Welcome to the website for our Practicum Program! We have training opportunities for advanced masters and early doctoral students here at Counseling, Health and Wellness Services. We're pleased you are interested in the opportunity to train with us and have provided the following pages to help inform your decision.
We have two open positions each academic year for the Practicum Program. We accept applications from January 1 through March 15 for the upcoming academic year. We typically interview candidates in mid-March to mid-April and will indicate on our website when the positions have been filled.
Practicum Counselors begin with us in late August each year, for an orientation to the clinic. They begin individual supervision immediately, and begin building a client caseload in early September.
Practicum Counselors are clinically supervised by our Doctoral Interns, who are in turn supervised by one of our Licensed Psychologists. This close attention to counselor development -- including supervisors reviewing full session recordings, and our thoughtful assignment of clients to Practicum Counselors -- is the primary feature of our training here.
Our learning model is "quality over quantity," so you should expect to see a smaller number of clients here for a longer period of time than you would at other practicum sites. And most importantly, you should expect to really explore, discuss and analyze your work with each of these clients in supervision. Taking the time to understand client treatment needs, relationship dynamics, counselor skills and personal responses is vital to learning psychotherapy -- and to enjoying it!
To enable this kind of focused attention, Practicum Counselors record all of their therapy sessions so their clinical supervisor can listen and help. Clinical supervisors, in turn, record all of their supervision sessions with Practicum Counselors so their supervisor, a Licensed Psychologist, can listen and help.
For more detail, continue to browse the other three pages of our website. The first is the Position Description, which provides a more comprehensive description of the Practicum Counselor role at CHWS.
The next page is the Practicum Counselor Agreement. Although this is only something you'd need if you were to be joining us for training, we always include it along with our application materials, because it describes in clear detail how clinical hours are accumulated, our philosophy about each staff person's responsibilities, and so on. These details may be helpful in discussion with your own Academic Training Director as you consider together the extent to which our program would meet your training needs, but you needn't sign or return this agreement to us right now.
Feel free to send me an e-mail or give a call if you'd like to have a more personal conversation about our Practicum Counselor training program at the University of Puget Sound's Counseling, Health & Wellness Services. You're welcome to arrange a time to come say hello, meet some of the CHWS staff, and take a look at our Center and Prac Counselor office, even if you won't be applying to train here for another year or so.
Charee Boulter, Ph.D
University of Puget Sound