Consultation Seminar

1 Hour every other week

Interns receive consultation training, which includes engagement in an Intern Capstone Consultation Project. Both individually and as a group, interns lead a large-scale project focused on mental wellness in the larger global community. This includes working with the consultee to assess and conceptualize current needs, identify and implement solutions, and provide resources. The project is primarily geared to expand interns’ individual and cultural competency and organizational consultation competency beyond the US context. Interns’ work on the project is expected to result in gained competence in psychology’s profession-wide and our program specific competencies (Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors; Communication and Interpersonal Skills, Individual and Cultural Diversity, Ethical Legal Standards, Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills, Assessment, Intervention, Organizational Consultation, Research, Supervision, Outreach). This project culminates in a cross-cultural immersive experience in which the team travels to the consultee’s location to learn first-hand about the social context of the consultee.

Interns engage in weekly group meetings with the consultation supervisors. Although most include the consultation supervisors, there are times when the interns meet on their own. Consultation meetings include coverage of individual and cultural diversity and community engagement. Both interns’ ability to work independently and the time spent on the consultation project, is expected to increase over the course of the internship year. The project accounts for approximately 1-2 hours weekly (in addition to weekly group meetings). Interns first learn more about consultation before narrowing their project focus and gain ongoing support (e.g., individual meetings) to meet standardized benchmarks toward completion of the consultation project by the end of the internship year.

The CWC is aware that increasing interns’ and staff’s cultural mindfulness and competence has an impact on interactions with students (i.e. improved communication, understanding and perceptions of support) and retention of diverse students, many of which are of Caribbean heritage. Thus, the CWC internship program and consultation supervisors are committed to not only continuing these collaborations, but to also disseminate relevant information and skills to the broader CWC staff, trainees and other UF staff involved in direct student service.

Intern Seminar

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.

Topics may include, but are not limited to: Brief Consultation Interviewing, Lethality Assessment, Group Counseling, Trauma, Crisis Intervention, Working with LGBTQ+ Clients, Working with International Students, Assessment, Eating Disorders, Job Search, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Couples Counseling, Consultation, Spirituality in Counseling, and Mental Health Recovery.

Individual Supervision

2.0 Hours per week

Psychology interns receive a minimum of 2 hours per week of individual supervision by a licensed psychologist. The supervision focuses most intensely on clinical work with individuals. Interns video-record all individual counseling sessions (not BCRs or on-call) and are expected to show these recordings in supervision. Observation of clinical work is essential to high quality supervision. All interns are expected to show videos in both individual and group supervision. All video recordings are deleted after 2 weeks. Written permission from the training director is needed to save videos beyond this time for training purposes. Live observation, co-therapy, and other supervision methods are also used during this time. Supervisors keep track of clinical work on an ongoing basis by way of the electronic scheduling system, Titanium. All notes are reviewed and signed by the individual supervisor within the 10-business day required window per Florida law. In addition to clinical work, supervision encompasses the broad range of training activities: work in consultation and outreach, supervision of practicum trainees, ethics and professional development. Interns change individual supervisors in the Spring semester, thereby giving them the opportunity to experience two different primary supervisors over the course of the year

Group Supervision

1.5 hours bi-weekly

The purpose of this supervision is to engage in peer supervision with regards to clinical and professional development. To that end, interns choose 2 times in the fall to present their clinical work and in the spring, they present on their supervision work, which include video recordings. In the fall, interns also conduct a mock interview. These requirements meet the research profession-wide competency for this training program. 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, supervision, and professional work.

Couples and Group Case Consultation

1.0 Hour bi-weekly

Over the course of the year, 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 counseling. Interns also attend the group counseling case consultation meeting held biweekly. Once during Spring semester interns individually present a ten-minute case presentation during the group counseling case consultation meeting.

Professional Development and Areas of Concentration

Interns have the opportunity to attend CWC continuing education 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, 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 Trauma. Interns receive additional hours during the summer to focus more on these projects. See samples and area of concentration template in Teams Files.

All interns receive a small travel stipend of $300 towards travel to a conference. This can often be used to support training in the area of concentration.