Doctoral Internship Program

Dear Prospective Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in our doctoral health service psychology internship program at USC and congratulations on reaching this important milestone in your academic career. Our internship program has been APA-Accredited since 1989.  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 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 with live supervision: 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. 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. This activity also supports the professional identity development of the intern, helping them recognize their own growth and learning as well as being in the trusted position to train others.

Outreach and consultation:  Our extensive Outreach and Consultation training involves much more than facilitating workshops. 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. In addition, interns will develop a social advocacy project which is intended to address the mental health disparities or barriers to treatment that exist in society and at USC.

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 in the country.  We offer a Diversity Dialogues weekly seminar, a diversity theme for center-wide programming, and incorporating multicultural awareness throughout all trainings.  Above all, the staff is dedicated to creating a culture of openness, grace, co-existence with difference and respect necessary to engage in self-awareness and lifelong learning.

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 about our program provides you the information you need in order to make an informed decision about your internship application.  Feel free to contact me with any questions, 213/740-7711 or elizabeth.reyes@usc.edu.

Sincerely,

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

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