As part of the Barnes Center at The Arch, Counseling provides a full range of counseling, individual and group therapy, crisis services, outreach programming, consultation, and supervision of clinicians in training. Counseling is part of an integrated system with Recreation Services, Health Services, and the Office of Health Promotion. Each department works closely together to achieve holistic student support, drawing from every dimension of wellness. Our training program seeks to aid you in your development as an emerging psychologist while supporting your unique needs and interests. We are committed to exposing you to a variety of experiences, theoretical orientations, and professional activities to foster your personal and professional growth. Through a multicultural framework, Counseling encourages strong generalist practice with emphasis on inclusivity and high-quality care. We are growth-based, individually tailored, and geared towards the preparation of empathic, inquisitive, ethical, scientifically sound, and versatile practitioners.
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The goal of our internship program is to assist in the development of a well-rounded generalist in the profession of health service psychology. We also seek to facilitate growth and development in the profession-wide competencies of health services psychology as laid out in the Standards of Accreditation (SoA) (APA 2015). Broadly speaking, our goal is to support interns in mastering skills and knowledge in the following areas: research, ethics, individual/cultural diversity, professional values/attitudes/behaviors, interpersonal communication, assessment, intervention, supervision, and consultation.
Our training program operates from a Developmental-Mentoring model with emphasis on experiential learning, cultural competency, identity development, and scholarly inquiry. We value meeting you where you are at while building on prior knowledge and experience to achieve competencies in clinical service provision. Opportunities are presented in a graduated way and you are expected to increase your responsibilities as well as your autonomy as the year progresses. Interns will be given opportunities to stretch beyond their current developmental stage with necessary support and quality supervision throughout the training year.
A core value of our training program is that of mentorship. Relationships are a catalyst to personal and professional growth, and you will be able to acquire knowledge, be socialized into the profession, and obtain support as you solidify your identity as a clinician. Interns can expect to receive exposure to diverse role models, have relationships with multiple supervisors, and have a variety of opportunities to work conjointly with staff as part of the mentoring experience.
Throughout the training year there will be a strong emphasis on “learning by doing.” You will be integrated into all facets of Counseling and will be expected to operate under careful supervision through a wide variety of tasks. Multicultural competency is incorporated within all training, including didactic seminars, supervision, clinical experience, and consultation. Interns are expected to honor the importance of clinical practice informed by science and scholarly inquiry, which is also integrated into the work they will be doing.
Note on Accreditation: Our program currently has Provisional APPIC Membership. This means our internship program meets all APPIC internship membership criteria other than having a cohort of at least two interns on site and in training. We anticipate transitioning to full APPIC Membership immediately upon welcoming our first training class in 2022. To learn more about Provisional APPIC Membership please visit here.