Pre-Doctoral Therapy Practicum

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The Minnesota State Mankato Counseling Center has been a training site since 1992 and has provided training to over 70 graduate students to date.  We provide a range of psychological services to the Minnesota State Mankato community.  Services include brief and short-term counseling and psychotherapy, individual assessment, crisis intervention, referral, outreach, consultation, training, and service on university committees and task forces.  Couples and short-term structured group modalities are also periodically employed.  Practicum students participate in the center’s workshop series and develop and deliver an outreach presentation on a psycho-educational topic of relevance to university students.


Full-time and part-time students currently enrolled at Minnesota State Mankato are eligible to use the services of the Counseling Center.  Minnesota State Mankato’s enrollment is approximately 15,000.  The population served by the university's counseling center includes traditional-aged (70%) and nontraditional-aged students (30%), undergraduate and graduate students, and international and minority students.  Approximately two-thirds of our clients are women. As a large public institution, we encounter a wide diversity of presenting problems, types and degrees of psychopathology, and levels of functioning ranging from developmental and situational concerns through relatively mild mental health conditions to more serious conditions.  The range and severity of client issues is comparable to that of a general adult outpatient population.  Many clients present with depression, anxiety, relationship and family-of-origin issues.  About half of our clients have received previous outpatient psychotherapy.  A psychiatric nurse practitioner is available in Student Health Services for medication referrals. The center is located in the Centennial Student Union and will  be transitioning to electronic record-keeping in Spring 2014. 


Accreditation: The Minnesota State Mankato Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), one of only five IACS-accredited centers in Minnesota and one of less than 200 accredited in the nation. 


Staff: The Counseling Center professional staff is composed of six psychologists, all of whom have many years of experience and/or have specialized in university mental health.  The staff have a variety of clinical and theoretical interests and all are integrative in theoretical approach.  We typically have 4 to 6 practicum students from different graduate programs, both masters-level and doctoral-level, annually. 


Supervision: Two-day per week psychotherapy practicum students receive one to two hours per week of individual supervision.  In addition, practicum students attend the center’s weekly Case Conference, in which all professional staff and practicum students participate, which is followed by an hour of group supervision for all trainees and led by different staff members on a rotating basis.  Thus, a significant portion of the student’s two days in the center are spent in either individual or group supervision.


Internship Mentoring: We understand that during the fall of the therapy practicum year many students will be applying to internship sites for the following year.  To assist with this often stressful process, an optional internship mentoring component is offered to help our practicum students with the process of selecting and applying to internship sites.  Several of our staff psychologists are available to provide help with: what to expect and how to navigate the application process, how to write personal essays, reviewing essays and curriculum vitae both for grammar and content, what to expect during an internship interview, and to conduct mock interviews (both group and individual).  Specific topics and activities to be addressed are determined by each student cohort.  Our practicum students have been highly successful in securing internships in a variety of settings including university counseling centers, community mental health centers, hospitals, and correctional facilities.  Several of our former practicum students have gone on to staff psychologist positions in college and university counseling centers in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota.


Goal: The goal of the practicum is, first and foremost, to provide high quality training and supervision in the provision of outpatient psychotherapy, with an emphasis on consolidating psychotherapeutic competencies generalizable to a variety of mental health delivery settings. Within collegial relationships with his/her supervisor and other staff members, learning opportunities will be individualized to meet the experience and interests of the student.


Dates: Practicum students typically begin during the third week of August.  The Counseling Center is closed for the three-week semester break from mid-December through the first week of January and during the spring break week in mid-March. The Practicum concludes with the ending of the spring semester in mid-May.  Office hours are from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday – Friday.


Location: The Mankato-North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area has a population of 97,000 and is located 80 miles southwest of the Twin Cities, less than a 90-minute drive from the Twin Cities. Students may make arrangements for overnight lodging, if the need arises.


Application:  Applications may be sent to Dr. Carrie Giebel at  Please include an application, brief statement of interest, current curriculum vitae, and unofficial graduate transcript.