Practicum and Internship

This program is undertaken concurrently with our Mirror training program.

Our Perspective

Within our trainee/internship, we invite you to begin, continue on, and/or return to the journey of finding your inner truth. We encourage you to live from that truth with love, both for yourself and others.

We invite all participants at PTI into a community where each seeks to fulfill his potential through participation with others.

We encourage you to develop an attitude of unconditional fascination for your work and for the human beings you treat. Within the frame of respect both for the client and for Self, each student is encouraged to develop his/her own therapeutic style. Inviting, following, and working with process is also taught and practiced. We teach a variety of therapeutic enactments, how to work in various mediums, and how to integrate the numerous counseling models, including the basics of the process model of therapy, into a psychotherapy you can understand, own, and use effectively. At PTI we invite clients, students, colleagues, and ourselves to adopt a life direction of self-empowerment.

You will also be trained in the clinical skills of this profession, including appropriate assessment and diagnosis, goals, and interventions. You will be introduced to the concepts of treatment plans, appropriate referrals, and crisis intervention. Learning to address legal and ethical issues will be an ongoing part of this program.

Employment

As a PTI intern or trainee you will be employed part-time. You will see clients in front of the mirror during the mirror training sessions and on a one-to-one basis outside of the mirror.

You will be trained towards being able to handle yourself in the private practice setting. You will be provided with keys, business cards, office supplies, office equipment, marketing support, and voicemail. You will learn to sign up for rooms, negotiate fees for the institute, maintain client files, assess and screen clients, and communicate with insurance companies.

Wages

We believe our interns/trainees should get paid for their services, if possible. Therefore, payment is made to PTI interns and trainees for their work with paying clients. Thus, this can become a paid internship program. Interns and trainees are responsible for generating the paying clients they see. PTI provides training, support, and a few paying clients in this process.

Fees paid for an trainees/intern’s services to clients range from $8 to $66 per session. Trainees/interns also receive 2/3 of the income generated from groups and from any paying offsite programs. 1/3 of the income of self-generated offsite contracts is paid to the intern/trainee. All wages are subject to Worker’s Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, State Disability, and State and Federal income taxes.

Acquiring Counseling Hours

We provide offsite programs for trainees and interns who want to accumulate more counseling hours than the number of paying clients they might acquire on site.

Malpractice

Although PTI carries its own professional and premise liability policies, you must also carry a current malpractice policy while in this program.

Length of commitment to the mirror training program.

Students enroll in the training program because they want to expand their sense of being and doing as therapists. Although one can use this program as a practicum, it is separate from your Masters Degree program. Students stay until they and their supervisor/teacher agree it is time to complete the mirror. Come with the attitude of staying as long as you are benefiting from it. Most students feel complete within 2 years.

Supervision

You receive group supervision for your attendance in the first two hours of any mirror training. The BBS requires different ratios of supervision to client hours for trainees, interns, and social work associates. Keep up to date on the ratio that applies to you. Supervision hours are signed off weekly on the form provided by the BBS. Mirror training hours are signed off weekly as follows:

  • Group supervision: 2 hours
  • Counseling/psychotherapy: 1 hour
  • Training: 1 or 2 hours
  • Additional training viewing videos: 1 hour

Group Supervision

The group experience is the preferred approach to supervision at PTI. We do not provide individual supervision except on an occasional as-needed basis. Check with your university to see if this is required as part of their practicum program.

Emergency Supervision

If you need extra supervision, are under stress, or are confronted by an emergency, immediate individual supervision is available.