Goals and Objectives

Broadly speaking, the goals of the internship are two-fold. These are to develop and refine:

  1. Comprehensive skills in the practice of professional psychology
  2. Professional identity as a psychologist

 

There is also a focus on developing peer supervision and case consultation skills. Professional identity emphases include demonstrating responsible professional behavior, knowledge and application of ethical and legal standards, and demonstrating a commitment to scholarly activity. Developing knowledge of and sensitivity to diversity is a core theme in all activities that interns participate in. We recognize that developing multicultural competence is a lifelong journey and we expect interns to participate fully through discussion and dialogue, both formal and informal, as well as through fulfilling required internship activities during their time at the Counseling Center.

 

Group Room

Group Room
This room is where we conduct most of our counseling groups. Every semester, we offer a variety of groups including process-oriented groups, support groups and more psycho-eductionally oriented groups. Interns are expected to co-lead at least one group during their internship year. We have interns co-lead groups with senior staff members because we believe this maximizes the learning opportunity.

Peer Supervision Area of Group Room

Peer Supervision Area of Group Room
Our interns and 2 senior staff members meet weekly in this area of our group room for peer/group supervision. Each week an intern presents a case, typically showing a portion of a digital video recording from a session. The role of the remaining interns and senior staff members is to provide peer supervisory feedback. This meeting promotes the development of interns’ clinical work, case presentation skills, and supervisory skills.

 

Expectations Regarding Self-Disclosure by Interns

The training staff are dedicated to maintaining an internship program that is consistent with the standard 7.04 of APA’s 2002 Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.  Interns are not required to disclose personal information in program-related activities except in cases where personal information is necessary to evaluate or obtain assistance for interns whose personal problems may prevent them form fulfilling their training or professionally-related activities in a competent manner or may pose a threat to those the Center serves or others.  Interns are, however, encouraged to discuss and explore their personal qualities as these relate to their work.  Consistent with the research literature, we believe that the therapeutic relationship is essential to the effective practice of psychotherapy.  To that end, supervision addresses and attends to the person of the therapist to understand and enhance clinical interactions, conceptualizations, and interventions.  Supervisors are expected to assist interns in self-exploration and in identifying how their personal qualities facilitate or hinder their successful performance.