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
- Recovering from Mental Illness
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 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 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 every other week
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 an 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. They are offered up to an average of six 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 supervisor’s clinical work, or conduct research. During the summer term, interns have the opportunity to develop an area of concentration. Examples of such include: Couples Therapy, Hypnosis, International Initiatives, Crisis Intervention, Assessment, Consultation. Interns receive additional hours during the summer to focus on these projects.