Practicum Training Program 

Setting

Graduate students in psychology, marriage and family therapy, clinical mental health or related counseling program 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, co-facilitate group therapy, and limited assessments for University of Redlands students in a multidisciplinary environment.

 

Requirements

Fifteen to twenty hours per week commitment is required for approximately 31 weeks during the academic year from September through May. Working two evenings is requested. Attendance at a two hour group supervision/training seminar is required on Fridays from 10 am to 12 pm.

Coursework in psychotherapy and one previous clinical placement is strongly preferred. Each student, however, will be considered for placement based on individual training needs/aspirations and experience.

Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday 8:00am to 9:00pm; Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Population Characteristics

The Counseling Center provides short-term individual therapy to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Redlands. Common clinical foci include major depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar, PTSD, substance abuse, autism spectrum disorders and personality disorders.

The student population is diverse. Approximately 48% are students of color and 20% identity as LGBTQ. SES distribution is bimodal with students from upper middle class/upper class families as well students who are Cal Grant recipients, first generation college students, and from low income families.

Clinical Experience/General Responsibilities

Within the university setting, practicum students work with a multi-disciplinary team including medical professionals, conduct and disciplinary entities, residential life administrators, academic support and disability services and career services.

Practicum students will provide individual psychotherapy, limited assessment and referrals for academic accommodations, assessment for substance abuse, assessment and referral of eating disorders, and optional co-facilitation 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:

  • Management of Bipolar Disorder
  • LGBTQ & Questioning
  • Transgender and Gender Questioning
  • Grief Group
  • Mindfulness Group
  • Drug and Alcohol Group
  • BIPOC Group
  • Adjusting to College/Pandemic Group
  • Empowerment Group (Sexual Assault Survivors) Group

See a list of our current groups here.

Practicum begins in early September and ends in late May. Outreach opportunities are available (eg. depression, alcohol, and eating disorder screenings and presentations to student groups).

Supervision & Training

Students will receive a minimum of one hour weekly of individual supervision 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 Assessment & Intervention; Clinical Issues with LGB clients; Clinical Issues with Trans* & Gender Questioning clients; Integrating Mindfulness in Clinical Work; Brief Therapy Models; Narrative Therapy; Grief Therapy; Race in Clinical Work; Substance Use on a College Campus. Additional topics are offered depending on practicum students’ interests.

Application Process

We plan to have five practicum positions at our Counseling Center. To apply for a practicum position, please email your application materials to the Counseling Center's Administrative Assistant, Maria Olson at maria_olson@redlands.edu. Your materials should include the following:

1) Cover Letter

2) Curriculum Vitae

3) One letter of recommendation preferably from a clinical supervisor

 

If you have questions about our practicum training program at any time, please feel free to email Matt Gragg, Director of the Counseling Center, at matt_gragg@redlands.edu.

Deadlines (updated as of Dec 1, 2020 @ 12:00pm)

Application materials are due by Monday, January 25, 2021 for doctoral students and February 1, 2021 for masters students.

We will notify applicants that they have offered positions by Friday, February 12, 2021.

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