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JCU’s Counseling Center provides practicum opportunities for local students from doctoral programs in counseling and clinical psychology, and masters programs in counseling.

The emphasis of our training program is on developing the trainee's therapeutic skills and familiarizing them with a university counseling setting. The University Counseling Center provides free, confidential, short-term counseling to students currently enrolled at JCU. We also offer psychiatry, consultation services, psycho-educational workshops, and outreach programming to the wider campus community.

Trainees are expected to spend 16+ hours per week at the counseling center and are expected to conduct intakes, provide individual counseling, participate in the planning and facilitation of outreach/psycho-educational programs, attend weekly staff meetings and group supervision, and receive at least one hour of individual supervision per week. Practicum students will also have opportunities to present formal case presentations and to lead a didactic training during the year. Additional training opportunities for group counseling and consultation services are also sometimes available.

Typical dates of training are from the end of August through early May.


Applying to JCU’s Counseling Center

The Counseling Center accepts applications and conducts interviews between January and February every year. Applicants would preferably have already completed a therapy practicum prior to beginning their training experience at JCU. Applicants should send a cover letter, CV/résumé and at least 1 letter of recommendation (preferably from a practicum supervisor) via email to Mark Onusko, Psy.D. (Director) at

Call us at 216.397.4283 for further information

Counseling Center Contact Info

Phone: 216.397.4283