The first three weeks of the internship are dedicated to orientation, which
introduces the interns to the organization and training program. Orientation
provides an overview of services offered by CAPS and the skills required to
perform these services. Some aspects of the orientation are for the interns
only and are designed to help them become more aware of themselves as they make
the transition into the intern role and a new phase of training. The
experiences, goals and training strategies of the internship program are
discussed and interns also define their own personal goals. Other activities
are designed to help the interns get to know the agency and the staff and to
become part of the CAPS organization; these sessions involve interactions with
other staff, trainees and key campus agencies and colleagues.
Supervision at CAPS is based on a developmental model. Interns participate in
developmentally targeted experiences with supervision that is designed to
facilitate interns functioning at increasingly higher levels of competence,
sophistication, autonomy, responsibility, and complexity over the internship
year. Supervision assists interns to identify their strengths and growth edges
and supports and encourages them in the process of moving from areas of comfort
to maximal growth. Interns are provided quality supervision in a number of
different formats including:
Each intern receives two hours of individual supervision per week from two
different licensed senior psychologists. One supervisor works with the intern
for the entire year to provide continuity; the other hour of supervision is
with different supervisors the first and second halves of the year in order to
increase diversity of experience. Individual supervisors are initially assigned
by the training director with the input of the training committee and the
interns. Video and audio recordings are used as a tool in supervision.
Supervision of Triage and Crisis
Interns participate on a triage team
with increasing levels of responsibility, autonomy and independence through the
year and as their competence and confidence develops. Interns are on a triage
team with three senior Psychologists, who will provide immediate consultation
assistance and supervision, as needed. In addition, interns as a group will
participate in an hour per week of additional supervision of triage and crisis
counseling with the psychologists on their triage team.
Throughout the year, interns meet weekly as a group with two staff
psychologists for multicultural mentoring and supervision. The purpose of these
meetings is to assist interns to look more closely at their own attitudes,
awareness, sensitivity and issues related to multicultural competency and the
ability to work with diverse populations. These sessions provide a format for interns to acquire familiarity with models of diverse identity development,
process other prior multicultural training experiences, receive supervision on
how multicultural factors are impacting their clinical work and receive
feedback on their multicultural projects. Interns each present one case per
month in Multicultural Mentoring.
Interns participate in a one hour per week group assessment supervision during
the first semester. The group is divided into modules with different staff
providing supervision in the group and individually, as needed, in their
particular areas of expertise. The first six week module focuses on EEAC
Evaluations; these are evaluations provided to the Dean of Students Emergency
Evaluation and Action Committee to assist them in planning for students who
have come to public attention for exhibiting disturbed and/or disruptive
behavior. The next module focuses on Academic Intervention Assessments which
are used by Academic Deans to help them make decisions regarding students’
requests to drop classes or withdraw from school for psychological reasons.
Assessment Supervision also focuses on safety assessment and ongoing risk
management and substance abuse evaluations. Additional individual supervision
of assessment is provided throughout the year, as needed.
Supervision of Supervision
During spring semester, interns meet weekly as a group with a senior staff
member for one hour of supervision of their work supervising practicum
students. These sessions provide a theoretical and conceptual framework for
supervision, a format to receive feedback and increase awareness of their own
supervision styles and an opportunity to develop supervisory skills and
technique. Video recordings of interns’ supervision with practicum students are
viewed and discussed as part of supervision.
Supervision/Training Coordinator Meetings
Interns meet as a group with the Coordinator of Training for one hour per week.
The purpose of these meetings is to facilitate interns in processing their
training experiences as a whole. There will be particular focus on encouraging interns to identify the changes that they are undergoing as they move from the
graduate student to intern role and then again as they anticipate completing the internship and moving forward into the role of a professional psychologist.
Early in the year, sessions will focus on assisting interns in actively setting
goals for their internship year; later sessions will focus more on professional
identity development, job search, terminating from internship and entering the
professional role. These meetings will also provide oversight of the training
experience and will serve to help interns monitor their schedules, identify resources
and opportunities and ensure that the internship experience is meeting intern
and program goals and requirements. Sessions will also assist interns in trouble
shooting any problems, if necessary.
Interns are also always welcome to schedule additional individual meetings with
the Coordinator of Training, as need dictates.
Supervision of Group Therapy
Interns receive .5 hours per week of
supervision from their staff member group co-facilitator. When interns co-lead
groups with other interns or trainees, additional group supervision is assigned.
Interns have the opportunity to facilitate groups with a peer coach as part of
our Bounce Back program for students on academic probation. Interns who co-lead
a Bounce Back group participate in an hour long weekly group supervision
session with other Bounce Back leaders.
Weekly Service Delivery Team
Interns participate in a weekly two hour trainee service delivery team. The
team is multidisciplinary and is composed of trainees and representative staff. These team
meetings serve the function of case conferences in that they provide a forum to discuss clinical issues, challenging cases, disposition issues and
treatment approaches. Teams also provide an opportunity for interns to explore
in depth issues and concerns that have arisen from their experiences at CAPS.
Group Case Conference
Interns participate in bi-weekly group
case conference, which will include staff and Interns who are leading groups or
who are interested in issues pertaining to group therapy.
Interns participate in a multicultural
presentation/case conference with all clinical staff three times per year.
These discussions provide a format for more closely examining the way in which
diverse backgrounds and identities impact the experiences and difficulties that
our students experience; these case conferences also enable us, as staff and
trainees, to consider how to take diversity factors into account in order to be
more helpful and clinically effective.
CAPS Didactic Seminar
Interns meet weekly for one hour with
various staff members, who have expertise on the designated topic. Within the
seminar are modules addressing multicultural competence, ethics, assessment,
brief therapy, different treatment models, and issues prevalent in a college
population and professional identity development.
Staff Professional Development
Interns have the opportunity to
participate in continuing education activities designed for our staff. Examples
of such trainings offered this past year included: day long workshops addressing suicide assessment
and prevention, the Bounce Back Program for academic retention and the needs of
Students who are veterans or in the military; a half day workshop on Ethics; as
well as presentations by other psychologists from the community on their areas
Research Time/ Presentation
Interns are allowed two hours per week
first semester to work on their dissertations or other research interests. They
will each have the opportunity to present their work to CAPS staff.
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