More than two dozen counseling providers from Houston hospitals, schools and non profit organizations anxiously await this day each year. The University of Houston College of Education’s counseling practicum connects them with doctoral or master’s level students at a time when there is a shortage of qualified mental health providers.
“It really provides good training to students at top places,” said Associate Professor Jonathon Schwartz, training director and program lead for the college’s counseling psychology program and the master’s program. “We’re also providing a service for the places to have our students go in and do work there.”
Connecting with these providers is a critical step for students in their professional preparation. They will receive real world experience with reputable organizations More than 50 students will be placed because of this event.
“This is really an integral experience,” Schwartz said. “It is their first applied experience in a doctoral or masters program. A lot of them find the career they want because of this experience.”
The providers are familiar names—Bo’s Place, Houston Area Women Center and various school districts. Many providers are from the prestigious Texas Medical Center, like Dr. David Curtis, a psychologist with Texas Children’s Hospital, and a UH graduate.
“The people here, in a high quality program like this, present an opportunity for us to really set then up for success to be independent and go out and do great things when they finish here not just while they’re working here,” he said.
The College of Education is part of what’s happening at the University of Houston. I’m Marisa Ramirez.
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