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.
Practicum students receive supervision at least two hours per week, from one or two staff members. Supervision is provided in both individual and group formats. In addition to receiving individual supervision from a licensed CSDC staff member, 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 wish to be involved in our groups' program typically start as process observers during the first semester 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:
Consistent with current application procedures specified by the Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training (ACEPT), the CSDC practicum program will accept applications from Monday, February 4, 2013 to Friday, February 22, 2013. Phone interviews will take place from Febuary 27 to March 13, 2013. An optional open house will be held for practicum candidates before ACEPT match day on March 18, 2013. Candidates who interview with CSDC will be informed of the open house date once it is finalized.
For planning purposes, practicum student orientation at CSDC will begin on or about August 1, 2013 and the practicum year will end on or about May 9, 2014.
Required application materials:
Dr. Mark Matuszewski
Northern Illinois University
Counseling & Student Development Center
DeKalb, IL 60115
For more information, contact Dr. Mark Matuszewski at 815-753-1206.