Application Procedures

Counseling Center Training Program

To:  UCA Graduate Students in Counseling Psychology & Community Counseling

From:  Dr. Jim Guinee, UCA Counseling Center Training Director

Re:  Internship, Graduate Assistantship, and Practicum Positions

Congratulations on reaching the next milestone in your graduate training!

As you are now considering a practicum, graduate assistant, or internship position, I would like to inform you of the opportunities at the UCA Counseling Center.  The information contained in this document will provide you with the information you need to further investigate these opportunities.

Each graduate trainee is offered supervised experience in individual and couples counseling, intake interviewing, report writing, crisis intervention, and personality assessment. Additionally, graduate assistants and interns are offered supervised experience in group counseling, and outreach/programming. We also provide a variety of training activities, including weekly supervision, seminars, and case conferences.

Each Fall and Spring semester we typically have openings for interns, graduate assistants, and practicum students. We advertise positions during mid-semester and interview applicants until the end of the semester.  Please note that as of 2008 funding for graduate assistantship and internship positions is subject to university budget constraints, therefore funding cannot be absolutely guaranteed from semester to semester.

We welcome your interest in working at the counseling center. The counseling center professional staff members have trained psychology and counseling graduate students since the 1980s, and interns since 1990.  We have an excellent reputation for training and supervision. Also, the counseling center has been accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) since 1981. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by email: jamesg@uca.edu or call the counseling center at 450-3138.

Sincerely,

James (Jim) P. Guinee, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist & Training Director

UCA Counseling Center

 

UCA Counseling Center Training Program

Training and supervision are designed to concomitantly consider the trainee's individual needs and the requirements and/or opportunities for (a) completing the academic program, (b) preparing for licensure, and/or (c) entering the job market.  Therefore, the training program will include:

Supervision:  Graduate trainees meet weekly with supervisors, to supervise their client case load, and facilitate their growth and development.  Consultation with other supervisors is also available.

Individual Counseling:  Graduate trainees are matched with clients whose presenting issues and demographics fit their individual training needs and experience.

Group & Couples Counseling:  Interns and graduate assistants are required to co-lead a short-term, structured group (practicum students may co-lead depending on group availability).

Intake Interviewing/Crisis Intervention:  All graduate trainees are expected to conduct intake interviews.  Crisis intervention, or “priority” clients, may be assigned at times to trainees based on client needs (and only during work hours), as well as trainee availability and experience level.

Outreach/Programming:  Interns and graduate assistants are expected to lead and/or co-lead programs based on their training needs and experience.  Programs (e.g., eating disorders, stress management, sexual assault prevention) are typically assigned by the Outreach Coordinator.

Professional Development:  The first week of Fall and Spring semester all graduate trainees participate in orientation meetings with each staff member.  Seminars are held weekly, and typically led by senior staff members.  Seminar topics are grouped according to the following themes: (a) Assessment & Testing, (b) Counseling Approaches & Techniques, (c) Client Populations, and (d) Professional Development.

Selection Procedures

All students who are interested in an internship, graduate assistant, or practicum position at the Counseling Center must be currently enrolled in the UCA Psychology and Counseling program and have completed their Process and Skills course.  Further, intern applicants must have all departmental requirements for internship.    Interested students must complete an application and submit it to the counseling center by the last day of semester classes.  All applicants will be interviewed by the training director.

POLICY ON CLIENTS AS APPLICANTS TO THE TRAINING PROGRAM

The ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA) discourage counselors and psychologists from entering into dual relationships with clients (e.g., supervising a graduate student who is currently a client in the counseling center).  Therefore, any graduate student who has received counseling at the UCA Counseling Center as a graduate student may not subsequently apply for a practicum, graduate assistant, and/or internship position.  Likewise, any current or former counseling center trainee will not be subsequently seen as a client.  Essentially a graduate student must choose between being in therapy or being in training.  Please note this restriction does not necessarily apply to students who received counseling at the center while they were undergraduates.