Practicum Counselor Training Program

The NDNU Counseling and Health Services offers a full academic year, 16 hours per week advanced practicum (at minimum, students in their third year). This is an excellent opportunity for trainees to gain clinical experience within a university counseling center and skills in short-term therapy as well as outreach and consultation. The 2014-2015 training program will be from August 13, 2014 – May 13, 2015.

Program Description

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

  • Carries a case-load of 8-9 clients each semester
  • Conducts intakes and triage sessions
  • Receives two hours of individual supervision— one from the training director and an additional from the director
  • Receives group supervision
  • Receives 1.5 hours of seminar/didactic
  • Participates in consultation and outreach programming

The following are regular weekly activities required for participation in the Practicum Training program:

  • Attendance at staff meetings on Wednesdays
  • Participation in group supervision and seminar/didactics also on Wednesdays

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 program commences mid-August of the training year. It includes training modules in working with the college population, crisis intervention, outreach and consultation, motivational interviewing, and other relevant topics.


Enrollment required in a clinical psychology doctoral program at Alliant International University, John F. Kennedy University, Palo Alto University, PGSP – Stanford Psy.D. Consortium at Palo Alto University, and the Wright Institute.

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: http://www.bapic.info/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/

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