Interns typically see approximately 80% of their clients on a short-term basis (10 sessions or less). They may work with 2-3 clients on a long-term basis. The client population represents a broad range of presenting concerns and diagnostic types. Interns are given priority in case assignment for training purposes to create as diverse a caseload as possible. As part of their assessment training, interns are expected to provide diagnoses for ongoing clients after the fourth session and also incorporate objective testing periodically into their clinical work.
Intake and Crisis Intervention
After training in this area, including observations, interns provide weekly assessments and crisis drop-in that includes initial assessments, single session counseling, brief phone assessment appointments, and crisis intervention. Interns also provide assessment coverage during academic breaks. Interns learn:
- Crisis intervention
- Psychosocial interviewing
- Clinical Disposition
- Referral skills
Interns serve as the primary clinical supervisors for doctoral students enrolled in our practicum program for nine months. Supervisors watch videotapes during times outside of supervision periodically. Interns receive supervision of supervision in a seminar. They monitor all of the clinical work of their supervisees, such as:
- Emergencies and crisis calls
- Ongoing clients
- Progress reports and Correspondence
- Available for consultation whenever supervisee has a clinical issue to address (initiating termination, initiating contact with "no show" clients, for ex.)
The Center offers 8 - 12 groups per term. Interns are able to offer groups in many areas of interest. In recent years, interns have offered the following groups:
- Women's Issues
- Men's Issues
- Grief and Loss
- BASICS - psychoeducational substance abuse group
- New Directions - substance abuse group
- Healing Together- disordered eating group
- My Body, My Self psychoeducational disordered eating and body image group
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group
- Understanding Self and Others Older Students Group (process group)
- Understanding Self and Others (process group)
Interns co-lead at least one group with a senior clinical staff member. Typically, the intern will co-lead the same group during fall, winter and spring term. Later in the year, interns may have the option to co-lead a second group with another trainee.
Opportunities are provided to:
- Deliver outreach presentations
- Offer developmental workshops
- Develop a year long consultation project focused on a particular student population
Interns conduct a minimum of ten outreach programs (at least two networking outreaches, two tabling events, and five presentation/facilitation outreaches). They also participate in a critical incident and/or crisis debriefing if available. Year-long consultation projects are typically with underserved communities. Past consultation project communities have included the men's center, disability services, the international student office, LGBT students, Pathways (first generation students), Native American Students, and providing privilege awareness workshops with targeted groups.
This one hour weekly meeting of all UCTC staff includes general announcements, policy discussions, and activity planning. The meeting provides an opportunity to observe, process, and evaluate system issues relating to the Center and the University environment. In addition, other campus partners may join staff meetings and discuss potential ways in which the UCTC can collaborate with them.
Interns are encouraged to become involved in workshops and professional meetings, professional reading, research activities, and the completion of dissertation requirements.
Time is allocated to complete intakes, treatment plans, case notes, terminations; prepare for client and supervision sessions; and complete various administrative tasks.
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 25, 2014 and ends on August 24, 2015.