University of Wyoming
1000 E University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-6303
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Students work full-time (40 hours/wk for 10 weeks) in a variety of
settings, during their second and third summers in the program.
Three basic goals are common to all placements. These are to:
(1) develop clinical skills through supervision by professionals outside the
(2) allow the student opportunity to gain knowledge of the programs,
administration, clients, and problems of an agency similar to one in
which he or she may eventually work or to which consultation services
may be provided;
Settings may include outpatient mental health centers, inpatient hospitals, VA medical centers, residential programs, and private practice settings.
Clients served include children, adolescents, adults, elderly adults, and incarcerated individuals.
Experiences in these settings can include assessment; individual, group and family psychotherapy; intake evaluations; case management; and skills training.
Specialty experiences such as forensic evaluations, substance abuse training, and parent training are sometimes available.
Locations of placements cover a wide geographical region, primarily in Wyoming, but also in neighboring states such as Colorado, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Relocation is usually necessary each summer.
The summer clerkships are regarded as an integral part of the student's training. Coordination between agencies and the program is maintained by a faculty member charged with this responsibility. Prior to placement, this faculty member discusses with the placement agencies and students the goals and experiences desired. In the summer, he or she travels to these agencies to consult with agency supervisors and students regarding the student's activities and progress.
Summer clerkships are funded by the host agencies and salaries vary. Tuition for each clerkship is the fee for 3 credit hours. This cost is borne by the student and is not covered by assistantship waivers.