Doctoral Internship in
Letter to Prospective Applicants
Welcome to the Ohio University Doctoral Psychology Internship Program website and thank you for considering Ohio University Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) as an internship for the 2012-2013 academic year. Our goal is to provide high quality training in the practice of professional psychology. Interns in our program have the opportunity to receive a wide variety of training experiences that will help you prepare for full-time clinical work. This brochure is designed to help you become familiar with the organization and goals of our training program, in order to help you in your application decisions.
CPS is a department within the Division of Student Affairs. Interns have an opportunity to gain familiarity with how an organization such as the Division interacts cooperatively across departments to meet student needs and promote success, wellness, and good citizenship.
On this webpage, you can find a complete description of our training program, including a link to our handbook, but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If our internship program looks like a good fit with your training goals and interests, please complete the application materials no later than Monday, November 21, 2012.
Michelle Pride, Ph.D.
Acting Training Director
Ohio University’s Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology
Philosophy of Training
At Ohio University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, interns engage in structured training and professional practice designed to provide a sequence of increasingly complex professional experiences, roles, and responsibilities. As confidence and competency increase, interns learn by becoming progressively more independent while retaining access to consultation, training and support. By the end of the internship year, interns are expected to be ready to function as autonomous, entry-level practitioners with an intermediate to advanced level of competency in all professional areas.
Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) at Ohio University offers a Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship, based on a Developmental Mentorship training philosophy. Our program is designed to build upon previously acquired skills and knowledge, fostering the competencies for delivering professional psychological services. We provide graduated learning opportunities with increased responsibility as the year progresses, and focus on the developmental process and transitions of interns as they move from student/learner in the classroom, to learner/practitioner in the field, to entry-level professional psychologist.
The basic components of our training program are: 1) a strong emphasis on the growth process of the interns throughout their experience of socialization into the field of professional psychology, and 2) the amount and quality of supervision and mentoring the intern receives from experienced clinicians.
Description of Internship Activities
Multicultural Seminar (1 hour/every week, all year)
This seminar is designed to give special attention to issues such as multicultural competence and cross-cultural counseling and focus on the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to function as a culturally competent psychologist. Although multicultural issues are naturally integrated into other training experiences during internship, this seminar provides an opportunity for interns to safely explore the impact of their own cultural history and experiences upon their work and to add to their multicultural knowledge base.
Professional Development and Ethical Issues Seminar (1 hour/every other week, all year)
This seminar addresses ethical issues and issues of professional development and entry into the field of professional psychology. Presentations by staff members, community professionals, and interns cover a wide range of topics based on the intern group’s needs and special topics that are of interest to them.
Differential Diagnosis Seminar (1 hour/every other week, fall semester)
This seminar is designed to develop and sharpen intern's existing skills in differential diagnosis.
Supervision of Supervision Seminar (1 hour/week, fall semester)
Provides training and preparation for supervision of counseling and psychology practicum students and trainees at CPS.
Group Supervision of Supervision (2 hours/week, spring semester)
Interns provide supervision of practicum students in winter and trainees in spring semesters under supervision of licensed staff.
Group Therapy Seminar/Supervision (1.5 hours/week, all year)
Interns meet to learn about group facilitation and to get supervision for their ongoing therapy groups at CPs.
Consultation/Outreach Seminar/Supervision (1.5 hours/week, all year)
Ongoing seminar looking at theory, models, and techniques of consultation and outreach, including how to design programming, conduct a needs assessment, etc. Intern activities in the areas of consultation and outreach are supervised at this time. This seminar meets for 2 hours at a time and alternates times with the Clinical Issues Seminar.
Empirically Validated Treatments & Assessment Seminar (1hour/every other week, fall semester)
This seminar focuses on empirically validated treatments, particularly those treatments used with common presenting issues at a University Counseling Center (e.g. anxiety, depression, and trauma), as well as an opportunity for interns to learn about the types of assessments commonly used at university counseling centers and conduct assessments with current clients.
Case Conference (1 hour/every other week, spring semester)
This seminar provides an opportunity for interns and staff to present more formal case presentations and continue to develop their case conceptualization skills. Interns and staff are invited to contribute alternate theoretical perspectives, research or treatment information, as well as feedback to the presenter.
Summer intensive seminars (25-35 hours per week, 3 weeks in summer)
Brief, intensive seminars are offered in summer to get interns “jump-started” so they can begin providing services in a wide range of areas for fall quarter and our busier periods. These seminars are offered in the following areas: motivational interviewing / AOD seminar (10 hours), group therapy (12 hours), couples’ therapy (4 hours), career development (10 hours), clinical interviewing (20 hours), emergency services and clinical management (8 hours).
