Counseling Center

AT NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY

GRADUATE ASSISTANT PROGRAM

The UCC Training Clinic aims to offer a well-rounded experience, offering a wide range of developmental opportunities. This includes but is not limited to clinical skills, outreach, supervision, education, research, and other areas beneficial to the development of a new counselor. Graduate assistants will engage in individual, group, couples, and/or family counseling as the opportunities arise. Interns will also participate in outreach projects under the direction of the Outreach Coordinator. Lastly, graduate assistants will complete an educational component, where they learn about different aspects of the counseling profession and research their own interests within the counseling profession.

Who is an Graduate Assistant?

The UCC will take up to 3 graduate assistants per semester. Graduate assistants should be in the Practicum or Internship portion of their Master’s Degree. There are one to three paid 20-hours a week graduate assistant-ships at the UCC each academic year. All graduate assistants, paid or unpaid, completing their field experience will be required to complete 20 hours a week at UCC. 

Orientation

All graduate assistants will complete a 20 hour orientation to the University Counseling Center the week prior to classes starting. During the orientation process students will meet with professional staff, learn about the center policies, software, and expectations for the semester.

TRAINING ACTIVITIES

Direct

  • Intakes
  • Individual Counseling
  • Couples and Family Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention

Indirect

  • Individual Supervision
  • Case Consultation
  • Outreach Programming
  • Professional Development
  • Record Keeping

Outreach Programming

All graduate assistants will be assigned and required to participate in assisting the Outreach Coordinator with one project each semester they are at the UCC. Graduate assistants will work with the Outreach Coordinator to determine tasks needed to prepare for the event and will assist Outreach Coordinator in facilitating the event.

Education

In order to offer a full, well rounded experience the UCC incorporates an educational component into the training offered. Graduate assistants will participate weekly in a form of professional development. These educational opportunities could include various trainings, professionals from the community speaking on certain topics/specialties, presentations from UCC professional staff, and any other opportunities that the UCC can facilitate that further promote the professional growth of graduate assistants. It is a requirement that each graduate assistant will present on a topic to interns and/or UCC staff.

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