Internships

The Counseling Center Practicum/Internship is typically for three semesters (Fall, Summer, Spring) and requires a minimum 25 hours/week. This program of supervised clinical experience is designed to satisfy the clinical requirements of a Master's degree in preparation for licensure in the State of Florida. The Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).

Eligibility

Students who are completing requirements for a Master's degree in Counseling or Clinical Psychology, Counselor Education, Mental Health Counseling, or Social Work are eligible to apply.

Qualifications

Minimum academic requirements include completion of courses in ethics, counseling, and psychopathology. Additional course work in advanced counseling theory/technique and group dynamics is preferred. Effective communication skills and a commitment to personal growth are highly desired.  

Candidates must be able to work within the normal operating hours of the Center (Monday- Friday 8 am - 5 pm). Occasional evening or weekend hours will be necessary for outreach programs.

 

Responsibilities

1. Orientation

Weekly orientation sessions (about 5 sessions, two hours each) are held during the end of the summer before the practicum/internship starts. It is required that trainees attend all sessions.  Trainees will receive information about Counseling Center policies and procedures and will receive training on topics such as ethical decision making and suicide assessment.  

2. Training

 Trainees will receive didactic training on topics including suicide assessment, ethical decision making, clinical assessment, medication management, psychosocial assessment and treatment planning.

3. Screenings

Initially, trainees observe staff counselors conduct screenings with new clients and learn how screenings are conducted and reports are written.  After observing several screening sessions with different staff counselors, trainees conduct screenings while a staff counselor observes them.  When both the staff counselors and the trainee are satisfied with the trainee's level of proficiency, the trainee will conduct screenings independently.

3. Individual Counseling

Every effort is made to provide trainees with a variety of clients and presenting issues commensurate with their level of counseling abilities and experience.  Clients are assigned to trainees depending on the trainee's level of training and experience, client/trainee availability, and the trainee's current caseload.  

4. Group Counseling

During the first semester all trainees participate in process groups as process observers and meet weekly with the group counseling coordinator for training and supervision. During the the second semester trainees co-facilitate a process group with a staff member. There are often additional opportunities to co-facilitate psychoeducational groups with staff members.

5. Outreach Activities

Trainees will get the opportunity to develop and present outreach activities to the University community.  Student groups, campus departments,  and residence hall advisors often request that the Center present programs to students on a variety of topics. Some of these programs are offered during evenings and weekends.

6. Documentation

Trainees are required to document all counseling contacts in a timely manner through case notes created in the Center's documentation and scheduling software. Additional documentation may be required regarding supervision, outreach and other clinical activities.

7. Liability Insurance

Trainees are required to carry professional liability insurance, which is usually provided by their training program. Additional coverage is available at a reduced student rate. Documentation of coverage is required prior to independent client contact.

 

Supervision

Trainees receive 1 hour of weekly individual supervision, 2 hours of weekly group supervision, and 1-1.5 hours of weekly supervision of group counseling. Trainees’ counseling sessions are videotaped for use in both individual and group supervision. Trainees also have the opportunity to consult with our psychiatrist, nurse practitioners, and nutritionist.

 

Evaluation

Trainees receive formal evaluations from their supervisors midway throughout the semester and at the end of the semester. Evaluation guidelines are determined in conjunction with the policies of each trainee's academic program and the expectations of the Center. Trainees meet with their supervisors to discuss their evaluations.

 

Trainees also complete evaluations of their supervisors midway throughout the semester and at the end of the semester and discuss these with their supervisors.

 

Counseling

Personal issues or difficulties sometimes arise for trainees in the course of their initial experience as counselors that exceed the limitations of supervision. While we encourage all current UNF students to utilize services at the Center, trainees are unable to obtain personal counseling during the term of their practicum or internship. The staff is available to assist trainees in locating community resources when a referral is indicated.

Counseling Center Policy on Former Clients as Trainees (click to review)

 

Application

Applicants should submit a completed application form, a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume, and two letters of recommendation (hard copies). One letter must be from a graduate professor who can confirm the student's readiness for an internship experience. The other letter may be from an employer or supervisor who has knowledge of the student's current counseling/interpersonal skills.

 

The Internship selection process for the 2014-2015 academic year has been completed. For more information about our program, please contact our Internship Coordinator.  

 

Information on CVs and Examples:

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/641/01/

http://www.slc.edu/studentlife/ocs/media/pdf/step-three/Curriculum_Vita_Guide.pdf

http://www.mcw.edu/medicalschool/studentaffairs/Residency-Match-Process/Curriculum-Vitae-Samples.htm

 

Correspondence

Inquiries, applications and letters of recommendation should be addressed to:

 

Steven Montesinos, M.A.

Internship Coordinator

University of North Florida Counseling Center
Building 2, Room 2300
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224-7699

 

Telephone: (904) 620-2602

 Email: s.montesinos@unf.edu