Clinical Team Meeting (1 hour/week, all year starting fall)
All clinical staff participate in a one hour weekly clinical consultation meeting. This meeting provides an opportunity to receive support, feedback, and suggestions in regard to particularly interesting and challenging cases, or those where some factor(s) present potential ethical conflicts, etc. This is also a forum to discuss emerging critical clinical issues from the university community: recent university crises, or emerging situations likely to lead to crisis, such as a student death or an attempted suicide, etc. The meetings are informal in format.
Individual Clinical Supervision (2 hours/week, all year)
Intern supervision is a priority of the program and is geared to the intern’s level of professional development. Each intern receives a minimum of two hours of individual supervision weekly. All primary supervisors are licensed psychologists. As might benefit the intern, other staff contribute supplementary supervision in areas such as group work, consultation and outreach, etc.
Apprenticeship Supervision (weekly as arranged for apprenticeship)
Clinicians at CPS have expertise in a number of different areas, whether clinically (i.e., eating disorders, substance abuse), in other services areas (i.e., diversity training, group coordination, outreach), or administratively (i.e., training, clinic management) for which they offer specific mentorship. Interns will need to choose one ‘major’ rotation for apprenticeship that they focus on for the entire year. They may choose to do a ‘minor’ rotation that will last only one semester. It is expected that interns will integrate their apprenticeships into their requirements so that their hours stay within reasonable limits.
B. Administrative/Staff Activities
Administrative Staff Meeting (1 hr/week, all year)
All interns and the full staff meet together once a week, for one hour for an administrative meeting to discuss issues, changes, concerns, or information important to all staff. Procedural changes, additions to the computer networks, new forms and documents, or scheduling of programs are examples of topics that may be covered in these meetings. Trainees, as well as full staff, are invited to bring in relevant information or bring up topics and concerns to be discussed.
Meeting with the Training Director (1 hr/week, fall semester; every other week, spring semester)
The training director meets with the interns as an opportunity to do any business that we need to do, air problems, process, and relax together. This is for the purpose of keeping the lines of communication open between the interns, the training director, and the staff.
Committee Work (variable)
Interns, as part of their apprenticeship experiences and interests, may become involved in committee work either in CPS to further our own goals, for the Division of Student Affairs, or for the Ohio University campus at large. Some examples of internally-focused committee work might include: Quality Assurance, Multiculturalism, Training, and Eating Disorder Treatment Team. Some examples of externally-focused committee work might be: for the purpose of improving outreach and prevention of eating disorders, improving services to athletes, improving the process of identification and referral of students with substance abuse problems, assessing some aspect of CPS or DSA functioning through benchmarking or use of CAS standards, etc.
Dissertation/Other Professional Activities (2 hours/week, variable)
Each intern is allowed up to four hours per week time for professional development. This time can be used for dissertation, to work on the intern’s own research (articles, presentations, etc.), to attend conferences, go to job interviews, etc. Although the time is flexible, it cannot EVER be ‘banked’ for other purposes (i.e. vacation or sick time).
C. Direct Services
Interns are required to provide approximately 19 hours in direct clinical services to individuals and couples, as well as conduct group therapy sessions throughout the year (see Time Commitment Chart for a breakdown of the hours). They are also required to provide emergency drop-in services in rotation with the rest of the professional staff. Clients at CPS represent a wide range of backgrounds and identities, presenting concerns, and levels of clinical complexity. Interns must maintain a minimum of 13 and up to 19 hours, weekly to meet training requirements. Each intern will be able to either develop some specific clinical interests within an apprenticeship structure or develop broad generalist skills in the counseling center.
Consultation and Outreach Services
Interns engage in regular outreach and prevention programming for CPS, while attending the C/O seminar meetings. Over the course of the year, each intern must provide a minimum of four per semester. In addition, each intern will work with the C/O supervisor to design a consultation project that will meet the goals of the division’s strategic plan and the needs of the university community. Within this requirement, there is a great deal of flexibility to choose programming or consultation projects that fit within each interns developed interests as an apprentice.
Supervision of Practicum Students and Trainees
Interns will be required to provide direct supervision to at least one clinical or counseling trainee/practicum student during winter and spring semester. These trainees/practicum students see between 7-9 clients and their supervision is split between two supervisors, one of which will be an intern. Part of the supervision will involve reviewing tapes and notes of the supervisee. Training and supervision of supervision will be provided throughout the year, first in the form a seminar in the fall, then the in form of a 2-hour supervision of supervision meeting.
On-Call Emergency Services
D. Documentation of Hours
During Fall and Spring semesters, interns will be responsible for carrying the on-call emergency phone for 2-3 weeks each term to gain experience in responding to crisis situations. Interns will receive supervision and back-up from a senior staff member.
