply to stay on as Masters Associates! There are plenty of a reasons why all 18 of our program managers and licensed supervisors now work here after being trained here. Here are some of the reasons:

Community of Learners

We aim to be more than a place to collect hours; we aim to be a community of learners. A community that aims toward a non-judgmental, non-reactive, compassionate, and safe learning environment where everyone, including the supervisors and administrators, are works-in-progress. Supervisors often find their trainees to be the best teachers and are open to learning and growing throughout their careers.

Leadership Training

In most programs, one Post-Doctoral Fellow or Masters Associate is promoted to Lead Trainee. The duties of the Lead Trainee position vary by program, but the commonality is that this trainee gains supervision, leadership, quality assurance, program development, and outreach experience. The Lead Trainees meet once a week in a Peer Consultation group with the President as facilitator, to present their work and learn from this unique early career experience.

Opportunities for Growth

You never know when opportunities for professional development and exposure will present themselves during your training year. At The Hume Center, you will be encouraged to get outside of the office and do outreach, community organizing, presentations, networking, and consultation. These opportunities will diversify your training and help you develop the broad set of skills it takes to work in community mental health. And who knows, lilttle opportunities might grow into larges ones, Check out this story of when one of our trainees had prepared to facilitate a small group break out session at a teen conference: The Hume Center’s Hillary Burke delivers Keynote Address at Conference for Teens


Once you train at The Hume Center, you are a member of our community. That community extends beyond training or working here. You'll have access to a network of over two hundred alumni of our training program, which instantly integrates you into a community of professionals, training opportunities, and job opportunities. A twice-monthly newsletter is sent to our alumni and all current staff and trainees that spreads the word about:

  • Positions at The Hume Center
  • Alumni Events and other Events by The Hume Center
  • Post-Doc and Job openings
  • Updates regarding the Profession of Psychology
    • Board of Psychology and Board of Behavioral Sciences information/changes
    • New laws and standards
    • Licensure changes
  • Private practice development tips, resources, and advice
  • Local trainings and networking meetings
  • Local resources for your clients
  • Celebrations: we celebrate as a community when someone
    • Defends their dissertation
    • Graduates
    • Attains licensure
    • Opens a Private Practice or other Agency
    • Presents at a conference or other professional setting
    • Publishes a professional work
    • Receives Professional Recognition
    • Partnership Ceremony/Commitment/Civil Union/Marriage
    • Birth/Adoption
  • Here are two samples of our newsletter for trainees, staff, and alumni:

Collective Knowledge

You'll gain access to the collective knowlege of around 30 trainees and 60 staff members, plus the alumni community. There's always someone to call for consultation!

Alumni Discoounts for The Hume Center's CEU Program

The Hume Center launched a CEU program in 2012 and alumni and current staff and trainees are given a discount to take these courses. Your professional responsibility was never easier or more enjoyable than receiving your CEUs at a discount while learning from members of The Hume Center community.