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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 Training Director, 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 at the site, or with a non-psychologist at the site if unavailable with consultative support from a CAPS psychologist. Prior summer rotations have included:

  • Participating in neuropsychological testing at the University Hospital’s Behavioral Medicine Center
  • Providing psychotherapy services at a local CMHC for women
  • Engaging in clinical services at a specialty CMHC for GLBT clients in Washington, DC.
  • Participating in forensic assessments at the University of Virginia Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy
  • 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
  • Completing archival research at the Students with Disability Access Center (SDAC)
  • Conducting intakes and providing brief treatment at Charlottesville’s Sexual Assault Resource Agency

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

Due to the cyclical nature of University Counseling Center work, intern caseload hours are reduced, groups terminate, and fewer seminars and meetings are held at CAPS, thus allotting time for the summer rotation (see summer schedule page). Also during the summer, instead of the 4.5 weekly hours of emergency and consult coverage, interns provide 24-hour on-call coverage for 2 one-week periods, similar to that of staff.

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