Training and Service Activities
Due to changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), we are awaiting a decision from our Human Resources Department regarding how interns’ employment status is classified at the university. Based on the decision, there may be reductions in some of the training and weekly activities described below. More information on any anticipated changes to the program activities will be shared with applicants during the interview process.
Individual/Couple Counseling — 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. Interns have the option of maintaining some longer term clients over the course of the year. Interns will have access to a diverse client load with a broad spectrum of presenting issues.
Group Counseling — 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, Men's Group, Sexual Identity and Expression Group.
Intake Assessment — 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. Crisis intervention provided during regular business hours to "walk in" students in immediate distress. Interns will cover a weekly two hour walk-in crisis block. Supervisory assistance is an integral part of all crisis coverage.
Psychological Assessment — Psychological assessment services may be utilized as part of the treatment process as clinically indicated. Interns are required to complete eight brief assessments during the internship year. Interns will complete two Personality Assessment Inventories (PAI), two ADHD Screenings, and two Adult Asperger Assessments (AAA) or comparable assessments of Autism. Interns will also complete two additional assessments, which may include measures such as the Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI) or Trauma Symptom Inventory.
Outreach Programming — 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. Additionally, interns will represent the Student Counseling Center at university functions (e.g., new student orientation). Interns will also complete an individual or group outreach project, which may include creating an online workshop or developing programming for an awareness week.
Liaisonship — Interns will shadow a senior staff member as a liaison to a campus department. Potential liaisonship opportunities may include: Multicultural Center, LEAP initiative (LGBTQ Education, Advocacy & Programming), Office of Student AccessAbility, and Wellness Center. A significant part of the liasionship experience is creating a consultative and collaborative relationship with the campus department by partnering with a senior staff member in his/her interactions with that department. Examples of this include attending department meetings, providing programming, and providing one-on-one consultation about student service or organizational needs.
Practicum Supervision — The Student Counseling Center provides practicum experiences for master and doctoral students in counseling and clinical psychology from a variety of local universities. In both the fall and spring, there is an opportunity to co-facilitate the practicum group supervision with the Practicum Coordinator. In the spring semester, interns will also be the primary individual supervisor for a practicum student. Responsibilities will include monitoring clinical work, evaluation, and administrative responsibility.
Orientation — Interns will begin their internship with a two to three 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 full day devoted to Diversity and one devoted to Ethics and Legal Issues. All senior staff participates 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.
Individual Supervision — 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 in-depth, 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.
Group Supervision — 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.
Assessment Seminar/Supervision — Interns will have a weekly assessment seminar/supervision. Interns are expected to conduct at least two 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, and ethical considerations.
Supervision Seminar — 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. The seminar is attended by interns and senior staff, providing a rich dialogue and multiple perspectives for each topic. The seminar rotates through different components each month:
- Clinical Applications: The clinical applications component is designed to address clinical and theoretical issues in therapy. The Student Counseling Center staff will provide 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 presentation during the year.
- Intern Development Seminar: This component is specifically focused on intern development issues, including licensure, EPPP, oral exam, postdoc/job search, interviewing, and 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, experiential components, and/or clinical service delivery. Rotations are semester-long and interns complete three rotations during the internship year. Each semester interns will have four to five rotation options to choose from. Options are based on staff expertise and availability. Examples of potential rotations include:
- Theoretical Emphasis (e.g. ACT, RCT)
- Gender Identity
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Supervision (Practicum Case Consultation Co-Facilitator)
- Diversity Presenter
- Eating Disorders
Intern Selection Committee — Interns may 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.
Staff Meeting — Interns will attend the bi-monthly staff meeting and provide input into decision-making regarding the operation of the Student Counseling Center.
Dissertation — 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.
Administrative — Interns will have approximately six allotted hours to engage in case management, including writing case notes, returning phone calls, consulting with staff or psychiatric residents, and reviewing tape. Two of these hours are allotted to cover the crisis walk-in block.
In general, interns' schedules are from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.