Training Activities

MA in Counseling Practicum/Internship Training Activities

Practicum students and Interns provide service, receive supervision and participate in meetings and seminars throughout the training program(s).  Services are community-embedded; meaning they are provided at our community partner sites.  Community partner sites are grouped into thematic rotations.  Current rotations include: Primary Care, Forensic, School-Based, and Community Mental Health.

MA in Counseling Practicum Training Activities

The MA in Counseling consists of one semester, of 15-20 hour weekly supervised site experience. Students must accrue at least 100 hours of counseling experience: a minimum of 40 direct service hours and 60 indirect hours.

Direct hours consist of contact with clients such as: intake assessment, individual and group counseling, couple/ family counseling, career counseling, case management directly with clients, and psycho-educational groups with clients.

Indirect hours consist of interaction that is not directly with clients, such as: orientation training, case conferences without the client, report writing, community work, administrative meetings, preparation, individual and group supervision, consulting with peers and faculty, and case management such as networking and seeking resources for clients. 

Service

  • The extern will spend 16 hours per week (2 eight-hour days) performing individual, couple, family, and/or group psychotherapy, consultation, and/or psycho-education services.
  • 6 to 10 of those hours will be direct service
  • Activities will be conducted at one of more of ACHS' community-embedded training partners

Supervision

  • Individual Supervision with a supervising psychologist - 1 hour weekly
  • Individual Supervision with an intern supervisor - 1 hour weekly
  • Group Site Supervision  

Didactic Training

  • Therapy Didactic  -  1 hour weekly
  • Therapy Case Conference  -  1 hour weekly 

MA in Counseling Internship Training Activities

Internship is a continuation of the Practicum field experience to prepare counselors-in-training for a career in Counseling. The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) defines internship as a supervised “capstone” clinical experience in which the student refines and enhances basic counseling or student development knowledge and skills. The student integrates and authenticates professional knowledge and skills appropriate to his or her program and initial, postgraduate professional placement.

The MA in Counseling Internship is a 16- 20 hour weekly, 6 months long supervised experience during which the student must accrue at least 600 hours of counseling experience: a minimum of 240 direct service hours (5-10 being group counseling hours) and 360 indirect hours. Internship generally occurs at the same site as practicum. 

The internship experience is an opportunity for the student to continue to practice and demonstrate advanced skills in diagnosis and assessment, relationship and rapport building, counseling interventions and treatment, and case conceptualization.  Additionally, internship students will represent themselves as an integrative member of a site, and demonstrate socially responsible practice and professional collaboration with other mental health professionals and providers. 

Service

  • The extern will spend 16 hours per week (2 eight-hour days) performing individual, couple, family, and/or group psychotherapy, consultation, and/or psycho-education services.
  • 6 to 10 of those hours will be direct service
  • Activities will be conducted at one of more of ACHS' community-embedded training partners

Supervision

  • Individual Supervision with a supervising psychologist - 1 hour weekly
  • Individual Supervision with an intern supervisor - 1 hour weekly
  • Group Site Supervision  

Didactic Training

  • Therapy Didactic  -  1 hour weekly
  • Therapy Case Conference  -  1 hour weekly

Supervision for Practica and Internship Training Programs

Each extern is assigned one licensed clinical supervisor.  The extern will meet one hour per week for supervision with this supervisor.  The extern’s primary supervisor (Preceptor) is responsible for all of the student-clinician’s psychotherapy cases. The licensed clinical supervisor of a case is the legal and ethical owner of the case.  Student-clinicians may seek consultation with another licensed clinical supervisor or faculty member of Adler University (if case information is properly de-identified), but all clinical decisions are the responsibility of the ACHS licensed clinical supervisor.

The student-clinician should make every effort to audio record therapy sessions in order to meet the ACHS and academic program standards.  After the supervisor reviews the recorded session, the extern will erase the session.  Session recordings are only permissible with informed consent.  Digital tape recorders are provided for each extern.

In addition to the assigned licensed clinical supervisor, each student-clinician will meet with an assigned intern supervisor from the Doctor in Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program to provide secondary supervision. The Psy.D. intern is also in training for supervision and will receive supervision on supervision by the Director of Training.

Core Clinical Training Team

  • Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D., Executive Director
  • Mary Pfeiffer, Ph.D., Director of Training
  • Christine Beecroft, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of Community Mental Health Services
  • Joel D. Carnazzo, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of Primary Care Services
  • Kelley McKeever, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of School-Based Services
  • Melanie Mitchell, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist
  • Maryah Qureshi, LMFT, Coordinator of Child & Family Program
  • Jennifer Schmidt, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of Forensic Services