CAPS: Advanced Practicum for Counseling/Clinical Psychology Students

Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) offers a 9-month, training experience for advanced doctoral students in Counseling/Clinical Psychology programs to prepare students to work as generalists within a university counseling center. The primary model used in supervision is an interpersonal approach to psychotherapy as described by Edward Teyber in his book “Interpersonal Process in Therapy: An Integrative Model.” Our diverse faculty is also able to provide training in multiple approaches to working with clients including: interpersonal process, psychodynamic, ACT, cognitive-behavioral, developmental, feminist, and multicultural.

Practicum students receive training regarding the various aspects of functioning in a counseling center and outpatient therapy setting, as well as to further develop their ability to function as competent, effective, and responsible therapists. Supervision is designed to consider the trainee’s individual needs, the requirements for completing their Ph.D. degree, and preparation for advanced training or entrance into the field of psychology. The professional and personal development of the person of the therapist is a core value at CAPS which is infused throughout the structure of our training program.

Requirements for 15-20 Hours Per Week Practicum at CAPS

    Clinical Service Requirements (10-14 hours/week)
  • Maintain a caseload of up to 6-9 individual clients
  • Initial Screenings (Complete 2 per week; observing staff member initially, then conducting without assistance)
  • Individual Supervision (1 hour/week)
  • Practicum supervision group (1 hour/week when available)
  • Review of tape (1-3 hour/week)
    Administrative Requirements (2-4 hour/week)
  • Electronic charting record (4+ hour/week)
  • Other administrative responsibilities
  • Record (using WebCam) individual sessions
    Additional Requirements
  • Completion of assigned readings
  • One formal case presentation during Spring semester (including client history, presenting problems, conceptualization and treatment plan). Tape may be shown as part of presentation

Other Training Experiences and Opportunities

  • Group therapy, outreach and workshop presentations may be available for practicum students.
  • Practicum students may have the opportunity to participate in one of our specialized treatment teams (ED or AOD) and to participate in one of our bi-weekly staff peer supervision groups.
  • Training seminars which occur bi-monthly on Friday mornings.
  • Students may also have an opportunity to utilize assessment instruments in order to clarify diagnoses and /or treatment planning. The assessment instruments used most frequently at CAPS include brief screening instruments (e.g., Beck Depression and Anxiety Inventories), and personality assessments (e.g., PAI).