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Practicum Program Description

Clinical Training Opportunities at Counseling Services

A counselor-in-training (CIT) practicum at SIUE Counseling Services is for second year masters level students majoring in social work, psychology or counseling that requires a minimum of 20 hours per week. CITs will conduct individual intakes, provide individual counseling, and co-facilitate group counseling. Hours available for this position are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CITs will have access to an office in order to provide individual counseling. Each week practicum counselors receive at least one hour of individual supervision, one hour of group supervision, and one to two hours of case disposition/consultation. CITs are matched with senior staff members who supervise their work throughout the placement. Audio and/or video recording of all client sessions is required. Review of the tapes is an important component of supervision.

      Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduate coursework in theories and methods of counseling and psychotherapy
  • Graduate coursework in basic counseling and interviewing skills

      Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate coursework focusing on multiculturalism, diversity and ethics
  • Previous clinical experience (employment, practicum, etc.)
  • DSM Diagnosis and Abnormal Psychology

Mandatory Orientation
Practicum students participate in an extensive orientation. The orientation typically occurs a week prior to the start of the first semester and provides an overview of the agency's policies and procedures, as well as a review of ethical and legal issues and responsibilities.

Terms of Placement
To allow for continuity of treatment for clients, the practicum requires a two consecutive semester commitment beginning in August or January. This placement requires a minimum of 20 hours per week. Please note that your academic program may require more hours. The practicum experience does not offer a stipend.

Application Materials
The deadline for application for a practicum beginning in August is April 1. The deadline for application for a practicum beginning in January is November 1. Please contact our practicum coordinator for information about summer practicum opportunities. Please submit the following documents to the attention of Jessica Ulrich, LCSW:

  • Cover letter detailing reasons for application and qualifications
  • Resume
  • Transcript (a photocopy is acceptable)
  • Two recommendation forms with attached professional letters of reference

Application Procedure
To ensure fairness to all interested parties, Counseling Services staff will review the applications and selected candidates will be invited to interview. During the interview, each candidate will meet with the entire Counseling Services staff. Please allow one hour for this process. The staff will select the most qualified candidates. In the event that a selected practicum student resigns, the placement may be offered to another qualified candidate.

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