Training Activities

Direct Service

Practicum counselors in the Counseling Center will provide short-term individual counseling, group counseling, intakes, assessment, and outreach to USD students who present with a wide range of presenting concerns including adjustment disorders, mood disorders, relationship concerns, stress and anxiety concerns, developmental issues, alcohol and drug use and more. 

Practicum Counselors in the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion and the Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center will provide disability assessment and screening, disability case management (coaching model), peer group supervision, mandated AODS assessments, and psycho-educational group counseling with USD students.

Supervision

Practicum Counselors receive 1-2  hours per week of individual supervision with a licensed psychologist, some who may be licensed less than 3 years. Practicum Counselors may also receive supervision from a pre-doctoral intern or unlicensed clinician. Practicum counselors may have the opportunity to change individual supervisors at mid-year so as to receive a variety of supervisory training. Practicum counselors also have the opportunity, depending on the placement, of being involved in weekly case consultation, integrated care meetings, staff meetings and supervision of group therapy.

Professional Development and Consultation Opportunities

The Wellness Area includes USD Counseling Center, Student Health, Disability and Learning Resource Center, and Center for Health and Wellness Promotion. These departments are staffed with people from various disciplines. Trainees have the opportunity to interact with physicians, a psychiatrist, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, NPs, Psychologists that specialize in alcohol and drugs/clinical counseling/disability services, LCSWs and others during case consultation, integrated care meetings, and through collaboration of care. In addition, trainees also have the opportunity to interact with University administrators, faculty, staff, and students.  The USD Wellness Area is contacted for consultation by faculty, staff, administrators, families, and students.  We also provide outreach services to the university community.

Practicum counselors also have the opportunity to attend any in-services or Continuing Education seminars that are offered by the USD Wellness Area. 

Practicum Counselors Contract

The practicum program will consist of 25 hours per week, not including any trainings that may be offered on occasion for a 10 month period. One practicum counselor will be assigned to the USD Counseling Center for the full year, while the other practicum counselor will spend one semester at the USD Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center and one semester at the USD Center for Health and Wellness Promotion. The practicum counselor is expected to average 25 hours per week for 10 months (44 weeks) to obtain 1000 required hours by the end of the practicum year

Must be available for 7-8 hours M,T,W,TH,F during business hours (8am-5pm).

                                                  Activity Number of Hours per Week
USD Counseling Center (CC): 25 hours  
Live-supervised Intake Assessments 2
Videotaped Individual Counseling (not including cancellations, etc...) 12
Group Therapy 1
Consultation/Outreach 0-1
Individual Supervision by Licensed Ph.D.  1-2
Individual Supervision by APA Pre-doctoral Intern 1-2
Paperwork/Administration Time 5
Group Supervision  1-2
   
USD Center for Health and Wellness Promotion (CHWP): 25 hours  
Mandated AODS Assessments 12
Psycho-Educational Group 2
Individual/Group Supervision 2-3
Outreach Prevention 1
Paperwork/Administration Time 5
Providing Peer Coach Supervision 2
   
USD Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center (DLDRC): 25 hours  
Disability Assessment and Screening 5
Disability Case Management (Academic Coaching Model) 12
Individual Supervision 1
Staff Meeting/Group Supervision 1-2
Paperwork/Administrative Time 4
Providing Peer Coach Supervision 2-3
   
Other:  
Team Meetings to discuss overall Wellness practicum 1 hour twice monthly
Seminars, Workshops, etc. Varies