Our internship program is based within a comprehensive university counseling and mental health center that includes psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, and other professionals in the fields of health and mental health. Interns receive training and experience in individual counseling, group interventions, crisis intervention, and supervision of practicum students. There are opportunities to be involved in prevention/outreach activities. Interns are exposed to a wide range of presenting concerns within a diverse campus of more than 50,000 students. Our center has a very active group interventions program, with 35+ interpersonal process, structured, and population- and presenting issue-specific groups offered each semester. Interns participate in a comprehensive orientation and training program during the first four weeks of the internship, and attend a variety of seminars throughout the year. The CMHC staff is committed to addressing the needs of a diverse student population, and our internship program strives to incorporate and emphasize diversity issues as a fundamental part of the training experience. In addition, our program incorporates a 'Use of Self' training model, as we encourage interns to explore and understand the qualities and dynamics that each intern brings to interpersonal encounters and how these facilitate or hinder effective interactions and interventions. For more information, please visit our web site.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CMHC trainng program moved to a remote platform for the 2020-2021 year, with services being provided via telehealth. Interns will receive trainng in telehealth as a part of their internship. As indicated and appropriate, the training program and services will return to on-site in the future, with the expectation being that the majority of the internship during the 2021-2022 year (and beyond) will be on-site. Decisions about the location of training and expectations of interns will be made with consideration of interns' welfare and personal circumstances.