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Approved CMHC/MCFC Practicum and Internship Sites


Approved Practicum & Internship Sites

Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

The following sites have been approved by the Clinical Coordinator and meet the requirement for maintaining a clinical site as described in the Practicum & Internship Manual. Learn about each site by clicking on the name to view the Site Information Form. This includes a description of the site, requirements met, expectations of the student, site supervisor, contact information, application instructions, and more. Visit our Internship & Job Fair page for other volunteer, internship, and job opportunities.

Local Sites (in Bowling Green, Kentucky)

  • Alliance Counseling Associates  #
    Large group practice providing services that integrate many models of counseling, therapy, and wellness including mindfulness meditation, yoga, biofeedback, essential oil consultations, and sound massage.
  • Balance Therapeutic Care *
    Identify and address behavioral and mental health issues including intakes, assessment, treatment planning, diagnosis, providing therapy through evidence based models, and working cooperatively with other treatment team members.
  • BRASS Domestic Violence Shelter & Program ^
    Crisis Intervention with clients who enter the Domestic Violence Shelter. Individual, group, and play therapy sessions for residential and non-residential clients across 10 counties.
  • Cognitive Refinery *
    Private group practice setting with clients experiencing different mental health disorders.
    Individual, family, and possible couples counseling experience.
  • FamilyWorks Therapy and Consultation Services(Alvaton, KY) # *
    Community-based individual and family counseling with children, adolescents, and adults.
  • Heritage Children's Service *
    A private child caring agency that places youth in out of home care and provides therapeutic services and case management to those youth in achieving the youth's permanency goals. 
  • Hope Harbor *
    A sexual assault recovery center dedicated to meeting the needs of those that have been affected by sexual violence and help facilitate group session at a local jail through Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). 
  • HOTEL INC *
    Services to homeless, housing instable, and food insecure households. Counseling opportunities can take place in through mental health support throughout the organization's campus and street-based outreach.
  • JourneyPure *
    Intensive outpatient treatment for chemical dependency. Opportunities for group, individual, family therapy as well as intakes and discharge planning.
  • KY STEPs # ^
    Community-based individual and family counseling specializing in intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health disorders.
  • LifeSkills Children's Crisis Stabilization Unit # *
    Small inpatient facility for children ages 5-17 who are experiencing a crisis situation such as suicidal or homicidal ideation; includes individual, group, and family counseling services.
  • LifeSkills Addictions Services #
    Outpatient servicing a wide variety of adult clients throughout 10 counties. Issues range from mild to severe mental health concerns and substance abuse disorders. Limited family hours but possible through other LifeSkills departments.
  • LifeSkills Adult Crisis Stabilization Unit *
    Inpatient facility addressing short-term crisis stabilization. Issues include suicide ideation. Limited family hours.
  • LifeSkills Adult Services *
    Outpatient mental health clinic offering a full variety of services for adults with severe emotional and behavioral disorders.
  • LifeSkills Haven4Change # *
    Residential recovery center for women and their children. Inpatient individual, family, and group counseling for substance use disorder (SUD) or co-occuring SUD and mental health concerns.
  • LifeSkills Park Place Recovery Center for Men  
    Residential recovery center for men. Inpatient individual, family, and group counseling for substance use disorder (SUD) or co-occuring SUD and mental health concerns.
  • LifeSkills Therapeutic Rehabilitation Program # ^
    A day program for adults that suffer from severe mental illness. Individuals are provided with therapy groups, psychosocial groups, and individual sessions as needed to focus on improving recovery skills and enhancing independent living skills.
  • LifeSkills Summer Program
    Intensive outpatient summer program for children (5-17yo) with severe emotional and behavioral disorders. Children receive daily group therapy, individual therapy once to twice a week, and some family therapy with siblings and possibly parents. This is a summer-only site.
  • More To Life Integrative Mental Health *
    Private group practice specializing in integrative mental health (counseling, brain health, hypnotherapy) providing individual and couples therapy as well as the state Batterers Intervention Program for those individuals who have Domestic Violence Orders.  
  • Rivendell Behavioral Health Services # *
    Large inpatient hospital providing general psychiatric stabilization and medication management for pre-teens, adolescents, adolescent and adult substance abuse, and geriatric patients. Therapeutic focus includes mental health, substance abuse, and sexual abuse/perpetrators. Includes individual, group, and family counseling services.
  • Talley Family Counseling Center(TFCC)  # *
    Individual, family, and group counseling with children or adults; includes outreach to local schools and the Housing Authority after-school program. Housed in Gary A. Ransdell Hall on WKU campus.
  • The Bridge to Recovery # ^
    Internships for full-time employees only. A transformational residential program (2-12 weeks) specializing in healing individuals by addressing the core causes of anxiety, depression, and compulsive behaviors. Primarily uses group therapy for treatment; monthly family program.
  • WKU Counseling Center  
    Individual or group counseling services for WKU students addressing a broad range of issues including depression, anxiety, homesickness, attention difficulties, etc.

