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 contains a more detailed description of our program.

Please note that applications for the 2023-2024 practicum year are due by 4pm on Friday, February 10, 2023.  If you have any questions, please call (847) 735-5240 or email


Advanced Therapy Practicum Brochure

ACEPT Website

About the 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. Interns will have the opportunity to develop programs and workshops that support this mission.  

The Health and Wellness Center seeks to provide culturally competent clinical services, outreach, and supervision/training and to promote and affirm the diversity of our community. We strive to create an environment where all people feel recognized and respected and where student, trainee, and staff identities are supported and celebrated. As a staff, we attempt to facilitate mutual respect and understanding among people of diverse racial, ethnic, national, and socioeconomic backgrounds, gender identities, sexual identities, mental and physical abilities, languages, classes, ages, and religious/spiritual beliefs. We recognize that systems, and the individuals within them, cannot be considered healthy while oppression and marginalization maintain power imbalances and inequality within them.  Therefore, our commitment to mental health is also a commitment to advocate against oppression in all of its forms.

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 Thursday, August 10, 2023, and ends on Friday, May 17, 2024.  Following a two -week orientationperiod, each trainee will begin their specific schedule negotiated with the Coordinator of Clinical Training. Trainees are expected to be on-site for 22.5 working hours each week over 3 days.  The Health and Wellness Center closes at noon for a one-hour lunch each day, during which time there are no clinical activities.

During a typical training year, practicum therapists are expected to have 11-12 direct service hours with therapy clients per week: 8-10 hours of individual clients; intake assessment (1-2 hours), drop-in crisis hour or Let’s Talk coverage (1 hour) and risk assessment/crisis management (as needed). Practicum therapists also are expected to provide intervention via outreach programming. The required training time is Tuesdays 8:30am – 12:00pm, in order to participate in meetings and seminars. Practicum therapists will be given 45 hours of personal leave time during the course of the training year, in addition to College holidays and a 3 week break during the College’s Winter Break.

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 Counseling Services 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 (average of 7 sessions)
  • Long-term individual therapy (2 clients)
  • Outcome assessment utilizing the CCAPS (Counseling Center Assessment of Psychological Symptoms)
  • Potential for providing a psychoeducational group and/or observation of a process group
  • Intake assessment
  • Crisis assessment and intervention (with supervision)
  • Case management and referral
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 Community Psychology and Outreach Seminar, with specific focus on generating outreach designed to foster resilience among the Lake Forest College population. As trainees select their outreach projects, they receive consultation, support and guidance. 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 and healthy relationships, 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 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. Didactic trainings during this period are focused on orienting practicum therapists to the policies, clientele, presenting concerns, and setting of an integrated health and counseling center 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 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 1.5 hours each week, and is paired with a 30-minute counseling staff meeting for announcements/updates and case disposition when the center is operating on a waitlist.

Community Psychology and Outreach Seminar: This 1-hour seminar meets three times per month 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.

Multicultural Seminar: This 1-hour seminar meets three times per month and includes the advanced practicum therapists and the doctoral interns. Advanced practicum therapists can expect to increase their awareness and knowledge of diversity issues in their clinical work and their personal development during this seminar.  The focus is on enhancing and increasing core diversity competency skills to promote multicultural competence. The seminar is based on the understanding that we are all multicultural beings who bring multiple identities to the counseling relationship. In the seminar, interns can expect to grow in their awareness of their own intersecting identities, explore reactions and assumptions regarding cultural identities, increase knowledge of how a client’s and therapist’s identities may impact the clinical work, and facilitate a deepening of competence when intervening with clients. 

Practicum Check-InOnce a month the advanced practicum therapists meet with the Coordinator of Clinical Training for a more formal check-in time. Topics of discussion can range from addressing logistical questions, to processing the internship application process, to discussing developmental concerns.  This is designed to be a space to check in and process the development and needs of the practicum therapists and address any issues that arise.

Sample Schedule

Trainees are expected to be on-site for 22.5 work hours each week over a period of 3 days. The Health and Wellness Center is open from 8:30am-5:00pm and closes for one hour for lunch each day. 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-12:00pm is the required training time. The remainder each trainee’s schedule will be negotiated with the Coordinator of Clinical Training.


Hours Per Week

Intake/Triage Assessment


Individual Therapy


Crisis Hour Coverage


Outreach Programming


Supervision with Licensed Clinical Psychologist


Supervision with Doctoral Intern


Case Consultation (Group Supervision)


Counseling Staff Meeting/Disposition


Community Psychology & Outreach Seminar


Multicultural Seminar


Administrative Time


Adjustments to Training During Covid-19

As with all training programs, the Lake Forest College advanced practicum program has had to make adjustments to training during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that potential applicants may wish to understand the adjustments that were made and how training could be affected in the event that additional adjustment is required in the future due to this pandemic. 

