UW Counseling Center
Interns see an average of 9 to 14 ongoing clients per week. Because a short-term treatment model insures
the use of the Counseling Center by the greatest number of students,
students are often
seen for approximately 15 weeks.
However, longer tern treatment is provided when clinically
and resources allow.
Each intern will conduct an average of two or more intakes per week,
this number may increase during certain times.
Outreach is an important service provided by the Counseling Center, and there are many opportunities to
outreach programming. Outreach offers
the opportunity to interact with students who would ordinarily have no
with the Center. Interns present at
least eight outreach programs per academic year, and typically present
more than that. Examples of frequently
requested outreach programs include: eating
disorders, assertiveness, stress management, diversity, relationship
enhancement acquaintance rape, careers, academic success, and CC
services. In addition, interns also
rotations throughout the internship year, in which they are trained to
present the Study Smarter Workshops and the Career Assessment Workshops
students at our Center. Interns are also
encouraged to develop outreach programs that are within their interest
The Counseling Center has offers psychotherapy groups for
upon resources and student interest and participation.
Interns are encouraged to develop and
co-lead, under supervision, a group in their area of expertise and
- Supervision is
a central component of the training program, and licensed psychologists
conduct individual supervision of interns on a regularly scheduled
- Each intern may
have at least two primary supervisors during the year; primary
supervisors change in March.
- Formal primary
supervision time is scheduled for two hours per week.
- Interns also
choose a secondary supervision, which is generally formatted around a
theme, depending upon intern and staff interest, and interns meet with
their secondary supervisors for one hour per week.
supervision/consultation is always available to interns and staff
- Interns receive
two hours per week to prepare for supervision by reviewing audio/video
tapes or doing other related activities.
- This time is
used to organize cases for discussion with the primary supervisor.
- The Counseling
Center has the equipment
necessary to provide computer scored assessments such as the MMPI-2,
- Interns will
complete two written testing assessments during the first
three-quarters of the internship, depending upon client availability.
testing experience may be gained depending upon the interest of the
intern and the availability of clients who might need formal testing.
in Career Counseling
- Interns will
be provided training in several areas of career development, including:
career assessments, values identification, career and life transitions,
and multicultural aspects of career and life planning. Interns will
learn to administer, interpret, and provide both individual and group
interpretations of the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and the SII
(Strong Interest Inventory).
training in the Fall, each Intern will be responsible for facilitating
group career assessment interpretive workshops for one academic quarter.
- Beginning in
Winter quarter, Interns will provide career assessment interpretations
and career counseling to individual clients.
- During Summer
quarter, the Interns will share responsibility for providing career
Interns may opt to co-facilitate Values Identification workshops,
Transitions workshops, and/or participate in career-related outreach
- The Counseling
Center provides a
practicum training site for many training programs whose students are
enrolled in doctoral programs in counseling, clinical, or educational
- Interns are
provided training in supervision and supervise a practicum counselor
for two quarters.
- Weekly case
conference provides an opportunity for interns and senior staff to meet
and interact in small and informal group(s) in order to present cases
and receive feedback.
- Interns are
actively involved in these weekly case consultations.
- As part of
their training, interns prepare and present two of their cases in a
more structured format during the first three-quarters of the training
- Interns meet
with the Training Director for one hour on an every-other-week basis.
- Interns are
encouraged to discuss all aspects of their internship during these
- The Training
Director responds to these issues and works to resolve problems if
and/or when they arise
- Interns meet
with a group facilitator for one hour per week, for individual and
- Interns may
receive two hours each week to use for scholarly activities such as
reading journal articles or working on dissertations.
development activities are negotiated on a quarterly basis.
- Working on
dissertations is STRONGLY encouraged!
Intern Seminar Series
didactic training experiences provide a forum for
the staff and other professionals to present topics on mental health
professional development. Some of these
training experiences occur in module formats over a period of 4 to 11
that provide the opportunity for a more in-depth exploration of the
Clinical Issues Seminar
This seminar meets every week for one hour for the first three
quarters. The seminar focuses on a variety
clinically and professionally relevant topics. A
special emphasis is placed on providing
psychological services to individuals from different cultures, gender,
lifestyle perspectives. Some of the
topics for this seminar are generated by the needs and interests of the
group and may include one or two presentations on such topics as:
update, substance abuse issues, eating disorders, sexual abuse
preparing for licensure, and starting a career as a psychologist.
Intake Assessment and
Short-term Therapy Seminar
The seminar is designed to familiarize the interns with the intake
of the Counseling Center and with short-term therapy. Focus is placed on the therapist's decision
making process for accepting clients for work within a short-term
model or long-term work, and the seminar reviews models of short-term
psychotherapy. During the second half of
the seminar, focus is placed on application of a short-term framework
interns' current caseloads.
This seminar meets at the beginning of the internship year. A review of APA Code of Ethics and Washington
State Law relevant to providing psychological services is offered.
Working with Couples
This seminar also meets at the beginning of the internship year. It focuses on common issues couples present in
therapy, and how to address these issues in treatment.
Supervision of Supervision
This Seminar meets during Winter Quarter. The
objective of this seminar is to assess
each intern's supervisory skills and to present training and
models. Beginning Spring Quarter, the
interns meet every week for ongoing supervision of supervision
Psychological Testing Seminar
During the first part of the psychological testing seminar, interns are
provided information about specific psychological tests with the goal
enhancing interpretive skills. Interns
are exposed to a model for integrating test data into their clinical
work. The seminar then continues to meet
on an every
other week basis throughout the next quarter, where focus is placed on
application of formal assessment in a Counseling Center clinical
setting and to
provide feedback on the intern's testing cases.
The goals of this seminar are to: 1) determine competencies and assess
needs in the area of cross-cultural counseling; 2) review standards of
with ethnic and culturally diverse populations; and 3) develop
training plans for the year. During the
second half of the seminar, focus is placed on discussion of intern's
caseload in relation to multicultural issues.
Intern Time Allocations: 2005-2006
numbers are based upon the average
of time spent in each activity over four quarters and are subject to
Group Counseling (if no group, add 2 hours to individual counseling)
Consultation to University (as needed)
Workshops (Study Smarter and/or Career)
Outreach or Consultation Program
(Rotation through these workshops)
2 per quarter/8 per year
Individual Supervision (primary &
Practicum Supervision (prep and delivery)
Intern Support Group
Meeting with Training Director
Written Psychological Assessment
(3 hrs. Fall, Wtr., Spr.; 2 hrs. Sum.)
(2 hrs. Spring & Summer Quarters)
2 per year
2 per year
SCC Staff Meetings
Negotiated quarterly as part of
2 hrs./week or up to 2 weeks/year
* These numbers
are averages; therefore they do not add up to 40 hours per week or 100%.
2004 UW Counseling Center