The internship is a 600 hour internship with 250 hours being direct clinical hours (individual, couples, group, and consultation). Interns typically see approximately 8-10 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.
All interns are expected to provide couples counseling. Couples may be obtained through the triage assignment procedure. During the first semester, interns will do co-therapy with a senior staff member. Interns receive focused couples counseling training within intern seminar, where several sessions are devoted to working with couples. The clinicians who facilitate the couples training are also available for consultation on specific cases throughout the year.
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 four triages per week.
Interns are very involved in providing group therapy during their time at the Center. We require each intern to run at least one therapy group per semester and one standard USO group during the academic year. In addition, interns are free to run additional groups if they have an interest in this area. Typically, interns run one or two groups per semester. During the fall semester interns co-lead groups with other staff members, and then in the spring and summer they may again co-lead with Senior staff or they may lead groups with each other, a practicum counselor or independently. The Center’s group program is very successful and we typically run 20-30 groups each semester.
These 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. Interns are encouraged to be involved in running both types of groups. Interns receive focused group counseling training within intern seminar, where several sessions are devoted to working with groups. Supervision of group therapy occurs with the licensed clinician co leading the group or a designated supervisors.
Supervision of Practicum Trainees
2 Hours per Week – Available if interested and need arises in the Spring
Each intern will have the opportunity to supervise the work of a doctoral level or master’s level practicum or advanced practicum counselor for the Spring semester with an option of supervising an Advanced Practicum Student in the summer in outreach. These trainees see 4-6 clients per week. The interns serve as their primary clinical supervisors during the Spring term. Their responsibilities include supervising their case management and clinical work. Interns receive supervision of their supervision from: (1) their individual supervisor, and (2) a group supervision of supervision seminar that meets weekly.
Our Center provides training for second-year UF Counseling Psychology students in a required practicum sequence. We also receive advanced practicum students from the Counseling Psychology Program and from the Counselor Education Master’s Program. Our practicum trainees tend to be very eager & motivated.