Master's Program Welcome Letter
Thank you for considering West Virginia University's Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services (CCPPS) as your placement site for practicum/internship. We offer several different training opportunities for master-level students.
These opportunities may include, but are not limited to, working with mandated students who have received drug and alcohol citations, providing individual and group counseling for college students who present with a variety of concerns, as well as outreach, consultation and case management services. Each of these opportunities is offered in the context of a developmental model of supervision and training that tailors training experiences to a practicum/intern’s changing levels of competence, as regularly assessed by supervisors.
Before you begin exploring this site for the training opportunities we provide for Master level students, I would like to take a second to highlight some of the overall strengths of our training program:
- The environment. CCPPS is housed in The Health and Education Building, a newer facility that was built in 2014. The building is shared with the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion (OWHP) & Student Health. It is adjacent to the student recreational fields and rec center, and within walking distance to The HUB. A positive aspect of working in this building is being able to walk during lunch breaks around the track, especially during the warmer months.
- The staff. At Carruth, we have warm, competent, and supportive staff who value and are passionate about training and working with our trainees. CCPPS has historically encouraged an open-door policy of all its staff members, by which we try to make ourselves available to colleagues and trainees for consultation as much as possible. Our staff is also famous for our regular potlucks which never disappoint.
- The supervision. As a Master level trainee you will receive 2 hours of weekly supervision, one hour with an individual supervisor and another hour in the form of group supervision. Outside of specific exceptions, most of the clinical work of trainees is video recorded, and supervisors are given ample time to review tapes, both before and during supervision. Finally, supervisors typically change each semester, allowing for different supervisory styles to be experienced within one academic year.
Please feel free to contact our practicum coordinator, Layne Hitchcock, or myself with any questions that may come up as you explore our site. Whether you decide to apply or not, we wish you the best in finding a placement site for your practicum/internship experience.
Matthew C. Kellar, Psy.D.
Interim Training Director
The Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services
West Virginia University