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DePauw University Counseling Services Practicum Training Program (2019-20)

Welcome to DePauw University Counseling Services Practicum Training Program! DePauw University Counseling Services promotes the emotional, interpersonal, physical, and psychological well-being of all students. Counseling Services seeks to provide effective, ethical, and professional services to help prevent, assess, and treat mental health concerns of DePauw University students. We are committed to affirming diversity in its broadest form and to serve as an advocate for social justice in our college community. We strive to build a multicultural learning community and engage in collaborative partnerships with Student Academic Life and the entire university community. Counseling Services is an outpatient mental health agency within Student Academic Life and is housed in the DePauw Wellness Center. Counseling Services promotes a supportive, collegial atmosphere committed to training future counselors and psychologists. We typically host 2-3 part-time practicum training positions each academic year (August to May). These practica are available to doctoral and master’s level students enrolled in Clinical or Counseling Psychology programs. There is also a stipend available to each trainee, which is approximately $1000 per academic year (before tax), in order to reimburse trainees for their travel expenses while commuting to Counseling Services. These funds are distributed at the end of each semester.

DESCRIPTION OF PRACTICUM TRAINING PROGRAM

Counseling Services provides a wide variety of training activities and opportunities for our trainees.  Our program is designed to allow trainees to learn and develop knowledge, skills, awareness, and practical experiences related to professional work at a university counseling center.  As such, we incorporate didactic training seminars, individual and group supervision, outreach programming, and clinical experiences into weekly training activity.

 

Each trainee is expected to be on site at Counseling Services for a minimum of 20 hours and three days per week during regular office hours (M-F 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM).  Schedules are flexible with the exception of Friday, where each trainee is required to be present for clinical case staffing and didactic seminar/group supervision.  We attempt to coordinate schedules in order to cover all hours that the office is open.

 

In addition to clinical experiences, outreach is an important aspect of the training program.  As such, all trainees are expected to participate in these programs throughout the academic year.  Some outreach programs may take place in the evenings, and while not expected, we would like trainees to be available to participate in some evening programs.

 

The approximate breakdown of a typical week for trainees is as follows:

 

Time (hour)

Training experiences

9

Individual, couple, and/or group therapy

2

Initial consultations

1

Alcohol Intervention sessions

1

Individual supervision received

2

Didactic seminar and group supervision

1

Outreach programming

1

Clinical case staffing

3

Case management/paperwork

20 

Weekly total

 

Additional staff development opportunities for DePauw University and/or Counseling Services staff may be available to trainees during the year.  Each trainee has access to an office equipped with a webcam recorder, an encrypted flash drive, a desktop computer, a DePauw University email account, and an office telephone.

 

 

INDIVIDUAL, COUPLE, AND GROUP THERAPY

DePauw's Counseling Services are available to all enrolled DePauw students.  Clients may present with a variety of issues, the most common being relationship problems with family or significant others, depression, anxiety, eating/body image issues, substance abuse, trauma recovery, and stress management.

 

Trainees have the opportunity to co-facilitate psychotherapy and support groups with a senior staff member.  Groups offered at Counseling Services vary depending on students’ needs, and have included: Emotional Freedom Group, Men’s Group, Understanding Self and Others Group, Sexual Survivors Support Group, Coping Skills Group, and International Student Support Group.

 

INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP SUPERVISION

Our training program embraces the use of counselor self-awareness as part of our training model. We value personal exploration and expect trainees to examine the qualities and dynamics they bring to interactions with clients, peers, and other work-related relationships.  We believe such discussions, as they relate to trainees' activities throughout the year, can be particularly useful when attempting to understand transference and counter-transference issues and in facilitating professional growth.  This may call for trainees to reflect on and discuss personal reactions that might influence their clinical practice.  Such disclosure frequently occurs within a supervisory relationship characterized by safety, trust, and respect.  In addition to developing specific clinical skills, supervision includes a focus on personal exploration that is also meant to enhance a trainee’s effectiveness as a clinician.

 

Our culturally and professionally diverse clinical staff includes a licensed and HSPP endorsed psychologist and four licensed mental health counselors.  In addition, we work alongside one administrative staff and a part-time consulting psychiatrist.  All of our clinical staff are engaged in the training program, and we are committed to providing a quality training experience.

 

DIDACTIC SEMINAR

Didactic seminars are an integral part of the training program.  The seminar format includes discussion and process-oriented components.  A wide variety of topics are covered that pertain to major areas of knowledge needed to build clinical and multicultural competencies for a clinician in training.  Topics covered may include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Ethics on a college campus
  • Diversity and multicultural counseling
  • Crisis intervention and management
  • Sexual identity development
  • Trauma-focused work
  • International student issues
  • Alcohol and substance use assessment
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Eating disorders
  • Group therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Working with student-athletes
 
   
   
   
   

 

 

OUTREACH

Trainees are involved in outreach programming that Counseling Services offers to the DePauw University community each semester.  Topics typically include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Mental health screenings
  • Suicide prevention
  • Alcohol awareness
  • Mindfulness
    • PAWS for Stress
    • Stress management
    • Women’s mental health
    • Healthy relationships
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit the following materials by February 25, 2019, via email or postal mail, to be considered for an interview.  On-site interviews are scheduled to take place March 20 - March 22, 2019.

 

  1. A letter of interest that addresses the following four prompts:

     

    1. Self-Introduction: Who are you?  What is your background, interests, hobbies, etc.?

    2. How did you become interested in pursuing graduate work in psychology?  What are your career goals?

    3. What interests you about completing a practicum at a university counseling center?  Is there anything specific about DePauw University Counseling Services that appeals to you?

    4. What experiences have you had (paid/unpaid or formal/informal) that have helped prepare you for working in the counseling profession? 

  2. A current CV/resume

  3. Two completed recommendation forms – templates available at https://www.depauw.edu/studentacademiclife/student-services/wellness/counseling-services/

  4. A copy of your graduate transcript(s) –unofficial copies accepted

 

Please submit your materials and direct any questions to:

 

Heather Woodall
Office Manager
DePauw University Counseling Services
800 S. Locust Street
Greencastle, Indiana 46135

Phone: (765) 658-4268
Email: heatherwoodall@depauw.edu

 

We look forward to hearing from you!