Predoctoral Internship Program

Dear Prospective Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in our pre-doctoral internship program at USC.  Our goal is to prepare interns with the skills needed for a career in a university counseling center including multicultural competencies in initial consultations and intakes, short-term individual therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, provision of supervision, assessment, and campus-based outreach and consultation with a highly diverse population and range of presenting concerns.  I would like to highlight key components of our program including:  group training, ability to supervise, outreach training, and a core commitment to diversity.

Group Therapy:  Perhaps most unique about our training program is the intensive training in group psychotherapy. USC is proud to be the first program to the use of a one-way mirror for live group supervision.  The group members consent to having their group therapy observed along with “live” interventions that are phoned into the session from the supervising team members.  Observing interns benefit from watching the group dynamics unfold before them and the facilitating interns benefit from receiving real-time suggestions designed to enhance and refine their group skills.  Interns routinely rate this experience as one of the highpoints of their training.  Interns typically co-lead one of our process or skills-based groups in addition to the “live group.”

Supervision of a practicum student:  Interns have the opportunity to provide supervision to a graduate student for the academic year. Interns receive on-going training and supervision via the weekly Supervision of Supervision Meeting. These team meetings allow interns to discuss the challenges they face in their supervisory role.  This activity also supports the professional identity development of the intern, recognizing their own growth and learning through being in the trusted position to train others.

Outreach and Consultation:  Our extensive Outreach and Consultation training involves much more than facilitating workshops.  First, interns will have a Liaison Project for which they serve in a liaison role to a department of their choice. This year-long relationship allows interns to engage in consultation, non-clinical supervision of Peer Mentor programs, and program development. Second, interns will address a social advocacy project which is intended to address the mental health disparities or barriers to treatment that exist in society and at USC.  Last, interns receive ongoing training in outreach development with ample opportunities to provide psycho-educational workshops to the USC community.

Diversity:  The appreciation of human diversity is a core value of our Center and of USC’s commitment to its diverse community.  Our student body is extremely diverse and boasts one of the largest international student populations.  Developing multicultural competencies is critical and the program is intended to foster a sophisticated, nuanced understanding of multiculturalism, multiple identities, and cultural complexities. To achieve this goal, we offer diversity trainings and seminars, a diversity theme for continuing education which changes each year, and incorporating multicultural awareness throughout all trainings.  Above all, the staff is dedicated to creating a culture of openness, courtesy, and respect necessary to engage in self-awareness and learning.  Interns and staff alike are expected to contribute to a work environment of cooperation, understanding, co-existence with difference, and commitment to lifelong learning to understanding our own and others’ worldviews.

In closing, I would like to mention perhaps the finest characteristic of our program: our talented, personable, good-humored, and diverse staff. When recruiting staff, a top priority is placed on hiring professionals who will enhance our training programs. They see training and mentorship as vital to their job satisfaction.

I hope the information contained on our website will enable you to understand what you need to know about Center in order to make an informed decision.  Feel free to contact me with any questions, 213/740-7711 or elizabeth.reyes@usc.edu.

In closing, know that our internship program has been APA-Accredited since 1989. Verification of our status can be found at:
APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
202/336-5979
TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Reyes, PhD
Director of Training
Asst. Director, Training and Outreach

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