The primary focus of Concentration Practicum for clinical social work students at CAPS is on the development of clinical skills. Practicum students will be on site 3 days per week (24 hours) and will gain experience in the following areas:
- Students will meet with clients in person and by phone to assist them with referrals, accessing services, follow-up/outreach, crisis intervention, etc.
Group Co-facilitation with a Licensed Provider
- Students, depending on scheduling and availability, will be expected to co-facilitate one therapy group with a staff member. The group may be psychoeducational, problem-focused (i.e., anxiety), or a process group. The students’ area(s) of interest are strongly considered.
Clinical Assessments (Screenings)
- Students will complete 30-minute screenings on clients by appointment or who walk into CAPS. The goal of the screening is to obtain information about the presenting concern, mental status, level of risk of harm to self or others, current or past psychological/psychiatric treatment, significant life stressors, and substance use.
- Outreach efforts include (but are not limited to): workshops inside as well as outside of the health center, presentations throughout campus, and collaborative trainings with other departments such as Health Promotions.
- Students will see 1-2 clients per week in the fall and 3-6 in the spring.
Practicum students will receive one hour of individual supervision per week by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as one hour of group peer supervision co-led by either a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Psychologist. Supervision sessions primarily consist of video and case review, as well as relevant discussion of theoretical and professional issues.