October 28, 2015

MFT Psychoeducational Counseling Practicum/Fieldwork Experience

The USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity (KCLC) will offer a two-semester, 20-hour-per-week psychoeducational counseling practicum, and fieldwork experience program for USC’s Rossier School of Education  Master’s of Marriage and Family Therapy Program from May to May.


  1.  Enrollment in USC’s MFT Program
  2. Be able to fulfill a full three-semester commitment (Summer, Fall, Spring)
  3. Completion of coursework in the fundamentals of counseling, development, and learning and individual differences

This is an excellent opportunity for a psychoeducational counseling experience with undergraduate students seeking services for learning differences, ADHD, and learning disabilities.

Successful candidates will:

  1. Advance knowledge of basic cognitive and behavioral learning theories, educational learning theories, and organizational skills.
  2. Gain skills in providing enhanced academic support to undergraduate students at USC
  3. Utilize a strength-based focus and multidisciplinary approach for understanding individual learning differences
  4. Gain interpersonal psychoeducational counseling skills in one-on-one meetings
  5. Increase personal knowledge in the realm of learning disorders, dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning differences

The following are regular weekly activities required for participation in the Practicum Training Program (subject to change):

  • Attendance at All Supervision meetings
    • Group on Monday afternoons
    • Individual on Tuesday afternoons
  • Attendance at All Professional Development Seminars on Monday mornings 
  • Attendance at Training Curriculum on Tuesday mornings
  • Attendance at the Assessment Seminar on Tuesday mornings 

Please note: The Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity is unable to offer employment or fieldwork placement to any students who have been involved in academic supports, such as academic coaching, groups, or psychoeducational testing at our center.


Each trainee (Academic Coach):

  • Receives two hours of group supervision and one hour of individual supervision with a licensed Psychologist
  • Receives 4 hours of professional development each week
  • Carries a caseload each semester of between 8-10 students
  • Conducts Intakes with senior staff supervision
  • Given the opportunity to facilitate psychoeducational groups and conduct psychoeducational assessments
  • Practices administrative component with files, paperwork, progress/process notes, and client logs
  • Has flexibility in working hours (open Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00) and follows the University Academic Calendar
  • Works in a relaxing and welcoming environment
  • Gains experience working in an academic/higher education setting with high collaboration from campus partners including:
  • USC Student Counseling Center
  • USC Office of Student Accessibility Services
  • Norman Topping Student Aid Fund
  • Academic Advisors and Departments
  • This is a payment-eligible position

Work Dates

  • We follow USC academic calendar deadlines
  • KCLC follows all University holidays as listed on the Academic Calendar

Covid Protocols:

All the above responsibilities may be performed in person, online, or hybrid environment depending on California State, LA County and/or campus restrictions/rules. Summer 2020-Summer 2021 took place on Zoom. Fall 2021 was hybrid, Spring 2022 began online with the plan to move to hybrid. Summer 2022-Present are in a hybrid format. 


Please submit the following application materials:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Letter of reference from Academic Program Training Director/Fieldwork Course Instructor/Professor

The deadline for all materials is Friday, Feb 16, 2024. 

Application materials can be emailed to:  jrcalhou@usc.edu

Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis with interviews scheduled from January to mid -February with offers coming soon after.