Practicum Training

Eligibility for Practicum

Doctoral-level students in the Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology programs are eligible to do a practicum placement at CAPS.  Students will be in good standing in either the Ph.D. program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology at UNC Charlotte. Students will have completed courses in basic counseling/clinical theory and techniques, ethics, and personality or abnormal psychology. It is also desirable that students have completed courses in multicultural counseling, research design and methods, and group therapy.

How to Apply for Practicum 

Students will be expected to participate in two consecutive semesters of practicum beginning in fall and continuing through the spring.  The application process will begin in early spring for the following fall semester and will include both a written application and an interview.  Students will submit a completed application form (see below), a vita, a letter of interest, and one reference from a faculty member or current supervisor who is familiar with the students’ clinical experiences. 

Download application materials here, Applications are due March 23, 2020 for a practicum placement that starts in the fall semester 2020.  Students will submit a completed application form, a short vita, and one reference from a faculty member or current supervisor who is familiar with the student's clinical experiences.

Submit the application materials by email to:
Elizabeth Malone, Ph.D.,  Psychologist & Coordinator of Practicum Training at



Activities and Expectations for Practicum

The doctoral level practicum training experience is a 16 hour per week training experience that can include the following weekly activities:

  • One initial consultation session per week.
  • Five to eight individual counseling sessions per week.
  • Co-leadership of a weekly structured group or workshop (spring semester).
  • One hour of individual face-to-face supervision.
  • One and a half hours of weekly group supervision.
  • Monthly full staff meetings and quarterly staff-wide trainings on diversity and inclusion (as schedules permit).

Policy on Practicum Students Use of Counseling Services

If you are a student interested in becoming a trainee at Counseling & Psychological Services, it is important to consider some ethical issues related to the potential for dual roles. Prospective trainees who seek counseling at CAPS should be aware that they will limit who would be available to supervise them and coordinate their training experiences.  Due to the importance of avoiding multiple relationships, a Ph.D. student in either the Clinical Health Psychology or the Counselor Education program who would like to be a trainee at this Center will not be able to have counseling with the Practicum Coordinator or the Training Director.  For the same reason, students are not eligible to receive counseling at CAPS while they are trainees here.