Master's Internship/Doctoral Practicum
Butler University Counseling and Consultation Services
has six 20 hours/week internship positions available for the
2014-15 academic year. These unpaid internships are available to
students completing their master's degree in Clinical or Counseling
Psychology or doctoral students needing to complete their first
therapy practicum. A typical week includes 8-10 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. Most 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. Team meetings occur during the
work day but some outreach programs occur during the
evenings and we would like trainees to be available to participate
in some of the 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 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
state-of-the-art digital video equipment, a computer, a Butler
email account, and access to university resources such as the
library and computer labs.
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 24, 2014 to be
considered for an interview. Interviews are scheduled
to take place March 10-14, 2014.
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