Santa Clara University

Counseling & Psychological Services

Advanced Practicum Training Program

The CAPS advanced practicum training program is for doctoral level students seeking supervised experience and training primarily in short term individual psychotherapy with a young adult university population. There are limited opportunities for longer term work to enhance training and professional growth opportunities. Other supervised experiences include: conducting intake assessments and providing outreach programming. All therapy sessions conducted by trainees are videotaped.

We are seeking advanced practicum students who have had at least two years of supervised clinical experience in other practicum settings.

This is a non-paid practicum that requires an academic year commitment September through June.  

 Activities  Hours

Direct  Services:                                                                                                

Intake assessments, individual counseling, crisis management, group co-facilitation
and/or campus outrea
ch activities


Formal Training:

Supervision (individual and group), staff case consultation,
training seminars



Assessment reports, progress notes, case-management activities                                 

*Practicum student placement is approximately 24 hrs/wk



  • Advanced practicum student (ideally in 3rd practicum year) in either Ph.D. or Psy.D. program
  • 10 month commitment from September through June
  • Empathic, energetic, and self-motivated students
  • Open to learning and willing to be an active participant with a diverse center team

Deadlines and Notification:

February 13, 2012:   Completed applications must reach CAPS. Students may be invited for an on-site interview following review of applications.

Our training site adheres to BAPIC Uniform Notification Day

How to Apply:

A complete practicum application includes:

  • Completed practicum application form
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vita
  • 3 letters of recommendation (2 letters preferably from sources familiar with your relevant clinical experience)
  • Graduate transcripts

We require that the above application materials be sent in a single packet to:

Dr. Rosemary Ellmer
Training Director
Counseling and Psychological Services
Cowell Center
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-1055

Phone:  (408) 554-4172
Fax: (408) 554-5454

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