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 3-4 hours of walk-in 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 community interventions each semester, including development and presentation of workshops, staffing display tables, 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 input from the interns.
  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 may spend up to two hours per week on scholarly activities. Interns will complete a scholarly/research project and also complete a formal client presentation.
  8. 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.
  9. Interns will spend 4 hours per week in training seminars that combine didactic and experiential learning.
  10. 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 seminar.  Interns will also elect to engage in community intervention 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:

Walk-In Coverage/Consultation & Assessment (Intakes)
Interns are typically expected to allot at least three hours per week of walk-in coverage. This activity is designed to give interns experience with initial/intake assessment, referral, short-term treatment intervention, crisis intervention and psychiatric consultation.

Individual/Couples 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 often 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.

Assessment                                                                                                                                                                              Interns will provide therapeutic assessment to students using symptomology assessment and measures that track the progress of therapeutic services offered. In addition, interns are given the opportunity to provide more in depth psychological assessment as needed.

Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Assessment & Education
Interns will provide services to students mandated by the university and/or the local court system for Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment.  AOD assessments entail an initial interview which may result in referral to educational groups, follow-up sessions for individual education/reflection, or recommendations for more intensive services.  Interns can expect to see approximately 6 clients per semester in fall and spring.

Community Intervention and Liaison
Interns will take an active role in the Center’s community intervention activities.  Staff members provide training, psychoeducation, and experiential workshops to the campus community on topics such as stress management, healthy relationships, mental health concerns, and suicide prevention.  Outreach efforts are particularly targeted towards serving students from diverse backgrounds.  Staff also engage in other forms of community intervention (e.g., tabling, interviews with student media, providing support & participation at student events, maintaining a social media presence). Interns are required to participate in multiple community intervention opportunities each semester. In addition, 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 including Student Support Services, Black Student Union and Women’s Center.  This experience typically includes relationship-building, strategic planning, consultative and psychoeducational components.   

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 Service Average Hours Per Week
  Fall Spring Summer
Walk-In Coverage 3 3 0-4
Individual/Couples Therapy 10-15 10-15 10-15
Group Therapy 1.5 1.5 -
Crisis Coverage/Consultation 2-4 3-4 4-8
Alcohol & Other Drug Assessment/Education 0.5 0.5 -
Community Intervention/Liaison   1-4 1-4 1-4
Provision of Supervision - 1 0-2

As is evident by the extensive list of training activities provided, we are committed to building upon the skills and abilities of the interns through a multitude of training opportunities. Each of the activities is considered to be an integral component of a well-trained psychologist’s repertoire of skills, abilities, and experiences.

Intern Orientation
A comprehensive, structured two to three week orientation to the internship begins the first day of the internship. Interns are provided with information on all facets of the training program including administrative details, service activities, training activities, and referral sources. The orientation program is coordinated by the Training Director and developed with input from the Training Committee.  

Individual Supervision
Each intern spends a minimum of two hours per week in one-to-one supervision with a licensed psychologist. The Training Director makes the supervisory assignments with input from both the professional staff and interns. Interests and experience of staff members and interns are taken into consideration in making these assignments. The supervisory assignments are made at the beginning of the internship following introductions between staff and interns. The initial supervisory relationship concludes at the end of the Fall semester, and new assignments begin in January. Supervision focuses on the intern’s professional and personal growth as a therapist, case conceptualization, skill development, and case management.

Group Therapy/Supervision
Group work is a valuable facet of our clinical services. For many clients, this is the most relevant and effective treatment modality. Therefore, interns are usually paired with a senior staff psychologist to co-lead a group in the fall and with a graduate student in the spring. General process groups are the most common modality, but groups may also be related to various topics, needs, and student populations.

Intern Training Seminar/Client Consultation
This weekly 2 hour seminar introduces the interns to various topics including facilitating group therapy, conducting brief therapy, and professional development issues. In the Spring semester, additional topics are determined in consultation with the interns regarding interest and training needs. Some of the topics that have been covered previously include: trauma/PTSD, grief and crisis post-vention, eating disorders, couples therapy, positive psychology, and spirituality. Two times per semester and once during the summer each intern presents a client consultation, receiving feedback from peers and staff.

Diversity Seminar
The purpose of the diversity seminar is to provide a dedicated safe space throughout the academic year to further develop multicultural competence.  We also believe in providing an equal level of challenge to the supportive environment evident within diversity seminar in order to stimulate growth.  The seminar includes opportunities for personal reflection, experiential activities, readings, discussion of client multicultural issues, and conversations regarding how to incorporate knowledge into action as a therapist and social advocate. Implementation of multicultural topics can also vary according to intern’s personal interests.  We seek to ensure that the seminar remains dynamic by incorporating contemporary multicultural issues that is impacting society.  Diversity awareness, training experiences, and opportunities are also integrated throughout our internship program.

