Psychology Practicum Training Program

Psychology Practicum Training Program

The University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center (UCC) offers a part-time, 9-month psychology practicum training program. The practicum experience is designed to build on the foundation of psychology students’ prior training in their academic programs, offering a developmental-practitioner model emphasizing our valuing a developmental perspective in the formation of our professional identities as psychologists. The psychology practicum training is viewed as an apprenticeship, in which students learn via a combination of supervised practice, consultation, and observation of the doctoral interns, practicing psychologists and other mental health professional staff clinicians. Values of diversity, equity, and inclusion guide provision of services and training.
 
The UCC staff represents a multicultural group of professionals, including senior staff (Psychologists, Clinical Counselors, Social Workers, and LMFT), doctoral psychology interns and practicum students, social work interns, clinical counseling interns, and support staff. Practicum interns are considered an integral part of the Center and are included in all operations of the UCC. Clinical service and training are given high priorities, with room for practicum interns to pursue projects of particular interest to them.
 
The UCC is a department within the Division of Student Affairs, with a mission of providing high quality services and programs that foster the academic and personal development, as well as the psychological well-being, of Pitt’s diverse student body. The UCC is housed on the second floor of Nordenberg Hall, within the University Health and Wellness Center and has the capacity to be fully remote regarding services and training as needed.   This program will begin with onboarding and orientation training at the beginning of August 2021. There will also be opportunities for further professional development training throughout the semester as well once the fall academic semester concludes. The overall emphasis of the experience will be advanced clinical psychology training.
 

Clinical Experience

This internship involves supervised direct service of counseling (individual, relationship, and group), workshops, and psychoeducational outreach activities. Practicum interns participate in orientation, staff meetings, team building meetings, drop-in services and crisis appointments.

This program is designed to meet the needs of doctoral psychology graduate students seeking intense supervised training in clinical psychology with college students with diverse concerns from multicultural backgrounds.

Preferences will be given to candidates who have a desire for a clinical career path and want the challenges and rewards of a rigorous clinical placement. Some clinical experience and related course work are preferred, as the candidate will begin providing clinical services after the orientation process concludes in August.

Multidisciplinary Training Experience

We are dedicated to training professional psychologists and view training as an essential component of the UCC. We have a multidisciplinary training group of psychology, social work, and counseling students. Practicum students have an excellent opportunity to learn about the practice of therapy, as well as the importance of the clinician's understanding of self.

The number of psychology practicum positions will vary each year. Currently up to 4 positions are available for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Application Requirements

Requested application materials consist of:

  1. Current CV or resume
  2. Two essays
    1. Statement of Interest (1-2 pages double spaced): Your statement should express your interest in training at our site and include a discussion of your relevant coursework and work experiences that make you a good candidate for our training program.
    2. Training Goals and Expectations (1-2 pages double spaced): Please discuss your training goals, interests, and expectations for your training year while also highlighting your commitment to serving our students through a lens of cultural humility with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  3. Two letters of reference, one of which is to be from a current or recent clinical supervisor.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send applications to, or for further questions contact:
Heather Arment, LCSW, BC-TMH
Lead Clinician – Masters Training Program
armenth@pitt.edu

The University Counseling Center is a department within the Division of Student Affairs. The University of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Application Process/Contact

Applications for Fall 2021 placement are accepted on a rolling basis until all available positions are filled.
 
The Psychology Practicum Intern Selection Committee adheres to the following selection process:

  1. The committee will review all completed applications submitted on a rolling basis and offer interviews to chosen candidates in a timely manner.
  2. The candidates selected for the internship will be contacted by phone. All other applicants will receive a letter of appreciation from the Intern Selection Committee.