M.A./Ph.D. Counseling Practicum

The master's internship and advanced practicum are both approximately 16-20 hours per week for two consecutive semesters. Time off will be permitted for University scheduled holidays and professional development. The practicum experience enables the intern/student to meet the requirements for master’s internship or practicum as outlined by the Counseling Psychology and/or Clinical Psychology Department. A site supervisor evaluates the intern/student's work, and information collected is shared with the Training Director of the student's home academic program each semester. At the end of the training experience, trainees receive a certificate of completion.

Note: For students considering summer placement, the hour commitments are less, and more flexible during the summer semester.

Counseling Services reserves the right to terminate any practicum/master's degree-seeking student who receives unsatisfactory evaluations or who behave unethically or illegally. Counseling Services will determine the number of practicum/master's degree-seeking positions available each semester.

Application requirements

To receive placement in the master’s internship program or advanced practicum, student must:

  • Have clearance from their department;
  • Complete an application form including a resume and two letters of reference (e-mailed letters are accepted) from individuals who have advised or directly supervised the student’s clinical work; and
  • Interview with the training director and other staff members.

Applicants will be provided with:

  • A copy of hours and work expectations for master’s internship or advanced practicum; and
  • Any information requested about Counseling Services.

Selection procedure

  • The availability of practicum/master's degree-seeking intern positions will be sent to the UMKC Counseling Psychology and Clinical Psychology departments.
  • Individuals may inquire about the practicum/internship experiences at any time.
  • Late applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis depending on available positions.
  • The training director and staff will select practicum students/M.A. interns on an ongoing basis, but no later than within two weeks after the last completed interview deadline.
  • All applicants will be informed of their selection or non-selection.
  • The selected applicant(s) will need to provide proof of satisfactory completion of pending practicum experiences.


For more information, contact:

Arnold Abels, Ph.D.
UMKC Counseling Services
4825 Troost, Suite 206
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816-235-1218
Fax: 816-235-6350