The Office of Counseling Services at Christopher Newport University currently provides two training opportunities in Counseling Services for one full academic year. These include (1) a practicum in clinical or counseling psychology and a (2) professional counselor internship. The overall goal of both programs is to build and advance clinical skills and professional development, apply theoretical material to clinical knowledge, and gain an overall understanding of university counseling services.

Our philosophy of training stems from traditional psychology and counseling models of training. Therefore, trainees develop and integrate clinical, professional, multicultural, and ethical awareness, knowledge, and skills learned over the course of the practicum and internship year. Based on this, it is understood that trainees will build upon previous theoretical knowledge, but grow as they have the opportunity to integrate new clinical experiences and supervisory and educational material. Our staff is composed of licensed clinical psychologists and licensed professional counselors, who also provide and model important interpersonal, clinical, multicultural, ethical, and professional skills for practicum and internship trainees that helps them learn about university counseling services as well as general professional development.

The goal of the Doctoral Practicum Training program offered at the Office of Counseling Services is to further develop the basic skills of psychotherapy within the context of our university community and prepare trainees for future professional endeavors in the fields of Clinical or Counseling Psychology. The objectives are to integrate theory, practice, and self-understanding in ways that are conducive to the overall professional growth of the practicum trainee. The program uses taped, individual clinical supervision, didactic material, and case-based material to move trainees from conceptual knowledge to application, planning treatment intervention, and advance awareness of self, clinical, multicultural, and ethical issues.

This practicum is considered an advanced practicum for graduate doctoral students in their 2nd or 3rd years of Clinical or Counseling Psychology doctoral programs. While practicum trainees are typically in their early and formative stages of professional identity development, it is also best if they have had 1-2 years of general clinical experience prior to this practicum. We aim to provide both a safe and challenging learning experience. Therefore, cases are assigned that are not only commensurate with the level of training and experience of the trainee, but that will also appropriately stretch his or her emerging capabilities. Our program spans one full academic year (fall and spring semesters). Trainees are typically on site 16-20 hours per week and receive 2 hours of individual supervision per week, as per their graduate program requirements.

The goal of the Professional Counseling Internship Training program offered at the Office of Counseling Services is to further develop the basic skills of psychotherapy and prepare trainees for future professional endeavors in the fields of Licensed Professional Counseling. The objectives are to integrate theory, technique and self-understanding in ways that are conducive to the overall professional growth of the trainee. The program uses taped, individual clinical supervision, didactic material, and case-based material to move trainees from conceptual knowledge to application, planning treatment intervention, and advance awareness of self, clinical, multicultural, and ethical issues.

This Internship is considered an advanced internship for graduate students, who have completed their initial graduate training in Professional Counseling (i.e. a Masters degree), and are either pursuing further graduate work or are ready to begin accruing post-graduate counseling experience (i.e. the Internship) for a Licensed Professional Counseling credential. Internship trainees may vary greatly in terms of their professional identity based on program (counselor education, professional counseling), years of prior clinical experience, or their own professional aspiration. While many trainees are typically in their early and formative stages of professional identity development, it is also best if they have had 1-2 years general clinical experience prior to this practicum. We aim to provide both a safe and challenging learning experience. Therefore, cases are assigned that are not only commensurate with the level of training and experience of the trainee, but that will also appropriately stretch his or her emerging capabilities. Our program spans one full academic year (fall and spring semesters). Trainees are typically on site 16-20 hours per week and receive 1-2 hours of individual supervision per week as per their graduate program requirements as well as Licensed Professional Counselor credentialing.