Description of Activities
Clinical Service Activities
Interns cover a two-hour crisis shift each week, during which they respond to “walk-ins” and emergency appointments. Additionally, they may provide phone consultations to faculty, staff, parents or peers who are concerned about the welfare of a student. They are supervised by members of our crisis team. During the summer, when the demand of services is slower, this increases to two full day shifts. Interns will also meet regularly for crisis supervision.
The Counseling Center offers process, support, and psycho-educational groups. Interns have the opportunity to co-facilitate with a senior staff member. Additionally, as part of our Live Group Program, they will conduct a group with team observation. Interns typically shift roles at the beginning of Spring semester.
Group offerings vary with student demand. Below are offerings:
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Graduate Students Therapy
- Women of Color
- Peace with food and body image
- Adjustment (e.g., returning students, transfer students,
first generation to college)
- Disabilities and Health Concerns
- Grief and Loss International Tea Time
- Sexual and Gender Diversity Support
- Women of Color
- Self-Discovery Through Creativity
- Effective Living Skills and Mood Management
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
- Social Confidence
- Toolkit for Anxiety
Interns provide short-term treatment based on a 12 session model. It is expected that each intern will also work with two long-term clients. Although interns will receive training for couple’s therapy, please note that this service has a modest request rate from students. Interns have the option for 2 long-term clients. Interns will incorporate use of behavioral measures to inform their clinical work and assessment.
Interns are expected to conduct intakes for cases assigned to them. Intake sessions serve as a means of collecting initial assessment information and determining probable case disposition (short-term, long-term, psychiatric referral or outside referral). An intake report is completed and discussed with the Primary Supervisor.
The center currently relies on triaging all requests for services with a phone assessment system to determine students need for crisis services, short-term services at SCS, or a community referral.
Supervision of Practicum Counselor
Interns provide weekly supervision to doctoral level practicum counselors from local doctoral programs. Each practicum student has both an Intern Supervisor and a Staff Supervisor.
Consultation & Outreach
A wide variety of consultation and outreach opportunities are available to interns. Interns may make presentations on topics of interest such as stress management, intercultural dialogues, eating disorders, couples communication, overcoming writing problems, and etc. They may collaborate with other departments in planning and implementing outreach programming. Interns may also participate in campus interventions in response to campus tragedies.
Social Advocacy Project
In an effort to understand the role of advocacy within psychology, interns are encouraged to explore addressing mental health disparities in public health. They may choose to identify a clinical or cultural population, and use their creativity to address any disparities or reducing barriers to treatment with students and/or staff. Interns participate in a Social Advocacy Project of their choosing, with the approval of the TD. They may opt to take part in a university-sponsored event such as National Black History Month, Take Back the Night, Equal Marriage Rights Initiative, and etc. In such cases, interns will take an active role in collaborating with the university department, program, or committee responsible for putting on that project or event (e.g. attend planning meetings or help with a specific part of the program). Or, they may initiate a relevant project that addresses mental health disparities or barriers to treatment.
Interns have the opportunity to provide training for counselors-in-training at our Center (Practicum Counselors and Social Work Interns). This training covers both a topic of clinical interest and a presentation about their advocacy work, the Social Advocacy Project. They also have the opportunity to provide training for Peer Educator/Mentor programs offered by various departments on campus.