Master's Internship/Doctoral Practicum
Butler University Counseling and Consultation Services
has six 20 -25 hours/week internship positions available for
the 2015-16 academic year. These unpaid internships are available
to students completing their master's degree in Clinical or
Counseling Psychology or doctoral students in need of practicum. A
typical week includes 10-15 hours of individual therapy, 2 hours of
individual supervision, 1-2 hours of intakes, 1.5 hours of case
staffing, 2 hours of outreach and 1.5 hours of group supervision.
Additional staff development/training opportunities are available
to trainees during the year.
In addition to individual clients, trainees may see couples or
process observe psychotherapy groups, depending on the need for
such services. Butler's counseling services are available to any
matriculating Butler student. Clients present with a variety of
issues, the most common being relationship problems with family or
significant others, depression, anxiety, eating/body image issues,
substance abuse, trauma recovery, and stress management.
Schedules are flexible with the exception of Fridays, which are
required 8a-5p for case staffing and group supervision. The center
is open 8-6 Monday through Wednesday and 8-5 Thursday and Friday
and we attempt to coordinate schedules to cover all hours that the
center is open. Trainees are on site 3 days per week.
In addition to the clinical work, outreach is an important
aspect of the training program and all trainees are assigned to
outreach team each semester. Outreach team meetings occur at
the end of the work day one evening per week which means working
until 7pm one night per week and participating in outreach programs
Butler University Counseling and Consultation Services promotes
a supportive, collegial atmosphere committed to training. In
addition to our master's interns and doctoral practicum trainees,
the clinical staff is comprised of three licensed psychologists,
one post-doctoral resident, and three doctoral interns who are
engaged in the center's APA-accredited doctoral internship
program. The center staff and trainees participate in two yearly
retreats and may attend conferences and/or staff development
activities as a group. In addition, each intern has an office
equipped with digital video equipment, a computer, a Butler email
account, and access to university resources such as the library and
Finally, the internship and practicum embrace the awareness
and use of self perspective as part of our training model. We value
personal exploration and expect trainees to examine the qualities
and dynamics they bring to interactions with clients, peers, and
other work-related relationships. We believe such discussions, as
they relate to trainees' activities throughout the year, can be
quite useful when trying to understand transference and
countertransference issues and in facilitating professional growth.
This may call for trainees to reflect on and discuss personal
reactions that might influence their clinical practice. Such
disclosure frequently occurs within a supervisory relationship
characterized by safety, trust, and respect. Supervision is not
viewed as psychotherapy, and the focus of personal exploration is
meant to enhance trainees' growth and effectiveness as clinicians
rather than serve as a form of psychotherapy.
Interested students are welcome to submit the following
materials by February 20, 2015 to be
considered for an interview. Interviews are scheduled
to take place March 9-12, 2015.
A letter of interest that addresses the following four
1. Who are you? What is your
background, interests, hobbies, etc?
2. How did you become interested in
pursuing graduate work in psychology? What are your career
3. What interests you about
completing an internship/practicum at a university counseling
center? Is there something specific about Butler that
appeals to you?
4. What experiences have you had
(paid/unpaid or formal/informal) that have helped prepare you for
working in the counseling profession?
A current vita
Two completed recommendation forms
Your graduate transcripts (copy accepted)
Note: Trainees who complete their practicum at CCS will not be
considered for the Doctoral Internship Program if they apply in
Please send your materials or direct questions to:
Shana Markle, Ph.D., HSPP
Butler University Counseling and Consultation
530 W. 49th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Phone: (317) 940-9385