Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy
The opportunity to provide short and long-term counseling/psychotherapy under intensive supervision is a unique feature of the training program. Each extern carries ongoing counseling cases and receives 2.5 hours of supervision per week. Individual psychodynamic therapy is offered to help students deal with personal, vocational and educational problems. Students are most often seen at the frequency of once a week though in some cases students are seen on a more intensive basis. Treatment length varies and it is common for students to be seen throughout the year.
Externs have the opportunity to co-facilitate a stress management group with a fellow extern. Our stress management group is based upon Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) interventions. While co-facilitating, externs receive 1 hour of supervision per week dedicated to group therapy.
Consultation and Outreach
This aspect of the training program is flexible. Group programs for international students, students on probation, resident assistants, and student organizations have been offered by our staff. Routinely, we consult on issues of substance abuse, eating disorders and body image, HIV and AIDS, rape prevention, sexuality, and wellness. Externs conduct 5 outreach programs at the start of the year. They are also encouraged to involve themselves in one or more consultation and outreach project they desire or to develop a program.
Externs typically conduct 2 screening intakes assessments per week. They are taught the fundamentals of interviewing and mental status examination. These assessments are conducted with another staff member until the time when the extern is ready to conduct screening assessments on their own.