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Training Program for Graduate Students in Mental Health Fields
The Graduate Training Program in Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) at USciences offers robust training opportunities for three Doctoral and Master’s Degree students in clinical or counseling psychology, social work, and related fields. We are committed to providing excellent training experiences with high-quality supervision, a diverse student population, a wide range of clinical concerns, and opportunities to engage in outreach and preventative work.
The Graduate Training Program begins in late August and ends in early May, though extension into the summer is possible with prior approval. Practicum students spend 2-3 days per week on site during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm). All practicum students must attend the weekly case conference/ group supervision meetings on Fridays from 1-3pm.
Clinical Training and Professional Development Activities
Intakes: Practicum students will conduct initial intake evaluations, following a biopsychosocial format, in order to gather initial information about presenting problems and counseling needs. This intake evaluation also allows practicum students to assess for clinical risks, provide feedback and psychoeducation to clients, develop an initial working alliance and rapport, and formulate diagnostic impressions and initial treatment recommendations. Practicum students will have the opportunity to co-lead intakes with a senior staff member before conducting them on their own.
Individual Therapy: Practicum students typically carry a caseload of 8-9 individual counseling clients per week. The USciences counseling center does not have session limits, so clients are able to continue in therapy as long as needed. Some clients present with short-term needs, while other clients will continue with longer-term therapy, offering a wide range of clinical opportunities for practicum students.
Outreach: There are numerous opportunities for practicum students to engage in outreach and prevention initiatives during their training year. For example, we conduct a series of Date Rape Prevention workshops with all incoming first year students in the fall semester. We also conduct Stress Management Workshops, Positive Psychology Workshops, and presentations on a variety of topics as requested by students groups or programs on campus throughout the year.
Consultation: Practicum students often have the opportunity to consult with various members of the campus community as well as off-campus providers and parents. Consultations may include facilitating additional supports for students with the Dean of Students office or other campus support services, involving parents in a student’s mental health care, coordinating psychiatric services for a client, or supporting a student in dealing with concerns presented by a peer on campus.
Supervision: All practicum students receive one hour per week of direct, face-to-face, individual supervision from a Staff Psychologist or Post-Doctoral Fellow. We take a developmental approach to supervision, matching the supervisee’s needs with training goals. Supervision will focus on individual therapy and intake skills, professional documentation, case conceptualization, treatment planning, outreach presentation skills, and professional behavior. Practicum students audio-record all therapy sessions for use in supervision. Practicum students will receive ongoing feedback throughout the year, as well as summative evaluations at the end of each semester.
Case Conference: Case Conferences occur every Friday from 1-3pm, and include all Staff Psychologists, the Post-Doctoral Fellow, and all practicum students. This weekly Case Conference provides an opportunity to engage in training for outreach initiatives and relevant clinical topics, and to present cases in a group setting. Practicum students have the opportunity to present several cases throughout the year, and are expected to actively participate in each weekly meeting. This is also an opportunity to gain group supervision on challenging clinical issues as they arise throughout the year.
Application Process and Deadlines
USciences Student Health and Counseling participates in the Greater Philadelphia Area Uniform Time Line for Practicum Applications (PENDELDOT). If your graduate program does not participate in the Uniform Time Line, you are still welcome to apply for one of our training positions. We will consider all applications on the same time line. Please see your training program for specific PENDELDOT time line dates (or send an inquiry email if your program does not participate). The following guidelines apply to all practicum sites participating in the Uniform Time Line:
Application Time Line
Applicants are invited to submit application materials beginning in Mid-December and concluding by mid January. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials have been submitted by the deadline. Interviews will be offered to selected candidates between late January and end of February. All candidates will be notified of their status (offer, no offer, waitlist) on the official Match day (typically early March).
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume, and two letters of recommendation via email to Dr. Karen Levinson, Director of Counseling, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Use of the PENDELDOT template application cover sheet is recommended. Selected applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview. Offers will be contingent upon clearance of a Criminal Background Check and Child Abuse Clearance to be provided by the applicant.
All questions about the Graduate Training Program or application process may be directed to: Dr. Karen Levinson, email@example.com, or 215-596-8536.
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