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Practicum Internship



The University of Oregon Counseling and Testing Center subscribes to a practitioner-scholar model of training. The major goal of the practicum internship training program is to provide high quality learning experiences to practicum interns in counseling or clinical psychology.

The primary objectives of this nine-month practicum internship are to train counselors:
  • To learn about the phases of therapy (rapport-building, empathy and affective facilitation, cognitive and behavioral work, and termination)
  • To broaden exposure to various theoretical orientations in order to improve case conceptualization skills
  • To increase in-session risk-taking with clients, i.e. “Feel the fear and do it anyway"
  • To increase awareness of issues related to diversity and ethics
  • To develop skills in conceptualizing and intervening with differing client concerns
  • To participate in facilitating the growth of peers through support and constructive feedback
  • To learn to take responsibility for getting training needs met and developing skills related to working with a team of professionals, including seeking out those staff most appropriate for consultation about client issues
The secondary learning options of this nine-month practicum internship are:
  • To learn outreach approaches for prevention on a college campus
  • To learn intake assessment, crisis intervention, and disposition skills
  • To develop skill in group therapy through observation and possible co-leadership
These tasks will be met by supervision, practicum seminar, case management team experiences, case presentations, professional development trainings, clinical experiences, and through the trainee’s own interactions with staff and peers. The University Counseling & Testing Center has a strong commitment to training new professionals and welcomes student involvement in our center.

This is a nine month/16 hour a week practicum internship which meets the requirements for doctoral level practicum students. It is designed:
  • To train counselors in the formation of an integrated professional identity
  • To enhance basic professional skills for establishment of  therapeutic relationships
  • To conceptualize and provide treatment for a diverse population of students at the University of Oregon
Counselors have the opportunity to practice both long and short-term individual therapy with students who have a wide range of concerns and who come from varied backgrounds (i.e., race, ethnicity, culture, etc.).

More about the Counseling and Testing Center

The Counseling and Testing Center is an APA approved training site (for more about the UO Internship Program). one and a half to two hours hours individual clinical supervision, a one to two hour training seminar and a clinical consultation team, are provided weekly.

The Center is a very supportive environment to do in-depth training on how to do therapy. Previous practicum interns have commented on the “family like” and supportive atmosphere.
It is staffed by fourteen senior clinical staff (including psychologists and staff therapists), four doctoral interns from programs nationwide, four psychometrists, and four administrative staff. (Staff profiles) The Counseling and Testing Center is student fee funded and strives to be responsive to all student needs from a multicultural, community mental health model.

How do I Get More Information on the Practicum Program?

For more information contact Liz Asta at 541-346-3227. To apply please send your current vita, cover letter expressing why you would like to do a practicum at UCTC, along with three references to the UO Counseling Center, 1590 E. 13th, Eugene, OR 97403-1280. Selection will begin in April 2014.