Internship/Praticum for Counseling 

For more information about becoming a counseling intern, you can contact Nicole Roberts, Ph. D at nroberts@dcfof.org.

Counseling interns must be currently enrolled in a Master's or Doctoral program in Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, or a similar program. Depending on the availability of supervision, we will also occasionally accept LPC-Interns and Post-Doctorates. 

Our Internship offers the student an opportunity to work with trauma survivors and/or abusers within a warm, supportive, and flexible environment.  We offer the student the opportunity to tailor their internship experience to meet their own interests and gain diversity in experience.  Opportunities include:

Advantages of Our Counseling Internship

General Requirements 

Preferred 

The Application Process

  • Work with children, adolescents, & adults

  • Individual and Group Therapy

  • Play and Activity Therapy

  • Work with trauma survivors

  • Work with Batterers in our accredited Violence Intervention Program

  • Work in both a non-residential and residential setting

  • Exposure to the legal system through court accompaniment, police accompaniment, witness preparation, etc.

  • Experience working within a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, LPC’s, social workers, legal advocates, and attorneys

  • Crisis response/intervention

  • Participation in community education and awareness events

  • Flexible scheduling.
  • Caring, professional atmosphere with accessible staff and peer support.
  • A wide range of professional opportunities within several different programs.
  • Quality supervision.
  • Equipment is available for videotaping and reviewing counseling sessions.
  • Opportunity to gain experience in the dynamics of  relationship violence and sexual assault and work with trauma survivors
  • Opportunity to gain experience working within an interdisciplinary team and with other community agencies and available community resources
  • Two full semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • A minimum of 20 hours a week, with a minimum of 10-12 client contact hours - this is an unpaid internship.
  • Attend Group Supervision on Thursdays from 10 A.M. to noon.

  • One hour a week of on-site individual supervision.

  • On-call crisis  response availability for the Survivor’s Advocacy Team (SAT)

  • Scheduling is flexible, but all students are expected to work a minimum of one evening a week (Monday-Thursday until 8 PM)

  • Other requirements for specific activities such as: 

    • Graduate level play therapy course before seeing young children 

  • Our internship/practicum program is fairly competitive and preference is given to students from traditional state and non-profit accredited universities with accredited programs.

  • Completion of previous practicum or at minimum supervised pre-practicum involving practicing of counseling skills

  • Bilingual students fluent in Spanish

  • Students who have taken a graduate course in play therapy

  • For more information about becoming a counseling intern, you can contact Nicole Roberts, Ph. D at nroberts@dcfof.org.
  • You will be asked to complete 5 forms: the standard Intern Volunteer Application, the Counseling Internship Application Addendum, Background Check ROI and Confidentiality Agreement.
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