• Practicum Opportunities

    April 21, 2016
  • Education: Practicum Opportunities

    One of the primary goals of practicum placement is to familiarize the student with current clinical trends, provide opportunities to engage and experience clinical delivery and inspires commitment to serve our communities mental health needs. To this end the practicum at Awake and Aware, LLC offer the following educational opportunities:

    • Education on the basic principles of comprehensive and adherent Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) practice in both the individual and the group formats.
    • Introduction to the practice of Mindfulness including participation in a weekly mindfulness led by one of the clinical team.
    • Completion of a project, study or research effort designed to improve delivery, education and/or outcomes of DBT inside or outside our clinical setting.
    • Exposure to data collection and file auditing specific to DBT.
  • Clinical Practice Opportunities

    Outpatient Experience: Practicum students should expect to be exposed to a busy and challenging outpatient program. They will spend at least 60% of their time in co-facilitation and observing of groups as well as practicing core mindfulness skills. Practicum students may apply for the opportunity to conduct individual treatment with 1 to 2 DBT clients during the first semester of their practicum. (To apply please complete the preliminary request form when applying) Awake and Aware, LLC serves populations ranging from adolescents to adults as well as families and couples.

    Supervision

    The practicum student will receive a minimum of 1 hour of supervision a week from their direct supervisor and 2 additional hours of supervision per month with the Executive Director. Supervision follows the tenets of DBT and includes formal case evaluation for individual clients, an emphasis on accountability and core skill development. It provides information and reference materials for student to pursue and complete their chosen project

  • Practicum Learning Objectives

    Clinical: Learn and understand DBT core tenets:

    • Non-pathologizing clinical application
    • Dialectics
    • Behavioral change and methods for accomplishment
    • Emotion and their impact on the regulatory systems in the body and mind.
    • Target Hierarchies and treatment planning

    Programmatic: Investigate and research current treatment data

    The practicum student will have an opportunity to choose from and /or collaborate on the creation of a series of programmatic projects designed to educate and inform the student on current clinical trends and areas of need in the field including community, ethics, culture and diversity. Student will also have the opportunity to engage in their own self-discovery through the use of clinical tools designed to foster increased self-awareness in the clinical room. A few examples of possible programmatic projects include:

    • Present on a skills group skill-set/module, addressing and investigating how issues related to trauma, emotion dysregulation or mindfulness can be enhanced or made more specialized. Student will present to the DBT team their findings.
    • Create a resource guide in an area pertinent to DBT and/or trauma service delivery in New Mexico.
    • Commit to a mindfulness practice for the duration of the practicum and maintain a reflection journal to identify and discuss transference issues, vulnerabilities and/or fears or insecurities that emerge during the therapeutic process.
    • Identify ways that the agencies policies and practices of the agency challenge current methods of service delivery both for the clinicians and the clients.
    • Investigate diversity in the agency with respect to race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion and disabilities.

    Practicum Requirements

    Social work students must be advanced master-level students in an accredited social work program, must have prior direct service experience in a service setting, and have psychopathology and mental health coursework completed or concurrent with placement. While, 2nd year students are preferred. We will consider a first year student that shows interest in the pursuit of DBT after graduation with recommendations by a core faculty member or university program coordinator.

  • Practicum in Dialectical Behavior Therapy at Awake and Aware, LLC

    The Practicum at Awake and Aware, LLC is an intensive practicum designed to familiarize and educate the student with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and the treatment of trauma. It is also geared for students on a clinical track that are pursuing clinical practice post-graduation. We offer clinical exposure to treating both adults and adolescents as well as families in individual and group settings.

    One of the primary goals of practicum placement is to familiarize the student with current clinical trends, provide opportunities to engage and experience clinical delivery and inspires commitment to serve our communities mental health needs. To this end the practicum at Awake and Aware, LLC offer the following educational opportunities:

    • Education on the basic principles of comprehensive and adherent DBT practice in both the individual and the group formats.
    • Introduction to the practice of mindfulness including participation in a weekly mindfulness led by one of the clinical team.
    • Completion of a project, study or research effort designed to improve delivery, education and/or outcomes of DBT inside or outside our clinical setting.
    • Exposure to data collection and file auditing specific to DBT.