Internship Activities

1. Direct Service Activities

Clinical Service

Individual Counseling (15 hours) – Each intern is expected to carry an average of 15 individual client hours, primarily of a short-term (up to 12 sessions) nature on a weekly basis. Interns’ actual caseloads may be larger as they may see clients on a biweekly basis or for 30-minute sessions. One to two long-term therapy cases may be carried, but must be discussed between an intern and their individual supervisor.

Group Therapy (1.5 hours)— Each intern will co-facilitate at least one therapy group each semester.  Interns can choose the type of group they would like to co-facilitate.  Interns also have the option of creating a group of their choosing during the spring semester. 

Triage Duty (4-5 hours)— Interns will be involved in our triage duty system after the first month at CHC. Triage Duty entails conducting brief assessments for students desiring to access CHC services.  Students in crisis and those returning from hospitalization are also seen by triage counselors.  Triage counselors also serve as consultants fielding any calls coming through CHC, in addition to providing follow-up to overnight inquiries, crises, and reports regarding students of concern, i.e., CARE reports.

After-Hours On-Call Services (4 weeks per internship year)—Interns will participate in CHC’s on-call rotation, where staff are responsible for fielding calls of an emergent nature after-hours dealing with students in crisis, or crisis situations in general on campus.  Interns are provided with close backup support while on-call.

Assessment (minimum of 1 per semester) -- Interns will participate in Psychological Assessment, generally assessing for Learning Disorders (LD) and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), though there is potential for more extended batteries based on the referral question. Interns may choose to do more than 1 per semester.

Provision of supervision (1 hour)—Interns will have the opportunity to serve as supervisors to masters level trainees during their second semester.

Outreach & Consultation

Doctoral interns are expected to present a minimum of nine outreach presentations during the year (4-5 each semester) and participate in at least four tabling events during the year. Interns will both respond to outreach requests from the community and will participate in the creation, design, implementation/facilitation of outreach presentations and programming. Interns MAY also meet some of their requirement by serving as a co-liaison for a particular department/organization on campus with a senior staff member. **This needs to be approved by the Assistant Director of Outreach & Prevention.** Examples of active liaison roles currently within our center include engaging with International Services Office, Military and Veteran Services, Multicultural Student Services Center, Sexual Assault and Trauma Services, and the GW Department of Athletics.

2. Training Activities

Orientation (3-4 weeks)

Interns are introduced to the program through a 3 to 4-week orientation period which occurs prior to the start of the academic year. The orientation includes opportunities for interns to meet with all CHC staff, to learn about CHC services and training activities, to become oriented to CHC and training program policies and procedures, as well as the evaluation and due process and remediation procedures. Becoming familiar with our technology such as the computerized scheduling system is also practiced. In addition, training is provided during the orientation in the areas of conducting initial assessments, documentation, conducting brief therapy, legal and ethical issues at CHC, risk assessment, referrals to campus and community resources, and how to conduct outreach presentations. Orientation also serves the purpose of getting to know interns professionally and personally, and provides an opportunity to discuss interns’ needs for the year.

Supervision (5-5.5 hours per week)

Individual Supervision (2 hours)— Interns receive two (2) hours of regularly scheduled weekly individual therapy supervision from a licensed psychologist. Each semester, the supervisor and intern are expected to clarify the following: training goals, supervisor and intern responsibilities and expectations, and supervision evaluation process and procedures. In addition to individual cases, interns are encouraged to use supervision to explore issues related to professional development. Interns may have a rotation of up to 3 individual supervisors over the course of the year.  Interns may have one primary supervisor for the entire training year, and two secondary supervisors, one for the fall semester, and one for the spring semester and summer.  

Group Supervision (2.5 hours)—Interns receive 2 hours of group supervision per week.  During one hour of supervision, interns present cases, engage in professional development related conversations, and engage in discussion related to their training year. During the second hour of group supervision, interns are engaged in biweekly supervision of supervision to discuss their work as supervisors of trainees. Additionally, they will participate in biweekly assessment supervision, though this may be moved to weekly if needed. 

Supervision of Group Therapy (.5 hour-1)—Interns will receive 30 minutes of supervision with their group co-facilitator.  Supervision of group usually is conducted right after the group to process group issues specific to each group led. 

Seminars (3.5 hours per week)

Training Seminar (2 hours)— Interns are required to attend a weekly didactic training seminar taught by various members of the Center staff which are geared toward training areas of competency. During the spring semester, each intern is required to conduct one (1) presentation on a special clinical practice topic of their choice for a staff professional development.

Diversity Seminar (1.5 hours)— Interns will participate in a weekly one and a half (1.5) hours diversity group experience throughout the year. Interns will engage in a process of an open dialogue about diversity related issues/topics that may impact their clinical and professional work. In addition, the seminar will provide the space for personal growth around diversity related topics.

Evaluation (2 evaluations per year)

Interns will be evaluated formally by their supervisors at the end of the Fall semester and then again at the end of the year. These evaluations will assess current strengths and weaknesses in training competency areas. The fall evaluation and feedback will be used to focus supervision goals for the subsequent semesters. Ongoing feedback will be given to interns by their supervisors and the Training Director throughout the year. Interns will need to achieve the expected level of competency in all training areas at the end of the year to pass internship. Evaluation forms and competency expectations are discussed during orientation. Interns will evaluate their individual and group supervisors at the end of each semester, and evaluate other supervisors and their internship program and experience at end of the year. Interns are expected to complete a self-assessment at the beginning of the training year that is shared with their supervisors and the Training Director. This self-assessment is used to identify areas of strength, areas for growth, and goals for the internship year.

3.  Other Center Activities 

Staff meeting (1.5 hour)—Interns are required to attend the center-wide staff meetings weekly.  Interns are expected to participate in designated staff meetings as colleagues. 

Case management (PRN)—In line with our stepped-care model, interns are expected to manage their schedules. It is incumbent upon interns to ensure that they have enough time in their schedules to take care of their case management responsibilities, e.g., documentation and client follow-up.

Professional Development/Research Support (PRN, up to 2 hours)—Interns are allowed time in their schedules per week for research support to demonstrate our commitment to scholarly endeavors.  Interns may also use this time to assist in completing their dissertations.  This needs to be discussed with the Training Director prior to approval.

Lunch (5 hours)—Interns are given an hour per day for lunch included in their schedules.  Interns are encouraged to engage in self-care and explore food options that DC has to offer. 

Sample Week (PDF)