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Advanced Practicum

The Counseling Center offers Advanced Psychology practicum placements for doctoral students in regional training institutions. These placements are designed for graduate students who are beyond the beginning stages of training and clinical experience, and who are interested in attaining more advanced training within a university counseling center setting.

We seek students who can competently provide initial intake assessment (following in-depth training and supervision) and psychotherapy with a college student client population.

Opportunities for outreach within the university are also available, and trainees are encouraged to attend various trainings and seminars throughout the year.


There is flexibility in terms of the weekly time commitment for an Advanced Practicum student but we do ask for:

  • A minimum of 15 hours (typically setting a maximum of 20) per week
  • Commit to two-semesters (to grasp the full experience of training in a University setting)

Individual supervision with a Doctoral Intern (who is supervised by a licensed psychologist) and group supervision with a licensed psychologist will be provided.

Our Philosophy

The Counseling Center bases all its programs and services, including training, on a philosophy that affirms the dignity of all people. The Center values pluralism and the opportunity for cross-cultural interactions within the campus community in order to enhance the educational environment for all students, staff, and faculty.

We recognize that no individual is free from all forms of bias and prejudice. We expect staff and trainees to be committed to the social values of respect for diversity, inclusion and equality. Both trainers and trainees should demonstrate a willingness to examine their own assumptions, behaviors, and values so that they may work effectively with “cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status.” (APA Ethics Code, 2002, Principle E)

Training Process

We view our trainees as a vital part of our Counseling Center Team and we are passionate about the training process. The training of clinically competent, ethical, self-aware , and culturally sensitive mental health professions is one of the central mission of the Counseling Center.

While members of the training staff represent several theoretical orientation (i.e.: humanistic/existential, interpersonal, CBT, feminist, etc.) there is a general consensus about the training model and learning atmosphere that we believe is conducive for optimal acquisition and integration of skills and competencies.

We strive to create a challenging, intellectually stimulating, open environment where new ideas can be explored and nurtured.

The staff encourages trainees to assess their professional strengths and deficits assist them in developing appropriate learning experiences within the parameters of the opportunities offered here. An assumption of the staff is that optimal professional growth occurs when challenge is balanced with support.

 The model of training we have adopted here at the Counseling Center is best described as a "developmental apprenticeship" approach. We aim to meet each trainee where he or she is at and challenge them appropriately with varying clinical experiences and degrees of autonomy.

Application Requirements

  • Demonstrate desire to work with college population
  • Ability to commit to at least 15 hours a week
  • Commitment of 2 semesters (Fall and Spring)
  • Commitment to attending weekly group supervision and clinical staff meeting (Tuesdays 8:00-11:00 am)

 Possible Weekly Activities

  • Individual, couples therapy (7 hours)
  • Individual supervision (1 hour)
  • Weekly clinical meeting (2 hours)
  • Group supervision (1 hour)
  • Paperwork (2 hours)
  • Intakes (2 hour per week)

Practicum students may attend optional trainings and seminar opportunities throughout the year and may chose to participate in campus outreach opportunities.

Practicum students may be called upon to participate in various campus-wide mental health screenings through out the year. For example EDAW, National Depression Screening Week, Alcohol Awareness Week and more.

How to Apply

  • Submit a letter of interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Letters of Reference
    At least 2 of who are familiar with your clinical work
If selected for an interview, you will join us for a 1-hour in person interview.

Applications are due no later than February 11, 2019 at 5pm. Interviews will be held February 18th-March 1st.

Please be aware that students who have received counseling services through the UNC Counseling Center will not be eligible for this position.

Send Application To:

University of Northern Colorado
Counseling Center
Campus Box 17
Attn: Renee Gilkey, Assistant Director/Training Director
Greeley, CO 80639

or via email to: Renee.Gilkey@unco.edu

If you have questions about our training opportunities, please email Dr. Renee Gilkey or call 970-351-2496.