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Counseling Center

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, with primary supervisors changing at the conclusion of the winter quarter.
  • 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.

Therapeutic psychological assessment

  • Training in the Therapeutic Assessment (TA) model will be composed of didactic and experiential sections focused on learning how to apply the TA model to the use of the CCAPS.
  • In an initial didactic training during intern orientation, interns will independently view a 60-minute training video about the CCAPS and read two articles about the CCAPS and TA model.
  • They will then attend a 1.5 hour didactic seminar in which they are introduced to the TA model, learn further information about the CCAPS, and complete role-plays of providing CCAPS data to clients within the TA model.
  • The APA Ethics standards for testing will also be reviewed and discussed, including how they pertain to use of the CCAPS at the UW Counseling Center. During fall quarter, intern supervisors will review video of interns discussing CCAPS data with two of their clients using the TA model, and supervisors will provide feedback to the interns about their implementation of the TA model.

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 interpretations of the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and the SII (Strong Interest Inventory).

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, and this meeting serves as group supervision for trainees.
  • 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 training year, with the first occurring within clinical teams and the other occurring with all staff.

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

  • In a post-doc seminar, interns meet with a staff member to discuss post-doc and licensure processes. Interns receive support, practical information, and a space to ask questions.
  • 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 our committees at the Center:  Training Committee, Clinical Services Committee, Multicultural Advocacy Committee, or Assessment 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.

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. The seminar series also 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, and working with gender issues in treatment.

Multicultural/diversity and social justice seminar

These seminars meet every week for one hour for the first three quarters and then transition to multicultural case conferences. 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. Interns are expected to be self-reflective and focused on greater multicultural competency and intercultural humility.

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.

Supervision  seminars

The objectives of these seminars are to present information about training and supervision models, and about both content and process in supervision.

Psychological testing seminars

Training in the Therapeutic Assessment (TA) model will be composed of didactic and experiential sections focused on learning how to apply the TA model to the use of the CCAPS. In an initial didactic training during intern orientation, interns will independently view a 60-minute training video about the CCAPS and read two articles about the CCAPS and TA model. They will then attend a 1.5 hour didactic seminar in which they are introduced to the TA model, learn further information about the CCAPS, and complete role-plays of providing CCAPS data to clients within the TA model. The APA Ethics standards for testing will also be reviewed and discussed, including how they pertain to use of the CCAPS at the UW Counseling Center. During fall quarter, intern supervisors will review video of interns discussing CCAPS data with two of their clients using the TA model, and supervisors will provide feedback to the interns about their implementation of the TA model.