- The didactic training components include at least two hours per week (training seminars alternating between clinical issues, professional issues, outreach, & diversity).
- Interns supervise two to three practicum students over the course of the year. Practicum students are from TTU doctoral programs in Counseling & Clinical Psychology and from the MFT master's program.
- Interns will participate in a number of assessment-focused training seminars at the beginning of the year. Interns will then choose an assessment supervisor to supervise completion of at least two formal assessments of SCC clients.
- Taking into account the intern's interests areas, interns co-facilitate a minimum of two therapy groups during the course of internship. Interns often choose to co-lead 5 or more groups during the year.
- Supervision, both in quality and in quantity, is a definite strength of our program. In addition to the primary supervisor, interns receive supervision for the supervision they provide to practicum students, group work, assessment, outreach activities, and optional rotations.
Interns recieve 5 days of professional development leave time for the year and can accrue more through after hours outreach activities. Professional Development Leave can be used for working on dissertation, travel for dissertation defense, or job interviews.
Interns develop outreach skills through participation in one of four outreach teams organized around psychoeducational topic areas. Currently, the teams are composed around the topics of Diversity Issues, Healthy Relationships and Sexual Assault, Mood Disorders, and Stress Management and Body Image.
Other strengths of the program:
- The Student Counseling Center is housed in the new Student Wellness Center along with Student Health Services. Intern offices are similar to professional staff offices. Intern offices are equipped with digital videotaping capability and a Dell computer with on-line access. The new facility also houses a state-of-the-art MindSpa with a biofeedback lab, massage chair, and Xbox for mindfulness activities.
- Interns are treated as colleagues-in-training and their input into all Student Counseling Center activities is highly valued. The warm, supportive environment at the Student Counseling Center encourages the type of experimentation and exploration essential for professional development.
- Funding is provided for travel to the Texas Counseling Center Psychology Internship Conference and other professional development activities, as departmental budget allows.
Evaluation & Successful Completion of Internship
Intern are evaluated over the course of the year on level of competence in the following areas. Minimal levels of competence must be achieved in all areas in order to successfully complete the internship program.
- Individual Therapy
- Diagnosis & Treatment Planning
- Crisis Intervention
- Psychiatric/Medical Referral & Consultation
- Group Therapy
- Psychological Assessment
- Outreach Programming
- Professional Ethics
- Sensitivity to Diversity
- Professionalism & Personal Functioning
- Supervision of Trainees
- Couples Therapy