The Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS) Practicum Program offers master’s and doctoral students in counseling or psychology programs a quality experience in providing time-limited, outpatient psychotherapy in a university counseling center. The practicum experience is coordinated by Jennifer Kestner, 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. Kestner also serves as the liaison with the trainees' home programs for the purpose of recruitment and evaluation.
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 one hour per week with their cohort and the practicum coordinator. Ideally, each practicum student will have two or three individual supervisors over the academic year for a breadth of supervision 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 the practicum coordinator based on schedule availability, individual training goals, and availability of CCS training opportunities. We require all practicum students to be at CCS for at least a half-day on Friday mornings for group supervision and training seminars. We also 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:
Supervision (individual and group, varies based on clinical activities)
Initial Consultation (Triage) Hours
Training Seminar (every other week)
Administrative Tasks (clinical documentation, case management, etc.)