Doctoral Internship in Counselor Education
Dear Prospective Internship Applicant:
Thank you for your interest in the University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center's (CWC) Counselor Education Internship. Our training program is designed to facilitate the transition from student to professional through training seminars, supervision and clinical experiences. We attempt to create an atmosphere that is conducive to intern's learning and development through an appropriate balance of support and challenge. Counselor Education interns participate in many of the same training activities as the five psychology interns on site.
We have a culturally and professionally diverse training staff who are committed to providing quality training of our interns. Our staff represent various theoretical orientations, and share a commitment to providing multicultural sensitive clinical and training experiences. Our Center offers individual, couples and group counseling, outreach, consultation and crisis intervention to the university community. Our training staff is also integrally involved in teaching and other scholarly activities on campus.
Each year the CWC training committee conducts a local search within the Counselor Education Program at UF for a counseling intern. The internship selection process involves two steps. The first step is a review of application materials including, cover letter, essays, letters of recommendation, and vita.
The application deadline is March 18, 2016.
Following the review of applications, our training committee selects a list of finalists who are assessed as having experiences and goals that are identified as being a "good fit" with the training expectations at our site. An in person interview is conducted with the finalist pool with at least two members of the training committee. Interviews usually last approximately 30 minutes. The Training Committee and the training director make a final selection and contact the successful candidate.
The start date of the internship is August 1, 2016.
Please refer to our Commitment to Diversity Awareness and Social Justice Training Statements.
If you have any questions about our program, please feel free to call me at (352) 392-1575 or preferably, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to receiving your application and wish you success in the internship application process.
Natasha Maynard-Pemba, Ph.D.Back to Top
Assistant Director/Training Director
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. Diversity is infused in all presentations. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Triage/Intake Interviewing
- Lethality Assessment
- Group Therapy
- Crisis Intervention
- Working with LGBTQ Clients
- Working with International Students
- Eating Disorders
- Job Search
- Substance Abuse
- Couples Therapy
- Spirituality in Counseling
- 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).
Group Supervision: 2.0 Hours per week
In this meeting, interns meet as a group (with 1-2 licensed clinicians) 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 each semester. 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.
Individual Clinical Supervision: 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 and helping you continue to develop your clinical skills. Videos, 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.
Consultation Seminar: 1 Hour monthly - Optional
Interns may choose to receive consultation training. If they choose to do this training they can decide from one of two levels of concentration. Level 1 training in consultation involves attendance at the seminars and participation in a small-scale project for the Residence Life Liaison Program with a senior staff. Level 2 training involves the intern working with a CWC staff member who has an ongoing consultation project and presenting the results to the staff at a brown bag luncheon at the end of the year.
Group Supervision of Supervision: 1.0 Hour per week
During the spring semester, interns may have the option to supervise a prac or advanced practicum student 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.
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.Back to Top
Individualized, Flexible Contracting
How much time an intern spends per week in given direct service areas (i.e., individual and couples therapy, group therapy, outreach, consultation, on-call, triage) is flexible and is individually negotiated each semester with the training director. This allows interns to tailor their training experiences to better meet their needs.
The internship is a 600 hour internship with 250 hours being direct clinical hours (individual, couples, group, and consultation). Interns typically see 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 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. Interns make individual presentations of cases in a weekly group supervision meeting, and receive supervision from their individual supervisor each week. Both individual and group supervision provide ongoing monitoring of case conceptualization, treatment planning, and intervention. Interns are asked to integrate the application of career counseling interventions in their individual therapy as needed. This may include applications of interest and career counseling inventories (such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and the Strong Interest Inventory).
All interns are expected to provide couples counseling. Couples may be obtained through the triage assignment procedure in the couples clinic. 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.
Interns are very involved in providing group therapy during their time at the Center. We require each intern to run at least one process therapy group per semester. 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 psycho-educational 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 with individual supervisors.
Outreach - Optional
The Counseling and Wellness Center is very involved in outreach activities to the UF community. As an intern, you will do outreach programs each semester to a variety of campus groups. We encourage you to develop and present programs in areas of special interest to you and to work with new topics and populations. Interns and senior staff often work in teams in presenting such programs. The outreach coordinator will provide interns with 1-2 outreach seminars on how to effectively create outreach programs and will provide feedback and training in this area.
