Training and Supervision

Individual Supervision: Each intern is directly supervised by a licensed senior staff psychologist for 2 hours a week. Senior staff supervisors interact with interns during the three week orientation session before the beginning of the fall semester. Interns have the opportunity to express preferences for specific supervisors. A different supervisor will be selected for the spring semester. All supervisory assignments are negotiated with the training director. All senior staff meet on an episodic basis to monitor the professional growth of each intern. Click here for Staff Supervision Styles

Professional Issues in Counseling Seminar: This seminar is taught by a variety of staff and focuses on current topical professional issues which impact the practitioner in the delivery of service. Seminar components include several sessions on theoretical application, trauma treatment, special populations, and experiential techniques, among many others. Seminar topics are designed to be sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity, moving from common-factors topics to more specific topics. Interns meet for this seminar throughout the training year. The seminar is two-hours long in the fall and one-hour long in the spring and summer semesters.

Multicultural Seminar: For the fall semester, this 2-hour seminar alternates with the Professional Issues Seminar described above. This seminar is presented by many of the SCS senior staff and covers such topics as working with students of color, LGBTQ students, international student adjustment, and many others. Because of our commitment to diversity (See Diversity Statement), multicultural topics continue to be covered in the program's other seminars and supervision sessions throughout the entire internship year.

Supervision of Supervision Seminar: During fall and spring semesters, interns participate in a 2-hour supervision of supervision seminar which focuses on supervision theory and practice. This seminar provides an opportunity for interns to develop an approach to the supervision of doctoral students which is grounded in a theoretical perspective and developed through feedback concerning their supervisory style. Interns record their supervisory sessions with doctoral practicum students and share these videos in the group supervision format of this seminar.

Group Counseling Seminar: Interns meet bi-weekly for an hour with the group counseling coordinator to discuss a wide range of topics relevant to group counseling. In addition, interns discuss their current group experiences in a group supervision format.

Eating Disorder Case Conference: Interns meet for an hour weekly with the eating disorder coordinator to receive supervision and training for providing eating disorder assessment, individual, and group counseling.  A wide variety of topics will be covered throughout the year including working with diverse populations, eating disorders therapy within different theoretical perspectives, and working within a multidisciplinary treatment team.

Clinical Case Conference on Individual Counseling: Interns meet in a group supervisory/case conference format which focuses on their work in individual counseling. Case conference is an opportunity for interns to discuss clinical cases and to process their reactions in a supportive group climate. It is hoped interns will openly share internal reactions as they impact professional work. The bi-weekly meeting provides interns with an opportunity to share professional concerns and to facilitate each other's growth as practitioners. Each intern presents a case which includes a formal written report, a personality assessment instrument, and a tentative diagnosis as a final requirement for case conference. In the spring semester, interns can use their case presentation to practice their "job talks" as they are applying to jobs.

Dissertation Support Meetings: The interns can meet individually with a senior staff member to either monitor dissertation progress or contract for participation in agency research projects. The dissertation support meetings can be modified depending on intern needs, but typically the focus is threefold: providing structure and accountability for dissertation progress; support and problem solving for difficulties during the dissertation process, and statistical consultation. These meetings are set up on an as needed basis.