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Training Experience

Generally trainees working for the UCC are required to work 15-20 hours per week and carry a caseload of 8-12 clients. All of our trainees develop the following competencies during the practicum year:

  • Individual counseling skills
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Interpretation and utilization of assessment results in treatment
  • Assessment of alcohol and other drug use
  • Case management skills essential to working within a larger campus environment
  • Crisis management
  • Outreach planning and delivery to campus groups on various topics
  • Conceptualization and treatment from a primary theoretical orientation
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations
  • Development of a strong professional identity
  • Use of self-awareness and personal reflection in working with clients
  • Adherence to ethical standards and practice of ethical decision making

As much as possible, we work to tailor the training year to fit the needs of each individual trainee. Therefore, trainees are encouraged to explore their own areas of interest by participating in activities outside of the general practice requirements of the UCC. Trainees may choose to select an area in which to develop in-depth experience during the training year for the purpose of developing a niche in the mental health field as well. Based on availability of opportunities and trainee interest, skill level, and knowledge, areas of specialization may include, but are not limited to:

  • Co-facilitating a therapy or psychoeducational group
  • Eating disorder treatment
  • Substance abuse prevention and intervention
  • Treatment of other specific disorders/diagnoses (i.e., anxiety, PTSD, depression)
  • Treatment of specific student populations (i.e., International students, LGBTQ students)
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Liaising with a specific student population or office on campus
  • Outreach programming and prevention
  • Assisting with coordination of an area of the UCC (i.e., outreach, groups, training, clinical services)
  • Research and data collection
  • Providing secondary supervision to a master’s level trainee (for advanced trainees only)
  • Threat assessment/Behavioral intervention (for advanced trainees only)

Trainees at the UCC receive one hour per week of individual supervision with a primary supervisor and one hour per week of group supervision with trainees from various training programs. We also encourage consultation with our diverse staff of mental health professionals. Counseling sessions are recorded for use as part of the supervision process in order to guide trainees in their learning. Didactic trainings on various topics relevant to working in a college counseling center are also provided throughout the year based on needs and requests of our staff and trainees.