Training Programs

Practicum Program Overview for 2018-2019

The Counseling & Consultation Services (CCS) Practicum Program offers Clinical or Counseling Psychology doctoral students a quality experience in providing time-limited outpatient psychotherapy in a university counseling center. The practicum experience is coordinated by Mark Matuszewski, Ph.D. The coordinator's responsibilities are to monitor the progress and needs of each trainee, encourage professional and personal development, and facilitate supportive interactions and communication between practicum students and CCS staff. Dr. Matuszewski also serves as the liaison with the trainees' home programs for the purpose of recruitment and evaluation.

Activities

Practicum students receive 1.5-2 hours of individual supervision per week, from one or two staff members, and they also participate in group supervision for 1 hour per week with 4-5 peers and Dr. Matuszewski. Ideally, each practicum student will have two or three individual supervisors over the duration of the academic year. Presenting problems of clients seen by practicum therapists include: anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, interpersonal and family issues, and other concerns common in a college student population. The practicum experience includes: individual therapy with clients, triage (initial consultation) appointments, possible group therapy co-facilitation, bi-weekly training seminars on various clinical and professional development topics, and weekly individual and group supervision. In addition, practicum students may participate in CCS outreach programming on a volunteer basis as well as professional development training opportunities offered to all staff.

Practicum students will have a 22-25 hour placement. We value taking time for lunch and interacting with our colleagues, and that time is included below. A typical breakdown of weekly hours for a 22-25 hour practicum placement is a follows:

Triage (Initial Consultation) Hours 2
Supervision (Individual and Group) 2.5
Individual Therapy 8-10
Group Therapy 0-2
Training Seminar (every other week) 2
Documentation, case management, & other tasks  5.5
Lunch 2-3
Total Hours 22-25

Application Process

Consistent with the procedures specified by the Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training (ACEPT), the CCS practicum program will follow the dates below for the 2018-19 application and interview schedule:

Application Dates: Friday, February 2 through Friday, February 16, 2018

Phone Interviews: Will begin Monday, February 19 and continue through Friday, March 9, 2018

CCS Open House (optional): Students who are interviewed will be invited to attend an open house at CCS on Monday, March 12, from 10:00-1:00. Attendance at the open house is not required, but it does allow us to show you our department and who we are more directly. Attending the open house does not impact your likelihood of receiving an offer.  

2018-19 Practicum Dates: If matched to CCS, practicum orientation will begin on or about Monday, August 6, 2018 and the practicum year will end on or about May 10, 2019. 

Application Materials (to be submitted electronically):

  • ACEPT Conduct Pledge
  • Cover letter
  • Current vita/resume
  • Three (3) reference letters from individuals who can speak to your clinical potential and/or abilities
  • Copies of graduate school transcripts (transcripts should be current but can be unofficial and scanned)

Please email all application materials (or have your reference letters emailed) to: Dr. Mark Matuszewski at mmatuszewski@niu.edu

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Dr. Mark Matuszewski at the email address above or call the CCS front desk at 815-753-1207.