Practice Activities

  1. Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is primarily individual and group, although some exposure to couple’s therapy may be available.  The Center’s orientation is toward briefer therapy, but interns have the opportunity to conduct longer-term therapy with some number of cases.  Interns are expected to carry an average caseload that reflects at least 25% of their total time, although the number will be higher in times of peak demand.
  2. Intake Assessment. Interns provide 2 to 4 regularly scheduled intake evaluations each week.  After initial shadowing with their primary supervisor and/or other clinical staff, interns start with 4 intakes initially, until they build up a case load after which the number of intakes are reduced to maximum of 3 per week.  We follow an absorption model, i.e., an intern is expected to work with any client who is assigned to them.
  3. Group Work. The Counseling Center offers and successfully runs a variety of therapy groups, specific identity-based groups, and skills- building groups each semester.  Each intern is expected to co-lead at least one group per year with a professional staff member.  Interns are also encouraged to develop groups in their own areas of interest with the guidance of professional staff.
  4. Outreach and Consultation. Interns are involved with the Center’s outreach and consultation services to students, staff, faculty, and parents.  Outreach includes activities such as training of residence hall assistants, participation in student and parent orientation programs, and topic-focused presentations and workshops.  Consultation involves work with student groups, liaisons with various campus offices, and case-based assistance to students, staff, faculty, and parents.
  5. On-Call Crisis Intervention and Consultation.Interns are involved in daytime on-call services one half-day per week throughout the internship year and are expected to participate in after hours on-call services during the second half of the year.  Daytime on-call services include taking phone calls and seeing walk-in clients requiring immediate clinical attention.  Interns begin the year working in conjunction with a staff on-call therapist, providing triage as well as conducting evaluations, crisis intervention, and consultations. Interns shadow clinical staff in providing day-time on call before they are expected to provide them independently. Similarly, interns will start after-hours on-call in January, after receiving training by the end of the fall. A staff psychologist provides back-up during intern shifts. Counseling Center staff and interns also respond to the University’s Sexual Assault Helpline 24/7.  After hours on-call services involve carrying a pager and the Sexual Assault Safeline phone and may include both remote and on-site supervised crisis intervention activities.
  6. Case Management. Interns are expected to develop proficiency in case management activities relevant to the clients with whom they are working.  This includes writing intakes, case notes, termination reports, and necessary correspondence along with making necessary referrals to and contacts with faculty, administrators, treatment professionals, and parents as appropriate.  They work with their supervisors to conduct case management in an ethical and legal manner, and to contact relevant parties when legally required.  They are responsible along with their supervisors for making sure that relevant documents are countersigned.
  7. Case Consultation / Peer Supervision. Interns participate in a weekly seminar, generally co-facilitated by 2 staff psychologists (one of whom is fully licensed), throughout the year to provide peer supervision and to consult on cases with each other. Interns rotate responsibility for presenting a case each week to the other 3 interns and permanent staff members, generally utilizing video recording.  The staff members and interns provide feedback focused on the questions and concerns raised by the presenting intern.  In this setting, issues examined might include: cultural and ethical considerations; interpersonal dynamics and processes within the therapy relationship; examination of possible intervention strategies and approaches; parallel processes; and systemic demands.  This meeting is intended to promote the development of interns’ clinical work, case presentation skills, and supervisory skills.  Interns also have the opportunity to benefit from consultation with both interns and staff during our weekly case management meetings.
  8. Practice Requiring Knowledge of and Sensitivity to Diversity Issues. Given the diverse composition of the student population and the interests of the staff, interns necessarily work utilizing a multicultural perspective.  Knowledge of and sensitivity to diversity issues are essential in all areas of practice and are attended to in individual supervision, supervision group, and training seminars.  Interns should expect to work with a diverse caseload, including but not limited to students of different ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity.