Initial Phone Consultation Assessments
The center currently relies on triaging all requests for services with a phone assessment system to determine students need for crisis services, short-term services at SCS, or a community referral. Interns will provide phone assessments throughout the training year, with a slight increase during slow or summer months. On average, Interns will complete four 30-minute phone consultations each week.
Interns are expected to conduct intakes for cases assigned to them. Intake sessions serve as a means of collecting initial assessment information and determining probable case disposition (short-term, long-term, psychiatric referral or outside referral). Interns have one routine intake each week.
Crisis Urgent Intake
In addition to routine intakes, Interns will have one urgent intake each week. Urgent intakes are scheduled the same week to provide in-person assessment for student’s who are presenting in crisis or with higher risk. Similarly, these intakes serve as a means of collecting information and creating a treatment plan, as well as implementing interventions for self-care, and safety planning when necessary.
Interns provide short-term treatment based on a short-term model. Each intern also has the opportunity to work with two long-term clients.
Although interns will receive training for couple’s therapy, please note that this service has a modest request rate from students. Interns pair with a senior staff member to provide conjoin therapy for couples. Interns will incorporate the use of behavioral measures to inform their clinical work and assessment.
Triage Crisis Intervention
Interns cover a one-hour crisis shift each week, during which they respond to “walk-ins” and emergency appointments. Additionally, they may provide phone consultations to faculty, staff, parents or peers who are concerned about the welfare of a student. They are supervised by members of our crisis team. During the summer, when the demand for services is slower, this increases to one full-day shifts. Interns will also meet regularly for crisis supervision.
The Counseling Center offers more than 20 groups each semester. These include process, support, and psycho-educational groups. Interns have the opportunity to co-facilitate with a senior staff member each semester.
Live Group Training
Using a treatment team approach, two interns facilitate a group, while the other two interns along with the group supervisor observe. “Real-time” feedback is provided to the leaders by the observers who phone in their observations and suggestions. After sessions are finished, all team members convene to discuss group dynamics and plan future strategies. All interns have an opportunity to both observe and co-lead a Live Group. The intention is to provide a supportive, lively learning environment.
Outreach & Consultation
A wide variety of consultation and outreach opportunities are available to interns. Interns may make presentations on topics of interest such as stress management, intercultural dialogues, eating disorders, couples communication, overcoming writing problems, and etc. They may collaborate with other departments in planning and implementing outreach programming. Interns may also participate in campus interventions in response to campus tragedies.
Social Advocacy Project
In an effort to understand the role of advocacy within psychology, interns are encouraged to identify and address mental health disparities in public health. They may choose to identify a clinical or cultural population and use their creativity to address disparities or reduce barriers to treatment with students and/or staff. Interns participate in a Social Advocacy Project of their choosing, with the approval of the TD. They may opt to take part in university-sponsored events (e.g. Black History Month, Take Back the Night, etc.). In such cases, interns will take an active role in collaborating with the university department, program, or committee responsible for putting on that project or event (e.g. attend planning meetings or help with a specific part of the program).