The Mission of the UCC Training Program is to provide graduate students in mental health fields with a supervised clinical experience in a broad range of activities in preparation for careers in a university counseling center or similar setting. Trainees have the opportunity to learn from a diverse and multidisciplinary team of professionals who espouse a broad developmental and mentor-based training approach and use a combination of experiential, didactic, and practical training experiences to achieve training goals. As a result of this process, trainees develop skills, competencies, and professional identities as mental health practitioners.
The UCC Training Program utilizes a practitioner-scholar model in which research informs practice. This approach integrates hands-on work in a multidisciplinary setting with scholarly reading, critical thinking, and self-reflection. We believe that providing a supportive yet challenging environment, as well as ongoing and reciprocal feedback from staff and peers creates the optimum space for trainees to feel comfortable making and learning from mistakes and to experience personal and professional growth. We also believe it is important for trainees to have the opportunity to tailor their training experience based on areas of interest, and to receive mentorship and guidance in developing a niche as a mental health professional. Training opportunities will be developmentally appropriate for each individual’s level of training and experience, and will be sequential, cumulative and graded in complexity across the training year.
The UCC also utilizes a collaborative, systems approach to working with each other and within a larger campus environment. Therefore, we believe it is important for trainees to learn how to navigate administrative processes, provide referrals to on and off-campus agencies, develop case management skills, collaborate with other departments on campus, and manage multiple roles within the University, such as consulting with staff, students, and parents while maintaining confidentiality.
The UCC is committed to providing culturally sensitive services and believes it is important for trainees to be competent in working with clients, colleagues, and community members from various backgrounds. We foster this competence by providing training on identity and culture, encouraging trainees to consult and collaborate with multidisciplinary staff members inside and outside of the UCC, and by challenging trainees to reflect on their own personal and cultural experiences and how these affect their work with clients.