The UT Dallas Student Counseling Center offers practicum training for current graduate students majoring in counseling or clinical psychology. The practicum program comprises two semesters, beginning in August and concluding in May (Fall & Spring semesters, consecutively).

Student Counseling Center

The primary emphasis of the Student Counseling Center (SCC) is to provide clinical services and outreach programming to assist university students in achieving the well-being necessary for success. The staff culture at the center is warm and collegial, with a strong commitment to social justice and equity work as well as investment in training and supervision. The SCC values the importance of an open door policy to afford opportunities for trainees to consult with our multidisciplinary staff, including our psychiatric staff. The Student Counseling Center is also home to an APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship in Psychology, which includes three interns.

Training Model and Philosophy

The Student Counseling Center is committed to intensive supervision and to the furthering of trainees' personal and professional growth. The training curriculum follows a developmental relational model that is specialized to the needs of each trainee. Areas of focus for training will include clinical and case conceptualization skills, exploration of social justice and equity in mental health, professional clinical documentation, development of group therapy skills, multidisciplinary collaboration, professional identity development, and enhancing self-awareness as a therapist.

Practicum Activities

Services provided by Practicum Trainees include*:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Initial Evaluations
  • Group Therapy (Brief mid-semester group in Fall; Process Group in Spring)
  • Psychiatric referrals
  • *Though not required, Practicum Trainees are encouraged and will have opportunities to engage in outreach programming and consultation.

Typical Week

  • Direct service/Client contact*:
    • Individual counseling: 8 hours
    • Initial Evaluation: 1 hour
    • Group: 1-1.5 hours
  • Supervision of Group Therapy: 0.5 hour
  • Individual supervision**: 1 hour (minimum)
  • Initial Evaluation supervision: 0.5 hour (fall, varies in spring semester)
  • Group Supervision/Practicum Case Consultation: 1.5 hours
  • Practicum Training Seminar: 1 hour
  • Practicum Cohort Support Time: 0.5 hour
  • Administrative: 3-5 hours
  • Outreach: Varies by week

Total =18-20 hours

* Direct services hours include provision of individual therapy, group therapy, initial evaluations, and outreach.
** Individual supervision will be conducted by senior staff in the Fall and by Doctoral Interns who are supervised by licensed psychologists in the Spring semester.

Unique Training Environment

UT Dallas is a diverse community and a rapidly growing university of approximately 29,500 students. A variety of countries are represented by its international students, who come from over 90 countries and represent nearly a quarter of the student body. Other information about UTD and our student population:

  • White (31%), International (23%), Asian-American (22%), Hispanic/Latinx (13%), African-American (5%), Bi or Multiracial students (4%) Native American (0.1%), Native Hawaiian (0.2%)
  • Undergraduate 69%, Graduate 31%
  • Full time 79%, Part time 21%
  • UTD recently launched an Esports program given the large number of students involved in competitive online gaming.
  • UTD was awarded 5 out of 5 starts by Campus Pride Index for being an LGBTQ-friendly campus.

For more facts about UT Dallas:

Application Procedure

Thank you for your interest in the SCC Practicum Program! We are not currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 training year. Check back in January 2022 for additional information on the Spring 2022 application deadline for the 2022-2023 training year.

A complete application includes:

  • A cover letter stating your interest in our training program/model at the UT Dallas SCC and the ways the SCC Practicum Programs aligns with your training goals. The letter should also include confirmation of your completion of prerequisite courses including: ethics, pre-practicum counseling skills and theories of psychotherapy.
  • A curriculum vita describing educational and employment experiences, including any past clinical experience.
  • The names and contact information of three clinical references.

Questions about the practicum program and application materials should be submitted via email to the Interim Training Director/Practicum Training Coordinator:

Erin Schrader, Ph.D.
[email protected]

Upon review of your application, if you are further considered for a practicum position, we will contact you with an invitation for an interview, which will take place in early-mid April.