Service Activities

Interns at MU SCS engage in a variety of service experiences including assessment, triage, and direct clinical service; emergency, crisis, and on-call service; consultation, outreach, and programming; supervision, and teaching.

Direct Clinical Services

Initial Consultation, Triage, and Referral

  • Interns provide a brief, in-person, assessment and diagnosis which results in case assignment or referral.
  • Triage decisions are based upon the client's presenting problem, goals, and needs as well as available center, campus, and community resources in a rural environment.

Specialized Assessments

  • Substance use assessment and intervention
    • Interns are trained to conduct mandated substance use assessments/interventions, utilizing the BASICS model and a harm reduction framework.
    • Based on therapist recommendations, follow up sessions are scheduled as needed.
  • Attention problem screenings
    • Interns are trained to conduct brief interviews, assessing for history of attention problems and screening for symptoms of ADHD.

Individual Therapy

  • Individual counseling sessions comprise the core of interns' clinical work. 
  • MU SCS operates under a time attendant model. Interns typically work with clients for a semester or less, with many clients requiring only one to three sessions.
  • Interns may elect to work with a limited number of clients on a more extended basis, for training and ethical reasons.
  • The initial consultation and counseling sessions 1-3 are covered by the student health fee.  Additional sessions are $25.00; fee reductions/waivers are available for qualifying students.
  • Typical client presenting concerns include: depression and other mood concerns; anxiety and panic; interpersonal difficulties and coping with family conflict; adjustment to college and individuation; substance use; trauma and violence; attention problems, academic distress, and career indecision; body image and eating disorders; suicidal ideation and self-injury; multicultural issues including identity, oppression, and marginalization.

Group Therapy

  • Interns typically co-facilitate one group in the fall semester, with a senior staff member. Interns have the opportunity to create and co-facilitate a second group for spring semester, which they may co-facilitate with another trainee.
  • Typical groups include:
    • Understanding Self and Others, Women and Relationships, BeYOUtiful Beings (body image), Co-Ed Graduate Students, Transformations (substance abuse), Mindful Journey through Depression, Circle of Hope (sexual assault survivors), and Intercultural Connections.
  • Other groups that run according to interest and clinical demand include:
    • Family Of Origin, Transgender/Gender Queer/Gender Exploring, LGBQIA+, Grief Group, Women of Color, Coping with Depression and Anxiety, Illness Management and Recovery, and Men's Group.

Couples and Family Therapy

  • While couples occasionally present for couples' therapy, clinicians or individual clients may request that partners come for several sessions as an adjunct to the client's ongoing therapy.
  • Family therapy or consultation most often occurs as part of emergency interventions, or as part of initial consultation. Family therapy may also occur as a planned adjunct to individual therapy. Therapy with children is not part of the training program at the SCS.

Psychoeducational Workshops

  • Interns are part of facilitating a Feel Better Fast Workshop series offered to MU students throughout the year. It is generally suggested that clients begin treatment by attending one of our 50 minute workshops.
  • Interns have the opportunity to choose a workshop team based on their interests.  
  • The workshop series includes;
    • Stress Less, Mind Over Mood (mindfulness skills, gratitude), Bouncing Back (resilience and DBT skills), Biofeedback.

On-Call, Crisis, and Emergency Services

  • Interns provide crisis and emergency services for walk-in clients as needed. 
  • Interns (with back up support from their supervisor) participate in the center's on-call emergency response rotation, attending to after-hours crises for one week, two times per semester. 
  • During their on-call week, interns must remain within commuting range of Oxford (60 minutes or less) at all times.

Formal Integrated Assessment

  • Each intern is required to complete 1 assessment battery involving the following: administration and scoring of 4 different measures, interpretation and integrative report writing, and providing feedback to testing client(s).
  • Assessments include: WASI-II, MMPI-2-RF, YSQ-L3, and SII.

Other Service Activities

Consultation, Outreach, and Programming

  • Interns serve as formal consultation liaisons to teams with the Office of Residence Life.
  • Informal consultation typically involves responding to phone calls from concerned faculty and staff, or family and friends of struggling students regarding how best to help or get help for them, or where/how to refer them for specialized care.
  • Interns participate MU SCS's outreach and programming efforts both by responding to requests, and by developing and promoting programs related to their particular interests.
  • Requests are typically received from residence halls, university groups, student groups, undergraduate classes, and faculty.

Supervision of Trainees by the Interns

  • Interns supervise one advanced doctoral level trainee during fall semester.
  • This typically involves case supervision of a Clinical Psychology doctoral student, in conjunction with a licensed psychologist, who retains umbrella responsibility for the supervision and consults weekly with the intern. 


  • During the spring semester, interns have the opportunity to teach one of several courses:
    • EDL 100: Career Development and the College Student
    • EDT 110: Study Strategies for College Success
    • EDL 660: Critical Thinking and Writing (graduate level)
  • The opportunity to teach is determined by course availability and the clinical needs of MU SCS.