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. As such, decisions seem to be based on a match between your personal training needs and what the site has to offer. We find that many applicants are just trying to get a good “feel” for what the center and staff are like.
We often get a variation of the question, “If I were to walk down your hallways, what would I notice or see?” At the UCTC (University Counseling and Testing Center) you would notice art work representing a variety of styles and cultures, staff popping into each other’s offices and folks looking out windows for sunshine and rainbows; you might also hear laughter emanating from the break room. More often than not, there would be doors open to welcome trainees who want to consult or just chat. We love having emerging psychologists at our center; they ‘stretch’ us and we learn from them as much as they hopefully do from us. I wish you well with the application process and the next chapter in your life! Remember to 1) breathe and 2) connect with your support communities. Additionally, I have included below my answers to other frequently asked questions from intern applicants. Rest assured… our current interns keep us honest about these descriptions. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
H. Brooks Morse, Ph.D.
Associate Director and Training Director
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, secondary 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
- Diverse theoretical orientations amongst senior clinicians
- Support for job search and career exploration through seminar and supervisors
- Titanium Clinical Database - most used amongst 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.