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Practicum Training Program

About Azusa Pacific University

APU is a comprehensive Christian university of liberal arts and professional programs, with a diverse student body of more than 9,200 students. Ethnic minority students comprise approximately 36 percent of the student population. Student life services, including the University Counseling Center, are primarily oriented toward undergraduate residential students. However, the university also offers services to graduate, adult degree completion programs, satellite campuses, and offsite programs.

Further information about the university may be found at www.apu.edu/about/.

About the University Counseling Center

The mission of the University Counseling Center is to facilitate the emotional, psychological, social, academic, and spiritual wellness of the Azusa Pacific University student community through high-quality, time-limited counseling and outreach services provided by professionally trained Christian counselors.

UCC services are available to APU students at no cost. Psychotherapy is primarily time-limited, with most students averaging 4–6 sessions per academic year. Occasional exceptions are made to extend treatment to those who have significant need and limited resources.

Program Description

Training opportunities for doctoral students have been offered at the Azusa Pacific University Counseling Center since 1999, with the Practicum Training Program being formalized in 2001. Our staff is a culturally and theoretically diverse group of professionals committed to providing excellent training and supervision.

Practicum training at the University Counseling Center focuses on gaining experience in providing time-limited therapy to a diverse student population who present a wide range of developmental issues and psychological disorders.

Our training program emphasizes three areas:

  1. Psychotherapy Experience
  2. Supervision and Training
  3. Supplementary Professional Experience

Learning Outcomes

As an advanced practicum site, we strive to equip our trainees to achieve five primary areas of competency that will prepare them for internship and beyond.

I. Professional Activity

Trainees will provide high-quality clinical services to clients and deliver effective outreach and consultation.

Behavioral Anchors

II. Clinical Skills

Trainees will demonstrate the ability to formulate and articulate a theoretically based treatment plan and implement it with clients in a time-limited framework.

Behavioral Anchors

III. Supervision

Trainees will demonstrate an understanding of their roles and responsibilities within the supervision process.

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IV. Diversity Issues

Trainees will demonstrate a greater awareness and sensitivity in working with diverse clients and an understanding of how their own values impact their clinical work. “Culture” is defined broadly and includes, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, and ability.

Behavioral Anchors

V. Professionalism

Trainees will increase the development of their emerging professional identity as a future psychologist and actively explore and utilize resources for professional growth.

Behavioral Anchors

Adapted from Assessment of Competency Benchmarks, APA Board of Educational Affairs (2007) and Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development: Multicultural Counseling Competencies

Psychotherapy Experience

Practicum students receive experience and training in the provision of psychotherapy, which comprises approximately 50 percent of their time at the UCC. In addition, students have the opportunity to gain clinical experience in a range of activities (based on client availability and need) including:

Supervision and Training

Quality supervision is of the utmost priority at the UCC. The UCC utilizes a supervisory team model, in which each trainee has a primary supervisor, and also receives secondary supervision from group co-leaders and other staff. Supervisory issues are handled as a staff team.

Supplementary Professional Experience

Other supplemental activities may include program development, administrative support, or assistance with staff projects.