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Counseling and Psychological Services

Summer Rotation

The purpose of the summer rotation is to allow interns to have an alternate training experience as part of the internship. Interns design, in consultation with the Director of Training, a 10-12 week summer rotation, according to their individual interests, at an agency in the community or within the University system where they spend approximately 8-12 hours per week. Supervision is provided by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist at the summer rotation site. Prior summer rotations have included:

  • Providing psychotherapy services at a local CMHC
  • Apprenticing with university hospital chaplaincy by attending bed-side visits and relevant trainings
  • Engaging in direct clinical work at a D.C. eating disorders unit.
  • Apprenticing regarding project development and workshop attendance at The Center for Ethical Practice, Inc.
  • Engaging in family, couples and individual treatment at the University Hospital's Family Stress Clinic
  • Participating in neuropsychological testing at the University Hospital's Behavioral Medicine Center
  • Completing archival research at the Learning Needs & Evaluation Center (LNEC)
  • Participating in forensic assessments at the University of Virginia Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy
  • Conducting intakes and providing brief treatment at Charlottesville's Sexual Assault Resource Agency

Interns begin researching opportunities and designing their rotations during the spring semester, with the assistance of the Director of Training. The intern, the rotation site, and the Director of Training sign an agreement outlining the intern's planned activities and the nature of the supervision that will be provided.

During the summer at CAPS, caseload hours are reduced, groups terminate, and fewer seminars and meetings are held, thus allotting time for the summer rotation (see schedule on next page) and optional supervision rotation. Also during the summer, instead of the 3 weekly hours of emergency and consult coverage, interns provide 24-hour on-call coverage for 2 one-week periods.

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