Participants in the Counseling Center’s Practicum/Internship training programs are considered an integral part of the staff and are included in all functions of the agency. The mission of the training program is to help trainees develop as clinicians in order for students to receive the highest quality care. The CC staff employs an energetic, innovative, and multicultural group of people who sustain the high level of activity necessary to meet the demands of our university. 

Overview of the Program

The practicum/internship training primary emphasis is the provision of supervised clinical interventions. The program is designed to meet the needs of students who are seeking supervised training in clinical work with college students with diverse concerns from multicultural backgrounds. Practicum and internship students will also receive training in clinical case consultation, various psychotherapy techniques and approaches, and multicultural issues in therapy.

What Will You Gain From This Program?

  • Experiences in working with college students with diverse concerns from multicultural backgrounds (e.g., ethnic minorities, international students, LGBTQ students)
  • Experiences working with a client from intake to termination
  • Experiences in working with a multidisciplinary team
  • Exposure to various psychotherapy approaches and techniques (e.g., interpersonal approach, psychodynamic, person-centered, CBT, mindfulness-based approaches)
  • Case management skills, clinical consultation skills, and skills in the coordination of care with other providers and campus partners
  • Training on multicultural issues in therapy
  • Individual and group supervision

Length of the Practicum and/or Internship

The practicum/internship experience at UAH CC lasts for an entire semester, August-December, January – May, and/or May – August. In addition, the option of staying on for another semester may be extended depending upon interest, need, and fit. This will be determined by their Clinical Supervisors and will be based upon the trainees development throughout the semester. Trainees that attend schools that are based on quarters rather than semesters may have a slightly different time-line for internship completion.

Training Schedule

The trainees weekly schedule will be determined after acceptance into the program.  Each trainees schedule may differ depending on their class/work schedules outside of the UAH Counseling Center.  All trainees will be required to be available on Wednesday mornings for Group Didactics and Case Conferences. Most trainees will be required to work a minimum of 15-25 hours per week to meet their hourly requirements. The UAH CC cannot guarantee that a trainee will obtain all needed hours, however the staff will make every effort to provide enough opportunities to meet their program requirements. Outreach events may take place during weekends or evenings. Trainees will be expected to attend and participate in after hour events.   

Application/Program Requirements

INTERESTED CANDIDATES, PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS:
  • Enrollment in an accredited masters level program or higher for Social Work, Mental Health, Psychology and/or Counseling program  (occasionally Undergraduate Social Work students may be considered for placement)
  • Good standing within your academic program
  • Letter of interest addressing your interest in the practicum, your training goals for the practicum, and your long-term professional goals
  • Updated resume or vitae
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Recommendation Letter on letterhead from someone that has worked with you in a professional capacity
  • Class schedule for your internship/practicum semester 
  • Proof of Liability Insurance (HSPO or equivalent)
  • National Background Check 

Interviews

All qualified candidates will be invited for an in-person interview with all clinical staff at the UAH Counseling Center. Interviews will occur during the months of November, May, and August. All interviews must be conducted face to face on site. Candidates will be considered a “good fit” if they display openness to training/supervision from varied perspectives and worldviews, multicultural competence, creativity, a commitment to growth as a clinician, and also to those that want training in multiple modalities of care. Selection will be made upon completion of all interviews for the upcoming semester. Candidates will be then notified soon after. 

How to Apply?

Complete the internship application provided below. Send the paperwork requirements and direct any questions to:

Brittany Holland, LPC, NCC
UAH Counseling Center Assistant Director and Internship Coordinator
Brittany.holland@uah.edu

*The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.