Training Requirements

The University of Kentucky Counseling Center (UKCC) requires all psychology interns to complete a 2000 hour internship with a minimum of 500 hours of direct service.

Clinical Service

  1. Individual/couples Therapy: Provide individual/couples therapy for an average of fourteen (14) clinical hours per week.
  2. Group Therapy: Co-facilitate one on-going therapy group with a senior staff member, fellow intern, or practicum student in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.  Opportunity to co-lead another group (e.g. ACT group for Anxiety, support group, Wise Minds).
  3. Initial Consultations: Provide a minimum of two initial consultations per week.
  4. Crisis Intervention: Provide 2 hours per week of day-time crisis coverage throughout the academic year. Provide 4 hours per week of day-time crisis coverage during the summer months. Licensed supervisors provide back up for consultation and supervision of crisis work. Crisis intervention will include phone calls and consultation with concerned faculty, staff, parents and friends of students at the university as well as well as same day appointments.

​Outreach & Consultation

Outreach and consultation project(s) require a time commitment of 1-2 hours per week and may involve work outside of UKCC. 

Outreach programs:

  • Interns are expected to participate in a total of 16 programs (approximately 2 programs per month) during the intern year as described below
  • Outreach programs include: didactic/interactive programs or presentations to classes, student organizations, specific populations; tabling events; UKCC infomercial; panel representative
  1. Observe a minimum of two (2) outreach didactic/interactive programs/presentations conducted by psychologists on the UKCC staff (counts toward 20 total; done during the fall semester)
  2. Co-facilitate a minimum of (2) outreach didactic/interactive programs/presentations conducted by psychologists on the UKCC staff prior to conducting an outreach program independently (counts toward 20 total; done during the fall semester).
  3. Facilitate a minimum of six (6) outreach didactic/interactive programs/presentations for the UKCC over the academic year (aim for three per semester).
  4. Participate in a minimum of two (2) screening programs during the internship year (e.g. depression (fall or spring semesters) and alcohol screening (spring semester). These will be included in the 20 outreach programs for the year.

Liaison Relationship:

  • Partner with a staff member to participate in a liaison relationship between the Counseling Center and a group, department, or organization associated with the University. 
  • Attend a University committee meeting with the staff member. Committees should meet approximately once a month or a minimum of once a semester. (Examples of committees include: Retroactive withdrawal committee, LGBTQ* Resource Center, Transform Health Care, Eating Disorder Treatment Team, Martin Luther King Center, Career Professionals Network, First Generation College Students (CARES), Disability Resource Center, and Community of Concern) 
  • Liaison relationships must be decided upon and approved 

Consultation Project:

This project is an in-depth consultation experience where interns will consult with a department on campus, student group, or population of students. A needs/program/organization assessment will be conducted and recommendations/suggestions will be made based on the assessment. These results will be reported to the consultee either in the form of a report or a formal presentation. This project will often result in very useful information for the Center that can be utilized in future outreach and consultation experiences.  Past consultation projects have been conducted with the Disability Resource Center, University Counseling Center, Fine Arts Department, Martin Luther King Center, and the Veterans Resource Center.

Learning Disability and AD/HD Assessment:

  1. Administer at least 2 test batteries during the internship year. Batteries will include a complete biopsychosocial interview, standard intelligence, attention, and achievement measures, as well as behavior checklists. One (1) battery should be completed by the end of the fall semester. Efforts should be made to use assessment instruments across different cultural groups (broadly defined). 
  2. Bring test results and questions for discussion while working on assessments to the Assessment Seminar to be utilized as case material for the latter part of assessment seminar. Interns will integrate results to formulate diagnoses and generate recommendations. Complete reports will be written for each case. 
  3. Complete an assessment case report for each referral received during the internship year. All assessments should be complete with feedback provided to the student by July 15.
  4. Come to seminar prepared, having read literature related to learning disabilities, AD/HD, and general aspects of assessment which will be provided and reviewed.


  1. Individual Supervision: Receive two hours/ week of clinical supervision for individual cases, intake evaluations, crisis walk-ins and consultation phone calls. Interns are responsible for making up all missed supervision sessions.
  2. Supervision of Advanced Practicum students: Provide 1 hour of individual supervision for a doctoral level practicum student during the spring semester. Maintain documentation of supervision sessions, co-signed by supervisor.
  3. Group therapy supervision: Receive one and a half-hours/week of group therapy supervision.
  4. Group debriefing: Meet with the group leadership team for 30 minutes immediately following group. 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. 
  5. Group supervision of Assessments: Seminar becomes a group supervison for assessment clients to discuss issues of scoring, interpretation and feedback. 
  6. Participate in Case Presentation Seminar (supervision of individual work in a group setting): Participate in case conference meetings every other week. Present cases every 8 weeks for a total of 5 case presentations during the internship year. Receive feedback from Training Director, staff members who rotate through the case presentation seminar, and fellow interns. Provide feedback to fellow interns for their case presentations. 
  7. All staff case consultation/supervision meeting: Consult with staff and other interns about crisis clients.

