Internships and Practicums

During the second year of the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling Program, you’ll complete two six-month internships—from September through February, and from March through August. These hands-on experiences let you participate in a range of activities for clients with disabilities, including counseling, case studies, contacts with community social agencies, and vocational training and placement.

The first internship includes an in-depth 320-hour practicum that includes supervised individual interviewing and counseling, participation in case conferences and client staffing, an introduction to case-management techniques, and the evaluation of vocational potential. This provides practicum/internship students a full year of clinical experience, and including the 320 hours of practicum, enables them to complete a total of 1,000 to 1,040 hours.

Internships are available in a variety of settings, including our own departmental programs, services on or near the UT Southwestern campus, and facilities in the broader community. We’ll assign you to internships based on your preferences and site availability. We’re continually exploring new internship sites to enrich your experience in this field. Here’s a closer look at our current opportunities.

Departmental Sites

Developmental Neuropsychology Service

School of Health Professions, Third Floor
Supervisor: Cheryl Silver, Ph.D.

This internship involves outpatient assessment and evaluation of children and adolescents with documented or suspected brain injury or dysfunction, including learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. These younger clients are typically referred by parents, physicians, psychologists, and schools.

You’ll also perform some assessment and evaluation of adults with suspected learning disabilities and ADHD. The test battery involves assessment of IQ, academic achievement, neuropsychological functions, such as memory and executive functioning, and behavioral concerns. You may also be exposed to issues involving forensic testimony and clinical research.

As an intern, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Conduct IQ and achievement testing.
  • Administer and score various neuropsychological tests.
  • Write reports in collaboration with your supervisor.
  • Gain additional assessment experience at an affiliated clinical site.

URS Psychosocial Group with an Emphasis in Recovery Rehabilitation

PSA-Personal/Social Adjustment Supervisor: Robert Drake, M.S., LPC, CRC

PSA provides a psychosocial group experience that helps individuals retain gainful employment in the most independent setting possible. The group attempts to help participants eliminate behaviors that have proven detrimental or self-sabotaging, and strengthen success-oriented behaviors. Participants, referred primarily by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and the Veterans Administration, have mixed and complex psychiatric disabilities.

This internship will expose you to highly focused group process and skills teaching using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and other counseling methods. You’ll be onsite 20 hours a week, with slight variation based on clinical demand. Interns primarily work from 12:45 to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday. In addition, you’ll be required to participate in case conferences, team meetings, and other sessions as scheduled.

As an intern, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Conduct group orientation and screening.
  • Co-facilitate and eventually lead group sessions.
  • Participate in team meetings to discuss an individual’s progress.
  • Participate in daily team updates and planning sessions.
  • Prepare monthly progress reviews and reports.
  • Participate in case management.

URS Supported Employment Program

School of Health Professions, Third Floor
Supervisor: Lindsey Rose, M.S., LPC, CRC

Supported Employment/Placement Services gives you the opportunity to help people with significant disabilities achieve their individualized employment goals. We provide our clients, most of whom are referred by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, with assistance and support in finding and retaining competitive employment.

As an intern, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in the discovery process (collecting information about the client through interviews and observations of abilities in multiple settings, on multiple occasions).
  • Participate in the team process in developing and implementing a client-driven employment-support plan.
  • Participate in the development of employer relationships and placement.
  • Participate in on-site direct job coaching and employer support of placed clients.
  • Assist in completing required progress reports and documentation.
  • Participate in case management.
  • Participate in providing direct employment related services, including employment searches, applications, interviews, and workplace accommodation.

UT Southwestern and Community Sites

Children’s Psychiatry Consultation/Liaison Service

Children’s Medical Center, Dallas
Supervisors: Crista Donewar, Ph.D., Martin Woon, Ph.D., Travis Whitfill, Ph.D.

As an intern, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Intervene with children and adolescents with chronic and acute medical conditions and their families.
  • Conduct diagnostic interviews as a member of the multidisciplinary consultation/liaison team.
  • Conduct assessments, including pre-transplant, International Adoption Medicine developmental assessment, and cognitive and academic testing for children with sickle cell disease.
  • Attend weekly consult round case discussions and consult grand rounds with outside presenters.
  • Participate in teaching, group supervision, and individual supervision.
  • Work with a variety of populations, including children and adolescents.

Pate Rehabilitation Brinlee Creek

Anna, TX 75409
Supervisor: Amy Gorham, M.S., LPC-S

A post acute brain injury rehab facility, where the focus of the integrated team is on the patient and their family. The goal is to reduce, to the greatest extent possible, the degree of the impact of injury.

As an intern you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Work with and observe patients in areas of cognitive rehabilitation.
  • Adjustment counseling groups.
  • Vocational exploration and placement post injury.

Dallas Metrocare Services

Dallas, Texas
Supervisor: Elisa Reese, M.A., LPC

Dallas Metrocare provides services to individuals with mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families. Metrocare provides psychiatric evaluation, rehabilitation services, medication monitoring, and supportive counseling to up 50,000 individuals in Dallas County.

As an intern, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in treatment team meetings.
  • Interact with assigned consumers, document behavioral interventions, and works cooperatively with other team members to provide services, which ameliorate symptoms of mental illness for consumers assigned to the team.
  • Interact with the consumer’s family members and other providers in the community as appropriate to ensure that the consumer’s needs are being met.
  • Perform functional assessments of consumer strengths, needs, and resources to determine appropriate teaching/learning expectations and to analyze mastery of skills.

Psychology Service at Parkland

Parkland Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic, Renal Transplant Clinic & Inpatient Units
Supervisors: Wendy Ringe, Ph.D. Cecilia Heppner, Ph.D.

The service provides assessment, diagnostics, and consultation for psychiatric disorders. Many of these patients have concurrent medical problems and/or difficult social and economic circumstances that complicate their psychological functioning.

As an intern, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Observe or participate in assessment, including conducting diagnostic interviews, personality testing, and neuropsychological testing; writing reports; and providing feedback to patients, referring physicians, and the treatment team.
  • Attend weekly meetings and conferences where you’ll present evaluation results and participate in treatment planning.
  • Consult regularly with the treatment team.
  • Observe and participate in ongoing consultations by residents, attending psychiatrists, and social workers.
  • Participate in inpatient group therapy.
  • Provide individualized skills training to assigned patients.

UT Southwestern Neuropsychology Clinic

Neuropsychology Outpatient Service, Bass Center 
Supervisor: Laura Lacritz, Ph.D.

The Neuropsychology Clinic provides neuropyschological assessment to outpatients with a variety of brain-related disorders, serving a population from diverse socioeconomic groups.

As an intern, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Observe, administer, and score tests.
  • Document clinical observations.
  • Participate in clinical interviewing and report writing.
  • Participate in case reviews and feedback sessions with patients.

Zale Lipshy Inpatient Psychiatry

4th Floor Zale Lipshy University Hospital
Supervisor: Karen Brewer-Mixon, Ph.D.

As an intern, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in psychological evaluations, including administering and scoring objective and subjective tests, writing reports, and providing feedback to patients.
  • Participate in neuropsychological evaluation, including conducting screening and more detailed evaluations, writing reports, and providing feedback to patients.
  • Co-lead group psychotherapy.
  • Conduct individual psychotherapy.
  • Conduct family psychotherapy.
  • Participate in daily team update meetings.