About our Training Program

Counseling Center

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Practicum & Internship Training Opportunities

The 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 practicum experience, fulfilling requirements for both master’s and doctoral level programs. Our practicum program is a 20-hour-per-week (approximately 2 ½ to 3 days per week), two-semester-long training experience. Practicum students primarily provide individual counseling to Gustavus students. In addition, practicum students may have opportunities to co-facilitate groups, provide outreach programming, and assist in training of student leaders. Practicum students are welcomed as members of Counseling Center staff. As such, practicum students contribute in our staff meetings and collaborate with other student affairs departments, notably Health Service, Dean of Students Office, the Substance Use Specialist, and Residential Life.

About Gustavus:

Gustavus Adolphus College is a residential, liberal arts college, serving approximately 2,400 undergraduate students, of which approximately 13% are students of color. Gustavus is located in St. Peter, Minnesota, about an hour southwest of the Twin Cities and 10 minutes north of Mankato. Carpools may be available for those students wishing to commute from the Twin Cities. 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.

Why Gustavus?

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. The experience of individual counseling may provide practice with a variety of client concerns, which may include: 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 and psychiatric assessment.

The Counseling Center is a highly respected service on campus. We work with approximately 20% 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 Substance Use Specialist. 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 of $600
  • 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 andfree use of the Lund Recreation Center (exercise equipment and classes)

Supervision:

Practicum supervision includes weekly individual supervision as well as weekly group case consultation and 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 (Director, MSPP at Argosy). Theoretical focus: Positive Psychology, CBT, ACT, Strength Based and Solution Focused. Interest areas: Mood disorders, gender & sexuality, identity development, re-entry issues, adjustment disorders, ADHD, trauma (ART certified) and interpersonal functioning.

Jenn Ehalt, Psy.D, LP (MSPP at Argosy). Theoretical focus: Cognitive-Behavioral, Interpersonal, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Interest areas: Anxiety and mood concerns, eating and body image issues, interpersonal and family dynamics, values exploration and self-esteem issues, and identity development.

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