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Application Process

Program Procedures

Selection of Trainees

All candidates must complete an application form and schedule an on-site interview. Prospective candidates first meet for a 30-minute group interview with the professional staff and current interns/practicum trainees if available. S/he then meets with the Director of the center for a 30-minute interview; the Director makes the final decision.

Requirements of Trainees

1. All prospective candidates must have completed the following prerequisite coursework;
     a. a course in psychopathology- abnormal psychology, DSM-IV
     b. a course in ethics
     c. a theories of counseling or personality course
     d. a techniques of counseling/psychotherapy course
2. All candidates must submit their resume, a copy of their transcript, a completed application form and a letter of recommendation;
3. Candidates must receive verbal or written recommendation from at least one of the professors in their program;

Selection of Supervisors
Professional staff is expected to provide input to the Director regarding supervision preferences however, all staff is expected to participate in the training of trainees.

Evaluation Procedures
In the context of their individual and group supervision, trainees should receive ongoing feedback from their supervisors and the Director with respect to their clinical and professional strengths and growth areas. Formal written evaluation is conducted at the middle and end of the semester.

At mid-semester supervisees evaluate their supervisors and vice versa. After exchanging feedback they meet with the Director to review and discuss both the training program as a whole, as well as whether there are requests for changes, modifications, etc.

Policy on Clients as Applicants to the Training Program
The ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA) deter counselors and psychologists from entering into dual relationships with clients. Therefore, when these situations arise care must be taken to ensure the best decision for all concerned.