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Counseling and Psychological Services

Clinical and Consultative Service Activities

Individual Psychotherapy: Interns build a caseload of 10-12 individual client 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 5-10 sessions). However, interns will also carry two longer-term training cases. While a contemporary brief relational perspective is core to case formulation training at CAPS, interns are encouraged to integrate a wide range of psychotherapy approaches as appropriate for individual cases.

Group Psychotherapy: CAPS offers many process, psychoeducational, and support groups which are led by staff and interns. Groups usually meet for 1½ hours each week and include interpersonal process groups and groups with specific memberships or themes (e.g. students with eating disorders, a support group for gay, bisexual and questioning men, academic difficulties). A typical list of CAPS groups is available here.

Brief Screening Assessments: Interns provide two brief telephone screening assessments per week, the purpose of which is to gather essential information in order to make rapid disposition recommendations. Such recommendations may include an immediate emergency appointment, an urgent intake within 48 hours, a non-urgent intake, a group screening, online or workshop information, or a referral to a community provider.

Intake Evaluations: Interns conduct approximately 5 intake assessments monthly, although typically begin the internship year with two weekly intakes in order to build up a caseload. Such assessments are biopsychosocial in nature, and focus on both symptomatic and developmental content information, leading to a case formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

Emergency & Consult Service: Interns provide 4.5 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 responses 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.

Outreach & Community Consultation: Interns engage in two weekly hours of outreach and community consultation, typically through the Hoo’s Talking program, developed to provide satellite consultation and psycho-education to students and Residence Life staff “where they live.” Interns also have the opportunity to pair with a permanent CAPS staff clinician who has established a long-standing liaison relationship with a university school’s student affairs representative(s).

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

Assessment: Interns engage in assessment with students in a variety of ways, including intake and on-going therapy assessment, as well as use of the Counseling Center Assessment of Psychological Symptoms (CCAPS) used regularly as part of the electronic medical record. Additionally, interns will complete either two full testing batteries or one battery and two cognitive disability screenings over the course of their internship year under the supervision of staff psychologists in SDAC. Interns may complete more than the required two batteries depending on individual interests and career goals as well. 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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