- The didactic training components includes at least two hours per week (two hours per week training seminar alternating between clinical issues, professional issues, and multicultural issues; and variable monthly hours of professional development activities).
- Interns supervise two to three practicum students over the course of the year. Practicum students are from TTU doctoral programs in Counseling & Clinical Psychology.
- 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.
- 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, outreach activities, optional rotations, and unscheduled supervision as the need arises.
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, 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 biofeedback lab.
- 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 the Texas Association of Counseling Center Intern Conference and other professional development activities, as departmental budget allows.
Evaluation & Successful Completion of Internship
Intern are evaluated two times 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