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Pre-doctoral Practicum Training Program

Training Program Description

Students will have the opportunity to engage in individual and, when available, group therapy. This opportunity will also involve practicum students in assessing and conceptualizing presenting concerns from a theoretical frame-of-reference, and formalizing treatment planning and implementation. Given staff availability, practicum students may participate in group therapy as a process observer or co-facilitator.

Weekly Schedule

Typical counseling practicum schedule

The week for CAPS Practicum Students can be anywhere from 16-20 hours depending on the individual contract developed by each student. The schedule listed below is a rough approximation of the time that is spent each semester engaging in training, direct, and indirect service provision (based on an average of a 16-20 hour week):

Activity Hours per Week

Direct Clinical Service

Individual Therapy 8-10
Initial Appointments/Intakes 1-2
Group Therapy (if available) 2


Individual 1-2
Case Conference 0-1

Other Training

Case Management/Administrative Time 2-3

Direct Service Opportunities

Individual therapy

Practicum Students conduct therapy sessions seeing Purdue students in brief model psychotherapy providing between 8-10 individual contact hours a week. There are some opportunities for longer term therapy as well. Every student enrolled full-time or part-time can receive an initial consultation at no charge during the semester in which they are enrolled to determine on-going therapy and/or medication needs. Individual and couples therapy also involves practicum students in assessing and conceptualizing from a theoretical frame-of-reference presenting problems, providing disposition on cases, and formalized treatment planning and implementation.

Group co-therapy: Therapy, support, and psycho-educational groups

Practicum students can be involved with process observation or co-facilitation with one of the various types of groups that are provided through CAPS. These opportunities are conditional on staff availability and practicum student readiness.

Psycho-educational programming and outreach

Practicum students may engage in a variety of programming and outreach including invited presentations to departments, classes, and residence halls. Outreach opportunities for practicum students are often conducted jointly with a member of the CAPS staff.

Training Activities

Individual one-on-one supervision

Supervision of practicum students is conducted on a regularly scheduled, individual basis by licensed, HSPP psychologists, post-doctoral residents, and psychology interns.

Practicum students are expected to be prepared each week for supervision. Preparation can involve reviewing web cam videos, organizing cases, preparing questions, and reviewing goals for supervision.

Case conference

Practicum students engage in weekly case conference meetings. Case conference is a time to review cases, discuss specific struggles as therapists, address any direct clinical issues; such as ethics, multiculturalism, diagnosis, and treatment planning. Case conference is a time to seek group support, instruction, and process various therapeutic difficulties.

Case management

Practicum students (in collaboration with their supervisors) are responsible for managing their case loads. Administrative time is provided each week to write reports and case notes, write business/professional letters and e-mails, return telephone calls, and consult with other staff.

Evaluation Procedures

Evaluations are conducted formally at the end of each semester by your supervisors. You also have the opportunity to evaluate your supervisor and your supervisory experience.