Doctoral Counseling Practicum

The Doctoral Counseling Practicum Training Program is offered through Counseling and Educational Support Services (CESS) at The University of Kansas Medical Center. The practicum provides doctoral students a focused and intensive experience in providing mental health services to a diverse student population. The practicum requires a minimum of 17 hours per week of on-site commitment, or 20 hours per week if the practicum counselor would like to acquire group therapy experience, over the course of two academic semesters (Fall/Spring).

An appreciation of human diversity is a cornerstone of our training program. Honoring these values, we seek to recruit a range of candidates, including those from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We view diversity as encompassing intersecting identities, "including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status" (APA Ethics Code, 2002, Principle E).   Practicum counselors are afforded a breadth of clinical training opportunities, which include individual therapy provision, couples and group therapy co-facilitation, crisis intervention observation and supervised practice, and outreach program delivery. A minimum of one hour per week of formal supervision is provided by a CESS staff psychologist or post-doctoral fellow. Weekly didactic seminars are an integral part of the training program, and cover a wide range of psychotherapeutic topics. Practicum counselors are revered as members of the CESS staff and are required to participate in orientation, staff meetings, case collaboration, and other professional activities. They are expected to follow the ethical guidelines and principles as established by the American Psychological Association (APA), as well as be aware and adhere to pertinent Kansas laws governing professional practice. 

Doctoral Practicum Positions Announcement
Doctoral Counseling Practicum Training Manual
Sample Didactic Seminar Schedule
Sample Special Project List    

Application Process:  

Doctoral students enrolled in CPCE 5631 (UMKC) or Advanced Field work (KU) are eligible to apply. Those who cannot commit to 17-20 hours per week on-site should not apply.  Please email the following materials:    

  • Letter of interest that outlines:
    • Relevant clinical experience
    • Training goals for the practicum year
    • Career aspirations
    • Any additional informational you believe may be helpful
  • Comprehensive Vitae, which includes the following:
    • Prior practicum setting(s), total hours, direct contact hours, supervisor(s), start and end dates
  • Three Professional References (Name, Title, Address, Phone, Email)  

Application deadline is Friday, January 20, 2017 at 5pm.  

Please direct all application materials and questions to:   

Taryn Acosta Lentz, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist - Multicultural Specialist
Counseling and Educational Support Services
University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd, Mail Stop 4006
Kansas City, KS 66160
(913) 588-6580
tacostalentz@kumc.edu

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