Practicum Program

practicum

The Counseling and 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 advanced therapy practicum experience is coordinated by Mark S. 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 1.5-2.5 hours per week of individual supervision over the course of the academic year 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 academic year for a breadth of supervison experiences.  Presenting problems of clients seen by practicum therapists include: anxiety and stress, depression, trauma, interpersonal and family issues, eating and body image concerns, substance use/abuse, and other concerns common in a college student population.

The practicum experience includes:

  • Individual therapy with clients
  • Initial consultation (triage) appointments
  • Possible group therapy co-facilitation
  • Bi-weekly training seminars on various clinical and professional development topics
  • Weekly individual and group supervision
  • Participation in CCS outreach presentations, programs, and tabling events on a volunteer basis
  • Professional development training opportunities offered to all CCS staff

Practicum students will have a 22-25 hour placement each semester that is finalized with Dr. Matuszewski based on schedule availability, individual training goals, and availability of CCS training opportunities. We value taking time for lunch and interacting with our colleagues, and that time is included below.

A typical breakdown of weekly hours is as follows:


Activity Hours

Individual Therapy

8-10

Group Therapy

0-2

Supervision (individual and group, varies based on clinical activities)

2.5-3.5

Initial Consultation (Triage) Hours

2

Training Seminar (every other week)

2

Administrative Tasks (clinical documentation, case management, etc.)  

5.5

Lunch

2-3

Total Hours

22-25

Application Process

Consistent with Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training (ACEPT) procedures, the CCS practicum program will follow the dates below for the 2019-20 application and interview schedule:

Application Dates: Friday, February 1 through Friday, February 15, 2019

Phone Interviews: Monday, February 18 through Friday, March 8, 2019

CCS Open House (optional): Students who are interviewed will be invited to attend an open house at CCS (TBD, but most likely mid-March 2019). 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 increase your likelihood of receiving an offer.  

2019-20 Practicum Dates: Practicum orientation will begin on or about Monday, August 5, 2019 and the practicum year will end on or about May 8, 2020. 

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.

Contact Us

Counseling and Consultation Services
Campus Life Building, room 200
815-753-1206
Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Initial Consultation Hours

To speak to a counselor
Monday-Friday
11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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