Internship Activities

Internship activities have been developed to complement the training philosophy and developmental needs of advanced doctoral students as they become professionals in the field of psychology. To this end, we combine the service activities typical of a counseling center with training seminars and supervision. As an intern progresses through the year, training and supervision experiences provide more opportunities for independence based upon individual needs and abilities.

Interns are supported in their professional and training activities. Each intern will be provided an office equipped with a computer, telephone, and video equipment. A group room and a conference room are available for intern meetings, seminars, and group counseling. Clerical support is also provided to interns for their Counseling Center related work.

The goal of the internship program at Bowling Green State University is to provide training experiences that prepare interns to function as generalist psychologists. Although an effort is made to individualize the training program, there is a core set of standard expectations. These expectations include the following:

  1. Interns are to work with a variety of clients, gaining experience not only with varying presenting concerns but also in regards to dimensions of diversity. Interns will have a weekly average of 10 -15 therapy hours, which may include individual, group, and couples. There will be a mixture of short-term and long-term clients (2-3).
  2. Interns will provide 4 hours of initial appointment coverage weekly.
  3. Interns will lead or co-lead a minimum of two therapy, support, or psycho-educational groups during the internship year.
  4. Interns will participate in multiple outreaches each semester, including presentations, workshops, tabling, and being present at student events on campus.
  5. Interns will be involved in one consultation/liaison relationship with another unit on campus. The liaison relationship will be developed based on needed collaborations across campus.
  6. Interns will provide supervision to graduate assistant(s) and/or mental health counseling interns during the second half of the internship. Supervision will include weekly meetings, tape review time, and giving evaluation/feedback to the student.
  7. Interns will be evaluated formally by their supervisors at the end of each semester. These evaluations will assess current strengths and weaknesses and will be used to focus on the next semester’s supervision. Less formal evaluations will be scheduled with the interns’ individual supervisors and the Training Director. Interns will evaluate their supervisors each semester and formally and informally evaluate their internship program at the end of the year.
  8. Interns will spend 3-4 hours per week in training seminars that combine didactic and experiential learning.
  9. Interns will increase their awareness, knowledge, and skills about multicultural issues.  They will participate in discussions with staff members about diversity issues and learn how to integrate multicultural considerations into clinical work.  Interns will also consider how their clinical work is impacted by contemporary issues impacting the world at-large.  Interns will be expected to actively participate in the year-long diversity and social justice seminar.  Interns will also engage in outreach experiences that includes interacting with students from diverse backgrounds.

Provision of Psychological Services
The type of service activity and the minimal amount of time spent in each of these areas were carefully developed to provide a balance between acquiring experience and the opportunity to receive training. In addition, the activities are consistent with the typical duties of a psychologist in a university counseling center setting. These activities include:

Initial Appointments/Consultation & Assessment (Intakes)
Interns are typically expected to allot at four hours per week of initial appointments. This activity is designed to give interns experience with initial/intake assessment, referral, short-term treatment intervention, crisis intervention and psychiatric consultation.

Individual/Relationship Therapy
Interns provide therapy to students who present with a wide range of issues such as depression; anxiety; interpersonal relationship problems; grief and loss; suicidal ideation; sexual and physical assault; identity and self-esteem; personality disorders; and personality development. Interns will typically carry an average caseload of 10-15 clients per week.

Group Therapy
Interns will be given the opportunity to co-facilitate either a process-oriented therapy group or a structured, support, or psycho-educational group during the fall and spring semesters. Interns will usually be paired with a senior staff psychologist to co-lead the group in the Fall. In the past, the Counseling Center has offered time-limited interpersonal process-oriented groups, general therapy groups, and psycho-educational groups. Interns may have the opportunity to co-facilitate a group with a clinical psychology graduate assistant or a mental health counseling intern in the Spring. Interns are encouraged to explore the possibility of developing a group based upon individual interests and campus needs.

Crisis Intervention and Consultation
Interns will have the experience of providing daytime on-call crisis intervention services and consultation services to students, as well as faculty, staff, families, and others who may be concerned about students. Interns can expect to spend two to four hours per week performing these services. Interns will gain experience in crisis intervention, consultation, referral and psychiatric consultation. In the event of campus tragedies, interns may also be involved in providing crisis post-vention services to members of the campus community.

Interns will provide therapeutic assessment to students using symptomology assessment and measures that track the progress of therapeutic services offered.

Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Assessment & Education
The Counseling Center has a dedicated AOD counselor who provides assessment and education to campus.  Interns may have the opportunity to work with the AOD counselor if interested.

Interns will take an active role in the Center’s outreach activities.  Staff members provide training, psychoeducation, and experiential workshops to the campus community on a variety of topics such as anxiety, healthy relationships, mental health concerns, and suicide prevention.  Outreach efforts are particularly targeted towards reducing barriers to care for students, helping students connect with mental health resources as soon as possible, and as a method of prevention.  Interns are required to participate in at least 4 outreach opportunities each semester. 

Interns develop a liaison relationship with another campus department. These liaison relationships can enrich intern’s perspectives on how to collaborate and meet the needs of students belonging to various campus departments.  This experience typically includes relationship-building, strategic planning, consultative and psychoeducational components, and program building.  Interns are expected to meet once a month with the office they have a liason relationship with, as well as, participate in planning and developing a program for their liasonship once a semester.   

Provision of Supervision
Interns will have the experience of providing supervision to a doctoral student in clinical psychology or to a master's student in mental health counseling. Each intern will be expected to supervise during the Spring semester. In addition, interns may have the opportunity to provide supervision during the Summer session.

Psychological Services Hours Per Week
  Fall Spring Summer
Individual/Relationship Therapy Hours 10-15 10-15 10-15
Group Therapy 1.5 1.5 0
Initial Appointment Coverage 4 4 0-4
Crisis Coverage/Consultation 2-3 3-4 4-8
Outreach/Liaison 1-4 1-4 1-4
Provision of Supervision 0 1 0-2
Training Activities Hours Per Week
Individual Supervision 2 2 2
Group Therapy Supervision 1 1 0
Seminars 3-4 3-4 3-4
Liaison Supervision 0.25 0.25 0
Supervision Seminar/Supervision 0.5 2 2 (optional)
Peer Consultation Meeting 1 1 1
Professional Development 1 1 0
Staff/Committee Meetings 1.5 1.5 1.5
Meeting with Training Director 0.5 0.5 0.5
Intern Support Time 0.5 0.5 0.5
Additional Activities Hours Per Week  
  Fall Spring Summer
Case Management 2-4 3-4 3-6
Dissertation/Readings 0-2 0-2 0-5
Supervision Prep Time 0 1-2 0-2
Total 40-45 40-45 40-45
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