- 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 interns' interests areas, interns co-facilitate a minimum of two therapy groups during the course of internship. Interns often choose to co-lead 4 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 receive 5 days of professional development leave time for the year. Professional Development Leave can be used for working on dissertation, travel for dissertation defense, or job interviews.
We have an active outreach program, and interns will be able to participate in developing and providing a variety of presentations and training during the year. Interns will also each take a leadership role in coordinating a larger scale outreach project during the year.
Other strengths of the program:
- The Student Counseling Center is housed in the beautiful 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 massage chair, Xbox for yoga and mindfulness activities, and heart rate variability software that allows students to monitor physiological signs of stress and learn how to relax physically as well as mentally.
- 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
APA's Standards of Accreditation in Health Service Psychology outline nine areas interns must demonstrate competency in for successful completion of the internship. The Texas Tech Student Counseling Center has also added a required competency in Outreach. Competency Area ratings are provided by various supervisors in both the Required Training Modalities and the Optional Rotations. Basic competence is expected of the interns and a minimum rating of "3" on each evaluation item (5-point scale) is a requirement for internship completion.
2. Ethical and Legal Standards
3. Individual and Cultural Diversity
4. Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors
5. Communication and Interpersonal Skills
9. Consultation and Inter-professional/Inter-disciplinary Skills