Training Philosophy & Goals
The University of Oregon Counseling and Testing Center subscribes to a practitioner-scholar model of training in which members of our training staff:
- Facilitate experiential and discussion based seminars
- Provide didactic presentations
- Assume mentorship and supervision roles
- Co-lead therapy groups with interns
- Oversee the general growth and development of the interns
- Co-facilitate/mentor interns in outreach facilitation and consultation
Monitoring the progress of training is an ongoing process. It includes evaluating each intern's progress on an ongoing, informal basis in supervision, as well as the preparation of a written, formal evaluation once each term. Staff regularly provide feedback both as a way to provide ample time for the intern to grow and evolve, but also to decrease worry around formal evaluation periods. In addition, feedback from interns regarding the relevance and effectiveness of the training experience is routinely solicited, both informally, as well as in a written evaluation twice each year.
Our primary goal is to prepare our interns for generalist positions in college and university counseling centers. Our generalist training program is focused on core competencies in the field for general practice and so we also prepare interns for practice in other clinical settings similar to our agency.
The training emphasis includes the integration of cultural and individual diversity and professional ethics and decision-making. Staff members have reaffirmed a strong commitment to supervise, teach, and mentor the interns. All professional staff members are considered part of the "training staff."
The doctoral psychology internship year is viewed as a critical learning period for the developing professional. It is a time in which many important tasks must be undertaken such as:
- Increasing effectiveness and confidence in clinical work
- Understanding and integrating theoretical learning with clinical experiences
- Refining and clarifying one's own therapeutic style
- Developing areas of specialty and expertise
- Meeting dissertation commitments and timelines
- Mastering job search skills and seeking a career position
- Developing professional relationships and assuming a professional identity
- Learning about agency norms and decision-making processes
These tasks are addressed and facilitated by supervision, modeling, didactic training, experiential learning, and mentoring.
Primary Internship Objectives
The internship is a time to develop advanced professional skills and begin to establish an integrated professional identity. The internship provides considerable autonomy and responsibility while offering constructive feedback and emotional support for personal and professional integration. Primary objectives include developing conceptual knowledge, applied skills, and competence in the following areas:
- Individual psychotherapy, with an emphasis on brief psychotherapy
- Group psychotherapy
- Diagnostic assessment using objective testing with ongoing clients
- Crisis intervention
- Clinical supervision
- Outreach programming
- Professional ethics and decision-making
- Professional functioning in an agency setting
Most responsibilities are structured into the internship, but interns are encouraged to exercise choices within these domains (e.g., types of groups, rotations, secondary supervision). We encourage a balance between exploring new areas of practice and further developing current areas of expertise.
Personal and Professional Integration
Personal and professional integration often involves examining personal characteristics and issues that are relevant to professional effectiveness and success. When doing so, the UCTC follows APA’s Ethical Standard 7.04 (Student Disclosure of Personal Information) as contained in the Revised Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (APA, 2002).
It is important that interns know that self-disclosure will be part of the supervisory and training experience during the doctoral psychology internship here at the UCTC. Training staff will assist the intern to explore and understand the characteristics and dynamics the intern brings to interpersonal and professional situations and how these characteristics and dynamics facilitate or hinder effective professional interactions and interventions. This exploration will also include identifying and processing intern cohort dynamics in order to assist interns in developing professional, collegial relationship skills. Interns are encouraged to examine and discuss such issues as how personal characteristics and interpersonal styles affect professional group functioning, ways to address and resolve conflicts, and the influence of power differences in professional groups.
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The Counseling and Testing Center as a Multicultural Organization
The Counseling and Testing Center strives to live up to the values and principles of a multicultural organization. This means we attempt to develop and implement explicit policies and practices that ensure that all members of the diverse workforce feel fully included and have every opportunity to contribute to the goal of achieving the mission of the organization. We also seek to continually improve our organization and to enhance our ability to achieve our mission by advocating and practicing social justice internally and external to the educational system.
We attempt to integrate our commitment to individual and cultural diversity into all aspects of our direct service work, our agency interactions, and the training program. Our staff members are committed to assessing our own individual cultural awareness and to seeking out opportunities to further develop self-awareness, gain relevant cultural knowledge, and develop skills relevant to multicultural work.
There are many experiences and activities available to assist in the multicultural development of doctoral psychology interns. These include:
- Staff workshops on multicultural topics such as multicultural supervision and multicultural organizational development
- Weekly intern multicultural seminar
- Opportunities to participate in rotations such as assisting with the graduate level Counseling Diverse Populations course offered through the Department of Counseling Psychology
- Consultation projects with underrepresented groups
Additional opportunities may include:
- Becoming an advocate on the UO Bias Response Team
- Developing liaison relationships with multicultural student organizations (including LGBTQA, Accesible Education Center, CMAE (Center for Multicultural Academic Achievement), Pathways (first generation students), Women's Center, Men's Center, or campus religious directors)
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 24, 2015 and ends on August 23, 2016.
This page was last updated on August 1st.