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Clinical Activities

Intake Assessments: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. 

Group Psychotherapy: 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 therapy) group.  

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.  

Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site:  Conducting initial consultations, intake assessments, individual therapy, group therapy, outreach, supervising a practicum student, receiving supervision and didactic training in a busy college mental health setting. Opportunities for rotations/apprenticeships in outreach and conducting mandated assessments. Opportunities for specialized focus with specific populations including LGBTQ* students, international students, students of color.