Office of Student Life

Counseling and Consultation Service

Counseling Practicum

Welcome! We are so pleased you are interested in our Counseling Practicum. Practicum is an important step in your training as it often serves as your first foray into observing and providing clinical services.  All staff at CCS take the responsibility and privilege of being involved in your training seriously and are committed to ensuring a challenging and high quality training experience.

Mark Sampson, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Director of Training

Overview of the Practicum Program

Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) provides practicum experiences for first year students seeking master’s degrees in the Counselor Education Program. In alignment with the degree timeline, the CCS Practicum will be offered each spring semester. A maximum of five positions are available each Spring.  Students must have completed all prerequisite coursework as outlined in the Ohio State Counselor Education Practicum and Internship Manual, as well as have approval by the Counselor Education faculty member in charge of practicum.

Our practicum’s primary emphasis is the provision of supervised training in mental health counseling. The program is designed to meet the needs of students who are seeking supervised training in clinical work with college students with diverse concerns from multicultural backgrounds. Practicum students will also receive training in clinical case consultation, various psychotherapy techniques and approaches and multicultural issues in therapy. 

What Will You Get from the Program?

  • Experiences providing therapy for college students with diverse concerns from multicultural backgrounds (e.g., students of color, international students, LGBTQ+ students)
  • Experiences in working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Exposure to various psychotherapy approaches and techniques (e.g., interpersonal approach, psychodynamic, person centered, CBT, mindfulness-based approaches)
  • Introduction to case management skills, clinical consultation skills and skills in coordination of care with other providers and/or campus partners
  • Training on multicultural issues in therapy

Length of the Practicum

Practicum students make a commitment of approximately 10 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks (total of 100 hours). Approximately five hours per week must be in direct face-to-face contact with clients.

Primary Components of the Practicum

  • 5 hours per week providing or shadowing clinical services
  • 1 hour of weekly individual supervision (with a doctoral psychology intern/clinical fellow at CCS)
  • Individual supervision sessions as needed with the intern’s supervisor
  • 1-2 hours of group supervision/didactic trainings per week (Practicum Seminar), facilitated by a licensed counselor 
  • 1-2 hours of paperwork/session preparation/administration
  • Orientation and “check-in” meetings with the practicum coordinator as needed 

Opportunities That Are Optional, If Available

  • 1.5 hours per week process-observing group therapy
    • 0.5 hour per week in supervision with group therapy facilitators
  • Observing CCS Drop-In Workshops (offered daily Monday-Friday)
  • Observing CCS outreach programs presented by CCS staff and/or advanced trainees

Additional Training Information

  • Training at CCS is enhanced by digital recording capabilities installed in each clinician’s office.
  • Practicum students will be given a common office to work together and learn from one another.
  • CCS offers agency-wide trainings multiple times per year. Experts in the field are often invited to provide cutting edge trainings in mental health topics. Practicum students are invited to these trainings when available and as their schedules allow.

Requirements

  • Enrollment in the Ohio State Counselor Education master’s program
  • Completion of all prerequisites as outlined in the Ohio State Counselor Education Practicum and Internship Manual, as well as have approval by the Counselor Education faculty member in charge of practicum
  • Good standing within your academic program 

Application Process

Interested candidates, please submit the following materials by October 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

  • Letter of interest addressing your interest in the practicum, your training goals for the practicum and your long-term professional goals
  • Updated resume or vitae 

Interviews

Qualified candidates will be invited for an in-person interview and will occur in the fall semester.

Ideal Candidates

Students who are a “good fit” for our practicum program are those who display interest in training/supervision from varied perspectives and worldviews, multicultural humility and openness, creativity, and a commitment to growth as a clinician. Prospective practicum students should also demonstrate a willingness for self-reflection and being challenged within a supportive environment.

Send your application and direct your questions to:

Amy Young, MSW, LISW-S
Assistant Director, Training
Counseling and Consultation Service
Office of Student Life
4th floor, Younkin Success Center
1640 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201
E-Mail: young.2532@osu.edu
Telephone: (614) 292-5766
Fax: (614) 688-3440

The Ohio State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Updated 9-22-2021