Interns meet with individual clients to assess presenting problems and formulate diagnoses.
Interns assess the severity of the problem (risk assessment), determine the most appropriate
interventions, and discuss treatment alternatives with the client. During the intake
process, interns also assess the client’s motivation for treatment.
Individual Psychotherapy: Interns eventually carry a caseload of approximately 15 hours of individual psychotherapy
clients per week. Emphasis is given to providing brief therapy, a model that tends
naturally to coincide with the duration of the academic semester.
Interns co-lead at least one process group during their year at CAPS. They first
observe, then participate in, and may finally conduct themselves, the screening of
potential group members. Interns may have the option of developing their own group
focused around their own special interests. Interns have the opportunity to learn
what is involved in the development, recruitment, and running of a group from the
ground up. Groups may include process groups as well as topic-oriented groups. Within
our group program, we have a well-developed mindfulness meditation program that includes
beginning and advanced meditation groups, along with an MBCT (mindfulness based cognitive
Clinical Access Team/Initial Consultation and Risk Assessment:
During their 6-hour Clinical Access Team (CAT) time each week, interns work with
the CAT leaders, observing first-hand how initial consultation works. Through their
involvement with the teams, interns have the opportunity to practice skills in rapid
risk assessment and crisis management. Interns are provided immediate supervision
and assistance for situations in which clients urgently require hospitalization or
in which other unexpected measures may be needed.
Clinical Supervision: Interns may have the opportunity to supervise one master’s level practicum student
(extern) in psychology or a related field during their internship year, for either
a semester or a year. Interns schedule one hour of individual supervision with the
practicum student, and are provided 1 hour of group supervision of supervision.
Outreach/Campus Community Participation: Although outreach is not a major focus of the internship experience, interns have
opportunities to participate in outreach activities during the internship year. Examples
of outreach activities include, but are not limited to: orientation activities, depression
screenings, activities aimed at increasing awareness of sexual violence/assault and
domestic violence/intimate partner abuse, AOD outreach programming, and outreach programming
related to LGBTQ services and awareness.