INTERNSHIP TRAINING ACTIVITIES
Specific training activities including Orientation, Supervision, Consultation, Seminars, Training Rotations and Specializations, and Professional Development Activities. The internship program has been designed to provide training activities that follow a developmental sequence and provide the necessary structure, guidance, and support to facilitate the development of each intern as he or she moves towards greater autonomy, and gains the skills, knowledge, and confidence to master increasingly complex tasks and decisions during the course of the training year.
Interns arrive on campus 2 weeks prior to the start of classes. The first 2-4 weeks of the internship are designed to introduce the interns to the University of Idaho Counseling & Testing Center, and facilitate their transition to internship. During this time, interns learn about the philosophy and operating procedures of the CTC, meet the faculty and staff, and learn about other campus and community resources and referrals. In addition, interns attend a variety of intensive training seminars related to each of the core components. Each intern also develops learning goals, a supervision contract and schedule in consultation with the Training Director and their individual supervisor. The interns and the Training Director also go on a mini-retreat at the beginning and end of the internship year. The primary goals of the retreat are to facilitate the development of collegial relationships, to set and review interests, goals, and the development of professional identity while in a relaxed setting.
SUPERVISION (5 hrs. @ week)
Individual Supervision (Received)
Individual supervision is viewed as central to the internship experience and is at the core of transmitting knowledge, skill development, ethical guidelines, and facilitating the development of professional identity and personal growth. The intern’s individual clinical supervisor serves as the primary mentor. However, all CTC faculty participate in the training program and serve as mentors to the interns. Interns meet with their individual supervisor weekly to discuss theories, models, ethics, and techniques of effective counseling, to discuss their own development as a psychologist, and to review individual cases and taped counseling sessions. The functions of the supervisory relationship include monitoring client welfare, enhancing intern skills, promoting personal and professional growth and evaluating the intern's skills and professional development on a continuous basis.
Interns have the opportunity to work with a different primary supervisor each semester (fall, spring and summer semester) to experience more breadth and variety in the individual supervision experience through exposure to a variety of supervisory styles and mentorship. Both interns and supervisors have input into the decisions about supervisory matches. The Director of Training makes supervision assignments based on the intern's skill level, theoretical preferences, training needs, interests and personal characteristics, as well as the supervisory style and preferences of supervisors and interns.
Interns are required to record their counseling, assessment, and supervision sessions for review with their supervisors. Our faculty uses a consultative model of supervision; supervisors consult with one another about trainee development and progress on a regular basis. The internship training program functions in a manner consistent with the American Psychological Association’s 2002 Ethical Standard 7.04 (Student Disclosure of Personal Information) as contained in the Revised Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (APA 2002).
Group Supervision, Clinical
(1 hour @ wk.)
Interns meet with rotating faculty supervisors in weekly group supervision to discuss and review videotaped counseling sessions of their clinical cases, exchange ideas and feedback, and integrate theory and research with clinical practice. Interns take turns presenting clinical cases on a rotating basis.
Group Supervision: Psychiatric
(1 hour @ wk.)
Interns and CTC faculty meet with the university psychiatrist to consult about clients referred for psychiatric services and broad issues of diagnosis, treatment and medication.
Group Supervision: Supervision of Supervision
(1 hour @ wk.)
Interns meet with the Director of Training and the Coordinator of Practicum Training weekly to learn theories, models, ethics, and techniques of effective supervision, to discuss their own development as a supervisor and to review videotaped supervision sessions and discuss supervisee progress.
Supervision of Group Counseling
(.5 hour @ wk. as needed)
Interns meet with a faculty supervisor weekly for a minimum of 30 minutes when they are facilitating or co-facilitating a group to discuss theories, models, ethics, and techniques of effective group counseling, their own development as a group facilitator, and to review the specific elements of the group counseling sessions.
(1 hr.@ week, alternate weeks)
Interns attend a meeting with all CTC faculty to discuss cases and clinical topics on an every other week basis. Interns and faculty take turns presenting cases. Interns are required to make a formal case presentation twice during the internship year, once each in fall and spring semester. The main goal for the intern case presentations is to allow interns the opportunity to gain experience making a formal case presentation to other professionals, discuss clinical issues with the group, and give and receive feedback. Interns receive written feedback from participants about their case presentations.
(5-6 hrs. @week fall, less in spring & summer semester)
- Multicultural & Diversity Seminar
- Outreach & Consultation Seminar
- Psychological Testing & Assessment Seminar
- Supervision of Supervision Seminar
- Substance Abuse Seminar
- Special Topics Seminar (Includes Biofeedback Training, Clinical Topics, Ethics on a rotating basis)