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KKC Wellness Center Practicum Details

​​The Kennedy-King College Wellness Center Team welcomes Master's graduate students in clinical/counseling psychology or social work seeking a Therapy practicum placement​.  
The ideal applicant: The ideal applicant is naturally empathic, flexible, and has a strong desire to help underserved populations.  We value kindness, initiative, creativity, and teamwork as well as the ability to work independently.   In addition to the more traditional concerns of college students, our clients cope with all of the issues one may find in any urban mental health center, including physical and sexual trauma, legal issues, and lack of basic resources.   ​   

Dr. Dionne R. Gavin, EdD, LCPC is a Psychotherapist who has completed research focusing on the factors contributing to the success of college graduates raised in African American single mother households and the implications to counselors. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Clark Atlanta University and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University in Chicago, IL. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois, with 16 years of clinical work experience in both the public and private sector, 13 years of supervisory experience, along with approximately 7 years working in higher education. Dr. Gavin is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Illinois Counseling Association. She is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.

Dr. Gavin’s teaching/training philosophy is a student-centered learning pedagogy that enables lifelong learning. She believes that no one is too old to learn and that the best lessons are learned while teaching.  These lessons, life lessons, are in essence what helps to make a great student.  It fuels the belly to want to learn and try things from different angles.  It is true that some students are more visual, than auditory and vice versa, which is why she states that her teaching/training philosophy involves incorporating the two.  Each student is different, which in turn, makes each learning encounter different and having the ability to adjust to these different groups, is what makes a more effective and efficient learning environment.​  

Dr. Gavin’s teaching/training philosophy involves evolving with your student/trainee in the training environment. Growing with your students/trainees and learning with your students/trainees.  It is important that each student/trainee takes something away from their experience different from a previous belief that they entered in with.    

Dr. Gavin believes that it is important to have a working training log/syllabus, but at the same time, assess and meet the needs of the students/trainees.  A teaching/training philosophy is one that is constantly changing and evolving as the teacher/supervisor and students/trainee evolve and grow.  


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