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Master's Clinical Practicum and Internship Training

The Carruth Center provides Practicum and Internship traineeships to master’s students in the Counseling Program at WVU. Trainees gain supervised clinical experience and didactic knowledge in the various clinical activities of a university counseling center.

Training sessions and individual supervision are designed to be responsive to each trainee’s individual developmental needs, as well as the needs of the clients.

The Carruth Center is also committed to issues of diversity and recognizes that each practicum counselor possesses unique qualities and strengths based on sociocultural issues as well as past training and counseling experiences.

The number of placements at this site is determined by the applicant pool and the needs of the center.

What do Master’s Counselor Trainees do?

Master’s Counselor Trainees are trained to conduct triage (initial assessment) and intake (full assessment) interviews and to provide counseling to students appropriate to the level of the trainee’s competence. Many of our trainees provide alcohol assessment and counseling to mandated client students from the university. Trainees may also have an opportunity to get experience in conducting ADHD screening in the Mindfit Clinic. Trainees also gain experience in facilitating psychoeducational groups and outreach activities for university students.

How long does a placement last?

These placements occur during the fall and spring semesters when school is in regular session. One early placement position is available to social work Masters students to begin during the second summer session. With regard to the number of hours per week, it would depend on whether a trainee is doing a practicum or an internship. Once accepted into the program, trainees are expected to attend a mandatory orientation training before the semester begins and remain in the program until the end of the semester.

What kind of training is provided during the practicum/internship experience?

A week before classes start, a mandatory orientation is scheduled to train practicum counselors in crisis management, triage assessment, and other training-related topics including policies and procedures of the center.

Training in various clinical issues will be ongoing throughout the placement. These may include, but not limited to, brief therapy models, Motivational Interviewing, ethics, assessing and treating clinical presentations of college students, alcohol and drug assessments, making appropriate referrals, treatment plans, termination, consultation, and psychiatric referrals. Training in diversity/multicultural issues will be integrated in all parts of the training.

What about supervision?

The number of hours of supervision is determined by the number of hours a trainee spends at the program. A practicum trainee can expect a minimum of one hour of supervision weekly, and an intern who is at this site for 20 or more hours a week will have at least two hours of supervision preferably with two supervisors. Therapy sessions may be audio or video recorded to provide first-hand information to their supervisor. Informal evaluations are conducted at each semester’s midpoint, and formal written evaluations are conducted at each semester’s end. All supervisors meet at the midpoint and at the end of the semester to discuss their evaluation of their supervisees.

Practicum/Intern counselors are expected to follow all policies and procedures of the Carruth Center and to act in accordance with the ethical standards of the profession.

How can I become a practicum/Intern counselor?

Prospective students submit application materials and are interviewed during the spring semester. The application materials include a copy of the approved application (readiness for practicum application from your department), a cover letter, and a current curriculum vita. The deadline to submit application materials is February 13, 2017. Click here to access the application. Please send your application materials to:

Layne Hitchcock, M.A. 
Masters Coordinator 
Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services 390 Birch Street 
PO Box 6422 
West Virginia University 
Morgantown, WV 26506-6422 
304-293-4431 
e-mail: Layne.Kehl@mail.wvu.edu

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