There are many practicum opportunities for those pursuing their Master’s degree in counseling, family therapy, or other related fields.
Irving Family Advocacy Center can offer free counseling and victim’s services to our community through the hard work and dedication of our graduate and undergraduate-level students. Our internship program can be used for counseling practicum, required hands-on hours, or to explore potential careers in counseling, social work, or government services.
If you’re passionate about making a true difference in the lives of adults, teens, and children, our internship program could be right for you. We have opportunities for practicum students or those working to complete their LPC-A or LMFT-A hours.
We aim to meet all requirements and credentials for our counseling interns and to offer real-life clinical experience.
We see clients ages 3 and up for family therapy, individual therapy, play therapy, group therapy, and/or couples therapy. All interns will be allowed to work with the populations that interest them, although we do challenge interns to work with a diverse range of clients to help grow their experience.
Different programs have different supervisor requirements. We have several staff members at different levels of training, education, and licensure that are supervising to meet all program requirements.
In addition to your school supervision, you will meet with your individual supervisor weekly. There is also a group supervision meeting that occurs weekly that is optional for anyone wanting to attend and conceptualize cases.
In addition to a three-day orientation process, our interns must attend weekly training on Fridays from 9:00-12:00 on a variety of topics to help develop their clinical skills.
We offer training on how to work with all clients that we see here. Some examples of this would be training on family therapy, play therapy, child abuse, domestic violence, trauma-informed care practices, interventions that can be used, experiential techniques, parenting, and grief and loss. We add new training every semester based on feedback from our interns and their needs.
Overwhelmingly so. This job is hard and we recognize the need to take care of ourselves and our interns to provide the best care possible to our clients. We have an open-door policy and encourage interns to come to staff outside of their supervisor if they need anything (related to clients or otherwise).