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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 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Deadlines for Practicum Applications

Spring 2020 - Applications due by December 1, 2019
Fall 2020 - Applications due by April 1, 2020


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.

Department for Student Health and Counseling Mission Statement

Department for Student Health and Counseling promotes students’ optimal health, well-being and development through the provision of high quality, integrated and holistic health services.  Staffed by caring professionals, Health and Counseling offers primary health care, psychological counseling, sexual health services, nutritional counseling and health education to SUNY Geneseo students, as well as consultation, prevention and training programs to the Geneseo community.  We strive to advance the missions of the College and Division of Student and Campus Life through empowering students to be active partners in their health care, providing education and resources to foster healthy decision making and supporting students in the pursuit of their academic and life goals.

Counseling Services’ mission is to work with the entire college community to develop socially responsible citizens by promoting the development of skills and self-awareness important to the pursuit of an enriched life. Counseling Services strives to enhance quality of life, mental health, and personal development of the College’s student body.  The quality of life is enhanced by providing students with skills which will assist them in effectively meeting their educational and life goals.  Mental and emotional health is pursued by providing counseling and/or therapy to students experiencing personal adjustment, vocational, developmental and/or psychological problems that require professional attention.  The personal development of the College’s student body involves supporting and enhancing the healthy growth and development of students through consultation and outreach to the campus community.  Toward this goal, Counseling Services provides services that are professional and of the highest possible quality.

Counseling Services Philosophy

SUNY Geneseo Counseling Services embodies the conviction that college is a pivotal time of development for students. Becoming a mature individual involves not only the acquisition of knowledge and career oriented skills, but also developing healthy relationships, learning to appropriately manage emotions, and integrating a sense of self. Counseling Services staff believe that students endeavor to grow and to actualize their full personal and educational potential and that they have the resources and qualities to cope with personal and life circumstances which may impede or hinder that growth. Ultimately, Counseling Services staff strive to help foster students' development in addition to their progression toward attainment of an academic degree.

Counseling Services provides students with an experience that enhances their personal resources by affording them access to support in times of need. For most students, counseling is an option which offers support and education as they learn to make wise choices regarding maintaining self-care, making life decisions, and developing a healthy balance between autonomy and interdependence with others.

A smaller yet significant proportion of students needs more involved support during their time in college. This includes students who either arrive on campus with or develop during their college careers more serious psychological problems. Issues such as significant relationship loss, substance abuse, eating disorders, sexual trauma and medical illness can have a profound impact on a student’s sense of identity and purpose. Furthermore, these issues often affect an individual’s ability to function in various life spheres, including the academic realm. For students struggling with these types of concerns, having ready access to effective treatment may mean the difference between success and failure—both in the college environment and in their lives beyond campus. While there are definite limits to the treatment which a college counseling service can appropriately provide, having a full-service outpatient mental health facility on campus reflects the College’s recognition of the diverse needs of its student body.

Thus the goal of Counseling Services is to provide students with psychological support and necessary growth experiences through short-term treatment. Individual and group counseling can be key experiences in the attainment of the skills essential to students’ academic and personal success. In certain situations, the needs of student are beyond what Counseling Services staff realistically can provide for.  In instance where a particular student's needs is beyond our scope of services, the role of Counseling Services is to help both to provide the student with access to the appropriate source of treatment and to ensure a suitable transition into treatment.

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.