Practicum Training Program
The Lewis & Clark College Counseling Service provides a training program for Pacific University graduate students of the School of Professional Psychology’s Clinical Psychology Program. These doctoral practicum trainees have completed at least one year of supervised training, and are interested in serving individual clients who are often young adults in a college setting. The goal of Lewis & Clark’s training program is to prepare doctoral practicum trainees with a focused, intense experience in providing ethically-informed clinical services to a college population while gaining self-awareness and working with a professional staff. The professional staff includes psychologists, administrative staff, and a psychiatrist. Trainees might also work to some degree with health profession providers such as nurse practitioners and faculty/professionals of the LC community (e.g., Deans, Campus Living Staff).
Training Philosophy: The staff adhere to a developmental model of supervision, in which trainees are gradually given assignments that seem appropriate for their level of training and professional identities. Sensitivity to diversity and multiculturalism are highly valued by our staff. Thus, trainees are also expected to value self-awareness as they meet a variety of clients and work with LC’s professional staff to meet students’ needs. Staff pay close attention to ethics and give ample opportunity for trainees to learn about various issues as they progress.
- Complete a 550-plus hour commitment (18-20 hours weekly x 32 weeks):
|Duties||Hours per week|
|Direct Client Contact||8-10|
|Staff Meetings||.5 hour minimum|
|Preparation for Supervision||1|
|Outreach/Prof. Presentation||2 activities/events over the 500-hour experience|
- Orientation: Trainees are expected to coordinate their academic schedules with the LC calendar to optimize their ability to participate in transitional activities. Thus, at the start of the year, trainees are encouraged to communicate as needed to ensure a smooth orientation to LC. This might include participation in a campus tour or learning how the Counseling Service clinically functions to provide care for its clients. Trainees will also be directed to resources such as the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct and the APA Practice Guidelines for Providers of Psychological Services to Ethnic, Linguistic, and Culturally Diverse Populations.
- Direct Client Contact: Doctoral practicum counselors are expected to conduct initial intake appointments of “first time” clients of the Counseling Service. The orientation period is geared toward preparation for this role. In addition to conducting intake appointments during the academic year, trainees will provide individual and/or couples counseling services for clients. Sessions generally adhere to a short-term model of mental health services; however, for a well-rounded training experience, trainees might see some clients throughout the course of the academic year.
- Individual Supervision & Preparation for Supervision: The hallmark of our training program is quality supervision. It is highly valued by our Service, and trainees are expected to attend weekly individual meetings with their primary supervisor. In addition to these weekly meetings, trainees are encouraged to consult with other staff as needed or as appropriate. Given that some sessions may be reviewed in supervision, trainees are expected to video a portion of their sessions (with client permission) and to spend time reviewing these sessions, to improve self-awareness, client care, and attention to professional ethics. Consulting with staff and reading relevant research will help trainees learn to integrate research and theory with their clinical experiences.
- Group Supervision: To address professional roles, identity, clinical topics, and to provide additional support for clients’ welfare, trainees are expected to participate in weekly meetings with various staff psychologists. The goal of these meetings is to provide additional supervision and to help trainees meet the demands of the academic year. Multiculturalism is a primary value, and group supervision is a medium to provide structured training in this theme. Thus, in addition to processing various clinical challenges, trainees participate in assignments related to multiculturalism as the academic year progresses.
- Outreach/Professional Presentation: A college environment offers ample opportunity to work with a variety of students; thus, a trainee is expected to provide some type of service to students or to professional staff at LC. This service is to be outside the trainee’s clinical duty (e.g., individual/couples, group). For example, a presentation to students in a residence hall, or even to the LC staff on a special topic, could be a way to provide a service to the LC community. Trainees can discuss this and plan with their supervisor on how to meet this expectation of the training experience.
To be eligible for training at Lewis & Clark College Counseling Service, applicants should coordinate their application and interview through Pacific University’s Director of Clinical Training at the School of Professional Psychology’s Clinical Psychology Program. At this time, Dr. Genevieve Arnaut is Director of Clinical Training; she can be reached at 503-352-2613. Applicants typically start this process in the winter or spring term of the year before they intend to complete practicum work.
At Lewis & Clark College, Dr. Michelle Kirton is Training Director as well as Associate Director of the Counseling Service. Specific questions regarding the training process may be directed to Dr. Kirton at the Counseling Service, 503-768-7160.