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Student Life

Advanced Therapy Practicum

Thank you for your interest in the Advanced Therapy Practicum in the Health and Wellness Center at Lake Forest College.  

We wish you well during your practicum search process. We hope that you will give the Lake Forest College Health and Wellness Center your consideration as you work to identify potential training sites. A brief description of the advanced practicum training program can be found below. The advanced practicum program brochure (see link on the right hand side of the page to access the pdf) contains a more detailed description of our program.

Please note that applications for the 2019-2020 practicum year are due by 4pm on Friday February 15, 2019.  If you have any questions, please call (847) 735-5240.

Health and Wellness Center

Located in Buchanan Hall on the College’s South Campus, the Health and Wellness Center includes counseling services, health services, and wellness promotion. The Health and Wellness Center supports the college’s mission to promote an exceptional student experience that celebrates personal growth by providing prevention-focused, accessible, and high quality health care and counseling for a diverse student population. The Health and Wellness Center’s mission is to encourage behaviors that eliminate or change barriers to learning and promote optimal physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and community wellness through a collaborative team approach. Trainees will have the opportunity to develop programs and workshops that support this mission.

A core component of the Health and Wellness Center’s mission is the promotion and affirmation of our community diversity in its broadest sense. We recognize that a diverse community enriches our campus and enhances opportunities for human understanding, both of which contribute to the learning environment for all. The Health and Wellness Center has a strong commitment to meeting the needs of diverse people. In all clinical, assessment, training, program, and outreach services we strive to create an environment where all people feel welcome and respected. As a staff, we attempt to facilitate mutual respect and understanding among people of diverse racial, ethnic, and national backgrounds, gender identities, sexual identities, mental and physical abilities, languages, classes, ages, religious/spiritual beliefs, and socioeconomic backgrounds as well as other types of diversity. We strive to nurture environments where similarities and differences among people are recognized, respected, and honored.

The program brochure contains additional information about Lake Forest College and the Health and Wellness Center’s clientele.

About The Advanced Therapy Practicum

The advanced therapy practicum at the Lake Forest College Health and Wellness Center is intended for Clinical and/or Counseling Psychology doctoral students who have previously completed a therapy practicum (Master’s or Doctoral) or those who have experience in counseling through employment. In addition, preference will be given to applicants with experience and/or interest in conducting outreach programming and university/college counseling.

The advanced practicum begins Monday, August 19, 2019, and ends on Friday, May 22, 2020.  Orientation begins on August 19, 2019. Following orientation, each trainee will begin their specific schedule negotiated with the Coordinator of Clinical Training. Trainees are expected to be on-site for 22 work hours each week over 2.5 days.  The Health and Wellness Center closes at noon for a one-hour lunch each day, during which time there are no clinical activities.

Each week, practicum therapists will have 11-12 direct service hours with therapy clients: 8-9 hours of individual clients; intake/triage assessment (2 hours), walk-in crisis hour (1 hour) and risk assessment/crisis management (as needed). The required training time is Tuesday 8:30am – 12pm, in order to participate in meetings and seminars. Practicum therapists will have 45 hours of personal leave time during the course of the training year, in addition to College holidays.

Throughout the practicum, trainees must be actively engaged in either a clinical seminar or individual supervision in their clinical or counseling psychology doctoral program. Prior to seeing clients, each trainee must provide written proof of coverage under an occurrence-based, professional liability insurance policy with $1,000,000/$3,000,000 minimum limits, that is to be maintained throughout the practicum contract.

Training Philosophy

The training program at Lake Forest College’s Health and Wellness Center utilizes a practitioner-scholar training model intended to facilitate and contribute to the growth of emerging psychologists. The purpose of the advanced practicum is to provide a supervised experience that focuses on developing strong clinical and professional skills. The program combines experiential clinical practice, outreach programming, and supervision, all informed by research and theory, towards the overarching goal of furthering trainee development into multiculturally competent and ethical generalist practitioners.

All activities and experiences are conducted under continuous and intensive supervision to foster the development of more skills throughout this process.  Training and supervision have a developmental focus and are collaborative in nature, emphasizing each trainee’s unique strengths, goals, and areas for growth. 

Trainees are assessed individually regarding their clinical skills, stage of professional development, and the unique talents and needs they possess. At the beginning of the year, trainees are asked to indicate their areas of strength and growth as well as establish goals for the year.  This information then serves as a guide during the extensive supervision and training supports offered in the Health and Wellness Center. 

The Health and Wellness Center is staffed by three full time clinical psychologists, two doctoral psychology interns, two nurse practitioners, a patient care technician, and a department assistant.  Counseling staff have expertise in a range of theoretical orientations including psychodynamic, client-centered, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, developmental, family systems, and multicultural/feminist. Our training staff is collaborative, collegial, professional, and committed to the training of students.  Please see the program brochure or the Meet Our Staff page for additional information about the clinical supervisors.

Clinical Experience

Practicum therapists will gain experience working with a diverse traditional-aged college client population across many domains including presenting problems, acuity, socioeconomic, cultural, racial and religious backgrounds and sexual orientations; and educational and career interests.

