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UMSL's Counseling Services (CS) offers graduate trainees an opportunity to participate in a variety of professional activities in the stimulating atmosphere of an urban university. The University of Missouri-St. Louis is the second largest campus of the University of Missouri system, with over 12,000 students. The campus’ attractive modern brick buildings are set on the site of a former country club.
Part-time internships or practica are offered for graduate students in counseling, psychology or social work. The goal of the training program is to provide an intensive and diverse clinical experience that is consistent with the training needs, interests and level of expertise of the individual student. Graduate training is a major priority of our staff and there is a strong commitment to on-site supervision and professional education. Graduate interns are viewed as colleagues and are encouraged to be actively involved with the staff and with the development of new programs and workshops.
Range of Clinical Experience
Interns have the opportunity to become involved in a number of programs that CS offers to UMSL students, faculty and staff. Included among these are individual counseling, outreach and workshops. The workshop and outreach offerings vary in response to the needs of our client population and the professional development interests of the interns and staff.
The clients who use our services reflect the greatly varied population of St. Louis itself. Although some UMSL students fit the profile of the traditional college student, the mean age of our clients is 27. Cultural backgrounds, intellectual assets and psychological strengths also tend to vary greatly. Clients’ concerns range from developmental issues, to situational crises, to more serious psychological disorders. This diversity contributes to a broad training experience and stimulating professional environment.
CS staff is composed of five full-time professionals, a full-time administrative assistant, and three graduate interns. The professional staff members are trained in a variety of treatment approaches and theoretical orientations including: humanistic/existential, psychodynamic/interpersonal, feminist/multicultural, cognitive-behavioral, process-experiential/emotion-focused, systems/family of origin and dialectical behavior therapy.
Specifics of the Training Program
A training experience at CS requires a commitment of 20 hours per week for the full academic year (from late August through mid-May). Activities usually involve some combination of the following:
Intake and Individual Counseling: Interns receive training and experience completing initial assessment interviews. We utilize a brief therapy model which includes session limits for CS clients. This provides interns with excellent experience in providing time-limited psychotherapy. Interns usually see 8-10 individual clients per week.
Outreach: Interns will be asked to participate in a wide range of campus outreach. Activities may include tabling in various campus locations, assisting with presentations or workshops and participating in campus wide mental health initiatives such as National Depression Screening Day.
Individual Supervision: Each intern has an individual supervisor who is a member of the professional staff. Weekly one-hour supervision meetings focus on the development of interns’ counseling skills and treatment planning for individual clients. Digital videos of client sessions are used to enhance supervision.
Group Supervision: The interns meet as a group with the Training Director on a weekly basis (1.5 hours). These meetings focus on specific training needs and issues and provide a forum for case discussion of a wide variety of clients.
Staff In-Service Training: Weekly professional development sessions are facilitated by professional staff and include guest speakers from the UMSL or greater St. Louis communities as well as viewing of videos from our extensive training library. Interns will also be responsible for presenting one professional development session to staff during the second semester of the practicum.
Applicants may be candidates for the M.Ed., MA, M.S.W., Ed.D, Psy.D., or Ph.D. in programs of clinical psychology, counseling, or social work. Practicum applicants preferably should have completed courses in the theories of counseling or psychotherapy, ethics, and in basic counseling or psychotherapy skills. Internship applicants should have completed their practicum courses and other relevant academic course work.
1. A letter of interest containing information about what makes you interested in being a counselor and what interests you in our practicum opportunity.
2. A curriculum vita, listing relevant educational, work or volunteer experiences and graduate courses completed.
3. Two letters of reference from persons familiar with your professional and/or academic performance. Recommenders can send their letters to Dr. Vasconcelles via US mail or email. You are responsible for following up with your recommenders to ensure letters have been sent.
Erin Vasconcelles, Ph.D.
UM-St. Louis Counseling Services
One University Blvd, 131 MSC
St. Louis, MO 63121
- After your materials are received, you will be contacted regarding your application status.
- After our initial review of applications, in-person interviews will be conducted. You will be contacted if selected for an in-person interview. You will also be informed if not selected.
All training positions for the 2018-2019 academic year have been filled. We will provide application information for the 2019-2020 academic year (Aug-May) early next year.
- You can learn more about our center at our website.
If you have additional questions about our practicum opportunity, please contact Dr. Erin Vasconcelles at (314) 516-5711 or send an email.