Clinical Assessment - Optional
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 also receive training in psychological assessment via a series of assessment seminars. In these seminars interns are introduced to various approaches of assessment, including an empowerment approach. In addition, interns will gain experience using various psychological assessment tools for use in therapy. Assessment can be chosen as an area of concentration. Interns may choose to receive assessment training at three different levels of intensity ranging from 1 short assessment to weekly assessment training. All levels of involvement include attending the assessment seminars. Interns can chose from the following areas: Personality, Career, or LD/ADHD assessment. Interns can choose to begin an area of concentration during Fall, Spring, or Summer or during all three semesters.
Crisis Intervention - Optional
The Center has an emergency on call counselor on duty at all times when the Center is open. This person is responsible for seeing clients who come to the Center who are in need of immediate care. This counselor is also responsible for consulting with other staff members who need to consult about problem cases. In addition, the Center maintains an after-hours on call service to students. As an intern, you will receive training in emergency/crisis intervention skills during the fall semester. Interns will begin shadowing their supervisors and other clinicians during the Fall semester to prepare for being on-call starting mid-Fall increasing their on-call hours over the course of the year.
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. These trainees see 4-5 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.Back to Top
Staff meeting is held monthly. Interns are expected to attend all monthly staff meetings.
Meeting with the Training Director
The Training Director meets with interns on a weekly basis throughout the year. This is a time to clarify questions, address problems, and discuss any ongoing concerns. It provides an important opportunity to keep lines of communication open between interns and the Training Director.
Committee Work- Optional
The Center has a number of committees that meet to discuss issues and recommend policy, including, but not limited to: the Training Committee, Counselor Ed Intern Selection Committee, Clinical Services Committee, Crisis Response Team, Wellness Committee, Digital Outreach Committee, ASPIRE. Interns can choose to be on at least one committee per semester. Interns can rotate to a different committee each semester.Back to Top
Each year the CWC training committee conducts a local search within the Counselor Education Program at UF. The internship selection process involves two steps. The first step is a review of application materials including, cover letter, essays, letters of recommendation, and vita. Following the review of applications, our training committee selects a list of finalists who are assessed as having experiences and goals that are identified as being a "good fit" with the training expectations at our site. An in person interview is conducted with the finalist pool with at least two members of the training committee. Interviews usually last approximately 30 minutes. The Training Committee and the training director make a final selection and contact the successful candidate.
The start date of the internship is August 1, 2016.
There is an orientation period for 2-3 weeks that assist interns in becoming familiar with the CWC, receive clinical training, and orient to policies and procedures of the Center. The internship requires a commitment of 25 hours per week for the Fall and Spring semesters. An intern may choose to stay during the Summer for 25 hours per semester. There is a schedule of training that is as follows. It is helpful to plan class schedules and assistantships around this schedule:
|Tuesdays||11:00 – 12:00, Monthly||Consultation Seminar – Optional if not doing a consultation project|
|Tuesdays||12:30-1:30||Intern Meeting with Training Director|
|Wednesdays||11:00 - 12:30||Intern Seminar|
|Thursdays||10:00 – 12:00||Intern Group Supervision|
|Mondays or Fridays – SPRING||9:00-10:30||Supervision of Supervision|
Applicants should email the following:
- Cover letter of interest. Please indicate in your cover letter the number of direct clinical hours (and plan to receive before starting internship) and the number of supervision hours you have received.
- Current vita
- Letters of reference from three persons who have observed the candidate's academic and clinical performance. Letter writers should send letters directly to email@example.com.
- 3 Essays of no more than 500 words each:
- Essay #1: Please provide an autobiographical statement. There is no "correct" format for this question. Answer this question as if someone had asked you "tell me something about yourself." It is an opportunity for you to provide the internship site some information about yourself. It is entirely up to you to decide what information you wish to provide along with the format in which to represent it.
- Essay #2: Please describe your theoretical orientation and how this influences your approach to case conceptualization and intervention. You may use de-identified case material to illustrate your points if you choose.
- Essay #3: Please describe your experience and training in work with diverse populations. Your discussion should display explicitly the manner in which multicultural/diversity issues influence your clinical practice and case conceptualization.
The application deadline is March 18, 2016. Questions regarding the counseling internship and application procedures can be directed to Natasha Maynard-Pemba, Ph.D., Training Director, at 392-1575 or preferably through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Back to Top