Advanced Doctoral Practicum

The advanced practicum program offers three (3) counselors-in-training the opportunity to provide individual personal counseling to undergraduate and graduate students in a university counseling center. Trainees see clients with a wide range of presenting concerns, giving them a depth and breadth of training in a center dedicated to serving students in a variety of ways on campus. Opportunities for group counseling, including psycho-educational or interpersonal process modalities, are dependent on the number of groups offered each term.

Training Philosophy

The staff of CAPS has a strong commitment to training.  We view ourselves as an organization in which all of us are both teachers and learners.  We believe training benefits our trainees, our staff, our clients, our university, and the profession of psychology.  We believe that individual differences and diversity serve as catalysts for personal and environmental development.  We work in a team-based model that values and expects participation of all staff.  We see ourselves as practitioner-scholars who serve as a bridge between the art and science of psychology.  We believe people learn and work best in a supportive, collegial atmosphere; therefore, we provide a nurturing environment in which we expect trainees to stretch, take risks and grow into confident, competent, ethical psychologists who are able to empower clients and colleagues.

Advanced Practicum overview

The advanced practicum position is structured for 20 hours per week.  The position is for the St. Thomas academic year, from September through May.  Advanced practicum students’ schedules are flexible, depending on their other time commitments; however, practicum students are required to be here on Tuesday mornings (8-11am) when practicum students meet for seminar and then are part of all-staff case consultation.  Trainees receive two hours of individual supervision a week as well as a weekly training seminar on a variety of clinically relevant topics.


Students must be enrolled in a counseling-related doctoral academic program and have completed relevant coursework in counseling. Students must also have completed a practicum position involving therapy experience prior to beginning an advanced practicum position at UST.

For additional information on the program and how to apply for the 2021-2022 training year, please download our ‌Combination Application 2021-22 or contact the Practicum Coordinator, Dr. GiGi Giordano contact form