Advanced Practicum Training

SCS and Diversity

Our organization prides itself on providing a comfortable space for all students to address their concerns and to feel respected and valued for their differences.  As stated on the SCS home page:

“As a staff we are committed to valuing diversity, honoring students, faculty, and staff from all racial, religious, and ethnic identities, sexualities, gender identities, and disability conditions.”

This accepting and inclusive approach to diversity carries through all activities and services.  Consequently, all advanced practicum trainees are required to read and adhere to the following documents from the American Psychological Association:

Program Description for the 2018-2019 Training Year

We typically accept up to a total of 5 trainees each year and seek doctoral students who have completed at least one prior counseling practicum during masters or doctoral level training. Priority is given to those with more extensive training. Experience must include personal counseling.  While experience with career or academic counseling is valued, it is not required.

Trainees will see the full range of presenting issues-including personal, career, and academic concerns. In addition to counseling, trainees are expected to complete two outreach activities in collaboration with an intern or staff member. Clinical activities include the following:

  • Initial Consultations/Walk-In Crisis Assessment
  • Individual Personal Counseling
  • Individual Career Counseling
  • Individual Academic Counseling

Please note that group counseling is not included among the Advanced Practicum Program activities.

Career counseling issues at SCS are more generally conceptualized as, "Who am I and where am I going?" Academic counseling includes helping students address personal concerns, such as perfectionism or anxiety, and how they affect academic goals and pursuits. Training in SCS's approach to career and academic counseling will be provided. Orientation takes place in late August and attendance is required.

Hours

Students may apply for either training option:

A)  18 hours per week:

  • 8 hours of individual counseling and initial consultations
  • 1.5 hours of individual supervision
  • 1.5 hours of group supervision (Fridays, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
  • 2 hours of didactic seminar (Fridays, 10 a.m. to 12 noon)
  • 5 hours for administrative responsibilities (paperwork, case review, outreach, etc.)

B)  20 hours per week:

  • 10 hours of individual counseling and initial consultations
  • 1.5 hours of individual supervision
  • 1.5 hours of group supervision (Fridays, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
  • 2 hours of didactic seminar (Fridays, 10 a.m. to 12 noon)
  • 5 hours for administrative responsibilities (paperwork, case review, outreach, etc.)

Students will also participate in two outreach programs of their choice during the training year.  Time for outreach will come out of administrative time.


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