The UT Dallas Student Counseling Center offers practicum training for current graduate students majoring in counseling or clinical psychology. The Practicum Program comprises two semesters, beginning in August and concluding in May (Fall & Spring semesters, consecutively).

Student Counseling Center

The primary emphasis of the Student Counseling Center is to provide clinical services and community programming to assist university students in achieving the well-being necessary for success. The staff culture at the center is warm and collegial, with a strong commitment to multiculturalism and an open door policy to afford opportunities for trainees to consult with our multidisciplinary staff, including our psychiatric staff. The Student Counseling Center is also home to an APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship in Psychology, which includes three interns..

Training Model and Philosophy

The Student Counseling Center is committed to intensive supervision and to the furthering of trainees' personal and professional growth. The training curriculum follows a developmental relational model that is specialized to the needs of each trainee. Areas of focus for training will include clinical and case conceptualization skills, multicultural competency, professional clinical documentation, formal case presentations, multidisciplinary collaboration, professional identity development, and enhancing self-awareness as a therapist.

Practicum Activities

Services provided by Practicum Trainees include:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Initial Evaluations
  • Group Therapy (Psychoeducational and mid-semester group in Fall; Process Group in Spring)
  • Educational Programs and Outreach Presentations
  • Consultation
  • Psychiatric referrals

Typical Week

  • Direct Service/Client Contact*:
  • Individual: 8 hours
  • Initial Evaluation: 1 hour
  • Group: 1.5 hours
  • Individual Supervision**: 1 hour (minimum)
  • Initial Evaluation Supervision**: 1/2 hour (fall, varies in spring semester)
  • Group Supervision: 1.5 hours
  • Supervision of Group Therapy: 1/2 hour
  • Training: 1 hour
  • Administrative: 5 hours
  • Outreach: Varies by week

Total =20 hours

* Direct services hours include provision of individual therapy, group therapy, intakes, and outreach.
** Supervision will be conducted by senior staff in the Fall and by Doctoral Interns who are supervised by licensed psychologists in the Spring semester.

Unique Training Environment

UT Dallas is diverse in the ethnicity of its American students and the variety of countries represented by its international students. International students come from over 90 countries and represent nearly a quarter of the student body. Other facts:

  • Student population of 27,000
  • White (36%), International (23%), Asian-American (19%), Hispanic/Latinx (12%), African-American (5%), Unknown/Other (2%), Two or More Races (3%), Native American (0.2%), Native Hawaiian (0.1%)
  • Undergraduate 62%, Graduate 38%
  • Full time 75%, Part time 25%
  • Freshman retention rate of 88%
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Application Procedure

A complete application includes:

  • Cover letter stating your interest in training at UT Dallas and expressing your goals and sense of fit with our training model/philosophy. The letter should also include confirmation of your completion of prerequisite courses including: ethics, pre-practicum counseling skills and theories of psychotherapy.
  • A curriculum vita describing educational and employment experiences.
  • The names of three references.

Please check back for updated application deadlines for the 2019-2020 training year.

All inquiries and Applications should be directed to: Dr. Erin Schrader, Practicum Training Coordinator via email at [email protected] (preferred) or call 972-883-2575.