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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. Intakes are biopsychosocial in nature, and focus on both symptomatic and developmental content.

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 in-person. CAPS interns may participate in a CAPS team responding to a university wide crises as well.

Night Call: Over the course of the year, interns provide 6 weeks of night (5p - 8a) 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.

Consultation / Outreach: Interns work with permanent staff in providing psychoeducational outreach programs for University groups (e.g., Residence Life, Sorority & Fraternity Life, and student groups), covering wide variety of topics. Interns have the opportunity to pair with a permanent CAPS staff clinician regarding a long-standing liaison relationship with a university school as well. Interns conduct a minimum of five outreach programs over the course of the year, two of which require preparation and delivery of originally gathered material. Additionally, interns engage in one semester of weekly resident advisor consultation.

Supervision: Interns will provide one hour of individual psychotherapy supervision to a doctoral level practicum student over the course of the spring semester. Supervision provision follows didactic training in the Supervision Seminar (see below), and is supervised by a licensed psychologist in CAPS.

Assessment: Interns will complete two full testing batteries over the course of their internship year under the supervision of staff psychologists in SDAC. Interns may also choose to complete more than the required two batteries depending on individual interests and career goals, or an optional four hour rotation conducting regular assessments in SDAC. Such assessments include cognitive, academic and personality testing. The nature of the testing is determined by the referral question(s). and may include selected tests or a full test battery.

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