Service and Training Activities
Interns will be paired with an individual supervisor who will serve both as a mentor and model of the highest standards of ethical, legal, and professional practice of psychology. The supervisor will provide a safe and supportive environment designed to foster the growth and development of the intern’s skills as a professional. This growth will be accomplished by monitoring their work with individual clients and couples, initial assessments, and crisis clients with the aid of digital recordings of their therapy. Supervisors are also responsible for providing consultation and case management of the intern's caseload. The intern will be encouraged to enhance and develop clinical skills as well as to engage in a self-exploration process designed to facilitate personal and professional growth.
Interns will serve as a co-leader of a Yalom-based interpersonal process therapy group with different co-leaders in each of the fall, spring and summer semesters. In support of learning the interpersonal and process therapy skills necessary to effectively lead such a group, interns will have a debriefing meeting with their leadership team immediately following each group therapy session. During debriefing, a staff psychologist will facilitate exploration of leader and process-observer reactions to the clients and group process and will help the team of group leaders formulate questions for supervision. In addition, each intern will participate in a weekly group supervision of group leaders in order to share and learn both from their own and other group leader's experiences.
Clinical and Professional Issues Seminar (Weekly for fall and spring semesters)
This seminar will address professional identity issues, ethical decision-making, preparation for one’s role as a professional in the psychology community, job search skills, professional identity issues, and development of the skills necessary to function as a psychologist in a college counseling center. In addition, the seminar will address clinical practice issues, evidence-based practice of psychotherapy including relationship issues as well as evidence based treatments, using clinical interviews for assessment and referral, and working with client populations and clinical issues commonly seen in a college counseling center setting. A combination of readings and discussion of clinical case material will be used as the basis for the seminar.
Outreach Seminar (Every other week throughout the year)
This seminar focuses on the philosophy and techniques of outreach and primary prevention, needs assessment, development of specific psycho-educational workshops, formal and informal consultation strategies, and related topics during the first semester. Interns will be required to participate in screening days (depression, alcohol, eating disorder) as well as to provide twenty outreach programs throughout the year on general topics that all staff provide as well as on topics of interest to them. Interns will progress from observing and co-leading programs early in the first semester, to providing programs independently as the year progresses. The interns will shadow staff psychologists in 1-2 liaison relationships with offices in the university community. Frequently those liaison relationships are with campus partners that provide services to minoritized student groups on campus. The interns will jointly plan a consultation project with a unit on campus during the first semester, and they will use the outreach seminar as a time for consultation for the development and implementation of the consultation project during the second semester and into the summer.
Supervision Seminar/supervision (Seminar: every other week during fall semester, supervision: weekly in spring semester)
During the fall semester interns attend the Supervision Seminar which prepares them for their supervisory role in the spring. Research on the evidence-based didactic and process issues relevant to the provision of supervision by interns is discussed. During the spring semester, interns meet one hour a week with a licensed psychologist for supervision of supervision. Discussions center on developing supervisory skills, discussing supervision issues, and viewing recordings of their sessions with supervisees. One week each month, interns meet individually with supervisor of supervision rather than in group supervision of supervision, and additional individual consultation is available as needed.
Multicultural Seminar (Every other week for fall and spring semesters)
The seminar addresses multicultural issues in therapy and in the community through readings, experiential exercises, and discussion of intern therapy sessions. Throughout the year, the seminar examines the impact of both the therapist's and client's values and cultural backgrounds on the therapeutic process and on the delivery of services to various groups on campus. Interns are encouraged to explore issues of privilege and culture through readings, experiential exercises, reflection, and discussion throughout both semesters.
Case Conference for Interns (Every other week throughout the internship)
A staff psychologist presents a case once every eight weeks and facilitates a discussion among the interns. Interns are then scheduled in subsequent weeks to present formal case presentations and the same senior staff member facilitates the discussion for that 8 week period. A different member of the psychology staff rotates in to this case conference every 8 weeks. This is designed to allow interns the opportunity to give and receive peer supervision of their clinical work and to receive feedback from a variety of senior staff psychologists. It also gives interns an opportunity to have regular contact with a variety of staff psychologists who can share different clinical perspectives and experiences.
Assessment Seminar/Supervision (Weekly)
This seminar will emphasize didactic and applied training in assessment of learning disabilities and AD/HD for adults in a college setting. Interns will be trained to utilize a process that integrates information from the referral resource, clinical interviews, and objective inventories to provide diagnostic impressions and treatment recommendations. Early in the seminar, interns will be evaluated regarding their skills to administer each of the components of a full learning disability assessment. These components include continuous performance tests; intelligence and achievement tests; self-report and family/friend report instruments; and personality, depression, and anxiety inventories. The seminar will become a supervision group as the interns gain competence in providing assessments to clients at the Center. Interns will conduct approximately 4 assessments during the internship. Interns with a particular interest in assessment may negotiate to conduct more assessments during the internship year.
Staff Case Conference Consultation (Weekly)
Interns participate in a weekly, hour-long all-staff supervision/consultation meeting to discuss crisis/challenging clients whom it is anticipated might be seen by any staff member or intern covering the emergency “DOC” hours. Interns may present a case for feedback about working with one of their crisis/challenging clients or to let other staff know about a client who may appear during emergency hours. Additionally, they learn by hearing about crisis clients seen by other staff members in need of assistance with determining the best course of action for treatment for that client. Psychiatrists, clinical nurse practitioners and dieticians from University Behavioral Health Services join this meeting monthly to consult about our shared clients.
Meetings with Training Director (Weekly)
The Training Director meets weekly with the interns to assess how the internship training is meeting the interns’ needs and to solicit feedback about the training program.
Staff Inservice Training (Every other week)
The UKCC staff meet every other week for a combination of in-service activities including a twice-a-semester meeting to discuss how each of the practicum students are doing in all the areas in which they are involved in the center and training sessions conducted by staff members and members of the psychology community, the university community, and the Lexington area. Some of the training sessions serve as networking meetings for our staff and other offices on campus. These training sessions enhance the professional skills and knowledge base of staff and interns on topics such as working with clients with Asperger's syndrome or AD/HD, learning about new eating disorder treatments, and participating in experiential programs to enhance the staff's comfort with and awareness of diversity issues.
Additional Training Opportunities
There will be an opportunity for interns to develop or strengthen an area of interest during the internship, though it is not a requirement. Interns are welcome to develop a plan in which they might sit on committees, develop outreach programming, teach a class, and see additional clients in order to develop more skills and gain experience in one of the following areas.
Some possibilities include:
- Career Counseling
- Working with Victims of Power based Personal Violence
- Practicum Training
- Leading psychoeducational and support groups offered at UKCC
- Data Assessment and Policy Development
- Working with First Generation College Students
- Outreach and program development for a population of the Intern’s interest
- Wellness/Stress Management/Mindfulness
- Working with LGBTQ Students
Weekly Activity Schedule (Form is a PDF document.)
Additional Work Meetings
Committee Meetings, University Functions, Student and Academic Life Meetings, and Dissertation Work