Interns are responsible for documenting their hours on an Excel spreadsheet that is provided to them ahead of time. Hours can be totaled for report in the spreadsheet. A copy of the spreadsheet data needs to be submitted to the Training Director on a monthly basis. Interns will be given feedback about their hours every three months at minimum.
List of Potential Apprenticeships
NOTE: Apprenticeships vary in their time commitment and intensity, including time involved in direct service, readings/trainings, and meetings with mentors. Interns should contract for their time and activity commitment with their apprenticeship mentor prior to the start of fall quarter. Interns are expected to integrate their apprenticeship interests into their expected hours for the agency. Apprenticeships are offered in a variety of areas or may be designed by the intern in consultation with the staff.
An intern apprenticing in this area would develop more in-depth experience with clients who have clinical or subclinical eating disordered behaviors (approximately 25% of the interns’ case load would be ED clients). The intern would meet regularly with the ED interdisciplinary team and would be responsible for organizing Eating Disorders Awareness Week on campus. The intern may also choose to dovetail their consultation and outreach projects to fit with their interest in eating disorders.
Motivational Interviewing/Substance Abuse
Alcohol and other drug use present a huge challenge to student development and wellbeing. An intern wanting extra experience in this area may choose to meet with our AOD specialist and develop more in-depth knowledge about and skill using motivational interviewing. Approximately 20-25% of the interns’ case load would be clients with AOD issues.
An intern apprenticing in this area would develop more in-depth experience with clients who have experienced a sexual assault, a portion of their case load would be sexual assault survivors. They may also choose to facilitate a sexual assault survivors group. The intern may choose to attend committee meetings and consult with offices on campus that are involved in sexual assault prevention, policy development, and intervention, including The Women’s Center, The Dean of Student’s Office, and OU’s Sexual Assault Advocate.
CPS collaborates regularly with the LGBT programming office and provides clinical services for lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgendered students across campus. An intern apprenticing in this area would have about 20-25% of their caseload designated for LGBT clients and they may also run either the Rainbow Room or Transitions (support groups for the LGBT community). Interns may also choose to do outreach and consultation with the LGBT center on campus.
An intern choosing a more intensive experience with group work will get experience doing process observation, co-lead an additional group of their choice, and aid in administrating and promoting the group program at CPS.
Supervision (spring semester only)
This will be an opportunity to double the experience of the intern’s supervision of trainees in at CPS. The direct supervision opportunity is only offered through spring quarter extending the regular winter quarter supervision rotation. Interns can also focus their consultation and outreach responsibilities to help with the Counselor in Residence Program, as part of learning how to administrate and supervise those trainees who are C.R.s.
Consultation and Outreach
An intern can work directly with the C/O coordinator, learning how outreach programming is organized and managed, how to connect staff with expertise and potential clients needing outreach and consultation. The intern will have an opportunity to get more in-depth experience in the practice of consultation, developing and working on additional projects that are the direct responsibility of the coordinator.
The Intern Weekly Schedule is available as a typical example. An actual week may vary somewhat depending on intern activities and commitments. Click HERE
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Goals and Expected Competencies for Internship
Goals and Objectives
The six goals of the internship training program in the practice of professional psychology include the Clinical Competence, Provision of Clinical Supervision, Outreach and Consultation, Multicultural Competence, Ethics and Law, and Professional Identity.
1. Clinical Competence
a. This goal focuses on interns’ development of competencies in individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and clinical assessment.
b. Interns also develop competence in using supervision and other available resources toward growth in clinical competence, professional identity, and professional autonomy.
c. Interns are exposed to a variety of client concerns and diagnoses, a diverse clientele, different theoretical orientations, and a variety of treatment orientations in order to facilitate development of a conceptually and personally meaningful style of therapy.
2. Provision of Supervision
a. This goal focuses on interns’ development of competence in the provision of clinical supervision.
b. Interns will develop the ability to conceptualize supervision and the supervisory relationship within a coherent theoretical framework, incorporating professional literatures on models of supervision and research in this area.
c. Interns will demonstrate the ability to provide accurate and specific feedback for supervisees in a constructive fashion.
3. Outreach and Consultation
a. This goal focuses on interns’ development of competencies in the provision of outreach and consultation services to members of the University community and other service providers.
b. Interns will be able to demonstrate knowledge of various models of consultation and apply the models to their consultation projects.
c. Interns will be able to demonstrate knowledge of and apply models of outreach. They will engage in a minimum of three outreach projects per semester.
4. Multicultural Competence
a. This goal focuses on interns’ developing sensitivity to, knowledge about, and clinical skills to practice effectively within a multicultural framework.
b. Interns will be able to demonstrate awareness of cultural identity development models and apply them to clients’ presenting concerns.
c. Interns will demonstrate awareness of the effects of gender, sexual orientation, and role socialization on clients’ lives.
d. Interns will demonstrate effectiveness in using both universal and culturally specific models and will seek supervision and consultation appropriately regarding these issues as they affect the therapeutic relationship, outreach activities and other CPS activities.
