Interns typically see approximately 5-7 clients per week.
After an initial assessment of the trainees’ needs, supervisors work with each intern to garner cases that will facilitate development in particular areas. Cases are received through triage. The Counseling and Wellness Center endorses a brief psychotherapy model (1-12 sessions) and incorporates a variety of theoretical orientations, such as humanistic, feminist, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral. All interns will see a range of cases that include work with individuals who require very short term (1-6 sessions) problem-oriented interventions as well as brief psychotherapy (7-12 sessions) involving more complex therapeutic interventions.
Every student who comes to the Center is initially seen for a triage interview. The purpose of this interview is to assess the problem and make the appropriate disposition, either within the Center or to an outside agency/practitioner. If the client remains at the Center, a new client appointment is scheduled in which a formal clinical assessment interview takes place. The triage session helps inform and direct the nature of this assessment. As an intern, you will receive training in conducting triage and new client interviews and then be assigned three triages per week.
Group Therapy (Optional)
The Center’s group program is very successful and we typically run 20-30 groups each semester (The group therapy program is smaller in the summer). The groups cover a broad range of topic areas. Some of our groups are process oriented but we also have a number of psychoeducational and support groups. If running a group in the summer, the intern would co-facilitate with a licensed clinician.