Counseling Practicum

Starting in their second year, graduate students can hone counseling skills and evaluate health care systems as part of a practicum team during placements and internships in community health centers, schools, hospitals, or treatment programs. Jamie Aronson, director of Practicum Experience, works with students to discern their interests and determine the best opportunities to suit their experiences, skills, and goals. Throughout all of our placements, we emphasize the importance of culture and context, encouraging students to acquire a community-oriented understanding of the settings in which they serve.

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Practicum for Counseling Master's Programs

Practicum and Internship placements are major components of each student's experience in the School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling master's program. Working as a member of a practicum team in a community mental health agency or a guidance team in a school setting, while engaged in academic studies and dialogue with professors and fellow students, provides a rich context for developing counseling skills and critically evaluating community and school systems of support and care. Internships for mental health counselors and practicums for school counselors occur during the second year of the program; both are supervised. These seminars use a group supervision format designed to facilitate the integration of subject-matter knowledge, theory, and practice in a supportive interpersonal environment.

Dr. Jamie Aronson, the Director of the Practicum Experience, engages with students in the placement process by learning about how their prior school or work experiences may be meaningful and relevant to their developing interests.  Every effort is made to match students to practicum and internship opportunities that are consistent with their goals and level of experience.

Practicum for Counseling Doctoral Program

Throughout doctoral training, students have an exciting assortment of opportunities for practice in the field of Counseling Psychology.  Incoming students participate in the First Year Experience (FYE), which provides training in an array of non-traditional practice roles. Students learn to integrate a social justice approach to intervention at individual, community, and policy levels.  Second and third year students engage in Advanced Practicum, which entails working 2-3 days per week in a field site, under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, as well as attending a doctoral practicum seminar on campus. Some students even choose to continue their practicum training into their 4th year with increasing levels of responsibility. In addition to training in psychotherapy, students gain supervised experience in assessment in at least one practicum. Science and research are integrated in the practice of therapy via theory-driven and evidence-based case conceptualizations.

We are fortunate that our students have access to a wide variety of high quality practicum training sites in universities, schools, hospitals, and outpatient community mental health settings. Being situated in the Boston area, we have been developed excellent relationships with a number of these sites that frequently select our students for training. We also take pride in the fact that our doctoral students are considered to be highly sought after candidates for practicum training sites.  In fact, our students are accepted to sites that are considered to be among the most competitive in the nation for practicum and internship training. 

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Our leading scholar-practitioners and dedicated mentors improve practice, shape policy, and prepare students to serve diverse populations around the world.

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Mary Walsh

 A nationally regarded expert in applying developmental psychology to meet the needs of students, Mary Walsh is the founder of City Connects, a systemic approach to providing each child in a school with a personalized set of opportunities and supports. 

The Psychological Impact of Racism

Alex Pieterse

Director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Culture, Alex Pieterse studies and teaches about the health-related outcomes associated with the experience of racism as well as methods for addressing racial trauma in clinical supervision.

Human Welfare

David Blustein

Professor David Blustein’s expertise in work-based transitions, psychology of working, and the interface of mental health, work, and poverty contribute to the understanding of the relationship between socioeconomic status and poverty in human welfare.

Practicum and internship placements are major components of each student’s experience in the Mental Health and School Counseling master’s programs. Working as a counselor-intern on a clinical team in a community-based, mental health agency or school-based guidance team provides the richest possible context for developing counseling skills. When paired with rigorous academic study and discourse with professors and peers, students develop the analytical skills to critically evaluate community and school counseling practice in sociocultural context.
Jamie Aronson, Director of Practicum Experience

Thriving Together

Practicums and internships use a group supervision format, combining subject-matter mastery, theory, and practice in a supportive interpersonal environment.

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