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Training Opportunities

Graduate Practicum Training

The Practicum Program at the Old Dominion University Counseling Center provides training in collegiate mental health. Practicum counselors are typically students in their second or third year of their doctoral program in counselor education, clinical psychology, or counseling psychology.

The practicum is a 12-month training program that focuses on: (a) becoming an effective practitioner who is guided by knowledge of clinical theory, (b) developing an increasing awareness of ethical/legal/professional standards of practice, (c) developing sensitivity to individual differences while integrating the significance of multiculturalism and diversity, and (d) developing an openness to learning. We strive to meet you where you are as a trainee and encourage you to develop your own therapeutic orientation during your year here as a practicum counselor.

Practicum counselors work with Old Dominion University students who present with a wide variety of issues, ranging from adjustment disorders, difficulties in managing stress and affective concerns, relationship and developmental problems, to issues of self-esteem and self-worth and challenges in transitioning to college life. Our staff and training program is multidisciplinary, involving licensed clinical psychologists, licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, psychiatrists and pre-doctoral psychology interns. We value a range of therapeutic perspectives within our staff and hope that our training environment enriches the professional development of our trainees. Counseling Services encourages an "open-door" policy which helps form a productive working alliance between staff and trainees in our Center.

Practicum Traning Responsibilities & Activities

Practicum counselors are expected to spend approximately 18-24 hours each week at the Counseling Center. During orientation, practicum counselors are given an overview of the policies and procedures of the Center as well as the opportunity to meet the staff in a relaxed, collegial setting. An introduction to key offices that we often interact with regularly (such as the Student Health Services, Student Ombudsman Services, and Office of Student Conduct and Integrity) as well as psycho-educational issues in college/university life is also provided during Practicum Orientation.

In addition to providing individual therapy, trainees are expected to co-lead a interpersonal process therapy group with a senior staff member. Opportunities for couples psychotherapy, and university community outreach activities are available for practicum counselors who express an interest in participating in these areas. An important aspect of our program is attention to the learning needs of each practicum counselor. While you are part of "the practicum counselors" as a group, we attend to your individual learning goals as a beginning therapist as we integrate you into the collaborative setting of the Counseling Services.

Clinicial Services

  • Individual Psychotherapy
    Trainees will provide short term treatment using a 10 session model. Typically trainees will see about 6-8 individual clients per week. Trainees are required to audiotape individual counseling sessions with clients. Audio will be reviewed as a part of the supervision process.
  • Group Therapy
    Trainees will co-lead a interpersonal process therapy group with senior staff. Additional opportunities to co-lead a structured psycho-educational or discussion groups may be available depending on the center's needs and the trainees' interests. Trainees receive at least one hour of supervision for their group work each week.
  • Couples Therapy
    Trainees have an option to work with one or more couples.
  • Crisis/On-call
    Counseling Services provides 24 hour crisis on-call services to all ODU students. Each trainee provides crisis on call services during the week they are scheduled to be the on call counselor, during their second semester on site. Their direct supervisor will serve as the immediate back-up for the trainees, and from there other senior staff members are available to all trainees when consultation is needed.

Preventative Services

  • Outreach
    Our staff and trainees are actively involved in outreach to the ODU community. We encourage trainees to develop outreach activities in areas of interest to them. Trainees and staff also meet requests for outreach activities from the ODU Community.
  • Liaison to ODU Community
    Most of our staff has an on-going liaison relationship with a department and/or residential hall. Trainees are encouraged to become involved in these consultation and liaison activities.

Training Activities

  • Case Conferences
    Case Conference provides an opportunity to create a space to facilitate a dynamic exchange of ideas and foster professional growth to better help the students we work with. There a are numerous aspects of clinical practice that can be discussed during these meetings including case conceptualizations, cultural diversity, awareness of self as a counselor, treatment planning and interventions, spirituality, integration of knowledge of theories and practice, and crisis intervention skills to name a few. Case Conference is held once a month and is required for all staff and trainees.
  • Training Seminar
    Trainees will meet weekly for the training seminar that will highlight clinical topics and activities relative to working in a college counseling center. The primary subjects with focus on: group therapy, outreach, cultural competence, and professional development.
  • Trainee Supervision
    Practicum supervision provides an opportunity for therapists-in-training to acquire new skills; hone on-going orientations; and support and challenge self and fellow trainees in a supportive environment.
  • Group Supervision
    Trainees' group work will be supervised by the senior staff member with whom they co-lead group. In addition to providing trainees with feedback directly after the group meeting, all trainees and staff leading groups will meet for one hour per week to discuss group issues and topics such as group development, group dynamics, group interventions/techniques, co-leadership issues, diversity awareness, and ethic and professionalism.


*Additional Note: All trainees will be required to provide proof of malpractice/liability insurance.

Approximate $ of Hours per Week
Clinical Services Fall Spring
  1. Individual/Couples
  1. Group
  2. Intakes/Consultations
  3. Emergency

6-8

1.5

1-3

Required(as needed)

6-8

1.5

1-3

Required (as needed)

Outreach

Psycho-educational program

Required Required
Professional Training

Case Conference/Staff Meeting/In-service

Weekly training seminar

Trainee Supervision

1

1

1

1

1

1

Administrative

Case Management

Intake Meeting

3-4

1.5

3-4

1.5

Supervision

Supervision Prep

Group Supervision

Direct Supervision

1

1

1

1

1

1

Total

18-24

18-24

All trainees will develop a contract outlining their work activities during their tenure. The contract will serve as a guide for the assignment of duties and as a standard for evaluation. The contract will be developed in conjunction with the Individual Supervisor during the first week of each semester.

For more information contact Dr. JaNae' Taylor, j1taylor@odu.edu or (757) 683-4401, 1526 Webb Center.