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 moving into their offices.
Assessment and Psychological Testing Seminar
Interns meet with the assessment seminar leader during orientation to learn about how to integrate assessment information into brief therapy work in a counseling center. The seminar leader reviews objective inventories available at the UCTC that can be used for ongoing clinical work and highlights the ways in which the repeated CCAPS measure can be best utilized with clients. The assessment seminar will discuss ways interns can select, interpret, and integrate assessment information into their clinical work.
Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders
This seminar module during orientation focuses on general models of assessment and treatment of eating disorders, including empirically-supported treatments. This module will incorporate sharing of research, discussion of how to work with clients' ambivalence, and exploration of body sizism. A range of client handouts/tools and clinical interventions will be presented.
Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Trauma
This seminar module during orientation 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 Substance Abuse
This seminar module during orientation 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.
Brief Therapy Seminar
This seminar module during orientation provides theoretical and practical information on providing brief therapy in counseling centers. Discussion and clinical cases are included in the format.
Case Presentation Seminar
This seminar during fall, winter, and spring terms provides additional opportunity for interns to get supervision and feedback regarding their clinical skills from seminar facilitators and intern peers. Interns will present once each term on a client, and integrate assessment and research information into their presentations to further enhance their conceptualization, intervention, and clinical presentation skills.
Crisis Intervention and Risk Management Seminar
This seminar module 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.
Ethical and Legal Issues
This 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.
This 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. Interns will show video clips of their group facilitation to get feedback from the leader and their peers on their group facilitation skills.
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.
Professional Development Seminar
In this fall, winter, and spring seminar, interns discuss issues and get support around a range of topics related to their internship experience, their professional development, and their job search process. Interns may discuss the challenges and exciting parts of internship, discuss their learning around their professional identities, explore their peer relaitonships with one another, and/or discuss their questions and hopes around job search. The seminar facilitators will provide time and information on how to produce strong application materials, how to navigate job interviews, and how to negotiate job offers. Job search information will be shared and additional support will be provided to help interns prepare vitaes and cover letters for various positions.
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.