Frequently Asked Questions for Students


Q: What is the application deadline?

A: Annually, by April 1st 

Q: How will these placements help me achieve my professional goals?

A: The majority of the graduate students who have completed a practicum at the Center are interested in providing clinical services for traumatized children and their caregivers. They also seek to learn how to effectively collaborate with multiple systems (school, court, social services, and foster care) to ensure the child’s mental health and safety needs are sufficiently met. Our students pursue careers in community mental health, therapeutic foster care, and private practice working with children and their families.

Q: What are the prerequisites for these practicum sites?

A: The student should have received coursework and/or clinical experiences in basic assessment and therapy skills.

Q: Who are the Center’s supervisors?

A: The Center offers master and doctoral level supervisors in the social work, psychology, and counseling fields.  A learning agreement with your institution will be established to ensure all your program requirements are fulfilled. You will work with your on-site supervisor and your program faculty to determine your clinical objectives for each semester.

Q: How are practicum placement decisions made?

A: All clinical placements are made at the sole discretion of the faculty and staff of the Center programs.  Submission of a resume/vita and a copy of a writing sample are due by April 1st for the following academic year . From this applicant pool, students will be selected for an interview.

Q: Who can I contact for further questions about a practicum opportunity and to schedule an interview?

A: Josh Fisherkeller is the Education and Training Manager and will assist you. You may contact him at or (859) 218-6941.