The counseling faculty highly value counseling training and provide collaborative involvement of faculty as instructors, supervisors, and co-therapists. The purpose of the counseling training is to help students integrate and apply their academic knowledge and to develop the skills necessary to understand and help clients. The program’s practica involve progressive exposure to closely supervised counseling activities with a range of client concerns. The initial work with clients occurs in the department during the first semester of the first year, and continues into the second semester. It involves seeing carefully selected clients under close supervision provided by faculty and advanced graduate students. Successful completion of this practicum enables students to move to the ISU Student Counseling Service (SCS) for practica during their second and third years, where they work with clients under the supervision of SCS psychologists and interns in a multifaceted campus mental health agency–one that offers its own selective, APA accredited internship. By their fourth year, students typically are placed in off-campus practica at a variety of community agencies such as community and VA hospitals, outpatient clinics, correctional facilities, child and adolescent counseling and residential centers, and group psychological private practice settings. The Counseling Psychology Program’s ongoing training relationships with the Student Counseling Service and training sites external to the university result in truly diverse individual counseling, group counseling, assessment, and consultation opportunities for students.
Advanced students also have a number of opportunities to gain additional counseling, supervision, and consultation experiences through several graduate assistantship positions on campus including clinical positions at the Student Counseling Services, Dean of Students Office, Student Disability Services, and the Student Wellness Center.
A 12-month pre-doctoral internship is a required component of all doctoral programs in counseling and clinical psychology. The internship typically is undertaken in the fifth or sixth year of the doctoral program. It commences after completion of all coursework and preliminary examinations, admission to doctoral candidacy, and the development of an approved dissertation proposal.
Internship acquisition is a nationally competitive process, and our students have been highly successful in obtaining select APA-approved internships located in a variety of settings throughout the country. Students from this program have been quite successful (97% placement rate) in national internship selection and match processes. Doctoral students from this program typically receive one of their top internship choices and recent doctoral candidates have been placed in prestigious university counseling centers (Wisconsin-Madison, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Utah, Iowa, Oregon, Southern Illinois, and Iowa State), major veterans administration medical centers (Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh) and well-respected regional mental health service centers (Wichita Internship Consortium).