Program Description

The practicum training program provides supervised experience in an active university counseling center. Participation in a range of activities including individual, group, and couples counseling; therapeutic psychological assessment; consultation; crisis intervention; and outreach activities are included in the program. Supervision is geared to the graduate student's level of professional development. Our staff provides exposure to varied clinical perspectives and theoretical orientations. Practicum trainees participate in a weekly Practicum Training Seminar, Practicum Case Conference, and Focused Improvement Time. In addition, there are bi-weekly meetings with the Practicum Coordinator, Consultative Supervision with Doctoral Interns, and (when possible) attendance at In-Service Trainings which occur twice a year and are all-day training events. All of the above formal training components will occur at the Boca Raton campus. Each practicum trainee is required to be on the Boca Raton campus for a 5-6 hour time period, as decided upon by the Practicum Training Committee and each individual practicum trainee.

Philosophy and Principles

The following principles underlie the practicum training at FAU CAPS:

  1. The competent practice of psychology/counseling entails the development of advanced skills in a broad range of generalist activities.
  2. Competent practice must involve modification within different groups to meet individual and culturally diverse needs.
  3. Psychological/counseling practice is based on the science of psychology, counseling, social work, and other applicable academic fields.
  4. The emergence of a professional therapist is the culmination of a developmental process which begins prior to formal training and which extends beyond the completion of the practicum training experience.
  5. Psychologists/counselors should exhibit a high degree of professionalism.

These principles form the basis for the practice of psychology by the staff of the agency and therefore the training philosophy maintains consistency with the mission, goals, and culture of the sponsor institution.

 Last Modified 11/8/16