Description of Training
Supervision matches are yearlong, and are established by a mutual decision-making process. Each intern receives two hours of weekly supervision with a primary supervisor, a licensed psychologist, and with a delegated supervisor. According to the California Board of Psychology, licensed mental health providers, such as psychiatrists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists may serve as delegated supervisors. As an interdisciplinary staff, we value the benefit of interns being trained by licensed as delegated supervisors.
Important Reminder: Some states may require supervision to be provided licensed psychologists only, while other states consider APA accredited sites exempt from this requirement. It is suggested that applicants research state requirements via the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. Please feel free to share any concerns you have with the TD at any point in the application process.
Intern Seminar Series
These weekly two hour seminars provide interactive training on treating clients with specific problems or disorders (e.g. disordered eating, social anxiety, depression), therapy skills and techniques (case conceptualization, mindfulness and affect regulation, therapeutic communications) applied theories (e.g. CBT, ACT, DBT, Interpersonal), and ethical and professional issues (i.e. therapist/client attractions, job search).
Interns co-facilitate process, psycho-educational or support groups with senior staff members. Afterwards, they debrief and plan with their co-facilitator. Some groups also have a process observer who articulates process observations to the group. In these instances, they participate in group supervision as well.
Live Group Training
Using a treatment team approach, two interns facilitate a group, while the other two interns along with the group supervisor observe. “Real time” feedback is provided to the leaders by the observers who phone in their observations and suggestions. After sessions are finished, all team members convene to discuss group dynamics and plan future strategies. All interns have an opportunity to both observe and co-lead a Live Group. The intention is to provide a supportive, lively learning environment.
Supervision of Supervision
Interns meet weekly as a team to discuss the supervision they are providing to the practicum counselors. Models of supervision, multicultural supervision, and ethics are part of the team discussions. Supervision will address identifying the developmental needs of the supervisee, fostering the supervisory relationship, providing feedback, and monitoring client welfare.
Diversity Colloquia provide didactic coverage of salient facets of working with specific populations such as, but not limited to, ethnic/racial minorities, LGBTQ or differently-abled students. Once broad cultural groups have been covered in our Diversity Colloquia, this meeting converts into weekly, one-hour Diversity Dialogues which include experiential exercises, guided discussions, culture-sharing, self-reflection and exploration, and case discussions.
Video Case Conference
Interns attend a weekly one hour video case conference meeting, during which each will present video excerpts of her or his work with individuals and couples. This team meeting showcases the interns’ clinical work and provides an opportunity for them to receive feedback from their peers as well as the staff supervisor. Interns help their peers explore case conceptualization, transference and counter-transference, treatment options, and clinical challenges.
The month of August is dedicated to orientation, clinical training, team building and facilitating the interns’ transition to USC and the Los Angeles area. Typical orientation activities include an all staff retreat; orientation to SCS clinical operations and procedures; diversity training; an introduction to therapeutic issues relevant to college mental health; introduction to outreach and consultation; visits to key campus departments; and the establishment of campus liaison projects.
The evaluation process is an essential component of our training program. Interns are formally evaluated and given feedback twice a year regarding their overall performance and their progress as clinicians. Likewise, twice a year interns formally evaluate their supervisors and they provide feedback about the training program. In addition, informal quarterly meetings with the intern are held to assess progress and for interns to share their satisfaction with their learning goals.
Time reserved for clinical paperwork, phone calls, tape review and administrative tasks.
All Staff Meeting
This weekly meeting is attended by the senior staff and the trainees from all of our training programs. Since the primary purpose of these meetings is to address the administrative business of Student Counseling Services, interns learn about the internal workings and systems issues of a university counseling center.
Interns do a rotation in which they assist the Center Director in making case disposition assignments of clients on our waitlist. They help determine the level of staff (practicum, intern, senior staff, etc.) suitable for treating a particular case. This activity is under review, as case assignment procedures may change.
Interns have the opportunity to join an on-going or ad hoc administrative committee such as: Intern Selection, Practicum Selection or campus committees, such as the Eating Disorders Treatment Team. Interns will also be asked to contribute to the Fall orientation planning committee for the next cohort.
There are occasional speakers or training that may occur in addition to the above activities.
Intern Business Meeting
Interns meet weekly with the Director of Training to discuss office protocol, procedural questions, professional issues, and the myriad of internship-related issues or questions that arise.
Intern Process Meeting
Many intern cohorts opt to meet for weekly peer supervision and support.
Intern Selection Committee
Interns serve on intern selection committee, with the option of later participating with the Practicum selection process. This entails providing feedback on applications, participating in interviews and assisting with the Open Houses.
Staff Meeting Facilitation
Interns have the opportunity to facilitate one of our All Staff Meetings. Interns prepare for their facilitation under the guidance of the Center Director.