Practicum Training Program
About Eckerd College
Eckerd College, founded in 1958, is a private, coeducational, selective college of liberal arts and sciences with a residential population of 1,800 students representing 43 states and 35 countries. Located on 188 acres of waterfront property in St. Petersburg, Eckerd is known distinctively for majors in marine science, environmental studies, international relations and global affairs, creative writing and management. Eckerd is known for the high percentage of its students who study abroad, and the 40% of each graduating class who go on to pursue advanced degrees. Eckerd is one of only 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives. Learn more about the Eckerd experience at www.eckerd.edu/about/index.php.
About the Counseling Center
Eckerd College Counseling and Accessible Education Services is a department within the Student Affairs Division of the College with a mission to provide high quality mental health, consultative, support and prevention services that promote personal growth. We also ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to educational and co-curricular opportunities. By receiving accessible and cost-effective services in the college setting, students enhance their problem solving and decision-making skills. Services focus not just on remediating illness, but also support wellness, self-efficacy, optimism and the development of mind, body, and spirit.
In addition to serving the Eckerd Community, Counseling Services provides psychological services to the students of Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, about 15 minutes from the Eckerd campus. Stetson Law School is Florida’s first law school, founded in 1900, and currently enrolls over 1,075 full- and part-time law students.
Counseling Services celebrates and affirms individual differences, and embraces a definition of diversity that includes ethnic/racial identity, sexual orientation, age, sex, religious beliefs, socioeconomic status, gender identity, nationality, body shape/size and differences in physical ability. Our commitment to serve the Eckerd College and Stetson Law School Communities is built on the value of a pluralistic and multicultural environment that affirms the uniqueness and potential of individuals and promotes social justice for all persons.
Counseling Services has four full-time employees: a director, staff psychologist, staff psychotherapist and office manager. We also work closely with Eckerd’s Director of Outreach Services and Health Promotion, Office of Residence Life, The Center for Innovative Learning and Health Services through collaborative relationships. Counseling and AES’ homepage is www.eckerd.edu/counselinghealth/index.php.
Counseling Services is committed to the growth and development of new professionals in clinical and counseling psychology. Practicum students are integral members of the clinical team, providing vital services to Eckerd students in a collaborative and team-oriented environment, helping advance the mission of the department. The professional staff has a diverse set of theoretical approaches, including psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, solutions-focused and systems theory. Since each person and group is unique, so are the skills required to meet their needs. Psychological theory is not static or one-size-fits-all; meaningful change is accomplished through an integration of views and perspectives brought together for the benefit of those wanting to experience something different in their lives.
Behavioral health services include more than just individual psychotherapy, and Counseling Services’ training philosophy extends to other modalities. We strive to train developing mental health professionals in varying interventions that support human development. To that end, practicum students provide a wide range of services to the Eckerd community, including intake assessments, individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, trainings and workshops/presentations.
Consistent, quality supervision is essential to professional development. In both group and individual supervision, practicum students are expected to explore both the application of psychological concepts, and their own process of growth and development. Becoming a competent mental health professional is more than just acquiring skills; it requires a holistic integration of abilities that includes personal competencies, ethics and professional behavior that produce individuals with integrity and compassion.
Practicum Student Responsibilities
Practicum students are required to be on-site 20 hours per week during the academic year. Schedules are determined at the beginning of each academic semester, and are based on a 7.5 hour work day. Hours missed due to illness or personal responsibilities are expected to be made up.
- Client Hours: 10-12 per week
Practicum students are expected to co-facilitate at least one psychotherapy group during the practicum year.
- Outreach Prep/Presentation: 2 hours per week as needed.
Practicum students are required to make at least two presentations each semester, not including Autumn Term.
- Supervision: 3 hours per week and as needed.
Group Supervision & Case Consultation: 2 hours per week.
Individual Supervision: minimum 1 hour per week.
- Administrative tasks: 3 hours per week (more as necessary).
Administrative Tasks include clinical paperwork and assisting with front desk office duties.
- Professional Development: Up to 2 hours per week.
Eckerd College Counseling and Accessible Education Services maintains an association with the Clinical Psychology Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program at The Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Tampa, and adheres to the Florida School of Professional Psychology Clinical Training Manual in working with practicum students.
Prospective practicum students from other programs and institutions should contact the Director of Counseling Services for information on applying for practicum training.
Practicum Dates for 2015-2016: Monday, August 3, 2015 – Friday, May 27, 2016
Orientation dates are August 3 - 14, and scheduled hours must be attended by all practicum students. Please do not plan events away from the area during these weeks.
Practicum students are not required to work during the college's closure for Winter Break: December 11, 2015 - January 3, 2016.
Counseling Services Staff
Meet the staff of Counseling Services by clicking here.