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Training Activities  

Supervision

Supervision of Individual Therapy:Interns meet individually two hours per week with a primary supervisor (a licensed psychologist) for ongoing management of their individual caseloads. 

Consultation Group: Interns meet with a senior staff member for one hour per week for clinical discussions that focus on topic areas (ethics and professionalism, referrals, academic guidelines, paperwork issues). 

Group Supervision:Interns co-lead groups with a senior staff member or a post-doctoral fellow.  Supervision of groups that interns are co-leading occurs between co-leaders before and/or after groups.  Additionally, issues pertaining to group are discussed in the group seminar. 

Supervision of Supervision (“Sup of Sup”):Interns receive weekly supervision of their supervision of externs in a group format.  This weekly meeting provides a didactic experience as well as a structure within which to review extern progress as well as extern clinical care of CAPS clients.  Interns will have an opportunity to outline their general supervisory stance and identify the aspects of their own clinical belief system.

Supervision of Apprenticeship (1): Interns receive weekly supervision of their apprenticeship experience. The supervisor may be a psychologist, social worker, or licensed mental health counselor. 

Seminars 

Clinical and Professional Issues (biweekly, 1 hour): The purpose of this seminar is to discuss issues relevant to clinical practice in the college mental health setting in the areas of risk, ethics, and caseload management. We will additionally discuss issues related to professional development.

Group Seminar (weekly, 1 hour): This one-hour, weekly seminar is designed to provide a basis of knowledge regarding group therapy process and theory, and more specifically, to facilitate growth in trainees’ abilities to implement this knowledge into practical use.  While a variety of readings will provide the backbone for this growth, much of the time will be spent discussing case examples of individuals’ groups and their experience within this modality.  Particular focus will be given to the unique context of group therapy within a university counseling center.

Diversity within Clinical Practice (weekly, 1 hour): The purpose of thisseminar is to examine issues related to culture from theoretical, practical, and experiential learning experiences. Seminars will incorporate discussions, clinical work, and literature to support interns in expanding their awareness, knowledge, and clinical practice.  Interns will broaden their understanding of conceptualizing clients, recognize the impact of transference and countertransference in reference to identity related issues, expand their perceptive of power through the use of language, and reflect upon ways to work with therapy stigma. Specific ways to work with clients who hold similar and differing cultural groups will be addressed.  Interns will also gain continued knowledge regarding cultural groups within the context of higher education such as race, ethnicity, social class, first generation status, immigration status, dis/ability, religion, gender, and sexual orientation.  

Outreach and Program Development Seminar (biweekly, 1 hour): The objectives of the seminar are to utilize your enthusiasm, passion, authenticity and skills to think big and creatively about how to care for, and connect to the larger SBU Community. Historical and Contemporary readings, didactic instruction, teamwork, and discussion will provide the foundation that will support the following competencies and skills: the ability to organize and deliver outreach events and workshops; management and project development; implement, create, improve evaluation of all outreach in order to provide feedback that informs outreach efforts. This seminar will also offer opportunities to strengthen your professional voice while facilitating collaborative relationship across campus that have the shared mission and vision to support and care for the health, well-being and success of all our students.

Other Training Experiences and Professional Development Activities

Clinical Services Team: Interns participate in weekly meetings that focus on making determinations in regard to providing extensions (beyond 10 sessions) to students.

Staff meeting: Interns participate in weekly staff meetings in which myriad clinical and administrative issues are discussed. 

Outreach/Campus Community Participation:Interns are expected to participate in a minimum of 3-5 outreach activities during the internship year, with the opportunity for many more outreach experiences.  Examples of outreach activities include, but are not limited to: orientation activities, depression screenings, activities aimed at increasing awareness of sexual violence/assault and domestic violence/intimate partner abuse, trainings aimed at increasing awareness of AOD issues, Safe Space trainings and Transgender day of remembrance. 

A major component of intern growth over the course of the year is development of a professional identity, which occurs by working day in and day out as a staff member on a multidisciplinary unit.

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