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 CAPS 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 CAPS, 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 CAPS 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 CAPS 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
CAPS 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.
Five different options are currently available to interns, on a semester rotating basis, to work with training staff in an auxiliary capacity. These options are:
Diversity Rotation: Work with the Cultural Diversity Liaison, organizing and implementing diversity outreach and training. Examples of duties include developing and presenting diversity related (race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability status) workshops, creating training modules for CAPS staff, co-leading diversity training seminars, and representing CAPS at multicultural campus activities. Additionally, two cultural variables will be chosen to have a more in-depth personal and professional exploration throughout the rotation. Related to this, your work with one client on your schedule will be solely focused on in this supervision depending on your targeted cultural variables.
Practicum Seminar Rotation: 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.
Outreach/Consultation Rotation: Work with the Outreach Coordinator fulfilling outreach requests, developing and maintaining liaisons with entities across campus, planning and implementing prevention-focused outreach programs, and completing a primary project (e.g., original program for the campus community, formal consultation on campus).
Graduate Teaching Rotation (Fall Only): Work with CAPS psychologist and TWU Counseling Psychology faculty teaching microskills to first-semester graduate students. Tasks include providing didactic lectures on basic counseling skills, leading small practice groups, providing feedback during group practice and in response to watching students’ taped practice, and assessing student skill development.
Group Therapy Rotation: Work with the Group Therapy Coordinator to learn the logistics coordinating a group program as well as gaining additional experience in group therapy provision. The assistant will be responsible for running an additional interpersonal process or psychoeducational group with a member of the senior staff, as well as co-leading the weekly group therapy seminar with the expectation of being the primary organizer and facilitator of at least two seminars by the end of the semester.
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.
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 2 hours per senior. The seminar is offered at the beginning of the training year in order to provide interns with the information and skills necessary to assess various aspects of an individual's functioning. Training is provided in intake assessment, risk assessment, and diagnostic assessment. Attention is also provided to multicultural and feminist perspectives to the assessment process.
Case Review Training Seminars
A one-hour Case Review seminar 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-5. 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.
Committee Work/Projects/Professional Development/Research
Interns are invited to serve on committees within the Center, the Division of Student Life, and the University. Interns are expected to contribute their knowledge and abilities to the Center's service and program development activities. Research activities (including both dissertation and post-dissertation research), writing for publication, and making presentations at professional meetings are encouraged and supported.
Interns who are working on dissertations during the internship year are provided with a range of support resources to help them successfully complete their research. Each intern office has a computer with network access to the Internet, statistical software programs, and a printer. Interns receive ongoing emotional support and encouragement. They may also, with approval, receive up to 4 hours of dissertation time in the summer.
Intern Support Meeting
One hour each week is set aside for interns to discuss issues of mutual concern and to support each other through the internship process. On alternating weeks during the fall semester, the interns meet with the Director of Training. During the spring semester, interns meet with the Director of Training at least once a month. Although it is a support group, there is a supervisory component when the interns meet with the Director of Training. It is exclusively a support group when the interns meet on their own. As this meeting typically is scheduled adjacent to lunch, it is effectively a two hour block dedicated to the interns' needs.
Interns are considered professional colleagues and, as such, they participate fully in the clinical and administrative responsibilities of CAPS. Interns attend staff meetings regularly and share their views regarding CAPS operations such as services, programs, policies, procedures, and future goals.