Graduate Clinical Training Program


The Center founded the Graduate Clinical Training Program in 1980, just eight years after the Center itself was established. It became apparent to the founding leaders that to best serve the community, the Center needed to help ensure a steady stream of qualified practitioners by sharing knowledge and cultivating a culture of learning. Over the years, the Center has earned a reputation as offering a premier training experience for motivated graduate students entering the mental health field in social work, clinical mental health counseling and marriage and family therapy. The Center has successfully prepared more than 120 mental health clinicians over the years, with more than 95 percent of graduates licensed to practice in Iowa.

About the Program

The Center’s Graduate Clinical Training Program is an intensive 9-month internship for students seeking a rigorous education and real-world experience. 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. Students completing the program are prepared for licensure, poised to provide quality mental health services as fully trained and certified practitioners.

The training year is concurrent with a traditional academic year, September – 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.

In addition to direct engagement with clients and group and individual supervision, trainees participate in extensive professional development opportunities.
A sample schedule is listed below:

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

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions for more information

Training Program Leadership

Dr. Christine Dietz has served as the Training Program Director for the past several years; she is currently transitioning out of that role. Dr. Shannon Welch-Groves is taking over leadership as the Training Program Director in 2022.

Christine Dietz, Ph.D., L.I.S.W.

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







Application Requirements

We are currently accepting applications for the fall 2022 Graduate Clinical Training Program cohort!


  • January – April: applications received for next training year
  • May – July: participants confirmed
  • September – May: training year

To apply, submit the following materials via email to Shannon Welch-Groves (

  • A resume
  • A list of graduate courses completed
  • A clinical case summary (real or hypothetical) that demonstrates your approach to practice,
  • Two letters 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.