Graduate Internships and Practicums
Austin Child Guidance Center is one of the premier training sites in Austin for future mental health professionals and regularly accepts graduate students who are seeking field experience as part of their degree program. We accept advanced graduate students in the fields of social work, psychology, and professional counseling.
Due to the intense nature of the work at The Center and the demands of the placement, we do not currently offer undergraduate-level internships, although there are volunteer opportunities for undergraduate students who wish to gain more experience working with children and families.
Students should, at a minimum, possess the following before applying to The Center: at least one course in family, individual, and group therapy; assessment experience, if applicable; and some course work related to child and adolescent development. Prospective students should have previous practicum or work experience using psychotherapy skills. Students must commit to The Center for at least 20 hours/week for two semesters.
It should be noted that a placement at Austin Child Guidance Center is quite demanding; however, you will find the agency very supportive in terms of the supervision and training you will receive. It is recommended that you seek out other students who have completed placements at The Center to learn about their experiences before you apply.
Doctoral Psychology Students apply and interview in the spring for a 2 semester placement the following fall and spring semesters. Students should submit a curriculum vitae and a request for an interview by early February and we offer placements early March.
- Send your application or inquiry to Julia Hoke, Ph.D.
- Doctoral Psychology Practicum Information sheet
Social Work Students, ACGC offers two clinical placements for social work students in their second year of graduate school at UT Austin. The clinical counseling placement is an extended internship in which students provide individual, family and group therapy to children and their parents. The infant early childhood project (IEC), another clinical placement at the agency, involves providing consultation to childcare staff at high-needs centers in Austin as well as counseling to children and their parents. Both placements begin in the fall (approximately five hours per week co-facilitating group and attending student seminar); the official placement (18-20 hrs/wk) begins in the spring and extends through July.
- Send your application or inquiry to Seanna Crosbie, LCSW.
Administrative Social Work, ACGC also offers 1-2 administrative social work internships each year, and occasionally has opportunities for graduate business students and students from other fields. To inquire about these “macro” level internships, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional counseling, ACGC accepts advanced graduate students in the fields of psychology and professional counseling. At a minimum, students should possess the following before applying to the Center: at least one course in family, individual, group therapy; some experience in psychosocial assessment; and some course work related to children and adolescents. Prospective students should have previous practicum or work experience using psychotherapy skills. Counseling students are accepted in the spring for a 2-semester placement the following fall and spring semesters. Students should submit all required documentation by April.
- Send your application or inquiry to Sara Wakefield, LCSW.
- Professional Counseling Practicum Information sheet
- Internship Recommendation Form
The Austin Child Guidance Center offers a full-time postdoctoral fellowship in child/adolescent psychology. Training goals for postdoctoral fellows at Austin Child Guidance Center include the development of proficiency in (1) child/adolescent assessment given a range of presenting concerns (e.g., learning disabilities, ADHD, trauma, autism-spectrum disorders); (2) psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and families; and (3) working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary treatment team. Other goals (e.g., developing group therapy skills, assessment of autism-spectrum disorders) are chosen by the fellow and his/her supervisor at the outset of the postdoctoral fellowship year. The doctoral postdoctoral fellowship will begin September 1st and continue for 12 months at 40 hours per week. Vacation and sick leave are provided, as well as employee health insurance.
Candidates should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a sample psychological assessment report, an unofficial copy of your graduate school transcripts, and three references to Julia Hoke, Ph.D. prior to January 31, 2017. Potential candidates will be notified by email or phone if chosen to interview. See the information sheet for additional information.
Director: Julia Hoke, Ph.D.
Phone Number: 512-451-2242