The Counseling Center
The Counseling Center is the designated department at University of Washington Bothell to provide mental health services to UWB students. The role of the Counseling Center is to provide mental health related services to facilitate students’ adjustment to college and their personal and psychological growth in becoming high functioning and socially responsible adults. The Counseling Center promotes student learning about their emotional and psychological development and increase academic success by positively impacting academic and personal decision-making. Our staff work to help students resolve problems that interfere with personal, social, and academic functioning while also emphasizing prevention, development, adjustment, and wellness.
The Counseling Center provides numerous services to meet the previously stated goals and objectives:
- Clinical Services: Same day crisis appointments, intakes, individual counseling, group counseling and couples counseling.
- Outreach and Community Intervention: Workshops and skills building classes to increase students’ knowledge, skills, and self-awareness to enhance their ability to effectively cope with problems in every-day-living.
- Consultation Services: Individual consultations for parents, faculty, and staff who are concerned about a student. Additionally, the Counseling Center staff serves on numerous University committees, working groups and task forces to provide their expertise as mental health professionals.
- Program Evaluation: Gather data regarding student service utilization, satisfaction with services, and learning outcomes to assess the effectiveness of counseling services and provide the data we need to make ongoing improvement to our services.
University of Washington Bothell is a four-year public University that grants baccalaureate, post- baccalaureate, and master degrees.
- Over 6,000 students are enrolled at UWB.
- 97% of first-year and 88% of transfer students comes from the state of Washington.
- 51% of students are female.
- 49% of students are male.
- 57% of students are students of color from diverse backgrounds.
- 41% of first-year students and first-generation college students.
- 7% of students are International students who arrive from over 20 different countries.
To learn more about UWB students go to the University Fast Facts page:
Clients are undergraduate and graduate students whose concerns range from adjustment reactions and acute situational stress to more severe trauma reactions and long-standing psychological problems. Approximately 5% of the UWB student body was seen at the Counseling Center in 2020-2021.
- 64% of clients identified as female.
- 31% of clients identified as male.
- 3.9% of clients identified as transgendered or prefers not to answer.
- Average age of all clients is 23 years, 9 months.
- 68% of clients identified as students of color.
- 10% of clients are international students.
- 23% of clients identified as first-generation college students.
- 15% of clients indicated they are taking medication for psychological reasons.
- The top five reasons students stated they were seeking counseling for were:
- Family Concerns
- Academic Concerns
The staff is friendly, dedicated, and committed to providing quality services to UWB students and training opportunities to the practicum and post-doctorate students we welcome each year. The staff is experienced in both brief and longer-term therapy, have diverse professional interests and involvements, and strive to model integrative theoretical approaches rather than a single theoretical orientation. Within these approaches, staff actively incorporates the personal and cultural values and experiences that reflect the diversity that each individual brings to counseling and to supervision. For more information on each supervisor, go to the Supervisor Information Page.
Doctoral and Masters Level Practicum in Psychology
We will not have any practicum positions for the 2022-2023 school year. Please check again in January 2023 for positions in 2023-2024.
Practicum students will conduct intake interviews and provide individual and group counseling while at UWB Counseling Center. Additionally, practicum students will have the option of involvement in outreach and community intervention. These activities would involve informational fairs, consulting and working with the undergraduate student peer health educators (HEROS), and providing workshops to undergraduate students, University housing residential life staff, and other student affairs student leaders and employees.
Practicum students are expected to provide 12 – 20 hours per week during the fall, winter and spring quarters at the UWB Counseling Center. The days of the week you are at our site is negotiable, but must occur Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Practicum students will build their caseload over the fall quarter and then maintain their caseload throughout the year by adding new clients to their schedules as they terminate with ongoing clients. Students will begin with a few clients per week and build up to 8 – 12 clients per week as the quarter is underway. The Counseling Center provides short-term counseling. For training purposes practicum students are encouraged to work with their supervisor to identify two clients who would benefit from longer term counseling (6 – 9 months). Practicum students will provide counseling in offices which are equipped with computer cameras to digitally record and store all counseling sessions. These recordings will be deleted once their supervisor has reviewed them and provided supervision for those clinical sessions.
Practicum students will receive 1-2 hours of face-to-face individual clinical supervision per week. The supervision will be provided by a licensed psychologist who has direct clinical responsibility for client care. The practicum student’s clinical supervisor will review digital recordings of the student’s clinical work. The UWB Counseling Center uses Titanium, an electronic scheduling and electronic health record system. The clinical supervisor will review and sign all clinical notes.
Practicum students will participate in a 1.5 hour group supervision experience per week. Group supervision will focus on didactic trainings including multicultural competence, ethical issues, case conceptualization, different treatment modalities, and how to work with different client populations. Practicum students will have one presentation assignment each quarter to further their multicultural competence and case conceptualization skills.
Doctoral Students: Applicants are required to have met all requirements for their master degree or equivalent experience. If defense of master thesis is the only outstanding requirement you may still apply. Applicants need to have successfully completed one academic year of outpatient counseling with young adults (14 – 17) or adults (18 – 60).
Masters Students: Applicants must have successfully completed pre-practicum training and coursework and meet department requirements to apply for this placement.
Interested students must submit the following materials:
- A cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the training site
- Curriculum vita
- Names and contact information (email and phone) of three references. Preferably two of the three will have provided clinical supervision for you.
UWB Counseling Center will not have practicum positions available for 2022-2023. Please check again in January 2023 for positions in 2023-2024. Dr. Lillian Chen, Counseling Center Training Coordinator, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.