There are a variety of other training opportunities available to interns throughout the year. The training options accessible to you are presented during the orientation period. You will then work with the Training Director and your primary clinical supervisor to modify your weekly schedule to reflect these additional activities. You may also elect to concentrate more time in one of the core components of the internship program (for example, group interventions). Although we cannot guarantee the option for specialized training activity will be possible, we will work with you in an attempt to satisfy your requests.
As an integral member of our staff, you will participate in planning workshops, attending various staff meetings, and contribute to the agency's decision-making process. However, possibilities may exist for you to be involved in additional administrative activities throughout the year. For example, you may choose accompany our director to the Students of Concern meetings or develop a liaison relationship with a university group or program. You may also request to serve on a standing University committee. By focusing on additional on administrative skills, you will be encouraged to make decisions regarding program development, resource planning, staffing, and follow-up.
Conducting empirically based research protocols is not a primary mission of The Counseling Clinic. Nevertheless, research is supported and often occurs within our agency in less formal ways (e.g., service satisfaction, intervention evaluation). Certain staff members remain actively involved in scholarly activities, regularly presenting at local and regional conferences. We encourage interns to participate in their own research during the internship year. Computer access time and consultation with staff are available to support research and dissertation projects.
Working within a university counseling setting increases exposure to an array of client characteristics. As a result, the possibility of developing a clinical emphasis area exists. Areas of emphasis that may be available include: Health Psychology, Disordered Eating/Body Image, Multicultural Therapy, Feminist Therapy, Empirically Supported Treatments, ACT, Trauma/PTSD, Sexual Abuse, Program Development/Evaluation, Supervision, and Research. There is not a formalized structure through which to gain access to one or more of these emphasis areas (i.e., the program does not have "tracks" or formal "specializations"). However, if you are interested, motivated, and enthusiastic we will work together in an attempt to achieve your training goals.