Training & Supervision
Interns begin their program with a foundation of didactic and clinical experiences from their academic training. We believe the internship year is a time to utilize these skills and knowledge in a more intensive manner, to develop new skills, and to transition from graduate training to entry-level practice in health service psychology.
In preparation to become psychologists, we believe that interns should systematically increase their assurance and skills in providing a range of interventions to various client types and systems. Interns pursue this objective through collaborative work with faculty members and closely supervised clinical practice.
We support interns’ growth and development through sequential and cumulative didactic training, mentoring, modeling, support, and feedback. Interns are able to gain specific exposure to the many roles and responsibilities of a generalist health service psychologist.
At CAPS, this includes triage assessments, individual counseling, group and workshop facilitation, crisis response and management, on-call service, substance assessments and interventions, provision of supervision, outreach and consultation, testing, and research.
Early on in the training year interns are provided with more didactic training, modeling, and close oversight of their activities. As the year and the interns’ skills progress, the interns gain more independence. By the end of their training year, the expectation is that interns are ready to enter practice in a variety of health service psychology settings.
In accordance with policies of the Association of Postdoctoral and Psychology Internship Centers (APPIC), at the onset of the internship, the Training Director contacts the intern’s academic program to invite them to offer guidance in identifying and working with the intern’s individual needs.
The internship training year starts six weeks before the academic year begins. This allows for a structured summer orientation period with predetermined training seminars and meetings. Interns may start to see one or two clients during their first two weeks of orientation. As the six weeks progress, there are fewer training seminars and meetings and more scheduled direct service activities.
During orientation, summer clinical supervisors are assigned (rather than chosen by the intern) and outreach activities are assigned, often with two interns working together. These outreach activities tend to be more structured with an outline and presentation material provided to the intern.
Training seminars during the summer orientation address CAPS policies, procedures, and activities, with extensive training around service delivery. This involves triage assessments, risk assessments, detox assessments, crisis management, AOD assessments, group and workshop facilitation, individual therapy, outreaches, stress reduction and biofeedback, LD/ADHD assessment, documentation, provision of supervision, diversity awareness, and ethics.
During this time, interns are scheduled to meet informally with individual faculty members, often during breakfast or lunch. Interns also meet with various campus partners, including the Dean of Students, Residence Life, Multicultural Student Services, Gender Expression/Identity and Sexual Orientation Resource Center, Academic Success and Career Center, Access Center, International Center, and Health and Wellness Services.
Interns therefore begin the academic year with knowledge of the work environment, an outline of their training year, and collegial contact and support.
Typical Training Schedule
We use a contracting process at the start of each semester, which is designed to keep the focus on our training objectives and the interns’ training needs, integrating these with CAPS’ overall mission.
The intern and the Training Director use a series of individual meetings to develop a weekly schedule specifying general responsibilities as well as those unique to each intern. We attempt to establish a contract for a commitment of 40 hours per week.
In a typical week, each intern can expect to:
- Provide 11-13 hours of therapy (individual, group, workshops, and possibly couples)
- Cover 3 hours of walk-in services
- See up to 1 IMPACT client (sanctioned alcohol/drug violation intervention)
- Receive 2 hours of individual supervision
- Receive 1 hour of group supervision
- Receive 1 hour of supervision of supervision
- Participate in one 1.5 hour Special Topics seminars
- Engage in 4 hours of Testing activities (actual testing or report-writing)
- Provide 1-1.5 hours of supervision to a doctoral-level practicum counselor
- Devote 3 hours to a minor rotation experience
- Attend 1.5 hour faculty meeting
Other scheduled supervision, training, and service activities include:
- Bi-weekly 1.5 hour intern process meeting
- Bi-weekly 1.5 hour Supervision of Groups
- Bi-weekly 2 hour Testing Seminar/Supervision
- Monthly 2 hour Ethics Seminar
- Monthly 2 hour Diversity Seminar
- Twice per semester, 1.5 hour All-Agency Diversity Training. Each semester, two interns co-facilitate the second diversity training for practicum counselors; faculty support is provided
- On-call services – approximately 3 weeknights/month and 2 weekends/semester; back-up consultation is available from faculty and other professionals
- Outreach presentations – approximately 4 per semester
- Consultation services – as needed
While the internship provides all interns with a common core of experiences, each intern may also develop minor specific training emphases.
During the first six weeks of the internship before the academic year has begun, interns receive two hours of individual supervision with a faculty member and two hours of group supervision led by the Training Director.
In preparation for the start of the academic year, interns have the opportunity to talk with all the faculty supervisors and to request their top three choices for fall semester supervision. In most cases, interns receive their first choice. If this is not possible or advisable for some reason, the Training Director will discuss other options with the intern.
This process is repeated for spring semester. The interns are expected to switch supervisors for spring semester, but can elect to continue into the fall with the supervisor they had during summer, or continue into summer with the supervisor they had in the spring.
Faculty supervisors practice from a range of theoretical perspectives, most working from an integrative orientation. You can find more information on our faculty’s professional affiliations and interests on our faculty and staff page.
In addition to the requisite two hours per week of individual supervision received, interns receive 1 hour of group supervision per week, 1 hour of supervision of supervision per week, and at least 1.5 hours of supervision of groups alternating weeks.
They also have the opportunity for supervisory consultation with faculty members who have expertise in diverse areas such as gender and multicultural issues, couples therapy, crisis management, psychological testing, and sexual trauma response.