Program Aims and Profession Wide Competencies:

The field of health service psychology demands a flexible and integrated repertoire of skills and competencies. In congruence with the Standards of Accreditation in Health Service Psychology, interns are expected to develop the following Profession-Wide Competencies: 

PROFESSION-WIDE COMPETENCIES 

I. RESEARCH

II. ETHICAL AND LEGAL STANDARDS

III. INDIVIDUAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY 

IV. PROFESSIONAL VALUES, ATTITUDES, AND BEHAVIORS

V. COMMUNICATION AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

VI. ASSESSMENT

VII. INTERVENTION

           A. Individual Therapy

           B. Group Therapy

VIII. SUPERVISION

IX. CONSULTATION AND INTERPROFESSIONAL / INTERDISCIPLINARY SKILLS

          A. Outreach Programming

          B. Consultation and Liaison relationships

Individual Counseling and Therapy

Interns carry a caseload of up to 10 individual client hours per week. Individual counseling is done primarily through short term counseling (12 sessions or fewer). Individual counseling hours also include initial consultation appointments, psychological assessment, and alcohol assessment clients. Interns also provide 4 hours of crisis hours per week. Internsare expected to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Establish and maintain effective relationships with the recipients of psychological services.
  2. Develop evidence-based intervention plans specific to the service delivery goals.
  3. Implement interventions informed by the current scientific literature, assessment findings, diversity characteristics, and contextual variables.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to apply the relevant research literature to clinical decision making.
  5. modify and adapt evidence-based approaches effectively when a clear evidence-base is lacking,
  6. Evaluate intervention effectiveness, and adapt intervention goals and methods consistent with ongoing evaluation. 

Group Counseling

Interns spend 1-1.5 hours providing group counseling services. In fall semester, each intern co-facilitates an interpersonal process group with a senior staff member; in spring semester interns are given the opportunity to co-facilitate a group with a fellow intern or with a senior staff member. CAPS groups intentionally serve a wide variety of student issues and presentations, therefore, our primary focus is on interpersonal process groups. CAPS also offers a rotating three-week psychoeducational group focused on distress reduction and coping skills for students. Interns lead these groups on their own after a period of observation of senior staff in the first part of fall semester. With attention to group professional, diversity and ethical issues, Interns are expected to exhibit an understanding of significant issues of group work and to demonstrate effective group formation and facilitation skills.

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Supervision

Interns spend 2.5 hours per week providing supervision to an advanced graduate practicum student. One hour is spent in face-to-face supervision and the remaining time is for tape review and case management. Interns supervise two students over the course of the academic year; one student in the fall semester and another in the spring semester.  Interns are expected to develop and demonstrate competency in the:

  1. Establishment of effective supervision relationships.
  2. Effective supervision structure.
  3. Counseling skills assessment and development.
  4. Establishment of learning goals.
  5. Provision of feedback on counseling, diversity, ethical and interpersonal issues.

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Consultation and Outreach

Interns spend 2 or more hours per week, depending upon availability, providing consultation and outreach services to the university community. Each intern is assigned as a liaison to a residence hall or residence hall group and can choose to be a liaison for one Student Affairs department of interest. As the liaison, the intern acts as the crisis intervention contact for the residence hall or department office. Interns are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and respect for the roles and perspectives of other professions.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of consultation models and practices.
  3. Develop effective liaison and consultant relationships
  4. Respond effectively to consultation requests
  5. Prepare and deliver effective workshops and psycho-educational programs; and
  6. Represent the agency well to other constituencies. 

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