Graduate Practicum Training Program
Dear Prospective Applicant:
Welcome to the website of the Texas State Practicum Program.
We appreciate your interest in our Psychotherapy Practicum and hope that you find the information you need within these pages. If you have any additional questions or comments, please feel free to call or email Dr. Mark Provence at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (512) 245-2208.
The Practicum Program at the Texas State University Counseling Center provides training in individual counseling. Practicum Counselors are typically students in their second or third year of their doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology or students in the second year of a master's program in psychology or counseling. The Practicum is a 9-month training program that focuses on: (a) becoming an effective generalist practitioner who is guided by knowledge of clinical theory, (b) developing an increasing awareness of ethical/legal/professional standards of practice, (c) developing sensitivity to individual differences while integrating the significance of multiculturalism and diversity, and (d) developing an openness to learning. We strive to meet you where you are as a trainee and encourage you to develop your own therapeutic orientation during your year here as a Practicum Counselor. Practicum Counselors work with Texas State students who present with a wide variety of issues, including adjustment disorders, difficulties in managing stress and affective concerns, relationship and developmental problems, issues of self-esteem and self-worth, and challenges in transitioning to college life. Our staff and training program is multidisciplinary, involving psychologists, licensed professional counselors, a case manager, and psychiatrists. We value a range of therapeutic perspectives within our staff and hope that our training environment enriches the professional development of our trainees. The Counseling Center encourages an "open-door" policy which helps form a productive working alliance between staff and trainees in our Center.
We require potential applicants to our program to have obtained at least two semesters (preferably three) of basic graduate coursework in counseling or psychology. Preference is generally given to doctoral level trainees.
We have three positions in our Practicum Program annually. We recruit our Practicum Counselors from master's and doctoral programs in the Austin-San Antonio area.
Practicum Counselors are asked to engage in a minimum of 14 hours each week at the Counseling Center with one of those days being Friday (this required day could change depending on the availability and needs of the incoming cohort). The Practicum Counselors will work with the Practicum Coordinator to identify a schedule that will fit both the Counselor’s and Center’s needs. Unless otherwise agreed upon by the cohort and Practicum Coordinator, the Practicum Counselor must be at the Center from 8:00am to 12:00pm on Fridays.
Practicum Counselors are supervised by Pre-doctoral Psychology Interns, who in turn are supervised by a Licensed Psychologist. All Practicum Counselors receive one hour of individual supervision from their intern supervisor and one hour of group supervision with a Staff Psychologist weekly. All supervision of the Practicum Counselors is overseen by the Practicum Coordinator. Prior to seeing clients, Practicum Counselors participate in one week of extensive orientation to the Center and the University. During this orientation, Practicum Counselors are given an overview of the policies and procedures of the Center as well as the opportunity to meet the staff in a relaxed, collegial setting. The Practicum Orientation also provides an introduction to psycho-educational issues in college/university life as well as an introduction to key offices such as the Office of Disability Services, the Alcohol and Drug Compliance Office, Career Services, and the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion with which the Counseling Center regularly interacts.
Opportunities for group psychotherapy experiences and university community outreach activities may be available for Practicum Counselors who express an interest in participating in these areas.
An important aspect of our program is attention to the learning needs of each Practicum Counselor. While you are part of "the Practicum Counselors" as a group, we attend to your individual learning goals as a beginning therapist as we integrate you into the collaborative setting of the Counseling Center.
Time Schedule of an Average Week for Practicum Counselors
|Training Activity||Estimated Time**|
|Individual Psychotherapy||7 hours|
|Group Therapy (optional)||2 hours|
|Initial Consultations (direct service)||1 hours|
|Individual Psychotherapy Supervision||1 hours|
|Practicum Case Group Supervision||1 hour|
|Administrative Duties and Preparation for Supervision||4 hours|
|Total (with group therapy option)||16 hours|
** These numbers are averages and subject to change. Additionally, these hours may involve change in the second semester based on the anticipated increased skill level of the Practicum Counselor as well as the potential opportunity for Practicum Counselors to co-lead a group at the Center during the spring semester.
After their orientation to the Counseling Center and in consultation with their supervisor, Practicum Counselors begin to see clients. Practicum Counselors start with 50% of their full caseload and gradually increase the number of clients assigned during the fall semester to eight clients. This increase in clients is predicated on the Practicum Counselor's comfort level in their role as a therapist, ongoing evaluation by their supervisor and the Practicum Coordinator, and the needs of the agency.
The Counseling Center offers a wide variety of psychoeducational, skills based, and process groups. Practicum Counselors who are interested will work with the Practicum Coordinator to identify options that fit within their schedule to co-facilitate a group. This is not a guaranteed opportunity, as scheduling challenges may prohibit co-facilitating a group. With the flexibility of the Practicum Counselor’s interest and schedule, however, it is an experience that is often offered at the Center.
An effective and collaborative supervisory relationship between a Practicum Counselor and their supervisor is highly valued in the Practicum Program. The assignment of a supervisor to a particular supervisee is determined by the training needs of each part of the supervisor-supervisee dyad. The development of a productive working alliance between a supervisor and supervisee is an important quality for both training and quality client care. During the spring semester, each Practicum Counselor will change their individual psychotherapy supervisor. Practicum Counselors are expected to videotape all of their client sessions and to review at least one of these sessions in preparation for weekly supervision.
We maintain ongoing communication about your progress with your training program, the Training Director, and the Practicum Coordinator as a part of your participation in the Practicum Program. Evaluations of your progress are completed at the middle and end of each training semester.
Practicum Case Consultation/Group Supervision is led by a clinical staff member and focuses on the professional development of the Practicum Counselors through the emphasis on case conceptualization and presentation skills, the discussion of professional development issues, and issues of multiculturalism and diversity related to psychotherapy. Alternatively, clinical staff members rotate as facilitators of Case Consultation/Group Supervision which encourages a multi-theoretical flexibility of case conceptualization and treatment. Practicum Case Consultation/Group Supervision is held weekly.
Practicum Counselors are expected to use this time to complete client case notes, review clinical tapes of their work with clients for supervision, return telephone calls, consult with staff, compose business/professional letters related to client care, and perform other case management activities as needed.
If you are interested in applying for our Psychotherapy Practicum you will need to provide:
- A transcript/s of your graduate coursework with at least 24 hours completed or in progress (unless requested, unofficial transcripts are acceptable).
- Two references (please provide email addresses and phone numbers where they could be reached) to give information on your academic and/or clinical work. One of your references must be from outside of your academic department that can speak to your clinical abilities (e.g., practicum placement).
- Curriculum vita and direct service hours at each clinical/practicum placement
- Statement of interest (How would a practicum training experience at Texas State University benefit your professional and academic goals/plans?)
- Texas State Practicum Application Form
- An on-site interview
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. Our application process for the following year will open in January 2021. Thank you.
After you have read our information, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about our application process. I appreciate your interest in our Practicum Program and hope that you will apply should you feel our program is a good fit for your training needs.
Mark Provence, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist/Practicum Program Coordinator