Training Activities

Individual Supervision

  • Supervision is a central component of the training program, and licensed psychologists conduct individual supervision of interns on a regularly scheduled basis.
  • Each intern may have at least two primary supervisors during the year; primary supervisors change in March.
  • Formal primary supervision time is scheduled for two hours per week.
  • Interns also choose an emphasis area supervisor; this supervision time is generally formatted around a specialization or focus, depending upon intern and staff interest, and interns meet with their emphasis area supervisors for one hour per week.
  • Unscheduled supervision/consultation is always available to interns as well as staff members.

Supervision Preparation/Case Conceptualization

  • Interns receive one hour per week to prepare for supervision by reviewing electronically recorded counseling sessions or doing other related activities.
  • This time is used to organize cases for discussion with the primary supervisor.

Psychological Testing

  • The Counseling Center has the equipment necessary to provide computer scored assessments such as the MMPI-2, MCMI, TAT, etc.
  • Interns will complete two written testing assessments during the first three-quarters of the internship, depending upon client availability.
  • Additional testing experience may be gained depending upon the interest of the intern and the availability of clients who might need formal testing.

Training in Career Counseling and Career Assessment

  • Interns will be provided training in several areas of career development, including: career assessments, values identification, career and life transitions, and multicultural aspects of career and life planning.  Interns will learn to administer, interpret, and provide both individual and group interpretations of the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and the SII (Strong Interest Inventory).
  • Following training during orientation, each intern will be responsible for facilitating a portion of the group career assessment interpretive workshops. Interns will begin to provide career assessment and career counseling to individual clients beginning fall quarter.
  • During summer quarter, the interns will share responsibility for providing the Center’s career assessment workshops.
  • Interested interns may opt to co-facilitate values identification workshops, transitions workshops, and/or participate in career-related outreach activities as available.

Practicum Supervision

  • The Counseling Center provides a practicum training site for many training programs whose students are enrolled in doctoral programs in counseling, clinical, or educational psychology.
  • Interns are provided training in supervision and typically supervise a practicum counselor for two quarters, utilizing a developmental framework in which interns supervise a portion of a practicum student’s caseload along with a staff member in winter quarter, and then interns supervise their practicum supervisee’s entire caseload during spring quarter.

Clinical Teams

  • Weekly clinical teams to assign cases and consult about client care provide an opportunity for interns and senior staff to meet and interact in small and informal group(s) in order to present cases and receive feedback.
  • Interns are actively involved in these weekly clinical teams/case consultations.
  • During spring quarter, interns become the clinical team lead for their clinical team.
  • As part of their training, interns prepare and present two of their cases in a more structured format during the first three-quarters of the training year.

Intern Check-In with T.D. and Intern Cohort Meetings

  • Interns meet with the Training Director for one hour on an every-other-week basis.
  • Interns are encouraged to discuss all aspects of their internship during these meetings.
  • The Training Director responds to these issues and works to resolve problems if and/or when they arise.
  • During the weeks they are not scheduled to meet with the Training Director, interns are expected to meet in a non-facilitated cohort group meeting to enhance their collaboration during the internship. They may use this time for consultation around professional development issues, to discuss cases, or for group self-care.

Dissertation and Research Exploration and Support

  • Interns meet with a staff member on an every-other-week basis.
  • Interns are encouraged to discuss and process their dissertation and/or other research interests.
  • The staff member collaboratively assists in the planning process for accomplishment of research goals.
  • Interns present their dissertation research to the Counseling Center staff.

Professional Development

  • Interns participate in one of three “core” committees at the Center:  the Training Committee, Clinical Services Committee, Multicultural Advocacy Committee. Membership on these committees provides interns with the opportunity to participate in decision-making processes as well as offer feedback on the general operations of the Counseling Center.
  • Interns may also choose to become a member of the Career Committee, or the Assessment Committee, IF their schedule allows such participation.

Intern Seminar Series

These didactic and experiential training experiences provide a forum for the staff and other professionals to present topics on mental health issues and professional development. Some of these training experiences occur in module formats over a period of several weeks that provide the opportunity for a more in-depth exploration of the topics under discussion.

  • Clinical Issues Seminars

These seminars usually meet every week for one hour for the first three quarters. The seminar series focuses on a variety of specific clinically and professionally relevant topics. A special emphasis is placed on providing psychological services to individuals from different cultures, gender, and lifestyle perspectives. Some of the topics for this seminar are generated by the needs and interests of the intern group and may include one or two presentations on such topics as: substance abuse issues, eating disorders, sexual abuse survivors, working with gender issues in treatment, preparing for licensure, and starting a career as a psychologist.

  • Multicultural/Diversity Seminar

These seminars meet every week for one hour for at least the first three quarters. The seminar series focuses on a variety of specific clinically and professionally relevant topics. A special emphasis is placed on providing psychological services to clients with culturally/ethnically diverse backgrounds.

  • Professional Ethics/Legal Issues Seminars

These seminars offer a review of APA Code of Ethics and Washington State Law relevant to providing psychological services is offered.  Professional and legal issues are also discussed in supervision throughout the internship year.

  • Working with Couples Seminars

These seminars also meet at the beginning of the internship year.  They focus on common issues couples present in therapy, and how to address these issues in couple treatment.

  • Supervision of Supervision Seminars

The objectives of these seminars are to assess each intern’s supervisory skills and to present training and supervision models. When interns start providing supervision to practicum counselors, they meet every week for ongoing supervision of supervision purposes.

  • Psychological Testing Seminars

During the first part of the psychological testing seminars, interns are provided information about specific psychological tests with the goal of enhancing interpretive skills.  Interns are exposed to a model for integrating test data into their clinical work. During the second half of the seminar, focus is placed on application of formal assessment in a Counseling Center clinical setting and to provide feedback on the interns’ testing cases.

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