The doctoral internship at the Georgia Tech Counseling Center has been accredited by the APA since 2010. The internship offers experience in providing direct services within a university counseling center and among a culturally diverse campus population. Interns will provide individual, couples and group counseling to university students. Services are provided in a telebehavioral health format primarily during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the fall of 2021 the campus will resume normal operations and counseling services will be provided in person as well as through telebehavioral health methods. Interns have individual offices within the counseling center, but will be providing clinical services via video platform from those offices. Interns also will receive laptop computers and access to a VPN so they can work from home on administrative and support tasks.
Interns will receive two hours of individual supervision per week, one hour of group supervision per week, and one hour of assessment supervision per week (group format). Interns will have a primary supervisor for the first half, and then will switch to a different supervisor for the second half of the year. Secondary supervision is also available if interns want to work on a specific topic or area of speciality practiced by someone other than their primary supervisor. During the spring semester, interns are permitted to provide supervision to practicum students, and participate in a supervision-of-supervision seminar each week. Interns are provided weekly training seminars throughout the year that include major theoretical orientations for treatment, group therapy, couples therapy, crisis management, substance abuse, special populations and multicultural counseling. While the focus is on generalized training, interns may also choose to specialize in a specific area of practice such as substance abuse treatment, eating disorders, psychological assessment, spirituality, and others. Interns are required to learn about the use of psychological assessment as it is used in college counseling, and are provided training in this area. They also receive training in AOD (alcohol and other drug) assessments. Interns also participate in a weekly case conference discussion with senior staff where challenging cases are discussed. Interns have the opportunity to co-facilitate outreach workshops with senior staff, and will be supported in developing their own outreach workshops. Interns are given the opportunity to become certified in QPR, a leading suicide prevention program, and will include these workshops as part of their outreach requirement. Interns will also have the opportunity to co-facilitate weekly groups, both interpersonal therapy groups and didactic seminars on depression, anxiety, relationships, and mindfulness practices. The Counseling Center is the primary provider of mental health services on campus, and maintains close working alliances with other departments including the Student Health Center, Center for Assessment, Referral, and Education (campus intake center),Dean of Students, and the Department of Housing.
Georgia Tech is located in the heart of Atlanta on a beautiful tree-lined campus. The Institute is internationally recognized as a premier research university, and consistently ranks among the top ten of public universities in the country. The student body on the main campus consists of approximately 14,500 undergraduate and 8,500 graduate students. There is a large residential and international student population.