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 2021-2022 practicum year are due by 4pm on Friday, February 12, 2021.  If you have any questions, please call (847) 735-5240 or email schultzsaindon@mx.lakeforest.edu.

Resources

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 Monday, August 16, 2021, and ends on Friday, May 20, 2022.  Orientation begins on August 16, 2021. Following orientation, each trainee will begin their specific schedule negotiated with the Coordinator of Clinical Training. Trainees are expected to be on-site for 22.5 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: 8-9 hours of individual clients; intake assessment (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 (6-8 sessions)
  • Long-term individual therapy (2 clients)
  • Potential for couples and/or psychoeducational group
  • Comprehensive intake and triage assessment
  • Crisis 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, 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.

Community Psychology and Outreach 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.

Practicum Seminar: This 1-hour seminar meets once per month and is led by the Coordinator of Clinical Training. Seminar topics are based on interests and needs of the current advanced practicum cohort. The seminar is also designed to be a space to check in and process development and needs of the practicum therapists.

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.

Activity

Hours Per Week

Intake/Triage Assessment

2

Individual Therapy

10

Crisis Hour Coverage

1

Outreach Programming

1

Supervision with Licensed Clinical Psychologist

1

Supervision with Doctoral Intern

1

Case Consultation (Group Supervision

2

Community Psych &Outreach Seminar

1

Administrative Time

3.5

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 how training could be affected. While it is our hope that by the 2021- 2022 training year we will be able to return to in person services, it is impossible to be certain at this point. By including some explanation of the adjustments that were made to training and service delivery for our current and previous cohorts, we hope to give you some idea of what you might expect if COVID-19 continues to affect our community in the upcoming training year.

Lake Forest College’s responses to the pandemic can be viewed 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. The Governor of Illinois issued a Stay at Home order from March 21 through May 29, 2020. Lake Forest College developed and released plans for a combination of online courses and remote learning over the summer months, with plans in place for the students who wished to return to campus to be able to do so for fall classes. In late July, a decision was announced to change plans to continue with fully remote learning for the fall semester.

All Health and Wellness Center staff, including advanced practicum therapists, have been working remotely since late March. The current expectation is that staff will continue working remotely until at least January 2021. If students return to campus, All counseling services are being provided by telehealth. Interns and staff are conducting initial consultations by phone with students to help determine the best fit of services for clients. Advanced practicum therapists will be conducting intakes and individual therapy via telehealth. Only students who are currently residing in Illinois are eligible for telemental health treatment through the Health and Wellness Center due to licensure limitations. Advanced practicum therapists may provide crisis assessment, case management, and referral for students who are residing outside of Illinois. The Health and Wellness Center is increasing its outreach offerings to help meet the needs of all students during this time, and advanced practicum therapists are heavily involved this outreach programming. Therapists in training and are continuing to offer Let’s Talk drop-in time to support students. Interns and advanced practicum therapists are working together to develop and provide outreach programming for regular scheduled outreach times each week of the semester. Topics for this include things such as time management, stress management, sleep hygiene, healthy relationships, and navigating family relationships. Additional outreach support spaces are being provided for students as well, including a support space for students of color and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction series. Interns and staff are planning to collaborate with student organizations to determine what other needs students may have at this time and to serve as consultants and support to other College staff who are providing support to students in a different manner than previously.

Extra attention is being paid to helping the training cohorts bond and get to know staff. Some of this happens through brief staff meetings every morning, a training cohort meeting once a week, and casual time open to all staff once a month. Effort is also being made to ensure interns are aware of and able to utilize the supervision support offered to them. A supervisor is assigned each day to be responsible for supporting interns and advanced practicum therapists if issues arise, and they hold brief check-ins with all trainees at the end of the day.

How to Apply

In accordance with ACEPT guidelines, applications will be accepted beginning Friday, January 29, 2021. Applications are due by 4pm on Friday, February 12, 2021.

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 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 12, 2021: Application deadline
Monday, March 1, 2021: Date by which applicants will be notified of interview offers
Friday, March 12, 2021: Pre-Notification Date
Monday, March 15, 2021: 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).

For additional information, please contact the Health & Wellness Center at 847-735-5240, schultzsaindon@mx.lakeforest.edu, or healthandwellness@mx.lakeforest.edu.