Scientist-practitioner training model in health service psychology. Strong focus is on counseling skill, especially in brief therapy. Central emphasis is on developing skills in the establishment and maintenance of professional working alliances. Interns are trained in evidence-based practices. Interns provide some longer-term individual therapy, and they facilitate therapy groups. Assessment training focuses on interview assessment; however, completion of one therapeutic assessment / testing report is required. Trainers are diverse in gender, sexual orientation, language, race, ethnicity, and religion, as well as theoretical orientation. Trainers have worked to establish an inclusive organization in which differences in people, including our colleagues, trainees, and clients are prized, and in which we take actions based on social justice. Staff members are committed to provide ethical, multiculturally competent services and training.
Each intern selects an area of outreach emphasis, with a focus on a selected population or setting. Each intern has clinical emphasis and supervisor also. During the spring semester, each intern provides clinical supervision for a doctoral student in counseling psychology. Interns participate in Group Supervision of Supervision and meet individually with a supervisor-of-supervision each week. Other seminars and group supervision experiences include Relational Cultural Therapy, Evidence-based Treatment Approaches (e.g., DBT, Group Psychotherapy), Diversity Seminar, Program and Consultation Services Seminar, Professional Issues Seminar, and Group Supervision of Assessment.
Each intern receives two hours of primary clinical supervision weekly. Additionally, they receive one hour of supervision that is associated with the intern's clinical emphasis. Each intern's clinical emphasis entails six hours weekly that is devoted to the development of specialized skill. Options have included Relational Cultural Therapy, Treatment of Eating Disorders, Serving Student Athletes, and Services to Mandarin-speaking Students. Although some changes may occur in the range of options available, based on supervisory staff members' expertise, the menu will be similar. The menu may expand, again, based on staff members' areas of expertise.
Each intern also selects an outreach mentorship and focus. The mentorships focus on student populations or settings within the University. Likely options include Residence Life, student athletes, Collegiate Recovery, Social Media, and Suicide Prevention. In each of the mentorships, the intern completes an informal organization consultation process. They assess a need, develop and deliver an intervention, and evaluate their effectiveness. Social justice considerations and actions, as well as knowledge from the evidence base, are integrated into the process. Although there may be some changes in the range of options available, based on supervisory staff members' expertise, the menu will be similar. The menu may expand based on staff members' areas of expertise and depth of relationship staff members have established with other collaborative units.