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.

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.

Graduate-level psychology students provide on-site counseling services in K-12 and college settings in the Mt. Diablo, Antioch, Pittsburg, Oakland and Alameda school districts as well as within the Contra Costa and Solano community college districts. JFK University counselors are supervised by experienced therapists licensed in clinical psychology, professional counseling, 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.

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.

Agencies that are interested in becoming approved practicum sites for our student counselors can contact Timothy Ford, our Director of the Office of Clinical Training, for more information at or 925-969-3424.

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.