The University of Idaho Counseling & Testing Center internship offers training and supervised experiences for interns to develop advanced skills by providing the varied services offered through a busy university counseling center. The internship prepares interns to work in university counseling centers as well as many other mental settings. Our educational philosophy is based on a developmental model which emphasizes the integration of scholarly knowledge to the applied practice of psychology. The training faculty is committed to providing excellent and supportive supervision and mentorship to facilitate the development of advanced skills and professional identity. Multicultural competence is an important value of the CTC and is integrated into didactic and experiential training activities. Diversity training emphasizes self- reflection and awareness to understand how one's own personal/cultural history may affect the counseling process and developing knowledge and skills to work effectively with clients from diverse backgrounds.
Major Training Experiences include:
1. Intervention:the main emphasis is on a.)Individual Counseling (brief model); b.) Group Counseling (the CTC has a full menu of process, support and skill building groups); c.) Couples Counseling (training in the Gottman method, limited opportunities for couples counseling); d.) Crisis Counseling (Didactic training in crisis screening, risk assessment and intervention. Weekly supervised ccrisis coverage.
2. Psychological Assessment & Testing- ADHD/LD assessment or therapeutic personality assessment emphasis.
3. Consultation & Outreach- Each intern serves as a consultant/liaison to an affiliate office (e.g., College Assistant Migrant Program, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Native American Student Center, Student Support Services/TRIO). Interns also provide outreach programs on mental health topics to their liaison partners and other campus groups.
4. Diversity-Interns recieve didactic and experiential training to increase their understanding knowledge and skills related to individual and cultura diversity.
5. Supervision-Interns receive training on supervision best practices and models and provide supervisionand mentoring for undergraduate psychology majors or graduate students.
6. Alcohol & other Drugs Assessment & Intervention-Interns provide screenings, individual assessments and counseling, and conduct alcohol and marijuana psychoeducational workshops.
Other. Interns attend a case consultation meeting with the psychiatric practitioner.
The CTC successfully converted to telehealth service delivery via Zoom at the begining of the pandemic in 2019. As of the begining of the 2021-2022 academic year, the majority of services continued to be offered via telehealth. In-person sevices are offerd on al imited basis. Intens work on-site in private offices.