Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault

Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault

The Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault (RCASA) is a private, non-profit agency that provides sexual violence response and awareness services in the city of Fredericksburg and the surrounding counties of Caroline, King George, Stafford, and Spotsylvania. Two main types of services are provided: direct client services and education and public awareness.

RCASA offers a number of different internship opportunities. Interns can focus on counseling (e.g. support groups, hotline work), court advocacy, educational outreach (community- and/or school-based), research, program development and evaluation, or some combination of these. RCASA is also interested in expanding their services to be more sensitive to multicultural issues. Given this, interns who are bilingual (especially in English and Spanish) are highly desired.

Duties

RCASA internships can consist of any number of different aspects due to the opportunities for specialization. Exact agency duties will be negotiated  between the intern and agency contact prior to signing the internship contract. However, all interns must undergo 30 hours of training about sexual assault that is to be completed at the beginning of the internship.

Pre-Requisites

  1. Must meet all UMW and Department of Psychological Science internship requirements.
  2. Required courses:
    • PSYC 315 – Foundations of Clinical Psychology
    • PSYC 201- Social Psychology
  3. Recommended courses:
    • PSYC 350 – Psychology of Women
    • SOCG 332- Introduction to Social Welfare

Assessment

  • 42 hours of work per credit hour (most interns do 3 credits with 126 hours of work)  
  • Grade is based on on-campus supervision, agency evaluation, reflective journal, and a final paper

Agency Contact

Christina Berben (christina@rcasa.org)

Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault

615 Jefferson Davis Highway Suite 201

Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Main office: (540) 371-6771

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