Practicum


Practicum Placement at the Student Counseling Service


Greetings,

Welcome to our Student Counseling Service Practicum Training Program website! I appreciate your interest in our practicum training and hope that the information provided through our website will be helpful in determining if this program is a good fit for you. Our center is very committed to the highest standards in training as well as to the ideals contained in our diversity statement.

We offer a semester-long advanced practicum training experience in individual, personal counseling. The practicum is a 16 hour per week commitment. The requirements of those 16 hours are outlined in the Practicum Program Overview. Supervision is provided by current doctoral interns (who are themselves supervised by senior level psychologists) as well as by senior staff on occasion. All sessions are video recorded for review by supervisors. Additionally, practicum students may expect opportunities for live supervision from their supervisors. Practicum students have access to Student Counseling Service training resources such as our collection of videos and DVD's demonstrating different approaches to working with clients.

The practicum at the Student Counseling Service is considered an Advanced Practicum. This means that students are expected to have completed at least one year of supervised experience at a different practicum site before coming to the Student Counseling Service.

To apply to our practicum program, please send a completed Application Form to:

Dr. James Deegear
Student Counseling Service
Cain Hall - MS 1263
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843-1263

In addition to the application form, please include the additional materials:

  1. Current vitae
  2. Current transcript
  3. Statement of interest - Please tell us about your interest in doing a practicum at the Student Counseling Service. Include sufficient detail so we may come to know you better and your understanding of how a practicum at our site fits into your future goals. Please limit your response to two pages.
  4. Letter of readiness - Please include a letter from someone who has directly supervised your work with clients. This letter should address progress in your program, your current level of skill, openness to supervision, and areas for growth. Anything else that may help us better know you can also be included.
     

 

  • The deadline for turning in your completed application packet for admission to the Fall 2014 to Summer 2015 practicum is: Friday, April 18th.
  • Interviews for the Fall 2014 to Summer 2015 practicum will be conducted: the week of April 28.
  • Decisions about acceptance to the Fall 2014 to Summer 2015 practicum will be made by: Monday, May 5th.

     



The interview will include questions related to your application packet, previous experience and expectations of a practicum experience at the Student Counseling Service. We will also ask you to review a brief vignette and provide a case conceptualization and initial thoughts on treatment strategies. Our interest is in obtaining some understanding of your conceptualization skills and reasoning skills in approaching your work with clients. Finally, there will be a short role-play exercise in which you will be doing an initial session with a client played by one of our staff members. This is intended to help us assess your current skill level and will be helpful in making supervision assignments.

If you have any thoughts or questions about this application process, please let me know. Again, I appreciate your interest in our practicum training program and look forward to receiving your application packet should you feel that this would be a good fit for you. Regards, James Deegear, Ph.D. Practicum Training Program Coordinator