Texas Tech University

Optional Rotations

Optional rotations provide interns with specialized experience and supervision in working with specific populations and/or presenting concerns. It is possible for interns to participate in more than one rotation simultaneously, and many interns choose two rotations per semester in the fall and spring. Some rotations may be repeated for more than one semester but breadth of training is encouraged. Optional rotations may vary depending on available supervision and are subject to change. Number of interns that each rotation can accommodate is variable, but most interns find that they can meet all of their training interests throughout the internship year. Consultation with Director of Training is provided in scheduling rotations.

 

Current Optional Rotations:

DIVERSITY ROTATION

(3.5 hours: 2.5 direct service; 1 supervision)

Program Description:

This rotation will provide the intern with an opportunity to focus on major aspects of diversity and social justice in counseling, such as increased diversity-related client experience, scholarly reading related to work with diverse populations, and liaison/consultant work regarding diversity and social justice.

Program Requirements:

Interns are expected to take on a small client load dedicated to aspects of diversity to be supervised by the Diversity Rotation supervisor. Interns are also expected to engage in scholarly reading related to diversity and social justice in counseling. Readings will be discussed with the Diversity Rotation supervisor bi-monthly (chosen by the Diversity Rotation supervisor during the first half of the semester, and then by the intern during the second half of the semester). The intern will also serve as a liaison and consultant for the SCC staff, trainees, and other departments on campus regarding diversity and social justice by providing trainings to staff and/or trainees, engaging in outreach projects related to social justice, and assisting with diversity-related liaison relationships across campus (e.g., assisting with Diversity Week planning).

    • Individual Therapy Supervision: 1 hour
    • Individual Clients/Couples: 2 hours
    • Outreach/Liaisonship Experiences: 0.5 hours (avg.)

  • Total: 3.5 hours

Training/Supervision Provided: 1 hour weekly

Supervisor: Vanessa Coca-Lyle, Ph.D.

SEXUAL/GENDER IDENTITY ROTATION

(4.5 hours: 3.5 direct service; 1.0 supervision)

Program Description:

This rotation is designed to afford interns the opportunity to gain more in-depth experience working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students across a variety of treatment modalities. That is, interns will work with individual clients who identify as LGBTQ or those presenting with sexual identity concerns/ questions as well as co-lead the LGBTQ Group and /or the Transgender Support Group.

Program Requirements

Interns are expected to provide affirming psychotherapy experiences to LGBTQ clients or those presenting with sexual/gender identity concerns. Interns are also expected to fully engage in both the individual and group supervision. In addition, interns will be expected to read and apply theories pertinent to their work with the LGBTQ population. The breakdown of the total number of weekly hours for the rotation is as follows:

    • Individual Therapy Supervision: .5 hours
    • Group Therapy Supervision: 0.5 hours
    • LGBT/Transgender Support Group: 1.5 hours
    • Individual Clients/Couples: 2.0 hours

  • Total: 4.5 hours

Training/Supervision Provided: 1 hour weekly
(½ hour for supervision of individual clients and ½ hour for supervision of group.)

Supervisors: Amanda Wheeler Ph.D. & Jennifer Gay, LMFT

MEN AND MASCULINITY ROTATION

(4.5 hours: 3.5 direct service; 1 hour supervision)

Program Description:

This program will provide the intern with an opportunity to increase their understanding of masculinity and masculine identity through increased face-to-face experience with masculine-identified clients, scholarly reading regarding prominent masculine identity theories and clinical considerations, and relevant consultation or outreach experiences.

Program Requirements:

Interns are expected to take a small client load dedicated to aspects of masculinity (e.g. determined on a case-by-case basis through the client's values, behaviors, therapy goals, etc.) and will be supervised by the Men and Masculinity Rotation supervisor. Scholarly reading regarding masculine identity (and relevant intersections with race/ethnicity/sexual orientation, etc.) will be required for this rotation and may include a combination of academic and/or popular culture materials aimed at further understanding and/or challenging perceptios and beliefs regarding masculinity, as well as development of a healthy masculine identity. During the first half of the semester, readings will occur bimonthly and will be chosen by the rotation supervisor. During the second half of the semester, readings will be chosen by the intern and frequency will be modified based upon the complexity of the material that is selected. Interns will develop increased efficacy in discussing and developing therapy goals, increasing engagement in therapy, and challenging maladaptive behaviors and beliefs related to this population (e.g., difficulty with emotional expression or seeking support). This will occur through participation in outreach projects and liaison relationships aimed at select student groups with traditionally prominent masculine values, as well as through the intern's individual client load.

    • Individual therapy supervision: 1 hour
    • Individual clients/couples: 3 hours
    • Outreach/Liaisonship Experiences: 0.5 hours (average)

  • Total: 4.5 hours

Supervision/Training: 1 hours weekly for supervision of individual clients, discussion of scholarly readings, and supervision of outreach/liaisonship experiences

Supervisor: Kyle Schindler, Ph.D.

SUPERVISION SPECIALTY ROTATION

(4 hours: 2.5 direct service; .5 supervision; 1.0 supervision prep time)

Program Description:

Interns who elect this optional rotation will receive additional experience in clinical supervision, in both individual and group formats.

