Professionals In Training
EKU's Counseling Center provides an opportunity for graduate students in psychology to advance their training. We offer part-time practica experiences. Practica position consists of a 15 hour per week program specifically designed to give trainees a full range of experiences found within a comprehensive university counseling center. For information on how to apply, see Call For Applications link at the bottom of this page.
Policy on Clients As Applicants to the Training Program
The ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Associate (APA) and the Amercian Counseling Association (ACA) discourage counselors and psychologists from entering into dual relationships that "could reasonably be expected to impair the psychologist's objectivity, competence, or effectiveness in performing his or her functions as a psychologist, or otherwise risks exploitation or harm to the person with whom the professional relationship exists" (Standard 3.05: Multiple Relationships, APA ethics code). Therefore any graduate student who has received counseling services at the EKU Counseling Center within the past 3 years may not subsequently apply for a practicum, graduate assistant, and/or internship position. Likewise, any current or former counseling center trainee will not be subsequently seen as a client-essentially a graduate student must choose between being in training or being in therapy (at the Counseling Center). Please note this restriction does not include brief screening appointments that resulted in no further treatment. Additionally, students who received counseling services at EKUCC more than 3 years ago and who are interested in a training opportunity can submit their materials for the desired position and these materials will be reviewed without consideration of prior clinical treatment.
Clients Receiving Services From an EKUCC Trainee
Through its support of graduate trainees, the Counseling Center is able to provide services to greater numbers of students. In addition, the energy of growing professionals-in-training promotes an active, diverse environment within the Counseling Center. When an EKU student comes to the Counseling Center for counseling, they may be scheduled to meet with a full-time staff member, a practicum, an intern, or an extern. We will do everything possible to ensure that a good fit is made between the student and counselor. Requests regarding seeing a particular counselor will be honored whenever possible.