Graduate Clinical Training Program

Mind & Spirit Counseling Center offers an intensive 9-month Clinical Training Program for graduate students seeking a rigorous education and real-world experience.

We are no longer accepting applications for the Graduate Clinical Training Program for this year.

Students completing the program are prepared for licensure, poised to provide quality mental health services as fully trained and certified practitioners.

The training includes classroom instruction, clinical supervision, peer consultation, direct engagement with clients, and integration into the day to day workings of a large mental health clinic addressing a variety of mental health needs.

The training year is concurrent with a traditional academic year (September through May). Specific schedules and hours are determined individually based on the requirements of each student’s academic program, personal needs and the Center’s needs and resources.

Shannon Welch Groves, Mind & Spirit Counseling Center

Shannon Welch-Groves
Psy.D., L.P., H.S.P.
Training Program Director

Professional Experience Opportunities

In addition to direct engagement with clients and group and individual supervision, trainees participate in extensive professional development opportunities.

Rotating weekly consultation and professional development

Alongside the Center’s roster of clinicians:

  • Psychiatric Case Consultation 
  • Intake Staffing
  • Counseling Case Conference

With other trainees:

  • Professional Formation Group
  • Clinical Supervision Group

Multi-week didactic seminars

  • Psychological Assessment Seminar
  • Introduction to Trauma Sensitive Practice
  • Couples and Family Therapy Seminar
  • Spiritually Integrated Practice
  • LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy

Eligibility and Application Requirements

We are currently accepting applications for the Graduate Clinical Training Program cohort. The application process reopens each December for the following year’s fall training term.

Application Timeline

January – April
Applications received for next training year

May – July
Participants confirmed

September – May
Training year

Application Requirements
  • Resume
  • List of graduate courses completed
  • Clinical case summary (real or hypothetical) that demonstrates your approach to practice
  • One letter of recommendation from someone familiar with your clinical skills (typically a practice class instructor or a practicum supervisor)

Applications will be considered when all the requested materials have been received.
Interviews will be scheduled with applicants who move forward in the process.

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Apply for the Graduate Clinical Training Program

Email all applications materials to Shannon Welch-Groves, or send via mail to:

Shannon Welch-Groves, Training Program Director
Mind & Spirit Counseling Center
8553 Urbandale Ave
Urbandale, IA 50322

For more information: Please read the following FAQ. If you have additional questions, please email Shannon Welch-Groves, Psy.D., L.P., H.S.P., Clinical Training Director.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the Center’s Training Program begin?

The Center’s Training Program runs from September through May. On occasion, trainees may petition for additional time to complete their required clinical hours.

May trainees begin their training year at other times during the year?

No. Because the Center offers an intensive, structured group training experience we do not accept trainees mid-year.

What qualities does the Center seek in its trainees?

Candidates will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of all graduate coursework to date
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Openness to learning about clinical practice
  • Self-awareness and willingness to learn about themselves as developing clinicians
  • Ability to articulate their educational and professional goals
  • Ability to articulate their current clinical approach and learning goals
  • Personal and professional maturity
  • Ability to articulate the ways in which their personal values and goals interface with the Center’s mission
What are the Center’s expectations of trainees?
  • Trainees will participate in a 10-hour orientation process prior to beginning their placements
  • Trainees will participate in at least 1 hour of individual supervision and 1 hour of group supervision weekly.
  • Trainees are required to participate in 1-2 hours of group case discussions with the Center’s clinical staff weekly and participate in a Professional Formation Group
  • Trainees are required to present all intakes to supervisory staff, whether in individual or group supervision or in intake staffing groups
  • Trainees are required to present at least one case conference and one Spiritual Connections presentation
  • Trainees will participate in three didactic seminars, an assessment seminar and an integrative seminar during the year
  • Attendance is mandatory at all the above supervisory experiences, seminars and groups for all graduate trainees unless exceptions are approved in consultation with the trainee’s supervisor and the training director
Who do I contact for further information?

Please email Shannon Welch-Groves, Psy.D., L.P., H.S.P., Clinical Training Director.