Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology

Program of Training

Three types of training activities form the basis for learning. These include experiential learning activities, reflective learning activities, and participant-observation learning activities.

Experiential Learning Activities (31 hours per week)

    A. Providing psychological services directly to students seeking evaluation or treatment and consultation with others about students of concern ( 16.5 hours).

    • Individual Counseling: Interns are expected to carry an individual caseload of 10 to12 client hours per week through­out the academic year and with both short‑term and longer‑term psycho­therapy clients. Interns also provide brief screening and interventions for alcohol and drug use.
    • Assessment: Interns are included in the weekly intake assessment rotation (3 intakes each week) and are also involved in non-routine psychological testing as appropriate.
    • Consultation: During the second semester, having had months of experience within the University, interns participate in the rotation of staff psychologists who respond to urgent and non-urgent requests from students, faculty, parents, and others for assistance from Counseling and Psychological Services. This offers interns excellent opportunities to develop consultation skills.
    • Groups: Interns interested in co-facilitating a support or therapy group with senior staff psychologists may be able to do so during the spring and/or summer semesters, depending upon other time constraints.

    B. Providing direct and indirect psychological services intended to reduce the risks leading to psychological or beahvioral impairments, promote healthy lifestyles, and support the operation of the Center's peer assistance programs (14.5 hours per week on average).

    • Supervision and Teaching: Interns teach credit-bearing courses on peer helping and peer education and supervise the activities of the peer helpers and peer educators. In this way, they develop critical professional skills in supervision, teaching, and program coordination.
    • Crisis Intervention and On-Call:Interns share in backing up the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program telephone hotline. Typically this requires being on-call one evening a week and three to four weekends during the fall and the spring terms (while school is in session).
    • Prevention Education: Interns join the entire staf in developing and delivering campus outreach programs in health promotion.

Reflective and Instructional Learning Activities (6 hours per week)

Currently 12 staff members are designated supervisors. This is a diverse group of experienced, licensed psychologists. Please go to our Staff page for profiles of clinical supervisors and other contributors to the internship program.

  • Individual Supervision (2 hours per week) Interns are assigned to work with two licensed, supervising psychologists for the year. They meet weekly with each supervisor for one hour of individual supervision, primarily around the intern's clinical caseload and prevention-related activities.
  • Group Supervision (2 hours per week) Interns meet as a group with a licensed psychologist to discuss clinical cases, teaching, supervision, and program development activities, explore and develop an awareness of self as it informs their work, and professional issues.
  • Intern Seminar (2 hours per week) Interns take part in weekly seminars and training workshops. There is a great deal of variety in the topics covered. However, there are standing, monthly seminars in individual and cultural diversity, the therapeutic relationship, and practice and professional matters.

Participant-Observational Learning Activities (3 hours per week)

  • Formal Case Conference (1 hour per week) All clinical staff meet weekly for one hour to discuss cases. Interns typically give at least one formal clinical case presentation per semester. They also present on their doctoral research.
  • Assessment Conference (1 hour per week) Interns attend two weekly 30-minute conferences with all clinical staff. The focus is on clinical cases, coordination of care, and disposition issues. These conferences provide interns with excellent opportunities to participate and observe.
  • Prevention Conference (1 hour per week) Interns attend a weekly one hour conference with all staff actively involved with prevention work. The focus is on prevention business, such as assessment of community needs and program development, implementation, and evaluation. These conferences also provide interns with excellent opportunities to participate and observe.