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All applications for a fall/spring practicum are considered on a rolling basis until openings are filled. The first review of applications begins the first week of February.
To arrange an interview, email your CV with your request to Dr. Stefanie Denu at

Clinical Experience

  • Working with individuals in a university counseling center setting; experience with groups and couples as available
  • Providing personal, academic, and career counseling
  • Creating visual outreach presentations on topics relevant to our students
  • Working with a diverse population of adult clients with a wide variety of clinical issues and severity of disorder


  • Weekly collaborative goal-oriented primary individual supervision
  • Secondary supervision on topical issues or group counseling

Professional Development

  • Weekly case conference
  • Professional development seminars on topics of interest and multicultural competency

Training Philosophy

The mission of UHCL Counseling and Mental Health Center is to guide and to support the members of the university community in the achievement of their educational, vocational, and psychological goals. We are also committed to training future counselors and psychologists whose professional development goals are consistent with working in a college environment. Therefore, our philosophy of training is to provide trainees with the experiences and training necessary to develop and grow as counselors in a flexible and supportive professional environment while providing excellent direct services to UHCL students. We believe that the trainee, under supervision, is a part of the professional staff team and provides valuable input and services to students.


A two-semester commitment is required, the fall and spring. The trainee is expected to be onsite for 18 - 20 hours each week (not including lunch breaks), divided over three days. While all trainees are expected to be present for case conferences and training seminars, we attempt to be flexible in working with them to set a mutually favorable schedule for the rest of their hours, within the limits of our office hours

Practicum Requirements

Because our philosophy is to work as a team with the trainee and provide excellent counseling services to students, we expect that trainees possess a sufficient level of clinical skill and experience before they begin, such that they are capable of functioning competently under supervision.

The trainee should have:

  • Adequate academic and clinical preparation and experience
  • Acceptable levels of clinical skills and the ability to conceptualize clients as appropriate to our setting
  • A desire to work in a college counseling center
  • Understanding of issues facing college students and some understanding of the purpose and functioning of a college counseling center
  • Interest and willingness to do academic and career counseling
  • Good interpersonal skills, positive attitude towards supervision, ability to interact and work well with staff, and personal maturity
  • A strong sense of ethics

2023 - 2024 Practicum Therapists

  • Kerry Chávez, M.S.
  • Wilmer Lugo, M.A.
  • Ariel Rodriguez, B.S.


  • Counseling and Mental Health Center

    Phone: 281-283-2580
    Fax: 281-283-2602

    SSCB 3103
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 331
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Regular office hours:
    Mon: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Tue-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.