Training Model and Goals

Practitioner-Scholar Training Model

The Model used views training as an interactive, dynamic process that involves: self-reflection, integrating past experiences with new learning, meaningful engagement with professional role models, embracing challenges, and solidifying a professional identity.

The Model integrates research and theory with practical, experiential learning. Interns are provided opportunities to practice skills associated with counseling center psychology work including clinical, liaison, supervision, training, outreach and consultation. Interns are encouraged to apply scholarly inquiry and critical thinking to all facts of their work: clinical, outreach, consultation, supervision, training, and administrative; to stay abreast of current trends; and applying pertinent findings to their therapeutic work.

To promote cultural competence, interns participate in a variety of activities and are encouraged to assess the impact of individual and cultural differences and worldview on human experiences. SCS strives to establish a non-judging, safe place to explore the impact of worldview on clinical work and embrace difficult dialogues with respect and grace. As interns view their work through a culturally-educated lens, the staff helps them to thoughtfully apply these understandings to professional practice.

Recognizing that every intern brings unique talents, experiences, and interests, the program will adjust to meet their unique development needs throughout the internship. Expectations for intern performance change according to their progression through the internship: more stringent standards are demanded of final-stage interns than beginning-stage interns. Further, over the course of the year, interns advance towards greater levels of autonomy, readying them for professional practice.

By the completion of the internship, interns should be well-prepared to assume an entry-level psychology position.

Training Goals and Objectives

Goal 1 – Develop professional identity and values and attitude of psychology.

  • Interns will be expected to demonstrate integrity in department and verbal interactions with clients, peers, staff and campus community.
  • Interns will demonstrate awareness of the welfare of others, not limited to clients.
  • Interns demonstrate commitment to identity as student of psychology including awareness of issues related to the field.
  • Interns demonstrate an understanding of effective implication of ethical codes of conduct and legal and regulatory issues.
  • Interns demonstrate an ability to maintain effective relationships with clients and staff.
  • Interns demonstrate good self-care as demonstrated by management of affect and maturity.
  • Interns demonstrate effective communication oral and written skills.
  • Interns demonstrate strong collaborative skills including conflict management skills that prioritize commitment to the center mission and a positive work environment.
  • Interns will demonstrate awareness of and accountability for their actions.

Goal 2 – Demonstrate a respect and awareness of individual and cultural identity.

  • Interns will incorporate and be sensitive to role of context and cultural factors influencing the client.
  • Interns demonstrate self-awareness of own identity and how that influences their perception of the client.
  • Interns will develop advocacy project aimed at underserved population or concern.

Goal 3 – Development of clinical skills associated with the University Counseling Center including individual therapy, case management, referral, intake/phone assessment, psychoeducational outreach workshops and trainings, group psychotherapy, and supervision of a practicum.

  • Interns demonstrate active curiosity and incorporation of recent and relevant research into practice.
  • Interns demonstrate clinical effectiveness with a wide variety of clients and demonstrate good judgment in routine and crisis situations.
  • Interns demonstrate ability to reflect on countertransference and managing affect.
  • Interns demonstrate critical thinking skills and awareness of psychological theories.
  • Interns demonstrate effective collaboration skills among an interdisciplinary staff.
  • Interns demonstrate diagnosis, intervention and treatment planning with understanding of range of normal and abnormal behavior in the context of human development and diversity concerns.