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Counseling and Psychological Services

Clinical and Consultative Service Activities

Individual Psychotherapy: Interns build a caseload of 8-12 individual patient hours per week. Interns work with individuals from diverse backgrounds, presenting with a wide range of concerns. The majority of psychotherapy conducted at CAPS is brief in nature (approximately 6-10 sessions). However, interns will also carry 3 longer-term training cases. While a contemporary brief psychodynamic perspective is the primary modality for case conceptualization at CAPS, interns are encouraged to integrate a wide range of psychotherapy techniques as appropriate for individual cases.

Group Psychotherapy: CAPS offers a variety of psychotherapy groups, which are co-led by an intern and a permanent staff clinician, or by two interns. Groups usually meet for 1½ hours each week and include interpersonal process therapy groups and groups with specific memberships or themes (e.g. group for students with eating disorders, a support group for gay, lesbian and bisexual students, academic difficulties group).

Brief Screening Assessments: Interns provide 2 hours of brief telephone screening assessments per week, the purpose of which is to gather essential information in order to make a rapid disposition recommendation. Such recommendations may include an emergency appointment at CAPS as soon as possible, an urgent intake within 48 hours, a non-urgent intake, a group screening, or a referral to a community provider. Interns will provide 2 to 3 telephone screenings of a half-hour duration each week.

Intake Evaluations: Interns conduct 1-2 alternating intake evaluations weekly, leading to a case formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

Emergency & Consult Service: Interns provide 3 hours of emergency and consult service (ECS) per week under the supervision of a permanent staff clinician. The CAPS ECS provides University students and personnel with ready access to consultation and crisis intervention, both by phone and on an in-person basis.

Night Call: Over the course of the year, interns provide 6 weeks of night and weekend coverage under the supervision of a permanent staff clinician. These weeks are distributed throughout the year in the following manner: 1 week during the fall semester, 3 weeks during the spring semester, and 2 weeks during the summer. On-call coverage during the summer consists of 24-hour coverage for the course of a week, shared with a permanent staff clinician.

Consultation / Outreach: Interns work with permanent staff in providing psychoeducational outreach programs for University groups (e.g., Residence Life, Sorority & Fraternity Life, student groups, and faculty organizations). These programs cover a wide variety of topics. CAPS interns sometimes respond to university wide critical incidents, and may pair with a permanent CAPS staff clinician regarding a long-standing liaison relationship with a university representative. Interns conduct or participate in at least five outreach programs over the course of the year, two of which require preparation and delivery of originally gathered material to university audiences. Additionally, as part of direct service, each intern engages in one semester of weekly consultation with resident advisors, on-site at the Office of the Dean of Students/Residence Life under the supervision of the Coordinator for Consultation Services.

Supervision: Interns will provide one hour of individual psychotherapy supervision to a pre-doctoral practicum student over the course of the spring semester. Additionally, interns may choose to complete an optional summer rotation providing psychotherapy supervision to pre-doctoral practicum students in the Ainsworth Clinic; a training clinic housed in the UVa Psychology Department. Each intern choosing the supervision rotation will supervise 1-2 cases of the practicum student’s case load for a three month period.

Assessment: Interns may choose to complete an optional 4 hour rotation conducting assessments in the Student Disability Access Center (SDAC). Such assessments include both cognitive and personality testing. The nature of the testing is determined by the referral question and may include selected tests or a full test battery. During the SDAC rotation interns develop facility in administering and interpreting the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), WAIS-III, Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, WRAT-III, Wechsler Memory Scale-III, Woodcock-Johnson Achievement Tests, and other measures of cognitive, academic, and emotional functioning. One hour of assessment supervision from a staff psychologist in the SDAC is included in the above noted time commitment.

Interns not choosing the SDAC rotation are required to complete 2 full testing batteries throughout the course of their internship year under the supervision of staff psychologists. Additional testing opportunities are available as well depending upon interns’ interests.

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