Case presentations: Provide a PowerPoint presentation for the case presentation including:

  • Identifying Information
  • Presenting concerns - including how problem developed and prior coping attempts
  • Relevant Hx of Presenting Problem, Interpersonal Hx, Family Hx
  • Testing Results, if any
  • Diagnosis
  • Client goals
  • Case Conceptualization
  • Summary of treatment - including your assessment of how things have gone so far
  • Theoretical understanding of the case and/or theory behind your treatment approach
  • How is your understanding of the case and your clinical work being informed by science
  • Impact of client's culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, social class, religion, language, country of origin, and ability status on all aspects of working on and presenting the case, including any cultural research conducted
  • Questions (specific issues you want input on)
  • References
  • A video clip should be included in the presentation

Supervision of Supervision

  • Participate in all supervision of supervision activities.
  • Receive group supervision during spring semester for 3 out of 4 weeks, and have an individual supervision meeting for supervision of supervision on the 4th week. 
  • Prepare and discuss a supervision case presentation in the spring semester noting the following:
  1. Supervisee’s demographics including prior clinical experience and current clinical interests/disinterests
  2. Number of supervisory sessions to date
  3. Goals established for supervision
  4. Current assessment of supervisee in the following areas, and how you are assessing them (including evidence-based techniques): 
  • Clinical skills
  • Knowledge of theory/interventions 
  • Autonomy/dependence 
  • Motivation
  • Self-other awareness 
  • Knowledge of ethical and legal guidelines & adherence to them 
  • Use of supervision including interpersonal dynamics in supervision, if relevant 
  • Questions for supervision group

Training Activities

  1. Training Seminars: Attend and participate in all of the scheduled training seminars. Several seminars have presentation requirements- see seminar description.
  2. Prepare presentation for Clinical and Professional Issues Seminar on an empirically validated treatment. Provide references for the seminar participants. Topic must be approved by seminar instructor. 
  3. Participate and present during case conference meetings. 
  4. Participate in inservice training meetings. 
  5. Participate in weekly case consultation supervision meetings with all staff. 
  6. Attend and participate in staff meetings. 
  7. Attend and participate in meetings with training director. 
  8. Attend some Student and Academic Life and/or Academic Excellence Meetings. 
  9. Attend and participate in assigned consultation meetings. 
  10. Taping: Record ALL counseling sessions with clients’ signed permission-This form will be part of the client’s file. 
  11. Keep a record of clinical, outreach and assessment hours as well as total hours.


  1.  Research presentation - Present research you have recently worked on or in which you are currently involved. Presentation will occur over the summer during the staff inservice meeting.
  2. Include current research in case presentations which help inform your work with clients.
  3. Utilize current research to inform your clinical work.
  4. Utilize current research to inform your consultation project and outreach programs.

Evaluation Activities

  1. Supervisor(s) Evaluations - Interns receive evaluations from supervisors two times during the internship year (January and July).
  2. Intern evaluation of supervisors, seminars, and training program - All supervisors will be evaluated by the intern after the intern has been evaluated by the supervisor(s). Training seminars will be evaluated each semester, and the entire program will be evaluated at the end of the internship.
  3. Interns’ evaluation of practicum student supervisee: interns complete the evaluation form for the practicum student they are supervising (Mid Spring, End Spring).
  4. Supervisee's evaluation of intern as supervisors - Practicum students will evaluate the intern on his/her role of supervisor.
  5. Case Presentation Evaluation - Staff member in attendance during the interns’ presentation during case conference meetings will complete the case presentation evaluation along with the training director and fellow interns. Training Director will combine feedback from all present to give to the intern.
  6. Seminar Evaluations - Coordinator(s) of each seminar will complete the section of the intern evaluation form pertaining to the topic of her or his seminar. These evaluations will be integrated into the supervisor's evaluation of the intern. A separate evaluation of intern performance and participation seminars will also be completed each semester for each seminar.
  7. Forms for Academic Programs: Interns are responsible for submitting all required forms to their doctoral program and making copies for the Training Coordinator at their home institution, UKCC supervisors, and themselves.

Training Director will provide a letter documenting the completion or lack of completion of the internship to the Director of Clinical Training from the home academic program.



  1. Case notes: Document contact with clients within 24 hours. Clients’ files are to include all case notes of individual/group sessions and any other contact the intern had with the client including phone conversations. 
  2. Consultation is also to be documented. Document Crisis/OD notes by the end of the business day when the client was seen.
  3. Intake reports and terminations: Write initial assessment reports within 48 hours and termination reports within 30 days of client's last session. 
  4. Sign all of your supervisee’s case notes and termination reports and forward to your supervisor. 
  5. Write notes about supervision of students and forward to your supervisor. 
  6. After forms are signed by clients, provide the forms to support staff so that they can be scanned into the client’s record. All signed release forms and signed permission to digitally record sessions are part of the client file. 
  7. Clinical work log: Maintain schedule and log of activities in Titanium.
  8. Keep a training hour log: Log all service delivery activities and total internship hours. 
  9. Request vacation and professional development time in advance by sending an email to the Training Coordinator, copied to the intern's individual supervisor, requesting the particular dates for approval.