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 (See Facilities)

Adult Neuropsychology Service

School of Health Professions, Third Floor
Supervisor: Karen Brewer-Mixon, Ph.D.

Developmental Neuropsychology Service

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

URS Psychosocial Group with an Emphasis in Recovery Rehabilitation

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

URS Supported Employment Program

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

UT Southwestern and Community Sites

Centre for NeuroSkills

Irving, Texas
Supervisor: Valerie Armstrong, M.S.

Since 1980 CNS has delivered post-acute medical treatment, therapeutic rehabilitation and disease management service with highly-trained staff for individuals recovering from acquired brain injury.

Children’s Health℠ 

Dallas, Texas
Crista Donewar, Ph.D., Cecilia Heppner, Ph.D.

Working with children and adolescents in a medical setting to address psychological factors related to a medical diagnosis.

Children’s Health℠ Outpatient Psychiatry

Chase Building in UT Southwestern Exchange Park, Dallas, Texas
Sunita Stewart, Ph.D., Mikah Smith, LPC-S

This unit encompasses some specialty services such as the Depression Clinic, Early Childhood Assessment Clinic, the Suicide Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program, and a General Outpatient Psychiatry Program.

Consult Liaison Psychiatry/Psychology Service

Parkland Memorial Hospital, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit
Supervisor: Kimberly Roaten, PH.D., Steve Krebaum, Ph.D.

Consult Liaison Psychiatry is a campus-wide behavioral medicine service to meet the mental health needs of medically and/or surgically ill patients in a hospital setting.

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.

Dr. Matthew Housson and Associates

Dallas, Texas
Supervisor: Matthew Housson, Ph.D.

A private practice comprised of a group of clinical psychologist and counselors who specialize in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with various learning, academic, attentional, and behavioral difficulties.

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.

Planned Living Assistance Network of North Texas (PLAN) – Jewish Family Services

Dallas, Texas
Supervisor:  Ruth Josenhans, LPC

PLAN’s services for adults with mental illness include social, recreational, rehabilitation and educational activities, services coordination (case management), psychotherapy, and vocational counseling.

Productive Rehabilitation Institute of Dallas for Ergonomics (PRIDE)

Dallas, Texas
Supervisor:  Tim Anderson

This program uses Functional Restoration, a medically-directed and interdisciplinary treatment,  for treating people with chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Psychology Service at Parkland

Parkland Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic, Renal Transplant Clinic & Inpatient Units
Supervisors: Wendy Ringe, Ph.D.,  Martin Woon, Ph.D., Travis Whitfill, Ph.D.

As a whole, this service provides multiple types of services in both inpatient and outpatient settings at Parkland Hospital.

UT Southwestern Neuropsychology Clinic

Neuropsychology Outpatient Service, Exchange Park
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.