Interns receive two hours of individual supervision each week. One hour of supervision is provided for approximately 75 percent of the intern's caseload by the Case Supervisor, who is a psychologist licensed in Texas. Interns are also assigned an Internship Supervisor (a doctoral psychologist who is either licensed or license eligible), who supervises approximately 25 percent of the intern's cases and assists the intern in her or his general professional development and in reaching overall internship goals.
Assignment of supervisors is based on the intern's preference, goals, and the compatibility of orientations and styles between intern and supervisor. Supervisory assignments typically change at mid-year to maximize contact with a variety of role models. Interns have access to all Senior Staff and Associate Training Staff and are encouraged to use them regularly as additional resources.
The month of August is set aside for orientation to the University and the Counseling Center and for assisting interns in becoming acclimated to the area. The orientation introduces interns to the organization of the University, the characteristics of TWU's student population, the policies and procedures of the Counseling Center, the resources of the University, and the theoretical approaches of potential supervisors. Visits to relevant campus and Denton community agencies are included to increase interns' familiarity with their new environment. Informal events are also scheduled which assist interns in becoming acquainted with each other and with members of the Counseling Center staff.
Time is available upon request for professional activities including attendance at outside workshops; participation in professional organizations, conferences, and conventions; and contact with professionals in other University departments and in the community. A special opportunity for professional networking is provided through attendance at the Texas Counseling Center Psychology Intern Conference, for all counseling center interns and training directors in the state of Texas. In addition to informal social programs, the two day conference covers professional development topics such as job search strategies, professional licensing and credential development, and professional transitions.
Professional Issues Seminar
Counseling Center Senior Staff and local professionals present on their areas of expertise at this weekly two-hour seminar. The seminar covers topics related to human diversity (gender, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, physical capability, religion) and other professional and clinical issues. Practicum students are also required to attend.
Professional Development Activities/Rotations
Four different options are currently available to interns, on a semester rotating basis, to work with training staff in an auxiliary capacity. These options are:
Practicum Seminar Co-leader: Work with the Practicum Coordinator, co-leading the weekly two-hour practicum seminar. The seminar includes a combination of group supervision, practicum student case presentations, didactic presentations regarding various clinical topics, and discussion of administrative procedures.
Diversity Liaison Assistant: Work with the Cultural Diversity Liaison, organizing and implementing diversity outreach and training. Examples of duties include developing and presenting diversity related (sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability) workshops, creating training modules for Counseling Center staff, co-leading diversity training seminars, and representing the TWUCC at multicultural campus activities.
Prepracticum Assistant Instructor (fall only): Work with the instructor who teaches the pre-practicum course for the TWU Psychology Department, assisting in all aspects of course instruction. Examples of duties include preparing and giving lectures regarding basic counseling skills and assessing/grading student skill development.
Assistant to Center Administrators:
*Work with the Coordinator of Clinical Services/Director. Examples of duties include assisting with Counseling Center administrative tasks, coordinating and assigning outreach requests, and monitoring client wait list.
*Work with the Training Director, organizing and implementing administrative aspects of the internship program. Examples of duties include assisting with the internship selection process and planning Professional Issues Seminar. The intern representative is also required to attend Training Committee meetings.
Interns decide by consensus each semester as to who will fill each role. Time is available each week for a meeting with the senior staff member or committee associated with the professional activity (2-4 hrs).
Supervision of Group Therapy
Interns receive supervision in a group format with other staff and trainees who are co-leading counseling groups. This seminar meets for one hour weekly. The format includes discussing relevant group process literature and supervision/consultation of current groups. This allows for the integration of intervention and current treatment research/literature. Interns also receive supervision and weekly feedback from their senior staff co-facilitator.
Supervision of Supervision
Supervision of supervision is provided for 2 hours every week. The seminar begins in August and ends in May. This seminar covers such issues as models and styles of supervision, parallel process, therapist and supervisor development, multicultural competence in supervision, and the teaching of specific intervention skills. All supervisors of practicum students are expected to digitally record their supervision sessions for demonstration and review. All interns will be provided with reading materials and other references on supervision, which provide a common language with which to discuss the process observed in the videos. Interns provide a final supervision presentation at the end of May.
Assessment Seminar begins during August Orientation and meets for a total of 3-4 times for approximately 1-2 hours. The seminar is offered at the beginning of the training year in order to provide interns with the information and skills necessary to begin conducting psychological evaluations. The focus of the seminar is on the selection, administration and interpretation of assessment instruments as well as exploring multicultural and feminist perspectives to assessment. Special emphasis is given to: 1) integrating clinical information with test results and incorporating assessment results into treatment planning, 2) information regarding the assessment of culturally diverse clients, and 3) how to provide assessment feedback from a relational perspective, with the treating therapist in the feedback meeting. Readings on assessment-related issues are discussed each week.
Case Review Meetings
A one-hour Case Review meeting is held weekly and includes interns and senior staff. Practicum students are invited and encouraged to attend. Topics range from peer review for the effective management of particular cases, agency management of overall clinical resources, and therapist demonstrations of their approaches to the change process. Cases are assessed from a developmental perspective, multicultural and ethical, and, as a training aid, also conceptualized according to DSM-IV. Readings on therapy interventions, ethics, and the change process are discussed as well. Interns give two formal case presentations during the year, once in January and once in July.
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