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Health Center: Counselor Training
The advanced counseling practicum at the University of Portland is ideal for doctoral trainees that are preparing for internship. We refer to our program as “intern prep” because we work to create an experience that trainees can expect to find at a college counseling center internship. Specifically, our program offers intensive supervision geared toward the unique strengths and interests of each trainee (2 hours per week, individual & group), opportunities to begin developing a specialty area in college mental health, and a diverse range of clinical experiences including individual counseling, skills groups, outreach, and cognitive testing and report writing.
Our center is a fully integrated health and counseling center, and we also have campus Learning Assistance, Wellness Promotion, and the Office of Students with Disabilities as part of our team. This means that the practicum also provides opportunities to collaborate with medical providers, a registered dietician, disability support staff, and a variety of other staff to best meet the needs of our clients. We also provide support for internship applications and interviews, and have a very strong track record of students being placed in college counseling center internships.
Requirements for Trainees
At the present time we have capacity to work with 3 trainees each year, from the beginning of the fall semester (August) through the end of the spring semester (May). We primarily work with students from the Pacific University clinical psychology doctoral program, but have occasionally worked with trainees from other universities. Requirements for practicum are enrollment in an APA-approved doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology, at least 1 full year of clinical experience (2+ is preferred), and ability to be on-site at least 2 full days per week. There is an optional extra half day to focus on specialty development.
Trainees are encouraged to bring ideas related to their own interests for this process, and our staff is open to facilitating an experience during the practicum year. Some examples of specialty areas are substance use assessment and prevention, career counseling, violence and sexual assault prevention and treatment, men's issues, eating disorders, suicide prevention, depression, mindfulness, ADHD testing and treatment, students with disabilities, spirituality, and student athlete issues among many other possibilities. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide any specific specialty development, so please let us know what your ideas are as early in the process as possible.
Our selection process has several steps
and typically takes place in March of each year for the following
fall placement. First, students should submit a CV, cover letter, and
any supplemental material via email to Dr. Will Meek, Assistant
Director of Counseling & Training at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All staff members will review the applications, and a licensed staff
member will follow up with some additional questions via phone. We
then collectively decide who to bring to campus for an interview, and
will notify candidates by email if they are selected.
Selection Process & Applications
The interview will last 2 hours and
include a 45 minute group interview and one-on-one meetings with all
potential supervisors. During the group interview, candidates should
prepare a 15 minute case presentation that demonstrates their style
of work. We make decisions on selection for a placement as we go, and
will notify trainees via phone, email, or in person of an offer to
join our staff for the following year.
If you are interested in our program, or have any questions, please contact Dr. Meek at email@example.com.
Office HoursMonday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
To schedule an appointment with a health care or mental health provider, please call
After hours advice nurse: 1-800-607-5501.
For on campus medical emergencies, dial Campus Safety at x4444.
For off campus medical emergencies, dial 911.