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Counseling Services Practicum & Internship

Note:  Our ability to provide practicum/internship placements may be limited at present due to the pandemic.  Please contact Emma Wolford, Director of Counseling Services, for more information.

Practicum and Internship

The Counseling Services practicum/internship is based on the Practitioner-Scientist model. Training is centered on the fundamental modalities of professional psychology with an emphasis on personal and professional growth. Priority is given to training through supervision and mentoring.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services is part of the Department of Student Health and Counseling, which is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). The Health and Counseling department falls within the division of Student and Campus Life.  Counseling Services is the principal agency on campus offering psychological services to the College's 5,500 undergraduate and graduate students.


Applicants must be one of the following:

  1. At least second year doctoral students from APA accredited Ph.D. program with a scientist-practitioner model in either Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology. They must be in good standing with their programs.
  2. At least second year student from a CACREP accredited Doctoral or Master Level programs in Counseling. They must be in good standing with their programs.

Practicum Application Materials

  1. Short cover letter stating your interest and introducing yourself
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Copy of Graduate Transcript

Address and Contact

Emma Wolford, LCSW-R
Counseling Services
Lauderdale, 2nd floor
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Other requirements

  1. On-site interview (case presentation)/phone interview
  2. At least one semester of supervised clinical work
  3. Personal liability insurance (required by most training programs and available for purchase through APA, ACA, ASCA, or through a private carrier)

The College and Environment

Geneseo's tradition of interweaving the threads of liberal and professional education began in 1867, when the state legislature, at the urging of a group of public-spirited citizens, passed an act authorizing the location of a "normal" (or teacher training) school. In 1871, Geneseo welcomed its first students to the Wadsworth Normal and Training School, offering instruction to would-be teachers. Geneseo became an original campus of the State University of New York in 1948. It is one of 13 universities or four-year colleges in the SUNY system.  Geneseo offers 54 degree programs in disciplines ranging from comparative literature to computer science.

Geneseo belongs to the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. A rigorous liberal arts education is the cornerstone of the Geneseo experience.  All students complete the Common Core, which includes courses in western humanities, fine arts, social sciences, natural sciences, foreign languages, non-western traditions, United States history, critical writing and reading and numeric and symbolic reasoning.

The Training Philosophy

The Counseling Services practicum/internship reflects a belief that strong clinical training and mentoring are a pivotal for the integration of personal and professional identities of future psychologists and counselors.  A conscientious effort is made to address the individual interests and needs of doctoral and master students and to provide experiences which enhance an identification with and integration into the professions of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, and counseling. Emphasis is given to short-term treatment, with counselors working from different theoretical perspectives.

Practicum/Internship Program

Each practicum/internship student is required 8-20 hours of work a week at Counseling Services, depending on the individual school requirements.  The practicum/internship experience lasts throughout the academic year (2 semesters).

Individual Supervision, Group Supervision, and Mentoring

Each practicum/internship student receives a minimum of 1 hour of individual supervision with licensed psychologist plus 1 hour of group supervision weekly with Health and Counseling clinical staff.  Mentoring relationships with the other psychologists results in additional supervision and professional experiences and offer students a means of customizing and enhancing their practicum experience.


Practicum students are encouraged to participate in all in-service trainings.  The in-service programs vary depending on the current need of the staff.


Each practicum student receives formal evaluation and feedback at a minimum of two instances during the semester. These evaluations cover clinical work, personal/ professional relationship skills, case presentations, ethical principles and their ability to meet administrative responsibilities such as completing clinical notes in a timely fashion.