The Counseling Center
Practicum/Internship is typically for three semesters (Fall, Summer, Spring)
and requires a minimum 28 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
Students who are
completing requirements for UNF Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health
Counseling are eligible to apply.
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.s.
A week long orientation will be held during the end of July or early
August, just prior to the start of the practicum/internship. It is required
that trainees attend all sessions. Trainees will receive information about
Counseling Center policies and procedures, participate in a staff meet and
greet, gain information about the center's services, and will receive brief
trainings on topics such as ethical decision making and suicide assessment.
Trainees will receive didactic training on topics including suicide
assessment, ethical decision making, clinical assessment, medication
management, psychosocial assessment and treatment planning.
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 their individual supervisor observes them. When both the individual
supervisor and the trainee are satisfied with the trainee's level of
proficiency, the trainee will conduct screenings independently.
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.
During the first semester all trainees participate in process groups as
process observers and meet with the group counseling coordinator for training
and supervision. During the second semester trainees co-facilitate a process
group with a staff member. There are often additional opportunities to
co-facilitate psychoeducational and art therapy groups with staff members.
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.
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.
Trainees are required to carry professional liability insurance.
Documentation of coverage is required prior to independent client contact.
Trainees receive 1 hour of weekly individual supervision, 2 hours of
weekly group supervision, and 1 hour of supervision of group counseling.
Trainees’ counseling sessions are videotaped for use in both individual and
group supervision. Trainees also have the opportunity to observe and consult
with our psychiatrist, nurse practitioners, and nutritionist.
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.
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)
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017-2018 internship
should submit a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume and a cover letter.
Information on CVs and Examples:
Inquiries, applications and letters of recommendation should be addressed to:
Dr. Misha Bogomaz
University of North Florida
Counseling CenterBuilding 2, Room 2300
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224-7699
Telephone: (904) 620-2602
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