The University Counseling Center (UCC) has existed on the University of Mississippi (UM) campus since 1988, and has hosted trainees for several years. The training program has a well-established placement for doctoral students from the Counselor Education and Clinical Psychology programs on campus. In the next few years, the training program will add training opportunities for UM Counselor Education and Social Work master’s interns, as well as psychology doctoral interns from across the country.
Individuals who come to the UCC for training will have a variety of experiences providing services to the UM community. Most trainees will have the opportunity to engage in the processes of intake, ongoing therapy, group co-facilitation, as well as receive individual supervision, group supervision, and ongoing training. Depending on the trainee’s level of experience, participating in triage, providing clinical supervision, and conducting outreach programs are additional experiences available.
The general training philosophy for the UCC is that trainees will be treated with the utmost respect and be given training that is current, relevant, ethical, and fulfills the highest standards of practice. Trainees will be mentored by the Center’s staff at a developmental level that is appropriate, while also receiving regular assessment of their growing clinical skills in preparation for entering their chosen profession. Each individual will be given the opportunity to craft goals moving them toward desired professional development outcomes. Trainees are expected to embrace the mission and policies of the UCC and UM during their training.
Training for Doctoral Students
Doctoral students are placed at the UCC for 20 hours a week throughout the academic school year (fall through spring semesters). These students are recruited from the UM doctoral programs in Counselor Education and Clinical Psychology. Throughout their time at the Center, trainees will have the opportunity to engage in the processes of intake, ongoing therapy, group co-facilitation, as well as receive individual supervision, group supervision, and ongoing training. During the spring semester, triage and outreach opportunities may also be available.
The UCC is in the process of developing a psychology doctoral internship. Please check back for updates on progress with this program!
Training for Master’s Students
Students from the UM Counselor Education Clinical Mental Health and Social Work programs may be interested in doing their internship at the UCC. Plans are in process to develop this opportunity. Please check back for further information!
Applications for these positions are sent to the Counselor Education and Clinical Psychology programs in the spring prior to the expected fall start date. Stipend funds come from the Federal Work-Study Program, so students must qualify for this program. More information about the Federal Work-Study Program is available from the Federal Guide to Student Aid. Please see https://finaid.olemiss.edu/work-study/ for more information.
Once applications are received, individual interviews will be conducted from the pool of applicants. Interviews generally occur in April either in person or via Skype depending on each applicant’s availability. Decisions will be finalized by the end of the spring semester.