Behavioral Health Counselor Trainee Program

Behavioral Health Counselor Trainee Practicum and Internship Program

Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a one-year Behavioral Health Counselor Trainee Practicum and Internship Program for Counselor Trainees pursing licensure and child and adolescent behavioral/mental health training.

  • The Nationwide Children’s Behavioral Health Counselor Trainee Practicum and Internship is a 1-year placement.
  • The program benefits trainees who are working toward graduation/licensure and are interested in specialization in providing behavioral healthcare to children, adolescents and families.
  • We have a variety of specialty placements within the behavioral healthcare spectrum, which may include crisis work in the Emergency Department, providing therapy and consultation services at a school, working within our Mood and Anxiety Program, Eating Disorders Program, community-based teams or general outpatient therapy teams.

What You Need To Know


Behavioral Health offers evidenced-based therapeutic interventions in our Community Based and Outpatient programs. Treatment models include; Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the Incredible Years, Positive Parenting Program, Strategic Family Therapy and others. Programming occurs within a broad array of Behavioral Health teams, including Early Childhood Mental Health, Family Support Program (trauma), School-Based Services, Integrative Family and Systems Treatment (IFAST), Family Based Intensive Treatment (FBIT), Integrated Co-Occurring Treatment (ICT) and a Juvenile Justice Program.

Nationwide Children’s also has several acute care programs; an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, a Youth Crisis Stabilization Unit, a Psychiatric Emergency Evaluation Center in the Emergency Department and a Psychiatric Consult Liaison Team. Nationwide Children’s also has other specialty programs: The Child Development Center; Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders; Mood and Anxiety Program (MAP), including an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP); and Eating Disorders Program, including an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).

Behavioral Health services are provided by multidisciplinary teams which may include clinical social workers, clinical counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, developmental-behavioral pediatricians, psychiatrists and nurses.

During Practicum placement, the first semester is 10 hours per week and 100 hours total for practicum. The 10 hours per week will be divided across two days. At least 5 hours per week, practicum students will be placed at their home site within one of the Behavioral Health Programs.  Practicum students will also rotate weekly or biweekly for 5 hours to gain clinical opportunities at other Behavioral Health Programs and will be determined with the practicum student and their field supervisor. This time consists of observation of Behavioral Health Programs, and a bi-weekly seminar. The seminar offers rotating speakers with expertise in clinical assessment, diagnostic assessment, evidenced based interventions, and additional clinical areas.

During Internship placement, interns will have two options to complete their hours; two semesters at 20 hours per week or three semesters at 14 hours per week and 600 hours total for internship.  Interns will be assigned to a clinical team, and have the opportunity to participate fully on the team. Interns may carry a small caseload depending on the program, engage in co-therapy and provide clinical interventions under direct supervision of a Nationwide Children's clinician.  During the internship, interns will participate in seminar and trainings on the clinical delivery of evidenced based interventions.

All applicants must be able to meet the weekly and annual time requirements for both practicum and internship program to be considered.


Our faculty include licensed professional clinical counselors with supervisory designation.

Salary & Benefits

Counselor Trainee practicum and internship students are not eligible for salary or benefits.

Application & Selection

We accept students starting fall semester (beginning in August) and Winter/Spring semester (beginning in January).

Applicants must be actively enrolled in a Masters level Counseling Program at an accredited institution.

To apply all applicants will need to fill out the application as well as have obtained their counselor trainee license.

Application Requirements

  1. Completed Application
  2. CV
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation

Please send required documents to Reggie Ash and Wendy Cleveland at

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: June 1
  • Winter Semester: September 15


For more information, please contact:

Program Coordinators

Program Director