The doctoral practicum at the Counseling Center is designed to promote a developmental process in which students move into the role of therapist and prepare for their internship experience. While the bulk of training occurs in group and individual supervision and through service delivery, students also participate in an hour-long practicum seminar which includes a combination of lecture, experiential exercises, case presentations, and exploration of evidence-based treatments. Because the training staff believes that the foundation of professional competence and identity comes through personal development and maturity, it is the center’s goal to provide a supportive environment that models and encourages personal growth. Students from the University of Kentucky Counseling Psychology and Clinical Psychology doctoral programs are eligible to apply for the practicum.
Doctoral Psychology Internship Program
The Internship Training Program at the Counseling Center began its inaugural year in August, 2012. The internship will continue into its third year with 2 full-time interns using the APPIC Match. The internship will begin on August 10, 2015. The University of Kentucky is a member of the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA) and is accredited by IACS (The International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.). The psychology internship program is a member of APPIC (#2227). While the program is not currently APA accredited, it has been designed with the intention to apply for APA accreditation.
UKCC's internship program has submitted its initial, written self-study to APA's Commission on Accreditation, it was received by CoA on July 24, 2014, and the program is now under review. Applicants can verify our status with CoA at the following website: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/programs/initial-accred.aspx The program has now been approved to schedule a site visit in winter 2015. While we cannot guarantee our program's accreditation or the timing of the accreditation should we receive it, we want applicants to be aware that we are actively moving forward in the process of pursuing accreditation.