Practicum Training Program 

Setting
Graduate students in psychology may apply to be a practicum student-therapist at our Counseling Center. As a practicum student, you will have the opportunity to provide individual therapy, group therapy, and limited assessments for University of Redlands students in a multidisciplinary environment. The Counseling Center treats approximately 15% of University of Redlands students each year. 

 

Requirements

Fifteen to twenty hours per week commitment is required for approximately 31 weeks during the academic year from September through May.  Working two to three evenings is required, as is attendance at a two hour group supervision/training seminar meeting, time TBA in the Fall.  Coursework in psychotherapy is strongly preferred.  A background in counseling/psychotherapy is also helpful in place of this sequence or in addition to it.  Each student, however, will be considered for placement based on individual training needs/aspirations and experience. 

 

Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday 8 am to 9 pm; Friday 8 am to 5 pm. 

 

Population Characteristics

The Counseling Center provides short-term individual therapy to students in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as crisis assessment and intervention to students in the School of Education and the School of Business.  The students in the College of Arts and Sciences are primarily traditional aged undergraduate students while students in the Schools of Education and Business are returning graduate students. Common clinical foci include major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, bipolar, trauma work, substance abuse, Autism spectrum disorders and personality disorders.

The student population is diverse.  Approximately 48% are students of color and 15% identify as LGBTQ.  SES distribution is bimodal. Many students are from upper middle class and upper class families choose the University of Redlands. Additionally, approximately 25% of students are Cal Grant recipients who are often from the local area, are first generation college students, and are often first generation born in the United States.

 

Clinical Experience/General Responsibilities   

Within the university setting, practicum students will be working with a multidisciplinary team including health and psychiatry, conduct and disciplinary entities, disability and academic support services and the professional development center.

Practicum students will provide individual psychotherapy, assessment for substance abuse, assessment and referral of EDOs, and possible co-leadership of group therapy. Degree of acuity and level of psychopathology will vary widely as clients are not prescreened. We are typically conducting many of the following therapy groups:  Social Skills, Management of Bipolar Disorder, LGBTQ & Questioning, Transgender and Gender Questioning, Grief Group, Mindfulness Group, Sexual Assault Survivors Group and Relationship Group.  See a list of our current groups herePracticum begins in September and ends in May and includes an all day training in early September. Participation in campus wide suicide and substance abuse screenings is also encouraged.  

 

Supervision & Training

Students will receive one hour weekly of individual supervision from one of three supervisors, and two hours per week of group supervision. Video recording of sessions is available and required for supervision.  Group supervision incorporates formal case presentations and clinical didactic training on topics such as Suicide Prevention, Working with LGB clients, Mindfulness, Trauma Resiliency Models, EMDR, Working with Transgender Clients, Psychodynamic Thought, Grief Work, Narrative Therapy, and Boundaries/Ethical Issues in Therapy. Additional topics can be offered depending on practicum students' interests. 

 

Application process

We will have two positions that are captive and two-three positions that are non-captive. For applicants interested in a captive site position, please provide application material by January 26th, 2018. We will inform those applicants of our selection by February 16th, 2017.  For applicants interested in the non-captive site positions, please provide application material by February 23rd, 2018. We will abide by SCAPTP guidelines and inform applicants on the Uniform Practicum Notification Day, April 8th, 2017.

Email Dr. Robin Cooper (robin_cooper@redlands.edu) with a cover letter, CV, and one letter of recommendation.  Feel free to contact Dr. Cooper via email or phone (909.748.8108) with any questions about our site placement.