Training Programs

Practicum Program

CSDC’s practicum program is designed to provide Counseling or Clinical Psychology doctoral students a quality experience in providing time-limited outpatient psychotherapy in a university counseling center. The practicum program is coordinated by Mark Matuszewski, Ph.D. Dr. Matuszewski monitors the progress and needs of each trainee, encourages personal and professional development, and facilitates supportive interaction among practicum students and CSDC 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, from one or two staff members, with at least one hour provided by a licensed psychologist. They also participate in group supervision for 1 hour per week with 4-5 peers and Dr. Matuszewski. Ideally, each practicum student will work with two or three supervisors over the duration of the academic year. Presenting concerns of clients seen by practicum students include depression, anxiety, stress, interpersonal and family issues, and other concerns common in a college student population. The practicum experience includes: individual therapy, walk-in (intake) and crisis appointments, possible group therapy co-facilitation, bi-weekly training seminars, and weekly supervision. Practicum students who wish to be involved in our group therapy program may start as process observers and then transition to co-facilitators second semester. This is dependent on the availability of groups to co-facilitate and previous group facilitation experience. In addition, practicum students may attend periodic professional development seminars offered to CSDC staff and participate in outreach programming on a volunteer basis.

Practicum students can have a 20-25 hour placement. A typical breakdown of weekly hours for a 20-hour practicum placement is:

Walk-In (Intake) Hours 2
Supervision 2.5-3
Training Seminar
(every other week)
2
Individual Therapy 8-10
Group Therapy 0-2
Administrative Tasks 5
Total Hours 20

Application Process

Consistent with the procedures specified by the Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training (ACEPT), the CSDC practicum program will follow the dates below for the 2015-16 application and interview schedule:

Application Dates: Friday, February 6 to Friday, February 20, 2015

Phone interviews: Will begin Monday, February 23 and continue through Thursday, March 12, 2015

Students who are interviewed will be invited to attend an optional open house at CSDC on Friday, March 13, 2015. 

For planning purposes, practicum students who match to CSDC will begin orientation on or about Monday, August 3, 2015 and the practicum year will end on or about May 13, 2016. 

Required Application Materials:

  • ACEPT Conduct Pledge
  • Cover letter
  • Current vita
  • Three (3) reference letters from individuals who can speak to your clinical potential and/or abilities
  • Copies of graduate transcripts

Send to:

Dr. Mark Matuszewski/Naicia Miner
Northern Illinois University
Counseling & Student Development Center, CLB 200
DeKalb, IL 60115

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Dr. Mark Matuszewski at mmatuszewski@niu.edu or 815-753-1206.