Practicum opportunities entail a commitment to fall and spring semesters.  There may be limited opportunities for students to continue through the following summer.  Each semester, several doctoral students in Counseling Psychology and related fields complete practica at the UCS. Additionally, the UCS provides training to students enrolled in the UI M.S.W. program.  To qualify for practicum, a student must be enrolled in a University of Iowa practicum course within his or her academic department. 

Counseling Psychology Doctoral Training Clinic

Many doctoral students from UI’s Counseling Psychology Program participate in two semesters of practicum.  The students invest 16 hours / week.  During the Fall semester, they carry a caseload of 6 individual clients and receive an hour of individual supervision, Their practicum course, which includes group supervision, is housed within the UCS.  During spring semester, the students carry a caseload of 8 individual clients, and they receive an hour and a half of individual supervision weekly.  They have some opportunities to participate in outreach services.    

Advanced Practicum for Doctoral Students

Students who are enrolled in doctoral programs in mental health-related fields are eligible to apply for advanced practicum at the UCS.  The selection process occurs during mid-spring, for the following academic year.  Students carry a caseload of 8 individual clients, and they receive an hour and a half of individual supervision.  If there are two or more, they meet for a one-hour weekly case conference. They typically process observe or co-facilitate an interpersonal process therapy group, and receive a half-hour of weekly supervision from their group co-therapist.  Students are encouraged to identify their hopes for their training experience during the interview process, which occurs during mid-spring.  The UCS strives to provide training that enables the advanced student to deepen their learning, by working under supervisors who carry expertise related to the students’ interests.  Areas of focus include particular theoretical orientations and/or expertise with particular mental health conditions and/or client identities. 

University of Iowa M.S.W. Practicum

The UCS collaborates with the UI School of Social Work to provide a student with a two-semester, 22-hour/ week practicum experience.  The Social Work program has a website portal, through which students can access additional information about the selection process, requirements, and training experiences available to the student.  The selection process for this experiences occurs during mid-spring. 

We train in a manner consistent with the University of Iowa Human Rights Policy  Our training program will provide the opportunity and requirement for trainees to acquire and/or deepen their competence to work with people who represent a full range of diverse identities, including the range of sexual orientations and gender identities.  All of our trainees are required to engage in learning about the range of multicultural competencies, and trainees must demonstrate willingness to serve people who represent the full range of identities.  Refusal to engage in these efforts, or in the case of internship, failure to reach the exit criteria identified for the competencies, may result in dismissal from the program. 

For additional information, contact:

Patrick Galligan, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Director of Training
University Counseling Service
3223 Westlawn S.