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The University of Dayton Counseling Center Internship Program is a 2000-hour program that is designed to be completed in 12 months. The internship program represents a layer in a long standing training program for psychologists and counselors. Our vibrant and fast paced Center offers two internship positions and 6-8 practicum positions each year.
Our internship program strives to provide burgeoning psychologists with training that will help them become competent, caring professionals. We provide generalist training that will facilitate having a breadth and depth of experience with numerous clinical issues and types of services provided. We support our interns in their growth to one day become independent practitioners. We honor diverse theoretical orientations and recognize that there are many valid and productive ways to perform the tasks of a psychologist. We aspire to provide an internship experience that will enrich the field of psychology by having well-trained practitioners and scholars contribute to it.
The model from which we base the program is that of practitioner-scholar. Experience by doing is informed by research that informs best practices in the field. One’s own experience, in conjunction with sound clinical knowledge and judgment, makes for an effective practitioner. We incorporate research into our didactic activities and case conference discussions. Interns are supported in building on their base of knowledge by having access to the University library, which includes the entire OhioLink system. Furthermore, leave time is granted for training opportunities.
As a Marianist institution within the Catholic faith, matters of social justice are strongly attended to at the University of Dayton. Respect for cultural differences (including religious diversity) is a core value of the university and of the Counseling Center. The students served by the Counseling Center become more diverse each year.
Respect for differences and appreciation for clinical research will help interns ready themselves to become independent. Interns are expected and allowed more autonomy as the training year progresses as it pertains to the intervention areas of assessment, treatment, and consultation. Interns’ supervision needs will be addressed by the Training Director and their supervisors.
Finally, specific competency areas will be addressed and interns will be encouraged to progress in these areas. These include research, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values, attitudes, and behaviors; communication and interpersonal skills; assessment; intervention; supervision; and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills. Interns are encouraged to engage in self-care, which is modeled by staff. Interns are also encouraged to become active members of the UD community, and use their skills and insights to improve the University.