David W. Hall Counselor Training Center
Geri Barber, MS, NCC, LPC, CRC
Counselor Training Center Director
433 McGurrin Hall
The David W. Hall Counselor Training Center provides facilities for clinical instruction of students in graduate counseling and undergraduate human services programs. This vital resource establishes an emphasis on experiential learning, which allows University of Scranton students the meaningful opportunity to steadily grow in a place where theory and practice intersect.
The Counselor Training Center is located on the 4th floor of McGurrin Hall and the facility includes:
- two group counseling rooms
- five individual counseling rooms
- two individual supervision room
- one group supervision room
- workroom with seven computers, which serves as the office space for graduate student enrolled in practicum
The Counselor Training Center is equipped with Panopto, which is a video capture technology that allows graduate practicum students to record sessions with clients. Panopto technology enriches the practicum experience and provides graduate counselors in training the unique and invaluable experience to re-watch counseling session to build on skills and to enhance learning. This technology also makes more intentional and thorough supervision possible.
Counseling and Human Services students use the Counselor Training Center to gain experiential learning. The Counselor Training Center is used for approximately 20 classes each academic year, and is predominately utilized by graduate practicum students in the Clinical Mental Health, Rehabilitation, and School Counseling programs. The facilities are also routinely used for graduate Counseling and Interviewing Skills and Group Process and Practices courses, as well as undergraduate Case Management and Interviewing, Individual Assessment, and Group Dynamics students.
Who We Serve
Graduate students, who are completing their practicum experience, are given the opportunity to work with different client populations drawn from within the University and the Scranton community. The Counselor Training Center provides a place for interdisciplinary collaboration with nursing and health administration undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate practicum students also work with undergraduate counseling and human services students in order to encourage reflective practice and learning through projects, such as the burnout prevention project and assessment project.
Graduate students enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and School Counseling programs complete a 100-hour practicum experience, including direct service work, group supervision, and individual supervision. The majority of the direct service work that graduate practicum students complete occurs in the Counselor Training Center. This clinical experience provides students with a closely supervised counseling experience to facilitate further development as a profession counselor. Practicum prepares students for a successful internship experience.
Practicum is a distinct educational experience with an emphasis on the development of a professional identity and on skill enhancement and refinement. It has been described as a transformative experience, where graduate students truly experience what it means to be “men and women for other.” The practicum experience allows graduate students to realize the transformative power of the counseling relationship. The Counselor Training Center is a unique resource, which allows students the opportunity to strive for professional growth and development.