Advanced Practicum in College Student Mental Health

ABOUT ST. EDWARD’S UNIVERSITY

St. Edward’s is a nationally recognized liberal arts institution. U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Edward’s 13th among Best Regional Universities in the West for 2016, and both Forbes and the Princeton Review have named St. Edward’s one of America’s Best Colleges.

The student population (approximately 5,300) is composed of students from diverse ethnic, age, gender, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Almost half of St. Edward’s students identify as ethnic minorities, and about one third are non-traditionally aged. St. Edward’s is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution and has been repeatedly recognized as one of the “Best Schools for Hispanic Students” by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine. The University is home to the nation’s longest continuously running College Assistance Migrant Program which provides support to students from migratory or seasonal farm working families.

ABOUT THE PRACTICUM

St. Edward’s Health & Counseling Center provides both medical and mental health services, as well as educational and preventive wellness services, to St. Edward’s students.

The Health & Counseling Center offers practicum training for doctoral-level graduate students in APA or regionally accredited clinical and counseling psychology programs. This practicum attempts to provide trainees with a broad range of experiences typical of working in a multidisciplinary center. Additional highlights include the diversity of St. Edward’s student population, the opportunity to collaborate with both counseling and medical personnel, and an emphasis on multicultural competence.

The practicum is a nine-month program and adheres to St. Edward’s academic calendar for beginning dates, end dates, breaks, and holidays, for a total of about 450 hours. Trainees are expected to work a total of 14 hours/week during regular business hours (8 am to 6 pm). Although trainees are required to attend weekly meetings on Friday mornings, other practicum days and times are negotiable (with some limitations based on office availability).

Weekly activities and time commitments are as follows:

Activity
Hours/Week*
Short-Term Individual Psychotherapy
5
Long-Term Individual Psychotherapy
1
Initial Consultation
1
Urgent Care/Crisis Intervention
1
Individual Supervision
1
Case Consultation
1
Practicum Seminar
1
Case Management/Treatment Planning
 
3
Total
14

In addition, practicum trainees are involved in walk-in crisis management and outreach presentations to the University community. Practicum trainees also have the opportunity to co-facilitate a counseling group, depending on availability, scheduling, and interest. This is completely optional and, if chosen, involves the following hours in addition to those specified above:

Activity
Hours/Week*
Group Psychotherapy
1.5
Group Psychotherapy Supervision
0.5
Case Management/Treatment Planning
0.5
Total
2.5

*Amount of time in activities may vary based on individual training needs and other factors.

CRITERIA FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Completion of a minimum of 2 semesters of prior counseling or psychotherapy practica or the equivalent in work and training experience
  • Completion of 1 year of full-time coursework (or equivalent) at the graduate level in an APA or regionally accredited program leading to a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology.
  • Completed application materials (see below)
  • Interview with one or more of the Health & Counseling Center staff
APPLICATION

Interested students should confer with their Practicum Director or Program Director prior to applying.

To apply, please submit the following materials either by email (preferred) or regular mail:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Either a letter of recommendation or a copy of an evaluation from a previous practicum site, completed by a supervisor familiar with the applicant’s counseling skills. This can be submitted by the applicant or directly from the supervisee or previous practicum site (email OK).

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. However, it is recommended to submit applications by early February as most interviews and placement decisions will be made by March 1. If you are on a later timeline, please feel free to call to see if positions remain open. Ethnic minority students, international students, and others from traditionally underrepresented populations are especially encouraged to apply.

 

Click here to download an application.

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. However, it is recommended to submit applications by early February as most interviews and placement decisions will be made by March 1. If you are on a later timeline, please feel free to call to see if positions remain open. Ethnic minority students, international students, and others from traditionally underrepresented populations are especially encouraged to apply.

 

For more information about St. Edward’s University, see www.stedwards.edu. For more information about the Health & Counseling Center, see http://think.stedwards.edu/healthcounseling. For questions about the practicum training program, please contact:

 
Charles Couchman, Ph.D.
Training Director
Health & Counseling Center
St. Edward’s University
3001 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512-448-8538 Fax: 512-464-8842