Advanced Practicum in College Student Mental Health


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 2015, and both Forbes and the Princeton Review have named St. Edward’s one of America’s Best Colleges.

The University was founded in 1885 by the Congregation of the Holy Cross and from its beginning has emphasized social justice and developing an international perspective. Students at St. Edward’s are encouraged to confront the critical issues of society and to seek justice and peace. They are helped to understand themselves, clarify their personal values, and recognize their responsibility to the world community.

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.


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

Counseling Services
  • Brief individual and couples counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Biofeedback training for relaxation and stress management
  • Psychiatric consultation or referral
  • Consultation with students, faculty, and staff
Health Services
  • Treatment of minor illnesses and injuries
  • Prescriptions and lab tests
  • Information and referrals
  • Routine immunizations
  • Annual well woman exams
Wellness Services
  • Alcohol and other drug education
  • Online health education tools
  • Outreach presentations, trainings, and workshops
  • Calvin Kelly, Ph.D., Director
  • Beth Charrier, Psy.D., Associate Director
  • Claudia Cardenas, Psy.D., Clinical Case Manager
  • Galatia Cepeda, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist, College Assistance Migrant Program Counselor
  • Charles Couchman, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist, Training Director, Coordinator of Group Counseling
  • Pete Erickson, M.A., LPC, Outreach & Wellness Coordinator
  • Isabel Evans, Medical Services Administrative Assistant
  • Lisa Garza, Medical Assistant
  • Mary Jones, MSN, FNP-C, Nurse Practitioner, Health Services Coordinator
  • Lee Land, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Multicultural Specialist
  • Sirritta Roundtree, Office Specialist
  • Suzanne Stover, Administrative Coordinator

The Health & Counseling Center offers practicum training for doctoral-level graduate students in APA or regionally accredited clinical or counseling psychology programs. This practicum provides trainees with experience in a multidisciplinary university counseling center setting. 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 a weekly practicum seminar at the Health & Counseling Center on Friday mornings, other practicum days and times are negotiable (with some limitations based on office availability).

The practicum is a nine-month program and adheres to St. Edward’s academic calendar for beginning dates, end dates, break, and holidays, for a total of about 450 hours. Weekly activities and time commitments are as follows:

Short-Term Individual Psychotherapy
Long-Term Individual Psychotherapy
Urgent Care/Crisis Intervention
Individual Supervision
Case Consultation
Practicum Seminar
Case Management/Treatment Planning

In addition, practicum trainees are involved in outreach presentations and co-facilitate 1 or 2 alcohol skills training classes per semester. 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:

Group Psychotherapy
Group Psychotherapy Supervision
Case Management/Treatment Planning

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


Training emphasizes the skills and experience needed for a career in college mental health. The diversity of St. Edward’s student population, the opportunity to collaborate with both counseling and medical personnel, and an emphasis on multicultural competence are highlights of the practicum program.

  • 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

The Training Director and other staff will review application materials and interview information. Trainees will be selected based upon a variety of factors, including the criteria listed above, the type and quality of prior practicum experiences, interest in a career in a university counseling center setting, interest in multicultural issues, and any other relevant experience.


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, for full consideration, it is recommended to submit applications by February 1 as most interviews are conducted during the first 3 weeks of February. Ethnic minority students, international students, and others from traditionally underrepresented populations are especially encouraged to apply.


Click here to download an application.

For more information about St. Edward’s University, see For more information about the Health & Counseling Center, see 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