Practicum Training in Counseling and Clinical Psychology

Cook Counseling Center offers a two semester graduate practicum program, providing an excellent opportunity for clinical experience within a university counseling center and to gain skill in individual and group therapy with a college population. These are unpaid, training positions for students who are currently enrolled in graduate academic programs. 

The primary focus of Practicum I (Group) and Practicum II (Individual) at Cook Counseling Center is on the development of clinical skills, however, there may be opportunity to gain experience in other aspects of college counseling practice, such as outreach. Practicum II doctoral students are expected to be on-site for a minimum of 10 hours per week. Practicum I students must complete a minimum of five hours per week.

To meet the training objectives, Practicum I students will be involved in a minimum of one group per semester. Requirements for Practicum I students include either process-observation or co-leading a group, and recording group therapy case notes. Practicum I students are also required to participate in a two-hour per week, group supervision meeting led by a licensed clinical psychologist. They will also receive additional, informal supervision from their group co-leader.

Practicum II doctoral trainees will see five to seven clients per week (master’s trainees may have a larger time commitment and caseload expectation as required by their academic departments) and/or co-facilitate a therapy group, completing progress notes for all cases and groups over the course of one academic year. Optional activities may include opportunities for consultation and outreach with student groups or faculty. If a Practicum II student elects to be involved in groups, participation in Supervision of Groups is required in addition to their minimum hours. Practicum II students receive one hour of individual supervision per week with a doctoral psychology intern, as well as two hours per week of group supervision co-led by a licensed clinical psychologist and a licensed professional counselor. Supervision sessions primarily consist of video and case review, as well as relevant discussion of theoretical and professional issues.

Practicum Training in Clinical Social Work

The primary focus of Foundation Practicum and Concentration Practicum for clinical social work students at Cook Counseling Center is on the development of clinical skills, however, there may be opportunity to gain experience in other aspects of college counseling practice, such as outreach. For the Concentration Practicum, masters level clinical social work students are expected to be on-site three days per week. For the Foundation Practicum for masters level clinical social work, students must complete a minimum of two days per week.

To meet the training objectives, Foundation Practicum social work students will be involved in a minimum of one group per semester or be involved with outreach and case management support. Requirements for Foundation Practicum students may choose between: 1) process-observation or co-leading a group, and recording group therapy case notes, or 2) co-leading outreach activities and providing case management support to Staff Counselors, and recording case notes. Foundation Practicum students are also required to participate in a two-hour per week, group supervision meeting led by a licensed clinician (clinical psychologist and a licensed professional counselor). They will also receive additional, informal supervision from their group co-leader.

Concentration Practicum students will see five to seven clients per week and/or co-facilitate a therapy group, completing progress notes for all cases and groups over the course of one academic year. Optional activities may include opportunities for consultation and outreach with student groups or faculty. If a Concentration Practicum student elects to be involved in groups, participation in Supervision of Groups is required in addition to their minimum hours. Concentration Practicum social work students receive one hour of individual supervision per week with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as well as two hours per week of group supervision co-led by a licensed clinician (clinical psychologist and a licensed professional counselor). Supervision sessions primarily consist of video and case review, as well as relevant discussion of theoretical and professional issues.

 

Application Process

Required Materials:

  • Practicum Application Forms – included in the packet is the Practicum Readiness form that must be completed by a previous clinical supervisor to be returned to the applicant in a sealed envelope or sent directly to Cook Counseling Center
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest/personal statement – include professional goals

The preferred due date for this application is March 15th to allow time for review and interview prior to the end of the spring semester. However, there is no official deadline – applicants will be considered until all positions are filled.

Submit applications or inquiries to:

Cathye Griffin Betzel, Psy.D.
Assistant Director for Training
Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center
845 Washington St.SW
240 McComas Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-6557
cbetzel@vt.edu