Clinical experiences during the course of the practicum include:

  • Brief individual therapy (6-8 sessions)
  • Long-term individual therapy (2 clients)
  • Potential for couples and/or psycho-educational group
  • Comprehensive intake and triage assessment
  • Crisis intervention (with supervision)
  • Case management and referral
  • Consultation to students, faculty and staff
Outreach, Consultation, and Collaboration

Trainees will have the opportunity to collaborate with other members of the Lake Forest community by providing outreach and consultation. The Health and Wellness Center staff offers programs and services through a variety of formats, including workshops, seminars, tabling events, and social media interventions. The content of the wellness programs and services varies depending upon the needs of the College community and trainee skills and interests. Some of these programs may take place during evening or weekend hours.

Trainees will participate in a regularly scheduled Resilience seminar. As trainees select their outreach projects, they receive consultation, support and guidance on these projects. Practicum therapists are encouraged to use time outside of seminar to work individually with the Community Wellness Coordinator, Doctoral Interns, undergraduate Wellness Peer Educators, or fellow practicum therapists as needed.

Advanced practicum outreach expectations include:

  • Creation of original outreach projects on the topic of resiliency
  • Development of at least six outreach programs in the training year (3 in the Fall and 3 in the Spring)
  • Assistance with other programming as requested

Additional outreach, consultation, and collaboration opportunities include:

  • Developing and presenting seminars or workshops
  • Orientation activities for new students and international students
  • Collaboration with other departments in the Office of Student Affairs
  • Sexual responsibility, healthy eating behaviors, and alcohol and drug harm reduction programming

Trainees will also have the opportunity to provide formal and informal consultation to staff, faculty, and students.Consultation can focus on assessment of the needs of a student and/or support for the consultee in best supporting the student. Consultation with family members and outside providers is also often an important element of psychotherapy or case management with clients.

Due to the integrated nature of the Health and Wellness Center as both the primary health and counseling clinic on campus, interdisciplinary collaboration is a daily occurrence for interns. This collaboration will happen both formally and informally. Opportunities may also exist to build relationships with other professionals across campus, as well as additional opportunities for collaboration on outreach, campus events, and meeting student needs.

Supervision and Training Support

Individual Supervision: Each practicum therapist will receive up to two hours weekly of individual supervision. One hour of supervision will be provided by a licensed clinical psychologist who will serve as the trainee’s primary supervisor. An additional hour of supervision will be provided by a doctoral intern, who will serve as a secondary supervisor. Therapy sessions will be video/audio recorded, and recordings will be reviewed in supervision. At various points throughout the year, it is expected that trainees will have significant interaction, mentoring, and supervision from all licensed clinical psychologists and doctoral interns. Content of supervision will vary according to trainee needs and may include emphasis on assessment, therapy and session recording review, theory, ethics, and other relevant topics.

Orientation: Trainees will begin the year by participating in a training orientation. Orientation is focused on the key theoretical, technical, ethical, multicultural and diagnostic issues that relate to the delivery of mental health services in a college setting. The orientation is also designed to help trainees adjust to the training year and provide information about the practicum experience and the operations of the Health and Wellness Center.

Case Consultation: Trainees and supervisors (including interns and staff supervisors) rotate case presentations during this weekly, two-hour group supervision.  It is designed to complement each trainee’s individual supervision. Practicum therapists will have the opportunity to provide constructive feedback to fellow staff and interns and develop their oral, written, and case conceptualization skills during the course of the group supervision. Case consultation occurs weekly for 2 hours each week.

Resilience Seminar: This 1-hour seminar meets regularly and focuses on how to develop effective wellness programs, with an emphasis on programming that encourages resiliency, self-care, and fostering student engagement in the college experience. Trainees are required to develop and implement at least six outreach programs in the training year (3 in the Fall and 3 in the Spring) and assist with other programs as requested. They receive consultation, support and guidance on these projects in this seminar.

Sample Schedule
 

Trainees are expected to be on-site for 22 work hours each week over a period of 3 days. A typical practicum therapist work week can be expected to appear similar to the breakdown below. Please note that specific activities and allocation of hours may vary by times of the year.  Occasional evening and weekend time may also be required for outreach programming. As previously noted, Tuesday 8:30am-12pm is the required training time. The remainder each trainee’s schedule will be negotiated with the Coordinator of Clinical Training.

Activity

Hours Per Week

Intake/Triage Assessment

2

Individual Therapy

8

Crisis Hour Coverage

1

Outreach Programming

1

Supervision with Licensed Clinical Psychologist

1

Supervision with Doctoral Intern

1

Case Consultation (Group Supervision

2

Resilience Seminar/Outreach Preparation

1

Administrative Time

2

Lunch

3

How to Apply

In accordance with ACEPT guidelines, applications will be accepted beginning February 1, 2019. Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, February 15, 2019.

 To apply, please send the following materials by e-mail to healthandwellness@mx.lakeforest.edu. All materials should be included in one e-mail:

  • Cover letter including the reasons you seek an externship at HWC
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from a clinical supervisor

 Applications may be directed to:

Kasey Schultz-Saindon, Ph.D.
Lake Forest College
Health & Wellness Center
Buchanan Hall, Room 137
555 N Sheridan Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Application procedures will be in adherence with ACEPT guidelines. For additional information about ACEPT guidelines and important dates for the current application year, please see the ACEPT website. Important deadlines to make note of:

Friday, February 15, 2019: Application deadline
Friday, March 1, 2019: Date by which applicants will be notified of interview offers
Friday, March 22, 2019: Pre-Notification Date
Monday, March 25, 2019: Notification Day (Applicants will be emailed offers on this date beginning at 9am. Applicants will be able to hold an offer for up to one hour).  

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kasey Schultz-Saindon at 847-735-5241 or schultzsaindon@lakeforest.edu.