Counseling and Testing Center
Mary E. Forney Hall, Rm 306
1210 Blake Avenue
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-3140
Counseling and Testing Center Hours
8:00 am-5:00 pm (academic year)
7:30 am-4:30 pm (summer)
Core Components of the Program
INTERNSHIP TRAINING: CORE COMPONENTS OF THE PROGRAM
Major Training Emphasis
- Counseling. Interns gain direct clinical experience performing initial intake assessments, crisis intervention and assessments, individual, couples, and group counseling. The primary emphasis is on short-term individual counseling. Opportunities for group and couples counseling are available on a more limited basis. nterns are prepared for counseling and crisis intervention during Orientation, Clinical Seminars and individual and group supervision. Interns receive specific training in the evidence-based John Gottman Relationship counseling model.
- Diversity: Individual and Cultural Differences. Interns are trained in the ADDRESSING model (Hays, 2001; Hays & Iwamasa, 2006) in order to understand clients’ worldview and values, and integrate multicultural factors into case conceptualization, treatment and diagnosis. Interns are also expected to demonstrate awareness of their own attitudes and beliefs that can influence interactions with and treatment of individuals whose identity is different from the intern therapist and to familiarize themselves with relevant literature, research and theory regarding diversity and multicultural counseling competencies. Interns are prepared for diversity work during Orientation, the Diversity & Multicultural Seminar, Staff Training Activities, Case Presentations and individual and group supervision. In addition, the Coordinator of Outreach & Diversity Training is available for consultation and supervision regarding diversity.
- Psychological Testing & Assessment. Interns gain direct clinical experience and skills administering and interpreting various testing and assessment instruments and batteries relevant to the work of a university counseling center. Training in this area includes clinical assessments, personality inventories, intelligence tests, neuropsychological screening measures and measures of career interests and skills. Interns are required to administer a minimum number of comprehensive psycho-educational batteries targeted at learning disabilities or ADHD and complete an Integrated Assessment Report for each client. The number of assessment batteries is determined by the Testing & Assessment supervisor based on the individual intern’s skills and interests. In addition, interns are expected to use personality assessment and encouraged to use career assessment instruments with individual clients during the year. Interns are prepared for testing and assessment during Orientation and a weekly Testing & Assessment Seminar held during the academic year, and individual and group supervision, In addition, the Director of Testing and Assessment and the individual clinical supervisor are available for consultation regarding psychological testing.
- Supervision. Interns provide individual clinical supervision for 1-2 graduate practicum students during the year. Interns are prepared for supervision during orientation, and a weekly Supervision of Supervision Seminar held throughout the academic year. In addition, the Director of Training, the Practicum Coordinator, and the individual clinical supervisor are available for consultation regarding supervision.
- Outreach & Consultation. Interns conduct outreach and psycho-educational activities in a variety of modalities including presentations to living groups, classes, university events, psycho-educational display booths, and National Mental Health Screening Days. Interns may also consult with faculty, staff, students, and parents about psychological issues. .. Interns are also assigned to serve as a counseling center liaison and consultant to other campus offices that serve students. Interns have served as liaisons to the Women’s Center, the LGBQTA Office, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Residence Life.. Interns are prepared for programming activities during Orientation, and a regularly scheduled Outreach & Consultation Seminar held throughout the year. The Coordinator of Outreach and Consultation and other faculty are also available for ongoing consultation and supervision..
Minor Training Emphasis
- Biofeedback. Interns receive training and applied clinical experience in the theory and clinical application of selected biofeedback, anxiety and stress management techniques. Interns are prepared for biofeedback during orientation, a Biofeedback Seminar and (required) self-training. The Biofeedback supervisor is available for ongoing consultation and supervision.
- Psychiatry Rotation. Interns complete a rotation with the university psychiatrist to gain more exposure to diagnostic and mental status interviewing and assessment techniques, psychopharmacological treatment, and consultation with another health care professional. Typically interns spend 3 hours per week for a period of 8 weeks attending psychiatric appointments and consulting with the psychiatrist on an individual basis. Most of the time is spent observing and participating in clinical consultations with patients, while the rest of the time may be spent consulting about specific topics, cases, or pharmacological treatments. Interns also receive weekly group supervision from the psychiatrist.
- Alcohol and Drug Rotation. The CTC utilizes a brief Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Harm Reduction Program (CHOICES) and a Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention Program for College Students (BASICS). These programs utilize a motivational interviewing approach to substance use. Interns gain experience facilitating brief substance abuse prevention and intervention groups for alcohol and/or marijuana for 8 weeks. They also conduct individual alcohol & drug assessments and provide psychoeducation & counseling for students with A & D issues during the year.