1.5 Hours per week
Training seminars are an integral part of the training program. The format is both didactic and discussion/process oriented in nature. A wide variety of topics are covered that pertain to major areas of knowledge needed to be a competent clinician. Diversity is infused in all presentations.
Topics may include, but are not limited to: Triage/Intake Interviewing, Lethality Assessment, Group Therapy, Trauma, Crisis Intervention, Working with LGBTQ Clients, Working with International Students, Assessment, Eating Disorders, Job Search, Substance Abuse, Addictions, Couples Therapy, Consultation, Spirituality in Counseling, and Mental Health Recovery.
Diversity is infused in all presentations
Particular diversity seminars are also highlighted throughout the year. In addition, in the spring semester we hold a series of diversity process seminars that are focused on the impact of diversity on the intern personally and professionally. Two professional staff members will lead the diversity process series where interns are encouraged, but not required, to explore historical influences of self that may affect subsequent clinical practice related to culture. The internship training program functions in a manner consistent with the American Psychological Association’s 2002 Ethical Standard 7.04 (Student Disclosure of Personal Information) as contained in the Revised Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (APA, 2002). (Adapted from Texas A & M University Student Counseling Services’ diversity disclaimer statement).
2.0 Hours per week
As an intern, you will receive two hours per week of individual supervision all year long. This supervision will focus most intensely on your clinical work with individuals and couples. In addition, it will focus on your overall training experience, your work in consultation and outreach, and your supervision of practicum trainees. The majority of time in individual supervision will focus on discussing cases, helping you continue to develop your clinical skills and identity as a counselor, and increase awareness of self. Video recording, live observation, co-therapy, and other supervision methods are also used during this time. Interns switch senior staff supervisors after the Fall semester, therefore having the opportunity to experience two different supervisors over the course of the year.
2.0 Hours per week
In this meeting, interns meet as a group (with a licensed psychologist) and discuss cases, make case presentations, and review digital recordings of clinical work. A formal case presentation is required, as is the showing of at least one recording. It is also an environment to explore and develop an awareness of self as it informs interns’ work professionally. Great effort is made to make this a trusting community of learning so that interns can explore new and creative avenues in their clinical work.
1 Hour every other week
Interns attend a weekly consultation seminar to explore various aspects of consultation and build their consultation projects
Group Supervision of Supervision
1.5 Hour per week
During the spring semester, interns supervise practicum students from the Counseling Psychology Program or the Counselor Education Master’s Program. This seminar provides group supervision for this work. The option sometimes exists to also supervise an advanced practicum in the summer semester in outreach.
Couples and Group Case Consultation
1.0 Hour biweekly
During Fall semester interns are attend the group therapy case consultation meeting held biweekly. Once during Fall semester interns will individually present a ten minute case presentation during the group therapy case consultation meeting. Over the course of the spring (and possibly Summer) semester, interns attend the biweekly couples case consultation meetings. Interns attend with their co-therapist and consult about cases. Various forms of learning occur including watching videos of evidenced based couples therapy.
Interns participate fully in continuing education workshops conducted regularly at the CWC or in the community.
Professional Development and Areas of Concentration
Interns have the opportunity to attend CWC staff development programs, as well as workshops and conferences offered by other university departments and community groups.
Interns are offered an average of 4-6 hours per week over the course of the year for professional development and research activities. Interns may use some of this time to complete their dissertations, conduct job searches, and attend conferences, review video of their own clinical work or their supervisee’s clinical work, or conduct research. Throughout the year, interns have the opportunity to develop an area of concentration. Examples of such include: Couples Therapy, International Initiatives, Crisis Intervention, Assessment, and Consultation. Interns receive additional hours during the summer to focus more on these projects.