Intake Assessments: Interns meet with individual clients to assess presenting problems and formulate diagnoses. Interns assess the severity of the problem (risk assessment), determine the most appropriate interventions, and discuss treatment alternatives with the client. During the intake process interns also assess the client’s potential responsiveness or resistance to treatment itself.
Individual Psychotherapy: Interns eventually carry a caseload of approximately 15 hours of individual psychotherapy clients per week. Direct application of clinical services in the form of psychotherapy is one of the main emphases of the CAPS internship. Emphasis is given to providing brief (10-session) therapy, a model that tends naturally to coincide with the duration of the academic semester.
Group Psychotherapy: Interns co-lead at least one process group during their year at CAPS. They first observe, then participate in, and may finally conduct themselves, the screening of potential group members. Interns may have the option of developing their own group focused around their own special interests. Interns have the opportunity to learn what is involved in the development, recruitment, and running of a group from the ground up. Groups may include process groups as well as topic-oriented groups. Within our group program, we have a well-developed mindfulness meditation program that includes beginning and advanced meditation groups, along with an MBCT (mindfulness based cognitive therapy) group. Groups are generally not time-limited.
On Call/Crisis Intervention: During their four-hour on-call time each week, interns work with the triage team, observing first-hand how triage works. During the first part of the year, interns may sit in on interviews when appropriate and assist the triage team when possible. During the second part of the year, interns may conduct triage interviews themselves, having the opportunity to practice skills in rapid risk assessment and crisis management. Interns are provided immediate supervision and assistance for situations in which clients urgently require hospitalization or in which other unexpected measures may be needed.
Clinical Supervision: Interns are given the opportunity to supervise one master’s level practicum student (extern) in psychology or a related field during their internship year. Interns schedule one hour of individual supervision with the practicum student, and are given one hour of group supervision of supervision.