Counseling and Psychological Services
Clinical and Consultative Service Activities
Individual Psychotherapy: Interns build a caseload of approximately 10 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 4-10 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).
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 five 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 and 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 CAPS team responses to university wide crises as well.
Night Call: Over the course of the year, interns provide six weeks of night (5:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.) and weekend coverage under the supervision of a permanent staff clinician. These weeks are distributed throughout the year in the following manner: one week during the fall semester, three weeks during the spring semester, and two weeks during the summer. On-call coverage during the summer consists of 24-hour coverage for the course of a week.
Outreach and Community Consultation: : Interns work with permanent staff in providing outreach services for University groups (e.g., Residence Life, Sorority and Fraternity Life, and student groups), covering a wide variety of topics. Interns will each pair up with a permanent CAPS staff clinician to be the liaisons to Residence Life Area Coordinators and the residence areas they oversee over the course of the year. This includes working closely with Residence Life staff, providing clinical and community level consultation, assessing community needs, providing prevention and educational programming, and strengthening collaborative relationships. Interns will allot one weekly hour to engaging with their designated Residence Life communities and their staff. Interns will receive outreach supervision and training weekly during periods of higher outreach activity, as determined by the coordinator for outreach and community consultation activities.
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 ongoing 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 at least 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 screenings depending on individual interests and career goals. Such assessments are primarily cognitive and academically centered, in order to determine learning needs or difficulties. The assessment tools chosen are determined by the referral question(s).