Training Programs

Practicum Program Overview for 2017-2018

The Counseling & Consultation Services (CCS) Practicum Program offers Clinical/Counseling Psychology doctoral students a quality experience in providing time-limited outpatient psychotherapy in a university counseling center. The practicum experience is coordinated by Dr. Mark Matuszewski. 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 individual supervision for 1.5-2 hours per week, with at least one hour provided by a licensed psychologist. They also participate in group supervision for 1 hour per week with Dr. Matuszewski and Dr. Billie Cali. Each practicum student will work with two or three individual supervisors over the duration of the academic year. Presenting concerns of clients seen by practicum therapists include: anxiety, depression, trauma, interpersonal and family issues, identity development, and other concerns common in a college student population. The practicum experience includes: individual therapy with clients, walk-in (intake) appointments, possible group therapy co-facilitation, bi-weekly training seminars, and weekly individual and group supervision. In addition, practicum students may attend periodic professional development seminars offered to CCS staff and participate in campus outreach programming on a volunteer basis.

Practicum students will have a 22-25 hour placement. We value taking time for lunch to have a break and spend time with colleagues, and this is included in the average weekly hours below. A typical breakdown for the 22-25 hour practicum placement is a follows:

Walk-In (Intake) Hours 2
Supervision 2.5
Training Seminar 2
Individual Therapy 8/10
Group Therapy 0/2
Administrative 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 2017-18 application and interview schedule:

Application Dates: Friday, February 3 through Friday, February 17, 2017

Phone Interviews: Will begin Monday, February 20 and continue through Friday, March 10, 2017

CCS Open House (optional): Students who are interviewed will be invited to attend an open house at CCS on Monday, March 13, 2017. Attendance at the open house is not required, but it does help you gain more information about NIU, CCS, and the practicum program. Attending the open house does not impact your likelihood of receiving an offer.  

2017-18 Practicum Dates: If matched, practicum orientation will begin on or about Tuesday, August 1, 2017 and the practicum year will end on or about May 11, 2018. 

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: Ms. Naicia Miner at nminer@niu.edu

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Dr. Mark Matuszewski at mmatuszewski@niu.edu, Dr. Billie Cali at bcali@niu.edu, or Ms. Naicia Miner at nminer@niu.edu. You can also call the CCS front desk at 815-753-1207.