Interns receive two hours of individual clinical supervision per week. Supervision matches are made by the training director after discussing training and supervision needs with the intern and change once at mid-year. Additionally interns have the opportunity to engage in a secondary supervisory relationship with a senior clinician on a rotating basis throughout the year. Secondary supervision typically focuses on additional support regarding the intern's rotation, yet could also focus on a particular clinical specialty or theoretical orientation.
Intern Process Meeting
During this weekly meeting with a senior clinician who does not provide primary supervision, interns are encouraged to share their impressions, concerns, and questions regarding their internship experience. Once a month, the interns will have "Intern support" with the training director and assistant training director in place of intern process. This is an all-purpose meeting designed to:
- Serve as a peer support group
- Facilitate communication and integrate experience
- Explore cohort dynamics and issues as needed
- Express feelings and offer feedback to the training director so that individual needs of interns can be met more precisely
Clinical Team Meetings
Teams of six-to-nine staff meet weekly to make decisions about case dispositions, make case presentations, consult on case management (e.g., brief vs. long term treatment), and provide mutual support. Team composition represents diversity by gender, ethnicity, theoretical orientation, and experience. These meetings provide opportunities for interns to actively select clients and build experience with a diverse range of presenting concerns and client identities.
Professional Staff Development
Interns participate in staff development sessions. Topics include:
- Team-building activities
- Staff presentations in areas of expertise
- Presentations by psychologists from the University and Eugene community
- Case presentations by both interns and staff
Interns begin their appointments five weeks prior to the beginning of Fall term. The first few weeks' activities are designed to help interns learn more about the UCTC system, receive training, and get to know staff and members of their cohort. Specialized training seminars are offered in selected areas (e.g., brief therapy, multicultural supervision, trauma, etc.). A flexible schedule is maintained during this period to allow interns to become acquainted with the area and the University while also moving into their offices. Click here for an example of a sample orientation schedule.
- Supervision Seminar
This year-long seminar supervises interns on their clinical supervision of practicum interns. Topics include models of supervision, assessment of supervisees, supervision strategies and techniques, multicultural supervision, ethics, and relationship issues.
- Assessment Seminar
Interns meet with the assessment seminar leader during orientation for a review of objective inventories available at the UCTC that can be used for ongoing clinical work. The assessment seminar leader will also discuss administration and use of the most commonly used instruments for counseling center clients.
- Ethical and Legal Issues
This 6 hour seminar during orientation and Fall term focuses on orienting interns to Oregon State statutes pertaining to the practice of psychology, reviewing aspects of the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code Of Conduct, and exploring ethical and legal dilemmas faced by psychologists.
- Crisis Intervention and Risk Management Seminar
This 4-6 hour seminar during orientation and Fall term addresses risk assessment, theoretical and empirically-supported approaches to managing crisis situations, and UCTC policies and procedures related to crisis management.
- Brief Therapy Seminar
This 4-6 hour seminar during orientation provides theoretical and practical information on providing brief therapy in counseling centers. Discussion and clinical cases are included in the format.
- Multicultural Seminar
This year long seminar provides didactic and experiential training in multicultural issues. Interns focus on how one’s own culture affects both the personal and professional self, and how diversity issues affect the therapeutic process. The goals are to increase interns’ competence in working effectively with diverse clientele and to appreciate a multicultural perspective.
- Groups Seminar
This 4-5 week seminar provides training on group therapy. The seminar will focus on practical issues, such as screening group members, being a co-leader, facilitating group processes, and learning about theory and effectiveness with clients.
- Job Presentation Seminar
In this Fall and Winter term seminar, interns present and discuss taped sections of client sessions to help prepare interns for how to discuss their clinical orientation and experience when on job interviews. The seminar is designed to further strengthen conceptualization and intervention skills and prepare interns for their upcoming career searches. Job search information will be shared and additional support will be provided to help interns prepare vitaes and cover letters for various positions. Interns’ presentations will include a written summarization of their case that discusses the client’s background, problem history, therapeutic progress, goals of therapy, unique difficulties in working with their client, and a tentative DSM-5 diagnosis. Additionally, interns may have the opportunity to view the seminar leader and other clinical staffs’ work throughout the year as time allows.
- Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse Seminar
This 4.5 hour seminar module focuses on general models of assessment and treatment of substance abuse, including empirically-supported treatments. While some time is spent in didactic presentation of material, the majority of the seminar will revolve around discussion and presentation of clinical cases by the seminar leader and interns. In addition, interns will receive information about the UCTC substance abuse services.
- Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Trauma
This 4.5 hour module focuses on general models of assessment and treatment of trauma, including empirically-supported treatments. While some time is spent in didactic presentation of material, the majority of the seminar will revolve around discussion and presentation of clinical cases by the seminar leader and interns.
- Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders
This 4.5 hour module focuses on general models of assessment and treatment of eating disorders, including empirically-supported treatments. This module will incorporate sharing of research, experiential exercises to increase awareness of clients' ambivalence, and exploration of body sizism. While some time is spent in didactic presentation of material, the majority of the seminar will revolve around discussion and presentation of clinical cases by the seminar leader and interns.
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.
This page was last updated on April 20th, 2015.