Professional Identity Competency Areas

  1. Professional Behavior. Interns are expected to demonstrate behavior consistent with reasonable standards of professional behavior. These standards include taking responsibility for their schedules, observing expectations of the work place, working cooperatively and courteously with others, representing the agency well, and demonstrating sensitivity to diversity issues in their interactions within and outside the agency. Professional staff model these behaviors for interns and provide necessary instructive information and feedback regarding expected standards.
  2. Ethical and Legal Issues. Interns are expected to be aware of and behave in a manner consistent with ethical standards established by the American Psychological Association and the State of Maryland. They conform their professional behavior to state legal statues regarding the practice of psychology. They receive training in relevant ethical, legal and professional standards through training seminars, supervision, and case management meetings.
  3. Scholarly Activity. Interns are expected to demonstrate a commitment to scholarly activity. They take steps to stay current with scientific basis for practice in professional psychology through reading, training seminars, supervision, and professional development programs. They demonstrate scholarly activity and competence by working to complete research requirements for their degrees, participating in any collaborative research projects with which the Center is involved (e.g., involving the Center’s suicide tracking system), presenting in training seminars, and practicing in a manner that is informed by theory and research. Professional staff model dedication to scholarship by their own involvement in Center collaborative research efforts and utilization of clinical theory and research findings in supervision, training seminars, and case management meetings.

Other Administrative and Professional Activities

  1. Case Management Meeting. Interns participate in weekly 2-hour case management meetings. These meetings are mandatory for all staff who provide clinical services to clients, and focus primarily on tracking clients who are at risk for suicide and/or other harmful behaviors. The Counseling Center uses the CAMS (Collaborative Assessment for Managing Suicide) and has an extensive suicide tracking system (STS) based on the work of Dr. David Jobes. The meetings are also an opportunity to receive consultation on clients who may be especially challenging to work with (those with significant ongoing suicidality/homicidality or other self-harming behaviors, those posing an ethical or legal conflict, those requiring resources above and beyond what can be provided by the therapist or Center, and so on).
  2. Staff Business Meeting. These weekly meetings are devoted to the administrative business of the Center and offer interns opportunities to observe and participate in management of the Center through such activities as the development of Center policies and procedures.
  3. Professional Development Programs. Interns are expected to participate in the professional development activities of the Center. The Center generally sponsors or co-sponsors two or three professional staff development programs per year featuring mental health professionals from outside the Center.