Advanced Practicum Counselor Training Program

NDNU Counseling Services offers a full academic year, advanced practicum position at 16-18 hours per week (for student at minimum in their third year of clinical work or beyond). This is an excellent opportunity for trainees to gain clinical experience within a university counseling center setting as well as to gain skills in brief therapy as well as crisis services, outreach, and consultation.

The 2018-2019 training program will be from August 14th, 2018 to May 10th, 2019.

Program Description

NDNU Counseling Services has two tracks for advanced practicum placement, including:

  • Three general track positions:
    • participates in all aspects of generalist university counseling center work
  • One substance abuse/conduct track position:
    • participates in some generalist work, as well as specifically working with students referred from the Dean’s Office for violating the academic code of conduct via behavioral and/or alcohol/substance use

Advanced practicum trainees will be involved with clients at Counseling Services and the NDNU campus community in the following ways.

Each trainee:

  • Carries 8-10 clinical hours weekly
  • Conducts intakes and triage sessions (including crisis work)
  • Receives two hours of individual supervision weekly – one from the training director and one from another NDNU-CS clinician who acts as a secondary supervisor
  • Receives one hour of group supervision/case consultation weekly (Wednesdays — required)
  • Receives 1.5 hours of seminar/didactic training weekly (Wednesdays — required)
  • Participates in consultation and outreach programming

When appropriate, practicum students are encouraged, but not required, to explore historical influences and personal data which may affect subsequent clinical practice. The Training Program functions in a manner consistent with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002, including 2010 amendments), Standard 7.04: Student Disclosure of Personal Information.

A mandatory orientation will be held from August 14th to August 23rd, 2018. Orientation will include training modules in working with the college population, crisis intervention, outreach and consultation, intake and clinical assessment, and other relevant topics, as well as orientation to the campus community.


Enrollment required in an APA-accredited clinical or counseling psychology doctoral program at a San Francisco Bay Area institution.

Application Process

All applicants must apply via BAPIC.

What is BAPIC?

The Bay Area Practicum Information Collaborative is a partnership between Bay Area Doctoral Psychology Programs and practicum agencies. BAPIC was organized in 2008 with the primary goal of centralizing practicum training information and streamlining the practicum application process for doctoral students and agencies. BAPIC is doing this by:

  1. Instituting an application timeline and uniform application and notification procedures.
  2. Developing and centralizing site description forms and other practicum training resources.
  3. Sharing up-to-date psychology training information with graduate programs and practicum sites.

**Source: BAPIC website:,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/

Contact Us

For more information about this year’s training program, please contact:

Rachel W. Friendly, Ph.D.
Training Director and Staff Psychologist
Phone: 650.508.3578