The Office of Clinical Training (OCT) is responsible for the administration of student practicums for the MA in Counseling Psychology programs, including both the MFT and Holistic programs. Staffed with Clinical Training Coordinators that help students identify, apply to, and evaluate practicum placement options, the OCT works to ensure that our students receive an excellent clinical training experience to prepare them for a successful transition into their associateships in the mental health field.

Counseling students are able to choose from a variety of both internally- and externally-managed practicum placements.

Community-Based Programs (CBP) & School-Based Programs (SBP)

In support of the communities we serve, John F. Kennedy University contracts with many school districts and community agencies to provide internally managed practicum placements. Students who participate in these Community-Based and School-Based Programs receive individual and group supervision and didactic training from highly experienced JFKU clinical supervisors.

Master’s and graduate-level psychology students provide on-site counseling services in K-12 and college settings in the Mt. Diablo, Antioch, Pittsburg, and Alameda school districts as well as the Contra Costa Community College System. JFK University counselors are supervised by experienced clinicians licensed in clinical psychology, social work, and marriage and family therapy. Services to schools include individual and group counseling with children, adolescents, and young adults, as well as meetings with the youths’ parents. JFK University students may also provide psycho-education, parent workshops, and teacher and administrative consultation.

Issues addressed in the School-Based Counseling Program include behavior problems, abuse, academic difficulties, peer relationship conflicts, self-esteem, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, family change, and other developmental and adjustment challenges. Counseling utilizes a variety of treatment approaches such as expressive arts, play therapy, cognitive behavioral techniques, talk therapy, and group work. Services are tailored to the needs of clients and interests of the schools being served.

External Placements

Our Clinical Training Coordinators at the OCT also guide and support students in identifying and securing external field placements in over 80 different clinical settings throughout the Bay Area, where they receive training and supervision directly from the agency.

External placements may be arranged with pre-approved agencies that meet our requirements. In keeping with the University’s mission to be of service to local communities, we have partnerships with services in the East Contra Costa Region including Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services, Antioch Unified School District, Los Medanos College, Brentwood’s Village Community Resource Center, and La Clinica-Oakley.