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Advanced Therapy Practicum

​​​​​​Advanced Therapy Practicum

UCS's practicum offers intensive training in time-limited individual and group psychotherapy. Students can expect to gain experience in crisis intervention, assessment and referral, training of university staff and community outreach, which includes consultation/liaison opportunities and psycho-educational workshops. Students choose to apply to either the Clinical Emphasis Position (24 hours a week) or the Outreach/Consultation Emphasis Position (24 hours a week).

Each student will receive a minimum of one and a half hours of individual supervision and one hour of group supervision per week. Practicum students are supervised by a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (or by other center professional staff under the supervision of a licensed psychologist). UCS has nine senior staff clinicians, including seven licensed psychologists and a full-time, board certified psychiatrist. The practicum begins in late August and continues through mid June. University Counseling Services abides by ACEPT Guidelines.

Note: DePaul UCS h​​​as been working remotely since March 2020 due to COVID-19. We will continue to follow university policies and procedures which have been very sensitive to the health of staff and trainees.​

Our Application Process

  • Eligible students will have completed at least one full year of practicum training in psychotherapy.
  • 24 hours per week (for each emphasis area), attendance on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • One day per week with evening hours - excluding Fridays - (i.e., until 7 p.m.).
  • Audio or video recording of therapy sessions is required.
  • Late applications will not be accepted (See Informational Sheet below for deadlines.).
  • Externs may be required to attend practicum 4 days per week (including Fridays) at particular times of the year, subject to office availability.
  • Extern quarterly schedules may be subject to change based on UCS needs.

The application period for the 2021-22 academic year will open on Friday, January 29, 2021 at 9:00 AM  and closes on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

If you choose to apply, you must complete this brief Application Information Form. Since the form will not be available until the application period begins, please be aware that the form will ask for information such as your name, contact information, name of your academic program, whether you are applying for the Clinical or Outreach Emphasis, and names of your current and previous practicum sites where you are training or have trained. It will also ask you to list 3 references and their email addresses.

After completing the form, you will be sent a confirmation e-mail with further instructions about how to submit the required materials. The confirmation email and many other email notifications are auto-generated. Please add - noreply@surveys.depaul.edu - to your email safe-senders list and check your spam filters to ensure delivery of these emails.

A completed application will consist of:

  1. Your letter of intent/cover letter
  2. Your CV/resume
  3. Three letters of reference (at least one letter should be from a therapy supervisor)
  4. A completed application information form

All supporting materials being provided by the applicant must be submitted online when completing the online application form (except for reference letters being sent by writers). Letters of reference may be submitted by you directly or by the writers. Physical application materials delivered by hand, USPS, messenger, or other delivery services will NOT be accepted.

If you do not receive a confirmation email, or have any questions about the application process, please email us at UCSTraining@depaul.edu.

Please see the Advanced Therapy Practicum Information Sheet for more information about the practicum requirements.


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