Students should have an interest in both short-term and long-term counseling, and display a willingness to be flexible in terms of treatment approach. Short-term approaches are emphasized by necessity, as trainees are limited to a maximum of 8 months interaction with any particular client. A comprehensive program of supervision and training is provided, along with extensive exposure to a variety of client issues.
Supervision for trainees is provided by the Training Director, Dr. Lisa Naatz, a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Doug DeMerchant, the Director of the Counseling Center, supports and assists in supervision as needed. Weekly supervision consists of one hour individual, 1.5 hours group supervision, weekly live supervision, and case presentations. All sessions are digitally recorded.
Requirements and Duties
- Students must be enrolled in the Doctor of Psychology program at Wheaton College.
- Students should have an interest in both short-term and long-term counseling and display a willingness to be flexible in terms of treatment approach.
- Time requirements include 20 hours of on-site time per week, over the course of the nine-month college calendar.
- The case load will grow to a maximum of 10 individual weekly sessions. Case notes must be written for each session for supervision and follow-up purposes.
- Students will prepare case presentations for group supervision and case conferences.
- All sessions are digitally recorded and reviewed with their supervisior.
- Students will plan and present 2 workshops or seminars for students or staff during the course of the year.
- Students will secure the required professional liability insurance.
- Students are expected to be available at all times required by the college calendar.
- Other duties may be assigned.
The Training Director and Director of the Counseling Center attend the Practicum Fair, sponsored each year by the Wheaton Graduate Psychology Program. Please attend the Practicum Fair to pick up the application requirements and deadlines.