* Current student placements (2019-2020)
# MCFC approved site (blue pins on map)
^ SIF update pending upon intern interest & placement

Remote Sites (outside of Bowling Green)

  • Alliance Counseling Associates (Glasgow, KY) # *
    Large group practice providing services that integrate many models of counseling, therapy, and wellness including mindfulness meditation, yoga, biofeedback, essential oil consultations, and sound massage.
  • Advanced Behavioral Counseling  (Elizabethtown, KY) 
    Private practice providing psychiatric care, medication management, and behavioral health counseling for children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. 
  • Austin Peay State University Student Counseling Services (Clarksville, TN)
    Individual and group counseling to traditional and non-traditional college students; outreach activities with campus organizations. Internships are fall & spring only.
  • Bluegrass Professional Counseling (Munfordville, KY) *
    Rural, mental health group practice for individual, couples, and family counseling. Also provides court-referred services and a Therapeutic Rehabilitation Program (TRP) for adolescents and teens who need additional therapy in a day-treatment setting.
  • Communicare New Beginnings Substance Abuse Program (Elizabethtown, KY) ^
    Substance abuse and mental health individual and group counseling with state inmates.
  • Compass Counseling (Henderson, Paducah, & Owensboro, KY) *
    Group practice providing individual and couples counseling in person or through telehealth practice.
  • Connect Counseling (Clarksville, TN) 
    Mental health counseling for children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families.
  • FamilyCare Counseling Center (Franklin, KY) *
    Large private group practice that provides mental health and substance abuse services to children and adults in the community setting and two residential addictions recovery centers (men's and women's). 
  • JourneyPure at the River (Murfeesboro, TN)
    JourneyPure Nashville (Nashville, TN) *
    Intensive outpatient treatment for chemical dependency. Opportunities for group, individual, family therapy as well as intakes and discharge planning.
  • Kentucky Christian Recovery (Morgantown, KY)
    Residential substance abuse counseling, treatment planning, and assessment opportunities for males.
  • LifeSkills Adult Services, Hart County(Mumfordville, KY) *
    Outpatient mental health clinic offering a full variety of services for adults with severe emotional and behavioral disorders.
  • Skyline Madison Campus (Madison, TN) *
    Offer a full-day partial hospitalization and half-day intensive outpatient programs primarily through group counseling; individual and family therapy available. Additional direct hours are provided through Waypoint Therapy Services (private practice) where videotaped sessions are available.
  • Sunrise Children's Services (Owensboro, KY) #
    Provide individual children's therapy (ages 3-21) and family counseling in the office, schools, and homes.
  • The Next Step Counseling Services (Elizabethtown, KY)  # ^
    Individual, couples, and family counseling for a variety of issues including substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health disorders, parenting, and relationship issues.
  • Twin Lakes Counseling (Leitchfield, KY) ^
    Small group practice providing individual, couple, and family counseling for a variety of issues.

Alternate options that will require supervisor and site approval

  • Communicare (Various sites in Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties, KY)
  • Cumberland Hall Hospital (Hopkinsville, KY)
  • Emerald Therapy Center (Paducah & Murray, KY). For more information, email  Jake Allen, Chief Operations Officer or Jessica Williams, Director of Business Development.
  • Kinder Haven, Inc. (Glasgow, KY)
  • KidSpot (Elizabethtown & Campbellsville, KY)
  • Lincoln Trail Behavioral Services (Radcliff, KY)
  • NECCO (Owensboro, KY)
    Individual (and some family) counseling with foster children ages 2 - 21 years (primary age group 8 - 12).
  • Pinnacle Treatment Centers(various locations in KY, IN, NJ, OH, PA, and VA) 
    13 locations specializing in substance abuse treatment offering outpatient MAT, residential, and IOP.  For out of state students, we have facilities in Indiana, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
  • Signature Health (Clarkesville, TN)
  • Owensboro Community & Technical College (Owensboro)
    Individual (and some family) personal, career, and academic counseling with enrolled students.
  • The Ridge (KY-TN area)
  • United Methodist Homes for Youth, Inc; Mary Kendall Campus (Owensboro, KY)
    Residential children's treatment facility for children (ages 12-17) with behavioral issues and histories  of abuse, neglect, or family trauma. Includes some family therapy but not guaranteed family hours.

* Current student placements (2020-2021)
# MCFC approved site (blue pins on map)
^ SIF update pending upon intern interest & placement

Establishing and Maintaining Clinical Sites

Review the Practicum & Internship Manual for instructions on establishing a new site or maintaining a clinical site.
The following are forms used for reviewing and updating sites annually:

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 Last Modified 6/17/20