UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN


Therapy Practicum

We are glad that you are interested in finding out more about our practicum program at the Counseling Center! We have a long tradition of providing quality practicum training to students. We invite you to read over the information provided here about our practicum training and consider applying if you feel that the program meets your interests and needs. We also invite you to check out the rest of the Counseling Center’s website for more information about our Center!

Beginning Therapy Practicum

Beginning Therapy Practicum Program Goals

As a therapist-in-training, to develop and refine skills in:

  •  Establishing strong relationships with clients
  • Conceptualizing clients and their concerns
  • Developing and applying a theoretically based plan for treatment with each client
  • Using your awareness of yourself as a therapeutic tool

As a colleague-in-training, to:

  •  Learn how to use supervision effectively
  • Give and receive professional, timely, and appropriate feedback to your peers
  • Actively participate in developing and maintaining an atmosphere of trust and support during your practicum experience here
  • Participate as a professional in a University Counseling Center agency and to learn the workings of such agencies

Requirements

  • Status as a current graduate student in a counseling or clinical psychology program
  • Successful completion of a counseling skills course
  • Successful completion of a counseling theories overview course

Expectations

16-20 hour time commitment each week, for the academic year (mid-August to mid-May). These hours will consist of:

  • 4-6 direct service hours of individual therapy each week for the fall semester; all client sessions will be audio taped or videotaped
  • 5-7 direct service hours of individual therapy each week for the spring semester
  • 1.5 hours of individual clinical supervision each week (provided by the Center)
  • 2 hours of group supervision each week (provided by the Center)
  • 1 hour of practicum seminar each week (provided by the Center)
  • Observation of 5 Initial Appointments over the course of the academic year
  • Discretionary time used to listen to tapes, write notes,  prepare for individual and group supervision, and read assigned articles/books

Advanced Therapy Practicum Program

Advanced Therapy Practicum Program Goals

As a therapist-in-training, to develop and refine skills in:

  •  Establishing strong relationships with clients
  • Conceptualizing clients and their concerns
  • Developing and applying a theoretically based plan for treatment with each client
  • Using your awareness of yourself as a therapeutic tool
  • Group therapy (optional observation depending on availability)
  • Initial appointments/assessments

As a colleague-in-training, to:

  •  Learn how to use supervision effectively
  • Give and receive professional, timely, and appropriate feedback to your peers
  • Actively participate in developing and maintaining an atmosphere of trust and support during your practicum experience here
  • Participate as a professional in a University Counseling Center agency and to learn the workings of such agencies

Requirements

  •  Status as a current graduate student in a counseling or clinical psychology program
  • Successful completion of counseling skills course
  • Successful completion of counseling theories overview course
  • At least one successfully completed therapy practicum placement

Expectations

16-20 hour time commitment each week, for the academic year (mid-August to mid-May). These hours will consist of:

  •  5-10 direct service hours of individual therapy each week; all client sessions will be audio taped or videotaped
  • 1.5 hours of individual clinical supervision each week (provided by the Center)
  • 2 hours of group supervision each week (provided by the Center)
  • 1 hour of practicum seminar each week (provided by the Center)
  • 0.5 hours of supervision each week with group therapy facilitator (if participate in optional group process observation)
  • Participation in Initial Appointment training
  • Discretionary time used to listen to tapes, write notes, prepare for individual and group supervision, and read assigned articles/books

Our philosophy of training:

  • To offer supervised clinical experiences to practicum students and interns, who come from counseling or clinical psychology and social work programs
  • Based on a developmental mentoring model, which is sensitive to the developmental needs of trainees throughout the year, providing them with necessary supervision and support
  • To provide training and experience in planning and delivering high quality direct clinical services to clients
  • To assist trainees in further establishing and developing a professional identity as knowledgeable, skilled, and ethical clinicians in training
  • To focus on supporting the development of solid clinical and professional skills in working with the university student population
  • To infuse sensitivity to issues of diversity throughout the training program
  • To allow for an unfolding exploration of identities and how our various identities and experiences interplay with professional activities

Clinical experiences

Individual and Couples Counseling (couples opportunities less frequent)

  • The opportunity to gain experience in brief, intermediate, and long-term counseling with undergraduate and graduate students presenting with a broad range of  presenting concerns
  • A diverse caseload in terms of severity of  concerns, client populations, and  clinical issues

 Group Therapy Process Observation (optional and dependent on availability)

  • The opportunity to monitor group dynamics of a therapy group
  • Participate as part of the group treatment team with the staff facilitators
  • Includes 0.5 hours of supervision with one of the staff facilitators each week

 Initial Appointments

  • Work under the developmental training model with the trainee’s clinical supervisor to learn the Center’s initial appointment system
  • Advance toward conducting initial appointments independently (advanced practicum)

Supervision experiences

Individual Supervision

  • One and a half hours per week of intensive, individual supervision focusing on individual caseloads
  • Two different individual supervisors over the course of the academic year, to allow practicum students the opportunity and the exposure to different theoretical orientations and styles; supervised by a staff member during the fall semester and a pre-doctoral intern during the spring semester
  • Supervisory assignments are derived from practicum student input and supervisor’s theoretical orientation; final matches are determined by the Practicum Training Chair

Group Supervision

  • Two hours per week of group supervision, led by Practicum Training Chair; group consists of both beginning and advanced practicum students and the Center’s social work intern
  • Focus on development of conceptual and intervention skills through case presentations and case consultation
  • Focus on therapist cultural awareness and professional and ethical development

Additional experiences

Practicum Special Topics Seminar

  • One hour per week didactic seminar led by the Practicum Special Topics Supervisor

 Outreach (recommended)

  • The Center provides a wide range of programming on campus
  • Trainees are encouraged to participate in outreach programming in the area of their choice by teaming up with clinicians who work in that area of specialization

 Outreach and Consultation Teams (optional)

  • Depending on trainee interest and schedule, practicum students may attend outreach and consultation team meetings in the Center

Application Process

Applicants must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program in psychology at an accredited university. Please send completed application materials via postal service or email by the deadline of 5pm, Friday, February 13, 2015:

  •  Site application (link will be available shortly)
  • Cover letter describing your interest in our site and goals for the practicum,
  • Current vita, and
  • Contact information for two references (at least one of whom is familiar with your clinical skills)
Send to:
Jodi Thomas, Psy.D.
Practicum Training Chair
Counseling Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
206 Student Services Building
610 East John Street
Champaign, IL 61820
phone: (217) 333-3704
TTY: (217) 244-9146
FAX: (217) 244-9645

jmthomas@illinois.edu

NOTE: Practicum Counselors will need to be available on-site Tuesdays from 9am to 12pm for group supervision and special topics seminar.

Your application will be reviewed by the Practicum Training Chair and the Practicum Training Committee. You will be asked to participate in a 30-minute interview in-person or by phone with the Practicum Training Chair and a member of the Practicum Training Committee. Please direct any questions to Jodi Thomas, Psy.D., Practicum Training Chair, (217) 333-3704.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE RECEIVED BY 5pm, Friday, February 13, 2015 FOR FULL CONSIDERATION