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Training Opportunities

Counseling Services provides training for doctoral-level students completing their Predoctoral Internship or graduate students completing practicum requirements for their graduate program. Counseling Services is a training site within the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology (NICPP). The NICPP is an APA-approved internship program. More information regarding Predoctoral Internship and Graduate Level Practicum training is provided below.

Pre-doctoral Internship

Counseling Services provides training to pre-doctoral interns under the administrative supervision of the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology (NICPP).  NICPP is the largest intern consortium in the country with approximately 24-26 interns.  Our counseling service offers positions for two pre-doctoral interns.  Students from Clinical and Counseling Psychology programs are encouraged to apply.  The present annual stipend for the pre-doctoral internship is $25,000.   Possible benefits include health insurance, vacations days, sick leave and a fitness center membership. These two internships begin on August 1st and end on July 31st of the following year.  Pre-doctoral interns provide services at Creighton University while meeting once monthly for training at different sites within the Nebraska Consortium.  Interns do not rotate through sites throughout the year.  However, interns may visit two sites aside from their primary internship site during their tenure with the consortium.  The two site visits (4-8 hours each) usually provide interns with an opportunity to become acquainted with policies, procedures and practices at sites different then their own home site.  All NICPP interns meet monthly at a specific site for training.  In these meetings, the host site provides a training program for one-half day.  The second half of the day is devoted to case presentations by the current interns.

The training philosophy at Counseling Services follows the scientist x practitioner model.  We are committed to a training philosophy which promotes ethical problem solving; evidence based assessment and intervention practices; access to supervision that facilitates reflective scientifically based practice; access to a diversity of clients; research activities and training; a plan which provides experiential learning combined with other modes of education. We value a variety of theoretical orientations, and staff members utilize techniques from behavioral, dynamic, and developmental theory.

Our training program provides for the individual needs of interns in learning to be accomplished within our overall training philosophy.  Individual needs can be expected to be different for each intern depending upon their professional preparation, interests, and abilities.  Interns will be encouraged to develop goals within a college counseling center setting, specific to their individual learning requirements.  These goals will be transferred into specific competencies to be developed during the training experience.  Expectations will also be developed for the supervisory experience.  These expectations will reflect the optimal supervision experience for interns.  Consistent with the needs and goals of our interns, the training experience may provide opportunities for competency in several key areas:

                 1)  Practical experience in individual psychotherapy with students
                       experiencing a range of developmental issues and mental health

                 2)  Assessment of learning disabilities (reading, writing,
                      mathematics) and prescriptive recommendations for improvement.

                 3)  Assessment of ADHD concentration problems utilizing both
                      subjective and objective measures.

                 4)  Counseling for academic success at the undergraduate, graduate
                      and professional levels. 

                 5)  Psychological evaluations of personality by clinical interviews,
                      personality measures and projective instruments.

                 6)  Assessment of alcohol and substance abuse with
                      recommendations and/or implementation of appropriate 
                      levels of treatment.

                 7)  Psychological writing of reports for learning disabilities, attention
                      deficit disorder, personality assessments in alcohol/substance
                      abuse evaluations.

                 8)  Participation in group counseling activities, outreach programs and
                      workshops and topics appropriate for college student development.

                 9)  Knowledge of how to work corporately with professionals within a
                      University counseling setting providing a team approach to
                      decision making, development and implementation of 
                      policies and procedures.

               10)  Exposure to a diverse group of clients by age, gender, ethnic
                      origin, religion and geographic area.




Direct Service:

  Individual Counseling – 17-20 hours 
  Consultation (residence life, faculty, staff) – 1.0 hour
  Assessment (learning disabilities, ADHD) – 1-3 hours

  Group Counseling – 1.5 hours (When available)


  Individual Supervision – 2-3 hours
  Supervision of Supervision – 1 hour (Spring)
  Therapy Process Case Conference – 1.5 hour
  Didactic Training – 1.0 hours


  Staff Meeting – 2.0 hours
  Case Note Writing – 4.0 hours
  Client Preparation Time – 2.5 hours

The above activities are typical of how our interns spend their time during the busiest periods of the academic year, October through April.  However, these hours may vary depending upon the needs and goals of each intern.  For example, interns may choose to spend additional time involved with the group offerings of our service (test anxiety, relaxation, eating disorders, depression, women’s issues, relationships).  Interns may elect to develop and implement groups, workshops or outreach programs within the University community.  Interns also participate in consultative and training relationships with residence life staff, student services administration and staff, as well as the professional staff of our Health Services. 

Research opportunities are available within the counseling service.  The primary research involvement is the completion of the intern’s dissertation project.  Our staff may provide supportive assistance, a critique of the research project and a rehearsal of dissertation defense.  Our service carries out ongoing research on client satisfaction, presenting concerns of clients, outcomes in counseling, retention of counseling clients, MBTI personality types among dental students and effects of learning disability assessment.

Pre-doctoral intern training is coordinated by Tom Grandy, Ph.D.

Graduate Level Practicum Training

The practicum program at Creighton University’s Counseling Services provides graduate students with the training necessary to become competent, professional, and ethically aware mental health providers. Practicum students will gain valuable experience that builds on their prior academic training through the provision of services to college and professional students. Practicum students will provide services addressing a wide range of psychosocial, emotional, academic, vocational, and developmental issues.

Practicum students who complete a field placement at Counseling Services have the opportunity to conduct intake interviews, to provide individual and group therapy, to develop and present outreach programs, and to participate in staff meetings, didactic trainings, and case conferences. Trainees are expected to carry a case load of up to 8 clients per week. Supervision is provided by a licensed psychologist on staff, with informal consultation with all staff members available as needed. The practicum placement is a 9 month, part-time position.

Our training program is tailored to the individual needs of practicum students based on the student’s professional preparation, prior experiences, interests, abilities and goals.  Practicum students are encouraged to develop professional goals, specific to their individual learning requirements.  Expectations will also be developed for the supervisory experience in a collaborative effort between the practicum student and the supervisor. 

Students interested in completing a practicum at Counseling Services are required to complete a Practicum Application. Practicum student training is coordinated by Allison Harlow, Ph.D. The application can be emailed to Dr. Harlow at allisonharlow@creighton.edu.