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Clinical Training & Supervision

Training Model

The University of Dayton Counseling Center offers clinical training and supervision for burgeoning psychologists and counselors. Our vibrant and fast paced Center typically offers 6-8 positions each year.

We strive to train competent and caring professionals. We provide a generalist training that will facilitate having a breadth and depth of experience with numerous clinical issues and types of services provided. We support our trainees in their growth to one day become independent practitioners. We honor diverse theoretical orientations and recognize that there are many valid and productive ways to perform the tasks of a therapist. We aspire to provide training experience that will enrich the field of mental health by having well-trained practitioners and scholars contribute to it.

The model from which we base the program is that of practitioner-scholar. Experience by doing is informed by research that informs best practices in the field. One’s own experience, in conjunction with sound clinical knowledge and judgment, makes for an effective practitioner. We incorporate research into our didactic activities and case conference discussions. Trainees are supported in building on their base of knowledge by having access to the University library, which includes the entire OhioLink system.

As a Marianist institution within the Catholic faith, matters of social justice are strongly attended to at the University of Dayton. Respect for cultural differences (including religious diversity) is a core value of the university and of the Counseling Center. The students served by the Counseling Center become more diverse each year.

Respect for differences and appreciation for clinical research will help trainees ready themselves to become independent. Trainees are expected and allowed more autonomy as the training year progresses as it pertains to the intervention areas of assessment, treatment, and consultation. Trainee’s supervision needs will be addressed by the Training Director and the trainee’s supervisor.

Finally, specific competency areas will be addressed and trainees will be encouraged to progress in these areas. These include research, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values, attitudes, and behaviors; communication and interpersonal skills; assessment; intervention; supervision; and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills. Trainees are encouraged to engage in self-care, which is modeled by staff. Interns are also encouraged to become active members of the UD community, and use their skills and insights to improve the University.

Training Opportunities

Clinical 
  • Intake (assessment of symptoms and recommended services) 
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy (process and psychoeducational) 
  • Crisis intervention 
  • Consultation with colleagues, faculty, staff, students, and parents 
  • Outreach
Professional development (offered weekly) 
  • Individual supervision 
  • Case conference 
  • Didactic training 
  • Social justice and diversity training 
  • Umbrella supervision (psychology interns
  • Liaison to campus partners (psychology interns

Practicum

Master’s in Counseling 
100-hour experience completed over the course of a single semester. Trainees complete hours in 1.5 days per week, with Wednesdays from 8:30am-noon being required. Trainees often gain exposure to intakes, diagnosing, individual therapy, psychoeducational groups, and weekly professional development activities. 1-hour of weekly individual supervision is provided by an LPCC-S. 

Master’s in Clinical Psychology 
240-hour experience completed over the course of an academic year. Trainees complete hours in 1.5-2.5 days per week, with Wednesdays from 8:30am-noon being required. Trainees often gain exposure to intakes, individual therapy, psychoeducational and process groups, outreach, and weekly professional development activities. 1-hour of weekly individual supervision is provided by a psychologist licensed in Ohio.  

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 
720-hour experience completed over the course of an academic year. Trainees typically work Mondays/Thursdays and 8:30am-noon on Wednesdays (required). Trainees in this experience engage in intakes, individual therapy, psychoeducational and process groups, crisis intervention, consultation, outreach, and weekly professional development activities. 2-hours of weekly individual supervision is provided by a psychologist licensed in Ohio.

Internship

Counseling

600-hour experience completed over the course of two to three semesters. Counseling interns complete hours in 2.5 days per week, with Wednesdays from 8:30am-noon being required. Trainees in this experience engage in intakes, diagnosing, individual therapy, psychoeducational and process groups, crisis intervention, consultation, outreach, and weekly professional development activities. We encourage Counseling Interns to become strong in their generalist skills while also beginning to develop a niche area in individual and/or group therapy. 2-hours of weekly individual supervision is provided by a LPCC-S. 

Doctoral Internship 

2,000-hour, 12-month, full time doctoral internship in clinical psychology. The program runs from August 1st to July 31st each year. Applicants are required to have completed 3 years of graduate level training, 300 AAPI intervention hours, comprehensive exams passed by the time of application, and be authorized to work in the U.S. Applicants are evaluated based on the quality of their academic and clinical training, goals on internship, and the match between these goals and our program. Matched interns are required to undergo a UD employment based background screening and Ohio BCI/FBI fingerprinting. 

Interns provide a wide array of services at the Counseling Center to undergraduate students. Clinical services include individual therapy, psychoeducation and process group therapy, outreach, consultation, and crisis services (both daily and after hours). In addition, interns participate in all training activities including supervision, providing umbrella supervision to practicum students, didactic, and case conference. Daily administrative time is also given to allow for timely completion of clinical notes as well as preparation for clinical services. We provide a generalist training approach; however, interns are encouraged and supported in developing specific areas of interest. We then facilitate the intern in making campus connections, developing a group therapy, and/or outreach programming within those areas of interest.

The UD Counseling Center has been a full APPIC member since 2016 and can be found in the Directory of programs: https://membership.appic.org/directory/display/1597

We are currently not accredited by the American Psychological Association but are preparing a self-study to apply for accreditation. No guarantees can be made regarding the future accreditation status of this program. 

Doctoral internship benefits include salary, optional on-campus, graduate-level housing, sick leave, vacation, dental insurance, and health insurance.

Psychiatry

Residents are placed at UDCC in coordination with Wright State University School of Medicine Psychiatry Residency Program. Psychiatry residents are supervised by Dr. Ryan Mast. Please contact Dr. Holly Harmon, Director, for more information.

Contact Information

For more information about graduate clinical training at the University of Dayton Counseling Center, please contact Dr. Terri Pelley, Assistant Director, Clinical Supervision and Training.

CONTACT

Counseling Center

Gosiger Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0910
937-229-3141