Practicum Training Program

About the Counseling Center

Eckerd College Counseling 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.

Counseling Services celebrates and affirms individual differences, and embraces a definition of diversity. Our commitment to serve the Eckerd College 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.

The Office of Counseling Services includes the director, part-time therapists, and the office manager. We work closely with Eckerd’s Director of Outreach Services and Health Promotion, Office of Residence Life, The Center for Academic Excellence and Health Services through collaborative relationships.

2017-18 Dates

Monday, August 7, 2017 – Friday, May 25, 2018

  • Orientation
    August 7 – 18, 2017, with scheduled hours attended by all practicum students. Please do not plan events away from the area during these weeks.
  • Winter Break
    December 16, 2017 – January 1, 2018, practicum students are not required to work during the college’s closure.

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 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 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 one presentation each semester, not including Autumn Term.
  • Supervision: 1 hour per week and as needed.
    • 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.

Eckerd College Counseling 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.