And thank you for considering our Counseling Center as a potential training site!
Ball State University Counseling Center has a long history of investing in training students for professions in behavioral health care. Our initial training class began in 1969 when doctoral students from the Department of Counseling Psychology on our campus were recruited to work in the center. Our program has since evolved from that original training class to the multidisciplinary site it is today. Our training program currently provides placements for master’s internships, doctoral practicum, and doctoral internship placements, with our initial placement for master’s social work interns beginning in academic year 2020-2021. Our doctoral internship placement has been accredited with the American Psychological Association since 1983.
Our training program at Ball State University recognizes that training placements are a critical period of transition and integration in our professional development as behavioral health providers. The philosophy of our training program is developmental and focuses on learning and skill building through experience and understanding. Our training staff is committed to providing an opportunity for trainees to learn and work as practitioners using evidence-based practices in an applied setting. This emphasis translates into a model of experiential and didactic processes which facilitate development through supervision and feedback. Our training program is based on the belief that professional and personal development are mutually inclusive processes. The core values at our site include the integration of social justice concepts, multicultural competencies, and the development of an increased awareness of diversities and their intersectionalities. Trainees are provided opportunities for experience in clinical work, including individual and group therapy and crisis intervention. Additionally, trainees are an integral part of our outreach and consultation program which provides information and training to our campus community. Over the course of the training year, trainees are provided opportunities for assuming increasingly more responsibilities in all areas of their practice. As a training program, we aim to support our trainees throughout both their placements with us and as they enter into their chosen profession in behavioral health services.
For additional information regarding a specific program, please go to the designated link associated with that program. And if you have any questions, please feel free to get in contact with us.
Brenda Karns, Ph.D., HSPP
Associate Director for Training