Training
2014-2015 Master's Practicum/Internship

The Counseling Center at Valparaiso University is soliciting applications from eligible master's students interested in a clinical practicum/internship training experience at our center. We are looking for 2-3 individuals interested in a 20-hour-per-week training experience for the academic year beginning in August 2014 and ending in May 2015. Preference will be given to those who have prior clinical experience and are interested in providing mental health services to a traditional college-age population.  However, we strongly encourage everyone who is attracted to the following description to apply.

Description of the Training Experience

The clinical work at the Counseling Center consists of providing individual psychotherapy and intake sessions, the possibility of co-facilitating a group with a senior staff, and conducting outreach workshops and presentations. Please note that this is not an appropriate site for a diagnostic practicum, as we offer only limited experience using formal assessments. Trainees will work primarily at the Counseling Center, but may have additional opportunities for experience in the OADE and SAAFE offices.

We require 20-hour-per-week commitment at minimum, which allows for the accumulation of 600 hours over the course of the academic year. A typical week for trainees includes:

  • 2 hours of individual supervision utilizing videotape review
  • a 1 hour case assignment meeting
  • a 1 hour staff meeting, professional development session, or case conference.
  • 6-12 hours of clinical service
  • varying amounts of outreach and satellite office work
  • adequate time for preparation and case management/paperwork
  • a lot of exposure to an exceptionally nice and dedicated staff

Previous trainees have said that the setting's combination of counseling and outreach programming, combined with exposure to administrative and case conferencing, has been extremely valuable to their professional development. Of particular interest has been the growth-oriented supervision utilizing videotape of trainees' psychotherapy sessions.

Requirements

Applicants are expected to have a foundational knowledge of psychological theories, psychopathology, and basic psychotherapy skills. The practicum or intern student must be available for a minimum of twenty hours during the Center's normal hours of operation, i.e., 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Trainees should have Friday morning 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. available for the administrative, supervisory and clinical case conference meetings. You can expect to accumulate 600+ total hours in this 2-semester placement. The accumulated number of clinical service hours obtained will depend on the readiness and focus of the trainee. A typical trainee is likely to accumulate 200-300 hours of direct clinical service provision. Valparaiso University is a small (approximately 4,000 students), academically challenging, professional prep and liberal arts university operated in affiliation with the Lutheran church. The Lutheran tradition is important to the administration, and to many of the students. Because of this, trainees must be amenable to working within this tradition and its values.

Inquiries and Application Process

If you have questions, please call 219-464-5002 and ask for Tim Mulligan, or email Tim.Mulligan@valpo.edu. We also encourage you to contact our trainees with questions regarding their training experiences here. As a member of the Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training (ACEPT) we adhere to their dates and guidelines for selecting trainees.  Applications may be sent via email, U.S. mail, or hand-delivered. They will be accepted beginning Friday, February 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM through Monday, February 17, 2013 at 5:00 PM.   Interviews will be conducted and offers may be made at any time during the process, but we expect to be making our selections in late February or early March.  (ACEPT does not have a specific Notification Day for master's students.)

Application materials should include:
  • A cover letter describing your interest in and fit with our center, and your goals for the training experience
  • A current vita, especially highlighting clinical experiences and skills
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a person who can speak directly to your clinical skills

Send Application materials to:

Tim Mulligan, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Training
Counseling Center
Valparaiso University 
1602 LaPorte Ave.
Valparaiso, IN 46383

tim.mulligan@valpo.edu