Practicum Training  & Doctoral Program Application

Desired Qualifications

To be considered for the Practicum or Doctoral Training Program, applicants should:
• Be currently enrolled in a Masters-level psychology program, Doctoral program (PsyD or PhD) and be in good standing.
• Know and accept the principles and philosophies of Vanguard University.
• Maintain a lifestyle consonant with Vanguard University’s principles and values.
• Demonstrate a willingness to work with students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, ranging in age from 17 to 25 with a broad spectrum of psychological problems, ranging from adjustment issues to major psychiatric disorders.


The contract commitment consists of one academic year (ten months), 10 hours per week. Clinical hours are flexible; however, supervision hours are set at the beginning of each semester by the supervisor. Practicum students are also required to attend VUCC orientation, which begins in late August each year.

Hiring Dates

New practicum students are hired at the beginning of each semester. For the fall semester, applications are due March 1st.  For the spring semester, applications are due November 1st.   Interviews take place in the month applications are due.

How to Apply

All applicants must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation. Applicants must also complete a statement of faith (a brief statement that includes your personal faith development and journey, how your faith impacts your decision to apply for this program, and how you see the relationship between your professional goals and your Christian faith). An in-person interview will be required of all final candidates.

Direct inquiries and applications for the MFT Trainee Program
Doug Hutchinson, LMFT, Director of Counseling Center
Vanguard University
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, 92626Phone: (714) 619-6481
Direct inquiries and applications for the Doctoral Practicum Program
Michele Robison, PhD, Associate Director of Counseling Center
Vanguard University
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, 92626Phone: (714) 619-6480


Policies and Procedures Manual

The Policies and Procedures Manual summarizes the guidelines for operation of the Vanguard Counseling Center. The contents are reviewed, and additions and revisions are made periodically.

This document was initially written to conform to the Accreditation Standards for University and College Counseling Centers outlined by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).

The Vanguard University Counseling Center is not currently accredited by IACS.

Download a PDF version of the Policies and Procedures Manual.
Last revised January 5, 2015
By Doug Hutchinson, Licensed MFT, VUCC Director
By Michele Robison, Licensed Psychologist, VUCC Associate Director