Training and Service Activities
Interns see an average of 15 individual/couples per week. The majority of clients will be seen for brief therapy, as the Student Counseling Center has a 12 session limit per academic year. However, interns have the option of maintaining some longer term clients over the course of the year. Interns will see one couple during the year, with the option to see additional couples. Interns will have access to a diverse client load with a broad spectrum of presenting issues.
The Student Counseling Center has a strong, active group program. Interns are required to co-facilitate a group with a senior staff member, but are also encouraged to develop and lead groups in their own areas of interest. Groups can be process-oriented or topical. Examples of previous groups offered include Cinematherapy, Anxiety Reduction: A Mindful Approach, Being a Social Pro, International Student Support Group, Couples Counseling Group, Men's Group, LGBT Support Group.
Interns conduct approximately two intake interviews each week. The Student Counseling Center's intake system is a brief, half-hour assessment designed to determine the client's appropriateness for our setting, urgency of client's need, and to differentially assign the client to an appropriate trainee or staff member.
Crisis Intervention/On-Call Coverage
Interns provide crisis intervention and consultation to students, faculty, staff, and families of students. The majority of crisis intervention is provided during regular business hours to "walk in" students in immediate distress. In order to equalize crises across the staff, the Student Counseling Center utilizes a crisis management database. Interns will be incorporated into the crisis rotation. Additionally, staff provide on-call after-hours crisis intervention. This occurs on a weekly rotating basis. Interns will be incorporated in the crisis rotation when it is deemed appropriate. Supervisory assistance is an integral part of on-call coverage.
Psychological assessment services are offered to clients on an as needed basis. Interns are required to provide at least two full batteries during the internship year. One battey will be a LD/ADHD assessment. The Student Counseling Center has a variety of instruments available to interns (e.g., PAI, WAIS-IV, WIAT-II, Rorschach, TAT, Behavioral Rating Scales, Neuropsych Screening Tests). There are also computer scoring programs available for certain assessments.
Interns will have many opportunities to participate in the Student Counseling Center’s psycho-educational programming. Interns will engage in at least six outreach activities, such as creating an awareness table or presenting to a class. Faculty, staff, and student organizations frequently request presentations. Recent topics have included Conflict Resolution, Safer Dating, Assisting Troubled Students. Interns will also complete a group outreach project, which may include creating an online workshop or developing programming for an awareness week. Additionally, interns may represent the Student Counseling Center at university functions (e.g., new student orientation).
Interns will serve as a liaison to a campus department. Liaisonship opportunities include involvement with International Student Services Office, the LEEP initiative (LGBTQ Education, Engagement & Programming) with an emphasis on facilitating the Ally Training program, and involvement with the UniTeD program, a sexual assault advocacy program. Each liaisonship has a senior staff member that will assist and supervise the experience. A significant part of the liaison responsibility is identifying what type of outreach will be useful to the department, then developing and delivering an appropriate program. Examples of liaisonship activities include leading a support group for International women, creating a needs assessment survey regarding sexual assault resources on-campus, helping to plan Gay Pride week.
The Student Counseling Center provides practicum experiences for master and doctoral students in counseling and clinical psychology from a variety of local universities. In the spring semester, interns will be the primary individual supervisor for a practicum student. Responsibilities will include monitoring clinical work, evaluation, and administrative responsibility.
Interns will begin their internship with a two-week orientation. The orientation provides an opportunity for interns to learn about the specifics of UT Dallas and the Student Counseling Center. Interns will have the opportunity to interact with all of the staff and learn about the theoretical orientations and supervisory styles of potential supervisors. Interns will also participate in didactic and experiential seminars on key topics, including a day devoted to Diversity and one devoted to Ethics and Legal Issues. All senior staff participate in orientation. Interns will also have an opportunity to connect with their fellow intern cohort and practicum trainees. The orientation culminates in an intern/training director retreat.
The individual supervisory relationship is one of the cornerstones of professional growth during the internship year. Interns receive two hours of individual supervision each week by a licensed psychologist. Additional supervision or consultation is available and encouraged as needed. Interns remain with their individual supervisor for the duration of the year. The year-long supervisory relationship allows for more indepth, intensive supervision and mentoring. Interns will have the opportunity to work closely with other senior staff members and experience multiple supervisory styles throughout the year. Assignment of supervisors is based on intern's preference, goals, theoretical orientation and fit.
UT Dallas staff and interns will meet weekly for one hour to discuss cases and clinical issues. Interns and staff will also present formal and informal case presentations on a rotating basis. Interns will be expected to present a formal case presentation in the Fall and Spring semesters. Group supervision allows in-depth exploration of cases and the opportunity to receive feedback from multiple therapeutic perspectives and theoretical orientations.