Lake Forest College’s responses and policy changes due to the pandemic are viewable on the Lake Forest Coronavirus Information page.

In mid-March 2020, the College’s courses transitioned to remote learning and most students were required to leave campus. For the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester and the entirety of the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters, Lake Forest College courses continued to be fully remote. All Health and Wellness Center staff, including interns, were working fully remotely during this time, with counseling services provided by telehealth. For Spring 2021, students were able to choose to return to campus or remain fully remote, and courses offered were a mix of in-person and remote courses. Counseling services continued to be fully remote through Summer 2021.

Lake Forest College courses returned to being held in-person in Fall 2021, and Health and Wellness Center staff returned to working on campus as of August 2021, with the entire campus shifting to remote work/classes during higher risk times (3 weeks during January 2022). In the 2021-2022 academic year, counseling services offered a combination of telehealth and in-person therapy with attention paid to safety and risk levels for Health and Wellness Staff members.

During the 2022-2023 academic year, Health and Wellness Center staff are expected to be primarily on campus and students have the option to schedule telehealth or in-person therapy. Masks are no longer required on campus, but staff, faculty, and students can require masks in spaces that they are in charge of. As of October 2022, masks are still required in the Health and Wellness Center, except when an individual is alone in their office and if a therapist and client both consent to meeting in person unmasked. All Lake Forest College students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, including a primary series and a booster shot. Individuals who qualify may apply for medical or religious exemptions. Please see the Coronavirus Information page for more details or to answer additional questions.

How to Apply

In accordance with ACEPT guidelines, applications will be accepted beginning Friday, January 27, 2023. Applications are due by 4pm on Friday, February 10, 2023.

To apply, please send the following materials by e-mail to All materials should be included in one e-mail:

  • Cover letter describing your interest in the advanced practicum at the Health and Wellness Center
  • 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
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 10, 2023: Application deadline
Monday, March 6, 2023: Date by which applicants will be notified of interview offers
Friday, March 24, 2023: Pre-Notification Day
Monday, March 27, 2023: 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).
Wednesday, March 29, 2023: Clearinghouse process begins, and applications are accepted again if a position remains open

For additional information, please contact the Health & Wellness Center at 847-735-5240,, or

Diversity and Non-Discrimination Policy

The Lake Forest College Health and Wellness Center strongly values diversity and is committed to providing an equitable, inclusive, and safe environment for each trainee to learn and grow.  Consistent with the American Psychological Association’s charge that “professional psychology training programs strive to ensure that psychology trainees demonstrate acceptable levels of knowledge, skills, and awareness to work effectively with diverse individuals”, one of the core goals of the training program is the development of respect and understanding of all types of human diversity. This competency requires not only knowledge and skills but also strong awareness of oneself as a cultural being. 

Development of such self-awareness and integration into each trainee’s professional identity and practice requires a safe and supportive environment in which to examine one’s own identities and related values, beliefs, and biases that potentially impact encounters with others.  The training program makes every effort to create and sustain such a safe and supportive environment, and Health and Wellness Center staff actively advocate for policies and procedures that advance an inclusive and equitable environment for all the diverse members of the campus community.  The College similarly is committed to supporting and promoting respect for diversity and preventing any discrimination towards students, faculty or staff, as demonstrated in the official non-discrimination policy:

Lake Forest College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by law in matters of admissions, employment, housing, or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates.

Lake Forest College complies with federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination based on the protected categories listed above, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex (including sexual misconduct) in the College’s educational programs and activities.

Lake Forest College provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants, students, and employees with disabilities and to individuals who are pregnant.

Any inquires or concerns with respect to sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, or Title IX may be directed to LaShun McGhee, Title IX Coordinator; 555 North Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045; 847-735-6009;

A person may also file a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights regarding an alleged violation of Title IX by visiting or calling 800-421-3481.

The campus coordinator for Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (prohibiting discrimination based on disability) is Agnes Stepek, Director of Human Resources; 555 North Sheridan Road; Lake Forest, IL 60045; 847-735-5036; Inquiries or concerns with respect to any other type of discrimination may also be directed to Agnes Stepek.

Consistent with this policy and the values stated above, the training program welcomes diverse applicants and actively seeks to create a diverse training environment.  Diversity amongst trainees and faculty enrich the training experience for all involved and promote multiculturally competent services for our diverse student clientele.  The program does not discriminate against any applicants because of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, ability status, sexual identity or orientation, or gender identity or expression and evaluates applicants solely on the basis of prior education, training experiences, and fit with the goals and activities of the program.

If you have any other questions related to any aspect of the Lake Forest College Advanced Therapy Practicum, please feel free to contact Kasey Schultz-Saindon, Ph.D. at or 847-735-5241.