Site Name: Central Washington University
Department: Student Medical and Counseling Clinic
Interviews are conducted by video conferencing or phone at the applicant's preference. Applicants typically interview with the Training Director and 2-3 additional staff members, including a current intern. Interviews are 50 minutes. We try to interview all of our selected applicants between December 8, 2021 and December 22, 2021. Although the exact number varies from year to year, we generally interview between 24 and 30 applicants. Applicants who are still under consideration after the video/phone interview will be given information about an optional open house that takes place in mid-late January. Email is the primary method of communication between the program and applicants and notifications regarding interviews and if an applicant is still under consideration will be done by email to the primary email address listed on the APPI. Applicants will also be matched with an intern "buddy" who will make telephone contact and provide opportunities outside the interview for applicants to ask questions and obtain the intern perspective on our program. Applicants are also welcome to contact the Training Director or other staff members at any point in the process. We want applicants to be well-informed about our program.
The Counseling Services doctoral internship follows a Practitioner-Scholar training model integrated with a developmental framework. Our staff consists of 4 licensed psychologists and 2 licensed mental health counselors (some staff are still working toward licensure). Counseling Services is housed with the Student Health Services and has extensive interaction with medical providers. All interns receive a 2-2.5 week orientation focusing on training in the services we provide to our students as well as considerations of ethical practice in a rural setting. Throughout the year interns will participate in weekly clinical training seminars and a biweekly diversity seminar. All counseling staff meets weekly for 1.5 hours in case consultation and for one hour biweekly in a multidisciplinary staff case consultation. Each staff member, including interns, rotate crisis coverage during office hours and after-hours. We work with a population with a multitude of clinical issues matching the nation-wide trend of increasingly severe clinical presentation among student populations. We mainly use a brief therapy approach but also maintain some long term clients on our caseload. We encourage a variety of theoretical orientations; the clinic is influenced by principles of ACT, psychodynamic and interpersonal psychotherapy, and humanistic/existential psychotherapy. Interns will be trained in assessment skills and will have the opportunity to engage in formal testing. Interns are required to complete two formal case presentations, a didactic training to the staff on a topic of their choice, and several outreach presentations during the year. They may choose to do more according to interest and opportunity. Group counseling is valued and encouraged for our student clients. Interns are expected to co-facilitate a group early in the year and independently facilitate a group by the end of the training year. The entry point for counseling services at our clinic is participation in three one-hour seminars introducing basic concepts of counseling and change. These are structured groups that the interns and all staff members present throughout the year.
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Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:
for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.