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Practicum Training Program

Program Description

The University of Texas At San Antonio Counseling Services offers a clinical practicum/internship experience for trainees in Psychology, Social Work, and Counseling.

Clinical Activities

There are four principal types of clinical activities:

  • Individual counseling
  • Intake interviews (triage)
  • Consultation with clinical staff
  • Group co-facilitation may be available


The training program requires a commitment for the summer orientation and the fall semester. Preference is given to students who are interested in a placement for both the fall and spring semesters.


  • 20 to 35 hour orientation program, depending on the trainee's experience, coursework, and progress during orientation
  • Flexible schedule


  • 13 to 20 hours per week
  • Must be available every Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm for case consultation and trainings


  • 13 to 20 hours per week
  • Must be available every Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm for case consultation and trainings

Program Objectives

Practicum and intern trainees participate in a variety of activities intended to develop knowledge and skills in the following areas.

  • Counseling skills
  • Comprehensive intake interviews (triage)
  • Case conceptualization
  • Treatment planning
  • DSM-IV diagnoses
  • Clinical documentation/SOAP notes
  • Theoretical orientation
  • Cultural competency
  • Issues unique to a university population
  • Professional ethics and behavior
  • Effective use of supervision
  • Participation in a multidisciplinary team
  • Incorporate objectives from specific field of study or program


Trainees receive the following supervision:

  • Individual supervision (one hour weekly)
  • Group supervision (one hour every two weeks)
  • Case consultation (one hour weekly)
  • Live supervision during initial triage
  • All counseling and triage sessions are recorded using webcams


All trainees receive orientation training to prepare them for providing services at Counseling Services and on-going training throughout the practicum experience.

Orientation Training

  • Basic counseling skills
  • Triage training including role-plays
  • Treating the college student
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • LD/ADHD screening
  • Risk assessment/management (suicide, homicide, self-injury, child/elder abuse, severe alcohol/drug abuse)
  • Diversity (cultural, GLBT, etc.)
  • Psychotherapeutic models
  • Community/campus resources
  • Termination

In-Service Training

  • All trainees participate in weekly in-service trainings attended by all clinical staff.

Application Materials and Deadlines

The following materials are required of all applicants:

  • A current vita or resume
  • A personal statement to include:
    • Reason for wanting to be a counselor
    • Reason for wanting to work at UTSA Counseling Services
  • An unofficial transcript from all graduate programs attended
  • One letter of recommendation from a clinical supervisor or a faculty member
  • Finalists will be given an on-site interview

Application Deadline

  • All application materials are due to Dr. Richard Blask in Counseling Services by 5:00pm on Friday, June 11, 2010.

Positions Available

  • Counseling/Psychology (1 to 2 positions)
  • Social Work (1 to 2 positions)


Counseling Services
The University of Texas at San Antonio
RWC 1.810
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, Texas 78249


Thomas Baez, Ph.D. - Director of Counseling Services
Melissa Hernandez, LCSW- Assistant Director of Counseling Services
Richard Blask, Ph.D. - Coordinator of Training

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