1st Edition

Succeeding in Your Psychotherapy Practicum and Internship Tips, Tools, and Tales From Supervisors and Interns

By Michael D. Reiter, Kayleigh Sabo Copyright 2025
    256 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Succeeding in Your Psychotherapy Practicum and Internship is a book about what students can often expect from their psychotherapy internship and how they can make the most of their experience.

    The book is written from two perspectives—one, that of a seasoned therapist, professor, and supervisor of therapy, and two, the perspective of a registered intern therapist who just went through the internship process. Succeeding in Your Psychotherapy Practicum and Internship covers the basics of psychotherapy internships, from the beginning stages of finding and starting at an internship site, to navigating the common experiences at an internship, to reflecting on therapeutic growth and the ending of an internship, and much more. Students will come away from this book with a deep understanding of each perspective, one that will enhance their appreciation of the practicalities and possibilities of their practicum and internship experiences.

    1. The Importance of Practicums and Internships  2. Attaining an Internship Site  3. Getting in the Right Mindset  4. Navigating Paperwork  5. Knowing Yourself  6. Navigating Telehealth  7. Applying Classroom Learning  8. Navigating Ethical Dilemmas  9. Navigating Therapy-Based Dilemmas  10. Navigating Site-Based Dilemmas  11. Honoring Diversity and Inclusion  12. Learning from Mistakes  13. Work/Life Balance  14. Benefitting from Supervision  15. Psychotherapist Growth  16. Navigating Termination: Leaving Your Site  17. What's Next? Licensure and Job Acquisition


    Michael D. Reiter, PhD, LMFT, is an AAMFT-approved supervisor with more than 30 years of experience as a therapist and more than 20 years as a full-time faculty member. He currently teaches and supervises at Capella University.

    Kayleigh Sabo is an LMFT in the State of Florida. She has a master’s degree in family therapy and is a doctoral candidate in couple and family therapy at Nova Southeastern University.

    “This book could not have come at a better time. Succeeding in Your Psychotherapy Practicum and Internship is a must read for graduate students in mental health and related fields, supervisors, and practicum/internship instructors. Packed with practical tips, useful exercises, and real-world examples, it will be the go-to text for graduate students navigating their transition into the mental-health field. I can’t wait to use this book in my future practicum and internship courses!”

    Jon Sperry, PhD, Lynn University; co-editor of the Journal of Individual Psychology


    “Better than having a friend a few years ahead of you in the program! This book answers all the questions—and then some—about the nuts and bolts of what to expect in your practicum and internship training experience. A truly useful guidebook for students in any mental-health professions who are required to have external clinical training.”

    Christopher BurnettPsyD, associate professor of human relationship systems, Nova Southeastern University