Training

Message from the Supervision Team:

Thank for your interest in the University of Louisville Counseling Center as a practicum site.

An important part of the Counseling Center’s purpose on UofL’s campus is contributing to the training of students in mental health-focused graduate programs. In support of the Counseling Center’s overall mission, the training program provides opportunities for students to join our team in providing mental health services to UofL students.

We are currently accepting applicants for year-long Therapy practica from Master’s and Doctoral students from UofL’s Counseling Psychology program, Doctoral students from Spalding University’s Clinical Psychology program and Master’s students from the UofL Kent School of Social Work. We are also accepting applicants for a semester-long (fall or spring) Assessment practicum from both clinical and counseling doctoral programs. While we would be open to partnering with other mental health graduate programs, this would be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Introduction to the Supervisory Staff:

Ruby Casiano, Ph.D., HSP – Counseling Psychologist/Training Coordinator

First and foremost, I take a developmental approach to training. I like to meet students where they are in terms of skill and help them create individual goals with the intention of moving toward a better understanding of themselves as therapists and early professionals. I think my tendency toward a relational framework as a therapist informs my interaction in supervision. I think the supervisory relationship can be a valuable source of interpersonal feedback for therapists in training. I also think this holds true for me as a supervisor – each supervisory relationship I have teaches me about myself as a psychologist.

Gabrielle Billings, LCSW – Counselor Intermediate

My approach to therapy is eclectic, drawing especially from Motivational Interviewing, CBT and Systems Theory. I have a very holistic and collaborative approach to counseling. I look at all aspects of a person’s life to work with them to determine their goals and what will work best for them to achieve those goals.

I love providing supervision. I like to tailor supervision to each student and their needs. My approach is generally to have students start slowly and then increase their workload and case difficulty as their skills and confidence increase. I work to make supervision feel safe and challenging for students so that they can increase their clinical and professional skills as well as build their self-awareness.

Geetanjali Gulati, Psy.D., HSP – Clinical Psychologist

I primarily use CBT and Motivational Interviewing techniques in my work, but also incorporate dynamic and attachment theories in development of a case conceptualization. The focus of my supervision is usually to provide a student the opportunity to develop their own clinical orientation and also learn different approaches to clinical work. I take a very pragmatic approach to supervision with a focus on learning hands-on clinical techniques, as well as the ‘how-to’ of therapy. I also emphasize learning good note writing and focus on the student’s development of their own clinical techniques.

Juan Pablo Kalawski, Ph.D., HSP – Clinical Psychologist

I am from Chile. I studied and practiced psychology there and then again in the US. I think my diverse experiences help me understand therapy from a variety of perspectives. Therapy, like life, is complicated. I hope that my supervision helps you become more and more comfortable dealing with the complexities of being a therapist. I am happy to provide specific suggestions as needed. But I will also often ask you what you would do if (hypothetically) you did not have a supervisor, and why. Often, we may disagree (i.e., I might do something differently than you would). I believe that exploring those disagreements is much more enriching than your simply bowing to my suggestions. That is an opportunity to deepen each other’s understandings. I practice Emotion Focused Therapy. Consistent with that approach, as a supervisor I emphasize watching videos of your sessions, paying attention to moment-by-moment emotional processes.

Sarah Kolb, Ph.D., HSP – Counseling Psychologist

I approach supervision much in the way I approach therapy. I take a very collaborative approach and tailor my approach to meet the supervisee’s individual needs and developmental level. I place a strong emphasis on the therapeutic relationship, and will challenge students to attend to the relationship with their clients. In therapy, I take a predominantly CBT and interpersonal/psychodynamic approach. I encourage students to explore their own theoretical orientation and to try different theoretical approaches, and to be willing to tailor their style to the client’s needs. I am very willing to give directives regarding clinical techniques to try and selecting appropriate assessment measures, but I will also challenge students to explore their own ideas about how to proceed with clients and explore the thought process behind these decisions. I truly enjoy working with students and watching the process of growth and development of confidence in their role as clinicians.

How to apply for Practicum:

We interview prospective practicum students during the spring semester. After receiving applications from interested students we will contact candidates for on-site interviews. We will interview candidates until we have filled all available practicum slots for the academic year. The number of slots available each year vary based on the staff resources available.  If you are interested in applying for a practicum placement please fill out the application below by submitting the form with a current resume/CV, and an up to date completed course list. The information provided will automatically be sent to Dr. Casiano, if you need to reach her with any concerns or questions you can email her at ruby.casiano@louisville.edu. If you are applying for one of the assessment practicums, please include a recent, de-identified assessment report with your application materials. Applications for the assessment practicum without a comprehensive report sample will not be considered.  

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215 Central Ave, Suite 201. Louisville KY, 40208

Counseling Center
Cardinal Station
215 Central Ave., Suite 201
Louisville, Kentucky 40208

Office Hours

Fall 2017

M, Tu, Fri 8:00a to 5:00p

Wed, Thurs 8:00a-6:00p

URGENT WALK-IN CONSULTATIONS

M-F 8:30a to 4:30p

Closed on University holidays and closings. We observe delayed starts and early closings set by the University.

Phone

tel (502) 852-6585

Email

coping@louisville.edu
Note that email cannot be used to make appointments.