Mental Health Counseling Internship
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 (IACS).
Students who are completing requirements for UNF Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 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.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.
3. Initial Consultations and Screenings
Initially, trainees observe staff counselors conduct initial consultations and screenings with new clients and learn how initial consultations and screenings are conducted and reports are written. After observing several sessions with different staff counselors, trainees conduct initial consultations and 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 initial consultations and 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 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.
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.
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. Documentation of coverage is required prior to independent client contact.
In the fall, trainees receive 1-hour of weekly individual supervision with a licensed mental health counselor, 1-hour of supplemental supervision from a doctoral intern every other week, 2-hours of weekly group supervision, and 1-hour of supervision of group counseling. In the spring, trainees receive 1-hour of weekly individual supervision from a doctoral intern along with group supervision and 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 2018-2019 internship year.
Applicants 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:
Liza Provenzano, M.Ed., LMHC
University of North Florida Counseling Center
Building 2, Room 2300
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224-7699
Telephone: (904) 620-2602
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