Program Requirements:

Individual clinical supervision of a 2nd practicum supervisee (one practicum supervisee is required for all interns) for 1.5 hours per week. Co-facilitation of practicum case seminar for all SCC practicum students for 1.0 hour per week – co-facilitated with Dr. Marie Moerkbak. 1.0 hour per week of Supervision Prep time (e.g., for viewing of video, review of supervisee documentation, etc.) and ½ hour of individual supervision with Dr. Viator.

    • Supervision of Practicum Student: 1.5 hours
    • Co-Facilitate Practicum Case Seminar: 1 hour
    • Supervision Prep Time: 1 hour
    • Individual Supervision: .5 hours

  • Total: 4 hours

Training/Supervision Provided: ½ hour per week of individual supervision with Dr. Lisa Viator

Supervisors: Marie Moerkbak, Ph.D. & Lisa Viator, Ph.D.

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT/ABUSE TREATMENT ROTATION

(3.5 - 4.5 hours: 3 - 3.5 direct service; .5 - 1 supervision)

Program Description:

This rotation is designed to afford interns the opportunity to gain more in-depth experience working with sexual assault/abuse survivors. Interns will work with individual clients who are survivors and co-lead a group for sexual assault survivors (if enough members sign up).

Program Requirements:

Interns are expected to provide empowering psychotherapy experiences to sexual assault/abuse survivors. Interns are also expected to fully engage in the supervision process. In addition, interns will be expected to read and apply theories pertinent to their work with survivors. The breakdown of the total number of weekly hours for the rotation is as follows:

    • Supervision: .5 - 1 hour (1 if group makes)
    • Individual Clients: 2.0 hours
    • Journey to Wholeness group 1.5 hours (will add 1 individual client hour if group does not make
    • Total per week: 3.5-4.5 hours

Training/ Supervision Provided: Weekly: .5 -1 hour for supervision. Consultation as needed.

Supervisor: Jane Westmoreland, PsyD & Sharla Boyd, Ph.D.

RELATIONSHIP ENHANCEMENT CENTER ROTATION

(3.0 hours weekly: 0-2 hours direct service; 0-2 hours observation couples therapy; 1 hour group supervision)
(Available Spring Semester)

Program Description:

This clinical experience occurs once weekly from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. and provides a supportive yet challenging atmosphere in which to learn and apply theories of change in couples therapy. Unique features of this experience include the opportunity to do co-therapy and to observe and conduct couples therapy using a reflecting (observation) team and live supervision.

Program Requirements:

Interns are invited to participate in this program as a rotation option. Prior coursework in this discipline or therapy experience with couples is not required. Participants are invited to use their own theoretical approach and also expected to integrate approaches discussed during the didactic and reflective supervision portions of the rotation. The nature of the training components varies depending on size of the team and number of referrals. Participants are expected to attend all 3 hours each week.Interns may be expected to spend some time outside of the 3 hour meeting reading materials and preparing for seeing couples.

    • Couples Therapy: 0-2 hours
    • Team Observation of Couples Therapy: 0-2 hours
    • Group Supervision: 1 hour
    • Individual Supervision: .5 hour

  • Total: 3 hours

Training/Supervision Provided: Weekly – 0-2 hours of team observation of couples therapy; 1 hour of group supervision. Additional consultation available as needed.

Supervisors: Nancy Robinson, Ph.D. and Jennifer Gay, LMFT

COUNSELING CENTER ADMINISTRATION ROTATION

(not weekly but focused during slower clinical times)

Program Description:

Interns who choose this rotation will gain an understanding and experience in the functions of the Director, Clinical Director, and Training Director of a university counseling center. The Director will cover topics such as managing the budget, organization structure, staffing issues and team building, and navigating political issues. The Clinical Director will focus on developing policies and procedures, collecting outcome and clinical usage data, and working with other university departments. The training Director will cover flow of training administration, addressing difficulties in trainees, and accreditation issues. Interns in this rotation will also serve on counseling center committees, meet with Support Staff to gain an understanding of factors influencing these roles, meet with the Associate VP, and attend outside meetings with the Director and the Clinical Director..

Program Requirements:

Interns will have individual meetings during the winter break and during the summer with the Director, the Clinical Director , and the Training Director (for a total of 8 hours). Interns will have one meeting with the Associate VP and Dean of Students and will attend two Behavioral Intervention Team meetings with the Clinical Director. The Director will also facilitate a meeting with the Support Staff. Interns in this rotation will also serve on the Training Committee (meets quarterly throughout the year) and the Policies and Procedures Committee (meets 1 hour a week for 4-5 weeks during the summer).

    • Meetings with Director: 2 hours
    • Meetings with Clinical Director: 3 hours
    • Meetings with Training Director: 3 hours
    • Meeting with Assoc VP and Dean: 1 hour
    • Meeting with Support Staff: 1 hour
    • Behavioral Intervention Team Meeting: 2 hours
    • Training Committee Meetings: 4 hours
    • Policies & Procedures Committee: 4-5 hours

  • Total for the internship year: 20-21 hours

Training/Supervision Provided: varies throughout the year

Supervisors: Richard Lenox, Ph.D., Lisa Viator, Ph.D. and Sharla Boyd, Ph.D.

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