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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 trainees who can competently provide initial intake assessment (following in-depth training and supervision) and psychotherapy with a college student client population. Individual supervision with a Doctoral Intern (who is supervised by a licensed psychologist) and group supervision with a licensed psychologist will be provided.

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

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 missions of the Counseling Center.

While members of the training staff represent several theoretical orientations (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 areas of growth to 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 they are at and challenge them appropriately with varying clinical experiences and degrees of autonomy.

Average 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 hours per week)

Practicum trainees may attend optional trainings and seminar opportunities throughout the year and may choose to participate in campus outreach opportunities.  Practicum trainees may also be called upon to participate in various campus-wide mental health screenings throughout the year. For example, EDAW, National Depression Screening Week, Alcohol Awareness Week and more.

Requirements & Commitment

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

  • Ability to commit to at least 15 hours a week (typically setting a maximum of 20 hours per week) over a minimum of two days
  • Commitment of 2 semesters (Fall and Spring)
  • Commitment to attending weekly group supervision and clinical staff meeting every Tuesday from 8:00-11:00 am
  • Demonstrate a desire to work with college populations
  • Please be aware that students who have received counseling services through the UNC Counseling Center will not be eligible for this position.

How to Apply

Please submit the following materials via email to our Training Director, Dr. Renee Gilkey at Renee.Gilkey@unco.edu.

  • Letter of interest describing your interest working in a university counseling center setting
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 3 Letters of reference (at least 2 of who are familiar with your clinical work)
  • Please email materials as a single PDF document

Applications are due February 10, 2020 at 5pm.  If selected for an interview, you will join us for a 1-hour in-person interview. 

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