Welcome to the Office of Clinical Training
The Office of Clinical Training (OCT) is responsible for the administration of student practicums for the MA in Counseling Psychology program.
The mission of the Office of Clinical Training (OCT) is twofold. We provide highly supervised training for graduate trainees and MFT associates from both the JFKU community and beyond who are seeking professional licensure as marriage and family therapists, licensed professional clinical counselors, or psychologists. In turn, we are able to provide high-quality, affordable, outpatient mental health and psycho-educational services to the community.
External Practicum Placements
Supervised experience in a practicum setting is a significant component of graduate education. Practicum involves working directly with individuals, organizations, and communities. This kind of hands-on work promotes the integration of theoretical and experiential knowledge in practical work settings.
Our Clinical Training Coordinators guide and support students in identifying and securing external field placements in over 80 different clinical settings throughout the Bay Area (including Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties), where they receive training and supervision directly from the agency.
The specific requirements for Masters in Counseling Psychology Programs’ practicum placements are described in detail in our downloadable Practicum Handbook. Please note that specific requirements are subject to change.
Agencies interested in information regarding how to become approved practicum sites may contact our office via email at email@example.com.
Community-Based Counseling Program (CBCP)
In support of the communities we serve, John F. Kennedy University partners with many school districts and community agencies to provide counseling services via practicum placement in our Community Based Counseling Program (CBCP), internally managed by the OCT.
Graduate- and post-graduate-level psychology students provide on-site counseling services in K-12, college, and community agency settings throughout the local region.
Counselors who participate in the CBCP receive individual and group supervision from highly experienced JFKU clinical supervisors licensed in clinical psychology, professional counseling, social work, and marriage and family therapy. Counselors also receive extensive clinical orientation and didactic trainings to enhance their knowledge and skills. Supervision and trainings are offered on the JFKU Pleasant Hill campus.
Partner with our Community-Based Counseling Program
Clinical Records Requests
Current or former clients of JFKU’s Community Counseling Centers or student counselors in our Community- or School-Based placement settings can request access and copies of their psychotherapy records from the Office of Clinical Training. Please note that all requests must be submitted in writing.
Please download the Client Guide for Requesting Records for detailed instructions on how to request records. You may also download the Records Request Form and Authorization for Release of Information forms.
If you have questions about the process for requesting records, feel free to contact the Office of Clinical Training at 925-969-3444.
Do You Have an Employment Opportunity for an MFT Student or Alumni?
The Office of Clinical Training frequently receives inquiries from prospective employers seeking to share opportunities with our MFT students and graduates. As an affiliate of the National University System (NUS), JFKU offers an employment portal powered through GradLeaders and managed by NUS Career Services. Employers can post full-time, part-time, or volunteer associateship opportunities for our students and alumni, free of charge. Please reference our guide with instructions for employers. If you need any additional assistance with the system, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.