Training

Counselors demonstrating telehealth counseling in the Brenham facility

Training Mission Statement

The TCC will provide students from a variety of disciplines opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom to a clinic setting to positively impact the communities we serve.

"There is a huge gap between how technology has expanded and where the workforce is prepared to go. We must equip the next generation of health professionals with the tools and knowledge required for telehealth."

- Dr. Carly McCord

Telehealth Counseling Practicum

The Telehealth Counseling Practicum program provides clinical experience in cutting edge service delivery modalities. This training program is designed to prepare psychology doctoral and masters students for future roles in chronic and rural mental health care service delivery through training seminars, supervision, and clinical experiences.

Students are expected to work collaboratively with community partners and seek out creative ways to positively impact the communities in which they provide counseling services. Applicants should have completed at least one semester of supervised experience at a different practicum site before coming to the TCC.

Telehealth Counseling Practicum:
Full-time (13-15 hours/week)

  • 8 hours direct client contact (can be adjusted for masters students needing more hours)
  • 1 hour of individual supervision
  • 2 hours of didactic and discussion/process oriented group supervision
  • 2 hours of supervision preparation
  • 2 hours of case management/paperwork

“We are possibly the only counseling psychology program in the country that provides this kind of psychology service in such a way that our doctoral students get needed clinical hours.

Students are better prepared for internship placements and research opportunities.

Through the program, they are working with people in the community to better understand health disparities and policy-related issues that concern health and well-being in rural areas.”

- Dr. Timothy Elliott

Public Health Practicums:
Outreach and Research

The Telehealth Counseling Clinic offers two practicum opportunities for students in the Master of Public Health program at the Texas A&M School of Public Health. These practicums offer real-world public health experience and a greater understanding of the issues, needs, and tasks involved in clinic outreach and research.

Students will work with the clinic director, staff, and counseling practicum students to accomplish outreach or research tasks. In addition, the public health practicum students will collaborate with each other to generate marketing and promotion materials. Additional responsibilities and opportunities are dependent on clinic needs.

Two practicum opportunities are offered for students interested in gaining experience with outreach or research activities.

Public Health Practicum: Outreach
Full-time (15 - 20 hours/week)

  • Generate and help implement network referral plans
  • Ensure the TCC website is up to date
  • Create resource lists for each county
  • Connect with interdisciplinary partners to increase support and improve public relations of the TCC
  • Collaborate with the research practicum student to generate marketing and promotional materials
  • Additional responsibilities and opportunities are dependent on clinic needs

Public Health Practicum: Research
Full-time (15 - 20 hours/week)

  • Work collaboratively with TCC staff and counselors
  • Generate monthly reports for community stakeholders
  • Manage the clinic's SPSS data base
  • Assist with designing studies and grant proposals, develop surveys, and perform program outcome evaluation.
  • Collaborate with outreach practicum student to generate marketing and promotional materials
  • Additional opportunities are dependent on clinic needs

Volunteer Experience

The TCC offers practicum opportunities for Psychology and Public Health graduate students. In addition to formal practicums, there are opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds to gain experience and contribute to the clinic. A few examples of disciplines that can contribute to education outreach, research, and data management include community health, psychology, engineering, nutrition, and business.

How to Apply

Telehealth Counseling Practicum

To apply to the TCC practicum program, please send a current vitae and an application form to Dr. Carly McCord. Applications will be reviewed and selected applicants will be invited to interview with the Clinical Director at the TCC. Interviews usually last approximately 1 hour. There are a limited number of openings for each semester. Applications will be reviewed until openings are filled.

The TCC accepts applications from individual students but is also equipped to accommodate formal practicum placement agreements with your university. If you would like for your university to have a placement at our training site, please have your training director contact Dr. McCord

Public Health Practicums

To apply to a Public Health Practicum, please send a current vitae and a letter of interest to Dr. Carly McCord. Applications will be reviewed and selected applicants will be invited to interview with the Clinical Director at the TCC.

Volunteer Experience

To inquire about volunteering at the TCC, send a letter of interest to Dr. Carly McCord.

Questions

Questions regarding the application process or the training program at the TCC can be directed to the Clinical Director, Dr. Carly McCord, at (979) 458-9990. We look forward to receiving your application and wish you success in the application process.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2018: November 1st, 2017