The TAMUCC University Counseling Center offers semester long placements, 12-20 hours per week for master’s level graduate students training to become counselors. This practicum training experience provides an excellent opportunity for the developing counselor to gain clinical experience within a University Counseling Center setting. We offer opportunities to gain experience in academic success skills training (ASST), individual counseling, group counseling, intake assessment, and outreach activities. Opportunities are also available to pursue special interests in a particular clinical area (e.g., substance abuse, assessment, and stress management).
The goal of the practicum program is to prepare counselors to practice independently in fulfilling the multiple roles required of a university counselor. This is facilitated by developing the practicum students’ basic helper skills in addition to skills related to his/her duties assigned as determined by the student, supervisor, and service needs of our clients. As guided by the mission of the University Counseling Center and TAMUCC we strive to provide an atmosphere that is professionally supportive and growth-oriented to assist the practicum student in reaching his/her personal, academic, and professional goals.
For satisfactory completion of the practicum experience, students and interns are required to be engaged in on-site clinical activities for a minimum of 12 hours per week for at least 14 weeks during the semester. Students can make arrangements for additional practicum hours depending on the requirements of their academic program.
Practicum students will be expected to be involved in the following weekly activities:
University Counseling Center Professional Staff
Carla Berkich, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Executive Director, University Counseling and Health Centers
Theresa Sharpe, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Associate Director, University Counseling Center
Claudia Ayala, MS, LCDC, LPC-S, University Counselor
Assistant Director, University Counseling Center
Coordinator, Drug & Alcohol Services
Suzanne Bonds, M.Ed., LPC, University Counselor
Coordinator, Practicum Training Program
Alison Marks, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist
Coordinator, Outreach Programs
Sarah Skelton, Psy.D., Psychologist
Debby Hammond, M.S., LPC, University Counselor
Alyssa Good, M.A., Ed.S., LPC, University Counselor
Ana M. Salazar, M.S., LPC, Case Manager