Dear Intern Applicant,
On behalf of the UCTC staff, I would like to welcome you to our doctoral psychology internship program at the University of Oregon! We understand that applying for internship can be both exciting and stressful. The good news is that there are many wonderful training sites available to you. With that in mind, these decisions are often based on a match between your personal training needs and what the site has to offer. We hope this website will help you get a good "feel" for what the center and staff are like to help you further assess your sense of fit with our site.
Applicants often wonder what day to day life at the UCTC might be like for them. In my experience, you would find staff laughing with one another in the break-room, you would notice art work representing a variety of styles and cultures, you would see staff working hard together on projects, consulting about clients, and checking in with one another. Our programs, clients, and initiatives are very important to us, and we take them seriously. To balance that, we infuse a lot of laughter and camaraderie into our work so that we don't take ourselves too seriously :). We truly love getting to know our trainees and being available for them to consult with us. We feel that having emerging psychologists in our center really helps us grow and we aim to create an environment of mutual learning from one another.
I have the unique experience of both being a doctoral intern at this site, and now, being the Training Director. Though our center and program has evolved over the years, the core remains: our love for training, our dedication to pushing ourselves in our multicultural competency, and our emphasis on our working relationships with one another. Additionally, I have included below some answers to frequently asked questions from past intern applicants. Rest assured...out current interns keep us honest about these descriptions. Feel free to contact us with any questions and take care of yourself during this busy application process!
Liz Asta, Ph.D.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the strengths of our internship program?
- Involvement and commitment of all staff in training activities
- Opportunities for contact with many senior clinical staff via primary supervision, rotation supervision, intern seminars, co-leading therapy groups, and clinical teams
- Very solid clinical training
- Agency commitment to multiculturalism
- Process oriented seminars and training program
- Diverse UCTC staff in terms of ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, and spirituality
- Support for job search and career exploration through seminar and supervisors
- Titanium Clinical Database - most used in counseling centers
- Year-long consultation project opportunity with an underserved student population
- Various rotations, concentrations, and consultation opportunities to enhance one’s focus and professional development
- Opportunity to provide primary clinical supervision to the same doctoral practicum student for nine months
- Flexibility to work at home during portions of the Winter and Spring Academic Breaks (useful for dissertation work, preparing vitae and cover letters, catching up on reading, relaxing).
What are the challenges or weaknesses of our internship program:
- None (just kidding!!)
- We get very busy and interns schedules get full very fast fall term – work about 45 hours weekly during 10 week winter and spring quarters and spend an occasional evening catching up on paperwork
- There are few absolutes at our agency and broad guidelines may be difficult for those wanting more structure
- Getting used to the rain in Oregon during winter and early spring months
- Other than break periods, and slower time in summer, we do not have hours set aside for interns to work on dissertation or other research
What are the characteristics of successful interns at our site?
- Can adapt fairly easily to new environments and situations
- Solid clinical skills
- Process oriented – we talk a lot about agency, group, and interpersonal dynamics in the workplace
- Able to multi-task several different responsibilities and roles throughout the day
- Committed to becoming multiculturally competent – examining one’s areas of privilege and bias
- Good interpersonal skills - can work and play well with all types of staff
- Effectively manages stress, including reaching out for support when needed
- Willing to address conflict constructively rather than adding to negative tension (How this looks may vary depending on one’s cultural background)
- Is eager to learn and continue to develop
- Self reflective and self-aware
- Interested in working in a college/university or similar setting in future
How long have you been accredited?
- We have been accredited since 1989 and maintained continual full accreditation with APA since that time. Our most recent site visit was in 2009.
The University Counseling and Testing Center's internship is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242. Ph.(202)336-5979 or (202)336-6123 TDD.
This is a 12-month, 2000 hour internship that begins on August 22, 2016 and ends on August 21, 2017.