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Counseling Center

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Practicum & Internship Training Opportunities

The Gustavus Counseling Center’s Training Program:

Gustavus Adolphus College’s Counseling Center practicum is designed to meet your individual needs and current experience. We provide a comprehensive therapy practicum experience, fulfilling requirements for both master’s and doctoral level programs. Our practicum program requires a 20-hour-per-week commitment (approximately 2 ½ to 3 days per week) during the entirety of the academic year (late August through the end of May). Practicum students primarily provide individual therapy to Gustavus students. In addition, practicum students may have opportunities to co-facilitate groups, provide outreach programming, and assist in the training of student leaders. Given high demand for services, practicum students are expected to begin supervised clinical work quickly, and as such we consider ourselves more of an advanced therapy practicum.

Why Gustavus?

Gustavus Adolphus College is a residential, liberal arts college, serving approximately 2,200 undergraduate students. We serve students from an array of backgrounds and identities, with racially underrepresented students comprising 20% of our student population. Gustavus is located in St. Peter, Minnesota, about an hour southwest of the Twin Cities and 10 minutes north of Mankato. As rush-hour traffic runs in the opposite direction of travels from the Twin Cities to St. Peter, there are generally minimal issues related to the commute.

The Counseling Center is dedicated to your growth as a professional. With supervision and support, practicum students are encouraged to find their personal style and interests as counselors. Practicum students will have their own caseload, which will grow with experience. Practicum students work with an array of presenting concerns, including: relationships, identity, self-esteem, sexuality, family, depression, anxiety, suicidality, self-injurious behaviors, sexual assault, grief and loss, socialization and isolation, food and body image, and chemical use. Students may also gain experience with severe mental health concerns and as such may have the opportunity to work closely with referral sources, such as for medication management and psychiatric assessment.

The Counseling Center is a highly respected service on campus. We work with approximately 30% of the general student population per academic year. You will not only have the opportunity to engage in more generalist counseling work, but you will also be given ample opportunities to coordinate and consult with other offices on campus, including: Health Service, Residential Life, Dean of Students Office, Campus Safety, Center for Academic Resources and Enhancement, and Accessibility Services. As such, practicum students will complete their year with a strong understanding of the collaboration that occurs within a college counseling center.

Additional Benefits:

Two hours per week of supervision (one hour of individual & one hour of group consultation)
Full week of orientation, including training of tools for immediate use with clients
Stipend (amount to be determined) to assist with transportation costs
Opportunities to engage in special outreach projects
Opportunities to co-facilitate or start a therapy, support, and/or psychoeducational group
Opportunities to engage in professional development or to attend conferences on campus
Free parking permit and free use of the Lund Recreation Center (exercise equipment and classes)

Practicum supervision includes weekly individual supervision and group case consultation, in addition to monthly consultation with Health Service. Practicum students may have the opportunity to work with a different supervisor each semester, depending on supervisor availability and the student’s graduate program requirements. We try to allow for students to switch supervisors in order to provide students with an opportunity to learn and grow under a variety of theoretical styles. Our counseling staff represents a variety of theoretical orientations, training experiences and personal backgrounds:

Hannah Godbout, Psy.D., LP (Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy; Director). Theoretical focus: Cognitive-Behavioral, Systemic, ART, and Interpersonal. Interest areas: Mood disorders, gender & sexuality, identity development, re-entry issues, adjustment disorders, ADHD, and interpersonal functioning.

Jenn Ehalt, Psy.D, LP (Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy). Theoretical focus: Cognitive-Behavioral, Interpersonal, Emotion Focused Therapy. Interest areas: Anxiety and mood concerns, trauma, eating and body image issues, grief/loss, self-worth, and identity development.

Elizabeth McKay, MS, MSW, LICSW (Minnesota State University, Mankato). Theoretical focus: Cognitive-Behavioral, Client-Centered, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), EMDR. Interest areas: Trauma, depression and anxiety, adjustment disorders.

Aaron Geringer, MS, MA, LPC (Minnesota State University, Mankato). Theoretical focus: Developmental, Trauma-Informed, Cognitive-Behavioral, Client-Centered, Mindfulness, Somatic-Based Therapies, ART. Interest areas: Trauma, addiction recovery, anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+ populations, EMDR/ART, existential issues.

Alyssa Baker, MSW, LGSW (Minnesota State University, Mankato). Theoretical focus: Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Mindfulness, Strengths-Based. Interest areas: Interpersonal functioning, identity development and self-differentiation, positive sense of self, anxiety and mood concerns, adjustment, trauma.