Doctoral Advanced Practicum trainees typically see approximately 5-7 clients per week. Masters Level Specialist Interns generally see between 10-12 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 after a brief consultation with the client. 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 brief consultation. The purpose of this consultation 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 brief consultation helps inform and direct the nature of this assessment. As an trainee, you will receive training in conducting brief consultations and new client interviews and then be assigned three brief consultations 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 trainee would co-facilitate with a licensed clinician.
This is a Non-Clinical Internship. Outreach delivery includes traditional outreach services (such as providing tabling, presentations on mental health resources on campus, and psychoeducational workshops) and digital outreach services (such as website development and social media campaign development).
Opportunities may also exist for trainees who would like to specialize in providing outreach services to a specific population such as first-year, international, or first-generation students or on a specific topic such as adjustment, relational health or mindfulness. When appropriate and possible, the advanced practicum experience can be coordinated with CWC initiatives such as ASPIRE, International Initiatives or Digital Outreach Team.
Nature of the training will be individualized to meet the trainee’s needs, interests, and competency level. Trainees are to meet with CWC Outreach Director or CWC Outreach Coordinator to design their own experience and build a contract accordingly.