The internship is an organized health service training program that provides supervised experiences in all Counseling Center services and functions. The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. It was re-accredited in 2009 for 7 years under the leadership of Dr. Denise Lucero-Miller. Verification of the program's accreditation status can be obtained through the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation at 750 First Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20002; (202) 336-5979. The TWU Counseling Center places a strong emphasis on training activities and values. Internship experiences are well integrated into the agency as a whole.
The TWU Counseling Center offers unique training opportunities in the following areas:
- The clients of the Counseling Center are drawn from a population of students at TWU that in general are older than traditional age and highly committed to both their academic and personal growth. At the same time, most of these students have experienced significant life trauma and stressors and are at varying points in the process of recovery and healing. Interns, therefore, have numerous opportunities to work with clients who are able to function well while they work on fairly serious therapy issues within a brief therapy model.
- Interns are encouraged and expected to participate actively in organizational planning and in fulfilling service needs. The size and interdependent nature of the agency (including a senior staff-to-intern ratio of six to three) provide for first-hand experience in counseling center operation, an opportunity which is not typically available in larger training sites.
- As the only counseling center internship in the nation offered at a women's university, a special opportunity is provided to focus on women's issues throughout their adult life span. Issues which are especially common among TWU's students are: women's identity development (especially sexual identity, professional identity, family role exploration, etc.), women in transition (divorce/separation, career re-entry, multiple role conflict, etc.), and women's victimization (sexual abuse, sexual assault, relationship violence, etc.).
- Feedback from previous interns has indicated that the internship experience at TWU has enriched their appreciation for ethical issues. Regular informal discussions of such issues allows interns to integrate ethics into their day-to-day functioning. Similarly, the staff has a commitment to diversity both formally through the training program and informally through everyday discussion of cultural events, customs, food, celebrations/holidays, and literature or films of interest to current staff and interns.
- Supervision is a plus for this site. Interns have a case supervisor for clinical work, internship supervisor for professional and personal development, supervision for group therapy, supervision of their supervision of practicum students and supervision for psychological assessment. Included in supervision of practicum students is a seminar during which interns receive selected books and articles to provide a common research/theoretical foundation for their applied supervision work. There are similar formats for group supervision, case review and assessment seminar.
Strong support is provided for the completion of the intern's dissertation in the form of time and resources. Each intern office has a computer with network access to the Internet.
Philosophy and Goals
The TWU Counseling Center Doctoral Psychology Internship Program is based on the conviction that personal and professional development are mutually inclusive processes. There is recognition that internship is a critical period of transition and integration. We therefore adhere to a developmental training philosophy that focuses on facilitating learning and skill building by building upon the intern's existing clinical and didactic knowledge base to facilitate the transition from graduate student to professional psychologist. Intern competencies are assessed during Orientation and in initial supervision meetings across all domains of the internship. Information and formal evaluations are used throughout the year to accommodate the intern's changing developmental needs. There also exists a strong commitment to providing supportive yet appropriately challenging supervision experiences focused on attention to the use of self as it relates to both personal and professional growth. The training staff is further committed to providing an opportunity for interns to learn and work in an applied setting as a practitioner with a scientific foundation. This translates into a model designed to facilitate intern development through extensive supervision and mentoring, didactics based on the science and practice of psychology, and multiple experiential activities. The primary objective of the internship program is to foster the development of ethical and culturally responsive counseling and clinical psychologists with a repertoire of skills, which can enable successful professional employment in a variety of settings. The goals of the program are:
- To facilitate the clinical competence of interns in the areas of therapy, intakes, crisis intervention, outreach and psychological assessment.
- To enhance the intern's commitment to the life-long process of personal and professional development through the facilitation of theory consolidation and integration, knowledge and application of APA ethical principles, role transition from intern to professional, and participation in activities to consolidate professional identity and interests.
- To facilitate competence in the area of clinical supervision through exposure to relevant literature and applied practice.
- To enhance the intern's appreciation and understanding of human diversity and the translation of this into culturally responsive treatment interventions through acquisition of knowledge and attention to awareness of self in relation to others.
In addition to these general goals for all interns, specific individual goals are discussed with interns and approved by the Training Director during August orientation.
Philosophy of Supervision and Self-Disclosure
The training program adheres to the belief that supervision is a valuable and indispensable tool for all trainees and staff. Regardless of the specific work activity, we believe that self-awareness is a critical component of ongoing professional growth. Due to our belief that the theraputic alliance is a central component of any helping relationship, it is our expectation that interns will recognize, improve, and employ those personal qualities that will enhance their work with clients, peers, other center staff, and the university community. Opportunities for personal exploration and self-reflection that impact professional development inevitably occur throughout the training year. Training staff provide ongoing feedback to promote the integration of personal and professional development.
The internship program functions in a manner consistent with the American Psychological Association's 2002 Revised Ethical Standard 7.04 (Student Disclosure of Personal Information). When appropriate, interns are encouraged, but not required, to explore historical influences and personal qualities and how these may either help or hinder psychological interventions and professional interactions. Supervisors are committed to creating a safe, trusting, and respectful environment in order to facilitate this exploration. Supervision is never viewed as psychotherapy, but rather promotion of the intern's overall professional development. Training staff, however, have the option to recommend, but not require, outside therapy to individuals who they feel could benefit from in-depth exploration of personal issues which appear to negatively impact their professional development.
An approximation of an intern's weekly training activities is shown below. Training activities vary among interns according to their specific needs.
|I. DIRECT SERVICE ACTIVITIES||HOURS/WEEK|
|Group Counseling/Psychological Assessment||4|
|Individual, Relationship Counseling||12|
|Outreach Presentations/Program Consultation||1|
|Practicum Student Supervision (August-May)||2-3|
|TOTAL SERVICE ACTIVITIES||22-23 (approx.)|
|II. TRAINING ACTIVITIES||HOURS/WEEK|
|Professional Issues Seminar||2|
|Professional Development Activity||2-4|
|Assessment Seminar or Assessment Supervision||0-1|
|Supervision of Group Therapy||1|
|Supervision of Supervision (August - May)||2|
|Case Review Meeting||1|
|TOTAL TRAINING ACTIVITIES||10-14 (approx.)|
|III. OTHER ACTIVITIES||HOURS/WEEK|
|Intern Support Meeting||1|
|Record Keeping, Committee Work, Projects, and Professional Development||4|
|TOTAL OTHER ACTIVITIES||8 (approx.)|
(a) Interns are allotted 2 hours per week for dissertation work during the fall and spring semesters (while classes are in session) and 5 hours per week during the remaining 20 weeks of the internship year (semester breaks and summer session). This represents an average of over 3 hours per week for 50 weeks for dissertation work. Average individual client hours per week are correspondingly adjusted from 12 to 9 during these 20 weeks.
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