5. Ethics and Law
a. This goal focuses on interns’ acquisition of a working knowledge of, and sensitivity to, the ethics and laws affecting the practice of psychology.
b. Interns will demonstrate knowledge and behavior consistent with APA, Ohio State, and Federal mental health statutes.
c. Interns will demonstrate competency in the application of these to their clinical work, research, consultations, and relationships with colleagues.
6. Professional Identity
a. This goal focuses on intern’s development of an identity as a psychologist who engages in reflective professional practice and ongoing learning.
b. Interns will demonstrate increased ability to manage the responsibilities and opportunities for autonomous functioning over the duration of the internship.
c. Interns will be provided with opportunities to individualize their training experience through their apprenticeship project, their consultation project, and their involvement in various CPS and divisional committees.
d. Interns will demonstrate an awareness of current professional issues in psychology as it relates to their clinical, supervisory, and other applied work.
Competency Areas for Evaluation
Throughout the internship experience, the intern is to display competency in the following areas:
I. Legal and Ethical Issues
II. Professional Behavior
V. Consultation and Outreach
VI. Providing Supervision
VII. Receiving Supervision
VIII. Counseling Special Populations
For more information on competency areas for evaluation and exit criteria, please refer to the Internship Training Handbook.
Evaluation, Disciplinary Actions, Appeals and Grievance Procedures are available in the Internship Training Handbook. Further information is available in the Traing Policies and Procedures.
Candidates must be enrolled in an APA-accredited Doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology or a closely related area. All of the formal coursework and comprehensive examinations for the doctorate should be completed, including all supervised practicum courses. It is strongly recommended, but not required that applicants have completed at minimum their dissertation proposal by the time of the internship interview. A complete description of the entrance criteria is provided in the handbook.
The internship is for 12 months and carries a stipend of $23,660. Included benefits are health insurance, dental insurance, retirement benefits, sick leave, and vacation.
Internship begins on August 1st.
How to Apply
Applicants for internship must currently be enrolled in an APA-accredited Doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology.
Applications reviewed will include the completed AAPI Online (Application for Psychology Internship) with the following elements attached:
1. A curriculum vitae
2. All graduate transcripts
3. A cover letter describing how you would be a good fit with the internship program at Ohio University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Please be specific about your goals for internship and how our particular program will help you meet these goals.
4. Three letters of reference, at least two of which are from licensed psychologists who have supervised your clinical work.
All application materials must be available for our review by 4pm on November 21, 2012.
For questions or clarifications regarding the Ohio University CPS internship program or application procedures, contact:
Michelle Pride Ph.D.
Counseling and Psychological Services
2 Health Center Drive
Athens, Ohio 45701
Equal Employment and Education Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Ohio University’s Equal Employment and Educational Opportunity Policy can be found at the website: http://www.ohio.edu/policy/40-001.html
Information on our Affirmative Action Policy can be found at the following link: http://www.ohio.edu/equity/Discrimination/affirmative-action.cfm
Ohio University has clear guidelines for defining and handling discrimination in the university community at http://www.ohio.edu/equity/discrimination.cfm
You can also find our diversity statement within Ohio University’s mission statement: http://www.ohio.edu/catalog/96-97/mission.html
CPS operates within the context of a university counseling center that puts a high premium on valuing diversity among people. Any trainee/intern coming to CPS would work within the values expressed within our mission statement:
The multicultural staff at CPS recognizes that many factors including race, ethnicity, range of ability, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, culture, socioeconomic status and other unique challenges are salient in students' lives. It is our commitment to welcome all people with respect and sensitivity. CPS values all identities and we value students in all their individuality.
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Paul Castelino, Ph.D.
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Sheila Y. Williams, Ph.D., LPCC-S
Michelle Pride, Ph.D.
Acting Training Director
Michigan State University
Jason C. Weber, M.Ed., LPCC-S, L.I.C.D.C.
Supervising Clinical Counselor / AOD Specialist
Jonathan Mosko, Ph.D.
Group Therapy Coordinator
Rebecca Conrad Davenport, Ph.D.
Senior Staff Psychologist
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Krystal Hernandez, Ph.D.
Senior Staff Psychologist
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Erika Gray, Psy.D.
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Additional Staff at CPS
Patricia Mickunas, M.D.
Wright State University
Heidi Jache, M.D.
Full time Staff Psychiatrist
Johanna Malaret, M.A., California School of Professional Psychology
Melinda Honeycutt, M.A., Pacific University, Portland, Oregon
Amber Silverman, M.A., Illinois School of Professional Psychology
Click here for more information on Professional Staff at CPS
Internship Training Handbook