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).
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.
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.
A week long orientation (4 to 5 three hour sessions) 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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
are required to carry professional liability insurance. Documentation of coverage is required prior to independent
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 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.
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)
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
The practicum/internship application form and instructions are here. Applications for the 2016-2017 practicum/internship year are due by Friday, May 27th, 2016 at 5pm. You are welcome and encouraged to submit your application before the deadline. Applications may be dropped off at the UNF Counseling Center front office, handed in at the internship fair, submitted by mail to the address below, or emailed to the Internship Coordinator. For questions, please contact the Internship Coordinator.
Information on CVs and Examples:
Inquiries, applications and letters of recommendation should be addressed to:
Steven Montesinos, M.A., LMHC
University of North Florida
Counseling CenterBuilding 2, Room 2300
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224-7699
Telephone: (904) 620-2602
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