Supervision of Group Therapy
Interns will have a half hour of supervision with their group co-facilitator. Supervision will include exploration of group process, group dynamics, and co-facilitator dynamics.
Supervision of Supervision
In the spring, each intern will provide individual supervision to a master's or doctoral level practicum student. Supervision of supervision will involve weekly review of videotaped supervision sessions and discussion and/or tape review of practicum students' individual sessions in a group format. The focus will be on conceptualization and assessment of supervisees' needs and developmental process; providing constructive feedback; self-awareness of developmental process as a supervisor; transference and counter transference; knowledge of ethical issues; awareness of multicultural considerations in supervision; etc. Interns will receive one hour of supervision of supervision in the group format and an additional half hour of individual supervision to address supervisory issues.
Interns will have a weekly assessment seminar/supervision. Interns are expected to conduct two to three batteries during the course of the year. The focus of the seminar includes selection, scoring, and interpretation of various objective and projective measures, report writing, and feedback.
Couples Seminar/ Supervision
Interns will receive weekly supervision in a group format on their couples' counseling work. Supervision will include review of video-recorded sessions, discussion of couples' interventions, ethical considerations. Couples' supervision will be in the fall semester. Supervision will continue in the spring if interns are interested in continuing couples' work.
Interns will attend a one hour supervision seminar in the fall. This weekly seminar will be a didactic training seminar focusing on preparation for the role of supervisor. Topics will include models of supervision, supervisory skill development, ethical issues in supervision, professional identity issues, etc.
Clinical Issues Seminar
The clinical issues seminar is an educational seminar focused on topics of therapeutic relevance and professional issues. Seminars are generally two hours and are presented by Student Counseling Center staff or professionals from the community. The seminar is attended by interns and senior staff, providing a rich dialogue and multiple perspectives for each topic. The seminar rotates through four components each month:
- Professional Speaker Series: The Dallas Metroplex has a rich community of local practitioners with a variety of specialties and expertise. Once a month, an invited guest will speak on a relevant topic. Previous topics have included Psychodynamic Conceptualizations of Personality Disorders, Trauma and Self Injury, ethics/legal issues, therapist self-care, psychopharmacology, drug and alcohol issues, and special populations.
- Clinical Applications: The clinical applications component is designed to address clinical and theoretical issues in therapy. The Student Counseling Center staff will provide the presentations in their area of expertise and incorporate professional readings. Previous topics have included Asperger's Disorder, Empirically Supported Treatments, Mindfulness Techniques, and ACT. Intern's input is elicited when choosing topics for spring. Interns are also expected to present one clinical applications presentaion during the year.
- Intern Development Seminar: This component is specifically focused on intern development issues, including licensure, EPPP, oral exam, postdoc/job search, interviewing, private practice.
- Diversity Forum: Although attention to issues of diversity are a component of all training, the diversity forum focuses more in depth on topics of diversity including Sizism, Spirituality in Counseling, SES, Working with International Students, etc.
Special Emphasis Rotation
Interns have the opportunity to focus more in-depth in a particular area. Additional training may include readings, discussion, and experiential components. Rotations are semester-long and interns complete three rotations during the internship year. Examples of rotations include:
- Theoretical Emphasis
- Asperger's Disorder
- Social Anxiety
- Gender Identity
- Sexual Assault and Childhood Abuse
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Supervision (Practicum Case Consultation Co-Facilitator)
- Teaching (Practicum Training Seminar)
Intern Selection Committee
Interns will have the opportunity to participate as a member of the intern selection committee. Involvement will include reviewing applications, selecting candidates for interviews, conducting interviews, and participating in ranking decisions. All interns will participate in various capacities during intern selection interviews.
Additional Weekly Activities
Intern Support Time
Although interns will connect with one another in a variety of trainings and supervision, one hour a week is protected intern support time. This time is reserved for the intern cohort to connect and process any issues as needed. The training director will routinely check in with the interns during this time to address any questions and concerns interns may have.
Interns will attend the weekly staff meeting and provide input into decision-making regarding the operation of the Student Counseling Center.
Interns will have two hours weekly throughout the year to devote to work on their dissertation. Based on the ebb and flow of the university calendar, there may be additional times during the year in which interns could devote more time to their dissertation.
Interns will have six allotted hours to engage in case management, including writing case notes, returning phone calls, consulting with staff or psychiatric residents, and reviewing tape.
*In general, interns’ schedules are from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm. Interns are expected to work one evening a week. On their late night, their schedule would be 10 am - 7:30 pm.