Doctoral Practicum

*Currently Not Accepting Applications for 2020-2021 Academic Year

The Weber State University Counseling & Psychological Services Center (CPSC) is pleased to accept applications for doctoral practicum trainees on a rolling basis to fill positions as they are available. CPSC currently has an affiliation agreement with the University of Utah's Counseling Psychology doctoral program. Start and end dates are negotiable, with a preference for work to be completed during fall and spring semesters. Duties primarily include individual counseling, with additional opportunities for couples counseling, group counseling, outreach, and other developmental experiences as available and appropriate.

Weber State University (WSU) is a primarily undergraduate institution of approximately 25,000 students, with a substantial nontraditional population. The main campus of WSU is located in Ogden, Utah, approximately 35 miles north of Salt Lake City. Please visit the university website www.weber.edu for further campus information.

CPSC has a staff of ten mental health professionals and one part-time psychiatric nurse practitioner. Services are provided within a brief therapy model on both Ogden and Davis campuses (practicum trainees provide services on the Ogden campus only). Because WSU is an open-enrollment institution, our clientele tends to be more diverse than that of many university counseling centers. This provides a rich training environment.

Practicum Information

  1. Position responsibilities:
    • A commitment of at least two semesters, preferably in fall and spring semesters. 
    • A minimum of 16 total hours per week on a minimum of 2 days per week, with some flexibility according to program requirements
    • Provision of a minimum of 60% of scheduled time in direct service activities (therapy services, outreach, supervision)
    • Participation in one outreach presentation per semester to the WSU community
    • Provision of one case presentation per academic year to CPSC staff
    • Provision of one in-service presentation per academic year to CPSC staff
    • Active engagement in one hour of formal, individual supervision per week, provided by appropriately qualified mental health providers in accordance with program requirements
    • Trainees are also strongly encouraged, but not required, to participate in CPSC’s weekly staff meeting on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 AM.
  2. Trainees will be required to furnish proof of own professional liability policy.
  3. Every therapy session must be recorded, utilizing the recording system provided by CPSC.
  4. Adherence to ethical principles and standards of care is expected, including guidelines related to record-keeping and treatment of minority populations.
  5. Each position is a part-time position with the university and will be paid an hourly rate.
  6. CPSC requires a formal affiliation agreement with each training program and each individual trainee. CPSC currently has an affiliation agreement with the University of Utah's Counseling Psychology doctoral program. If you would like to receive training at CPSC and your program is not already affiliated with us, please contact Juancarlos Santisteban, LMFT, at juancarlossantisteba@weber.edu for more information. Please be aware that the affiliation process can take several weeks to accomplish.

Minimum Expectations:

  1. Doctoral student in Psychology. Preference will be given to students from accredited programs.
  2. Prior supervised clinical experience, including the provision of individual treatment, some of which must have served adult outpatient clients.
  3. Must be registered in an appropriate practicum course and have the approval of the associated coordinator at the respective university.

Activities and Supervision:

Our CPSC staff includes four licensed psychologists. Two of our psychologists are available to provide supervision to doctoral practicum trainees. CPSC offers the opportunity to provide individual and group therapy services to our WSU student population. Interested individuals may also be able to seek secondary supervision from one of our two Marriage and Family Therapists and provide family and couples counseling. Our supervisors work with trainees to tailor the experience at CPSC to individual needs and career goals.

Craig Oreshnick, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Craig OreshnickMy supervision approach stems from a developmental model that supports developing therapists from various therapeutic orientations in implementing evidence-based strategies for client change. I most often use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) including third wave methods in affecting client change. These approaches include elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based practices. I routinely lead the Meditation Group at our Center and am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) with a particular interest in both Health and Positive Psychology.

 

Counseling Center Staff

To Apply:

*Currently Not Accepting Applications for 2020-2021 Academic Year

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and positions filled when they are available. To apply:

Qualified candidates of interest will be contacted for an interview.

A criminal background check is required as a condition of practicum/internship appointment. Background checks are conducted by the Weber State University Human Resources Department. Learn more about WSU's background check procedures.

Applications accepted immediately; positions will remain open until filled.

Weber State University is an AA/EO employer and acts in compliance with all aspects of the ADA. Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.