Clinical Practicum Training:

Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Michigan-Dearborn has been a training site for doctoral and masters level trainees for more than 15 years.  We serve a very diverse student population in terms of demographics and a wide range of diagnostic groups. Trainees gain experience in both short-term and longer term therapy.  Every year we select 4-6 graduate trainees from various graduate programs in clinical and counseling psychology and recently started accepting social work trainees.  We have trained students from: UD-Mercy, Madonna, EMU, MiSPP, and the University of Windsor.  A special training highlight is that we sponsor trainees to attend the annual Depression on College Campuses Conference sponsored by the Depression Center at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. For more information on our program please check out below or contact the Director Sara Byczek at  

Training Program Identity

The training program offered by CAPS is developmentally based. Trainees enter their experience at the office at different points in their graduate degree and therefore their experiences will be individually tailored to meet their unique needs. The program trains all trainees in evidence based practices and approaches. The center takes a social justice approach to working with clients and helps to work with trainees in developing their own multicultural competencies and lens while having the opportunity to work with a diverse student population. 

Direct Clinical Service Experiences:

  • Trainees are expected to carry a caseload of 6-8 individual clients minimum based on a 16-20 hour a week placement
  • Trainees are provided the opportunity to co-lead one of the interpersonal therapy groups 
  • Trainees will organize at least 2 Outreach Events over the course of their placement
  • Trainees will have the opportunity to learn and conduct emergency crisis consultations
  • Trainees will have the opportunity to liaison with at least one department and/or student organization 

Individual Supervision: 1hr/wk.

Clinical supervision will be provided by a doctoral level, licensed psychologist. 

Training Seminars: 1hr/wk

Trainees will attend and participate in weekly topical trainee seminars provided by senior staff members or expert guest.  Examples of training seminar topics include: working with suicidal clients, group therapy, working with trauma survivors and individual diversity reflection. 

Group Supervision: 1.5hrs/wk.

Group supervision is a time for all the graduate trainees to discuss clinical cases with one another to receive feedback. Our group supervision is co-lead with the Director of the center along with one senior staff member. 


Application Materials & Procedure:

  • Cover Letter (providing statement of interest, including training goals)
  • Please denote the training track (Master’s or Doctoral) for which you are applying.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letters of Recommendation (1 letter for Master’s students and 2 letters for Doctoral students)
    • Should be sent directly from the endorser
  • Transcript (unofficial is sufficient)

Please mail or email the aforementioned application materials to:






Counseling and Psychological Services

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University Center (UC)
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