Training Programs

Practicum Program

CSDC’s practicum program is designed to provide Counseling & Clinical Psychology graduate students a quality experience in providing time-limited outpatient psychotherapy in a university counseling center setting. The practicum program is coordinated by Dr. Mark Matuszewski. 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 at least two hours of supervision per week, from one or two staff members, with at least one hour of individual supervision provided by a licensed psychologist. Supervision is provided in both individual and group formats. All practicum students meet with Dr. Matuszewski one hour per week for group supervision. 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, adjustment issues, interpersonal and family issues, and other concerns common in a college student population. The practicum experience includes intake/crisis intervention, individual therapy, group therapy co-facilitation, training seminars, and weekly supervision.

Practicum students who are interested in co-facilitating a therapy group typically start as process observers during the first semester, depending on their previous group therapy experiences, and then transition to co-facilitators second semester.

In addition, practicum students may attend periodic professional development seminars offered to CSDC staff and participate in outreach programming on a volunteer basis.

A typical breakdown of weekly hours:

Walk-In Hours 2
Supervision 2-3
Practicum Seminar 1
Individual Therapy 8-10
Group Therapy 0-2
Administrative Tasks 5
Total Hours 20

Application Process

Consistent with the application procedures specified by the Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training (ACEPT), the CSDC practicum program follows this application and interview schedule:

Application Dates: Monday, February 3 to Friday, February 21, 2014

Phone interviews: Will take place between Febuary 26 and March 14, 2014

Note: An optional open house will be held for practicum candidates before the ACEPT pre-notification and match dates. Candidates who interview with CSDC will be informed of the open house date once it is finalized. 

For planning purposes, practicum students who match to CSDC will begin orientation on or about August 4, 2014 and the practicum year will end on or about May 8, 2015. 

Required Application Materials:

  • 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
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.