Training Activities

Didactic Training, Supervision, Mentorship and Professional Development

Interns at MU SCS engage in a variety of training experiences including didactics, supervision, mentoring relationships, and professional development.

Didactic Training

Orientation

  • During our 3 week orientation in August, there is extensive training in MU SCS policies and procedures, ethical and legal standards, multicultural issues, relevant theoretical issues, current topics in the field, and pertinent clinical concerns.

Intern Modules

  • Intern modules are 2 hours each week and cover varied clinical issues relevant to a college student population.
  • Training modules are tailored to the developmental level and interests of each intern cohort. These trainings are taught by a variety of MU SCS clinical staff.
  • Fall topics include: Models of College Student Development, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Counseling, Effective Termination, Eating Disorders: Treatment and Dilemmas, Feminist Therapy, Working with International Students, Working with Historically Marginalized Populations, Working with Latino Clients, Understanding and Treating Chronic Substance Abuse, Treatment of OCD and Anxiety Disorders, Working with College Men, Advanced Issues in Brief Therapy, and Self-Care/Burnout.
  • Spring topics include: Biofeedback, Use of the Therapeutic Relationship in Interpersonal Therapy, Psychopharmacology, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Socioeconomic Status and College Students, Gestalt Therapy, Program Evaluation, Consultation, Transgenerational Family Therapy, Spirituality, Building Cultural Empathy and Competence, Treatment of Complex Trauma in Therapy, Including Client's Partners in Therapy.

Assessment Seminar

  • Interns participate in assessment seminar during fall semester.
  • This seminar trains interns on administration of the WASI-II, MMPI-2-RF, YSQ-L3, and SII, as well as ethics, diversity issues, interpretation and integrative report writing, and providing feedback to clients.

Professional Training (PT)

  • Interns attend weekly, two hour, professional trainings with the full staff. These include case presentations, workshops and conferences, guest speakers, and video presentations on current topics.
  • The staff also may elect to use the PT time to attend presentations offered by the MU’s Clinical Psychology program or other campus departments.
  • Presentations may include continuing education credit through the Ohio Psychological Association's mandatory continuing education program.

Job Search

  • During late fall and early spring semester, interns receive extensive training and assistance in job search, writing cover letters, editing resumes, and interviewing.

Supervision

  • Supervision is a highly valued aspect of the training at MU SCS.  Supervision occurs in both individual and group settings and involves review of video tape.
  • MU SCS adheres to the following Policy Regarding Intern Self-Disclosure:
    • Self-discovery is essential to growth as a psychologist; therefore interns are encouraged to disclose historical and cultural influences that may affect clinical practice.
    • At no time is the supervision experience intended to be a therapeutic relationship or to substitute for therapy.
    • Our training program functions in a manner consistent with the American Psychological Association's 2002 Ethical Standard 7.04 (Student Disclosure of Personal Information) as contained in the Revised Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (APA, 2002).

Individual Supervision

  • Clinical supervisors are selected each semester, in a process of mutual best-match interviewing, based on intern goals and developmental needs.
  • In order to benefit from varied feedback, a broader exchange of ideas, and exposure to different styles of supervision, interns change clinical supervisors at winter break.  
  • Interns meet individually, once a week for 2 hours, with their clinical supervisor. The format and content of this supervision are determined by the needs of the intern, as well as the style and approach of the individual supervisor.
  • All supervisors provide feedback on videotaped sessions, facilitate diagnosis and treatment planning, and review therapy progress for each on-going client.

Group Supervision

Interns meet as a cohort, with 1-2 licensed psychologists, for the following group supervision experiences. Group supervision provides a forum for processing reactions, mentoring, observational learning, and supervisory and consultative guidance.
  • Group Supervision of Individual Therapy 
    • Interns meet for group discussion of individual casework every other week.
    • Interns alternate showing video of therapy with clients and provide informal presentations.
    • Typically facilitated by Drs. Maria Carrubba-Whetstine and Ashley Wilson.
  • Group Supervision of Group Therapy 
    • Interns and doctoral trainees meet every other week to discuss co-facilitation of therapy groups.
    • This experience typically includes both a didactic/consultative aspect and a feedback/group process component.
    • Typically facilitated by Drs. Saul Rivera and Ritch Hall, II.
  • Group Supervision of Supervision
    • In the fall semester, interns attend weekly supervision to discuss interns' supervision of doctoral trainees.
    • Typically facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Young and Drs. John Ward or Lauren Toben.
  • Supervision of Assessment
    • During the Assessment Seminar interns also receive direct supervision on interpretation of assessment results, integrative report writing, and feedback to clients.
    • Typically supervised by Dr. Melissa Schultz.

Mentorship and Professional Development

Meeting with the Training Director

  • Interns meet weekly with the Training Director to process concerns, discuss administrative questions and procedures, and bond as a cohort.

Mentorship

  • In multiple contexts and settings, interns are provided opportunities to explore the integration of personal and professional identity with the support of staff members and peers.

Senior Staff Meeting

  • Interns rotate attending weekly senior staff meetings to gain exposure to counseling center activities and to provide input into group decisions.

Full Staff Clinical Meeting

  • All trainees and staff meet once a week in a consultative meeting to discuss administrative issues, clinical concerns, and crisis and emergency activity important to all staff.

Intern Selection Committee

  • Interns are an integral of all aspects of the intern selection process.  They read and evaluate applicant files, learn about scheduling and adminstration, and they are fully involved in the on-site interview process.

Research Opportunities and Support

  • Interns are encouraged to pursue research interests to the extent that they have time do so within the scheduled week.
  • We encourage and support interns in efforts to complete and defend their dissertations during the internship year.