Practicum & Internship Program:I. Application Deadlines:
This Practicum and Internship Program is a two semester commitment which will include fall and spring semesters (August through May); SC&WS will only consider applicants who specify interest and availability for both fall and spring semesters. To be considered for our SC&WS Practicum & Internship Program, you must submit all materials by May 15 of the year you wish to complete your practicum and/or internship.
II. How to Apply:
The SC&WS Practicum & Internship Program is open only to students who are enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral program. Please note, this is an unpaid internship opportunity. All interested applicants must email the below materials to StuCounseling@tamusa.edu. Required materials include:
Orientation: All practicum trainees and interns are required to complete an orientation program prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Completion of the orientation program likely will require between 20 and 35 hours. The amount of time required is based in part on each trainee’s prior counseling experience, completed coursework, and progress during orientation.
Required Days and Times: Fridays 9am-12pm for Case Consultation and In-service Training. Practicum/Intern trainees are required to commit to a minimum of 14-15 hours per week at our site. This time includes direct service hours, administrative responsibilities, and supervision obligations.
Duration of Placement: Trainees should expect to be on-site for both Fall and Spring semesters (August through May), a total of approximately 32-34 weeks.
IV. Training Activities:
V. Training Philosophy Statement:
The staff in Student Counseling and Wellness (SC&WS) is deeply committed, professionally and ethically, to the fields of counseling and psychology. An essential outgrowth of this professional identification is a strong commitment to the preparation of skilled counselors and psychologists. Student Counseling and Wellness Services advocates a practitioner-scholar model of training in which trainees of all levels are expected to think critically and utilize current research in the provision of mental health services. The training of students occurs within an environment which recognizes the unique developmental needs of each individual as well as the professional identity of the discipline in which the student is being trained (e.g., counseling and psychology).
While the majority of training occurs in the context of supervision, consultation, and service delivery, trainees also participate in in-service training, case consultations, and other professional activities in order to complement their training and help prepare them for entry-level positions as mental health service providers. Because the staff believes that personal development and maturity are cornerstones of professional competence and identity, every effort is made to provide a supportive environment that will model and attend to personal growth.
Student Counseling and Wellness Services provides a wide range of mental health services to a diverse clientele, making it an excellent setting for the practical training of counselors and psychologists. To benefit from this experience, the trainee must possess adequate skills in the professions of counseling or psychology and be prepared to integrate the theoretical and applied aspects of the science and art of the profession(s). This collaborative atmosphere is an essential trademark of the center’s philosophy of training. The entire professional and support staff endeavor to make the trainees feel that they are members of this professional team.
VI. Overview of Training Programs:
Training of practicum students and interns takes place during the summer semester in the Student Counseling Services offices during the hours that the office is regularly open. Other than the orientation described in the requirements, trainees are only required to be on site during the times that Texas A&M-San Antonio is in session.