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Practicum Training Rotations

There are two tracks for practicum at the Student Counseling Center:  Short practicum and full practicum. The Counseling Psychology program requires that their students do at least one short practicum at the SCC.  Psychology students who want to take on more hours during their first semester MAY need permission from the Psychology Department to do so.  The full practicum is more time intensive and is tailored to students who wish to receive a more in-depth experience of a counseling center (see below).   Any practicum students can choose to do short practicum at any point in their training with us; however, after their initial short practicum, preference may be given to students applying for the full practicum.  We generally prefer that students choose the full practicum if they can work it out with their schedules due to it being a more in-depth experience (including the possibility of doing a rotation), but we will consider students doing more than one semester of a short practicum if it can be accommodated given our constraints on how many students we can train each semester.

Short Practicum - Weekly Practicum Hours
  • 5 Client Contact Hours
  • 1 Intake Hour/Week (between 1 - 5 pm)
  • 1 Individual Supervision Hour
  • 1 Case Seminar (1 hour; time TBD based on students' schedules)
  • 1 Administrative Hour
  • 1 Hour of Outreach Participation/Semester
  • 9 TOTAL HOURS/WEEK
Full Practicum - Weekly Practicum Hours
  • 9 Client Contact Hours
  • 1 Intake Hour/Week (between 1 - 5 pm)
  • 1.5 Individual Supervision hours
  • 1 Case Seminar (1 hour; time TBD based on students' schedules)
  • 2 Administrative Hours (at least one hour should be scheduled at Center)
  • 1 Hour Outreach Participation/Semester
  • 14.5 TOTAL HOURS/WEEK
Rotations:

A training rotation is optional; if a student is interested, s/he may request to participate in one of the following rotations to obtain more experience in one of the subsequent areas:

  1. Group Therapy:
    As a practicum student you have the opportunity to get involved with our group therapy program, which has become rather popular. During your first semester here you can participate as a process observer and during your second semester you can, with the endorsement of your group leaders from your first semester and your primary supervisor, co-lead a group. All practicum students doing the group rotation will also need to participate in a training prior to participating in group which will be conducted by the SCC groups coordinator prior to / at the very beginning of the semester. This rotation is only available to those students who are enrolled in the full practicum. Note that additional time commitment is required (1 hour).
  2. Relationship Enhancement Center (Spring Semester):
    The Relationship Enhancement Center, REC, provides a special focus on couples' therapy in a unique setting with live supervision. This is a rich opportunity to develop your skills as a couples' therapist. Note that this rotation is only available during the spring and is only available to those students who are enrolled in the full practicum. Note that additional time commitment is required (2 hours).

Note:

  • Rotations are only available to students in full practicum.
  • Participation in all rotations is subject to availability and acceptance into the rotation.

Weekly Hours Commitment by Rotation

REC Rotation - Weekly Practicum Hours (SPRING ONLY)
  • 8 Client Contact Hours 
  • 1 Intake Hour a Week (between 1 - 5 pm)
  • 1.5 Individual Supervision Hours
  • 1 Case Seminar (1 hour; time TBD based on students' schedules)
  • 1 REC Couple Hour
  • 2 REC Observation/Peer Supervision Hours
  • 2 Administrative Hours
  • 1 Hour of Outreach Participation/Semester
  • 16.5 TOTAL HOURS / WEEK
Group Rotation - Weekly Practicum Hours
  • 8 Ind. Client Contact Hours
  • 1 Intake Hour a Week (between 1 - 5 pm)
  • 1.5 Group Hours (providing group therapy)
  • 1.5 Individual Supervision Hours
  • 0.5 Group Supervision Hour with Co-Leader(s)
  • 1 Case Seminar (1 hour; time TBD based on students' schedules)
  • 1-2 Administrative Hours
  • 1 Hour of Outreach Participation/Semester
  • 14.0 TOTAL HOURS per week


 

 

 

 

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