Crisis Intervention Seminar
The Counseling Center provides crisis intervention and post-vention services during business hours and in some cases, after hours. On-call clinical staff members typically respond to both telephone and in-person requests for emergency services, as well as requests for consultation from students or university staff members.  At the beginning of the internship year, interns are trained during the crisis seminar to respond to crisis situations as well as provide consultation with those who are concerned about student mental health issues.  Initially interns shadow a staff member during on-call coverage.  However, this transitions into the intern providing on-call coverage with supervision.

Assessment Seminar/Supervision
The assessment training component addresses a variety of psychological assessments, focusing primarily on the kinds of clinical assessment tools commonly in use in university counseling centers and the ways these can be used to inform clinical practice. Alcohol and other drug assessment is an important component of this seminar, and interns receive training and supervised experience in providing mandated alcohol and drug assessment and education for students.  After the initial training, supervision is provided based on review of documentation and consultation as needed.

Community Intervention Seminar/Supervision
The community intervention training component assists interns in developing the skills to provide psycho-educational programs and training to campus constituents, build awareness of mental health issues and counseling center services, and develop collaborative, supportive relationships with student groups. The seminar focuses primarily on developing the interns’ presentation/facilitation skills and awareness of audience learning styles.  Support is also provided for interns’ more informal outreach activities, such as establishing a presence with student organizations or constituent groups.

Liaison Supervision
Each intern builds a liaison relationship with another unit in Student Affairs or university department.  Supervision of this experience is provided by the Student Assistance and Advocacy Specialist, who consults with the intern to select an office with which to establish a liaison relationship, provides support and guidance as necessary to determine goals and activities for the liaison experience, and monitors the progress of the liaison experience throughout the year.

Supervision Seminar/Supervision
Each intern provides secondary supervision to a Clinical Psychology doctoral student or a Mental Health Counseling masters student during the spring semester and potentially in summer.  Prior to providing supervision, this seminar prepares interns for their supervisory role. While interns are supervising, they meet 2 hours per week with two licensed psychologists for group supervision of their supervision.

Scholarly Activity/ Scholarly Project
Interns are expected to engage in a scholarly project/research which involves an element of program evaluation and present the findings to the clinical staff during the summer. Interns are given the opportunity to select the project in consultation with the Training Director and the Director.  The project/activity is decided prior to the conclusion of the Fall semester, and the initial proposal for the project is presented to the staff early in the Spring semester.

Interns may choose to work alone or as a team to complete the project.  The project must include an element of program evaluation.  Possible projects include:

  • Involvement in a research project as an individual or cohort group regarding clinical services, counseling center policy, etc.
  • Development of a needs assessment and proposal for addressing either campus or counseling center needs and a proposal for action.

Client Presentation
Interns are expected to present a sample of their clinical work that is informed by current research regarding the treating modality, client population, and clinical practice. This presentation will be given to the entire staff during the spring semester as preparation for job interviews.

Peer Consultation Meetings
Each week, the intern will meet in peer consultation groups consisting of two interns and several senior staff for the purposes of group supervision/consultation. This meeting is used for staff and intern client consultation and review/approval of treatment plans (extensions, long-term reviews).

Professional Development
Several times during each semester, the entire professional staff and occasionally the support staff will meet for professional development. The topics may be related to clinical issues, university policies and procedures, national and international issues, etc.

These discussions assist in broadening staff’s perspectives regarding focal issues as well as serves to enhance collegiality and understanding among each other in the counseling center.  We believe that fostering ongoing dialogues about pertinent topics helps with ensuring that the counseling center remains a cohesive unit.  The topics for professional development are generated through staff surveys and recommendations from staff members, including the intern cohort.

Staff/Committee Meetings
Interns will participate in regular staff meetings, with the exception of Leadership Team meetings and/or those that involve discussions of intern performance. These meetings will cover topics such as Counseling Center policies and procedures, relevant clinical issues, accreditation issues, and the general business of the center. In addition, interns will have an opportunity to serve on one or more of the Counseling Center’s committees.

Meetings with Training Director
The Training Director will meet bi-weekly with the interns to assess how the internship training is meeting the interns’ needs and to solicit feedback about the training program.

Intern Support Time
Intern Cohorts meet together bi-weekly to provide each other with support and to strengthen cohort relationships.

Training Activity Average Hours Per Week
  Fall Spring Summer
Individual Supervision 2.0 2.0 2.0
Group Therapy Supervision 1.0 1.0 -
Intern Training Seminar/Consult 2.0 2.0 2.0
Diversity Seminar 0.5 0.5 0.5-1.0
Crisis Seminar/Supervision 0..25 - -
Assessment Seminar/Supervision 0.25 0.25 -
Community Intervention Seminar/Supervision 0.25 - -
Liaison Supervision 0.25 0.25 -
Supervision Seminar/Supervision 0.5 2.0 2.0 (optional)
Peer Consultation Meeting 1.0 1.0 1.0
Professional Development 1.0 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
Counseling Center lobby

In addition to the training and service delivery components of the internship, time is provided for other activities. Interns participate in staff meetings with psychiatrists from BGSU’s Falcon Health Services approximately 3 times per month for coordination of care with mutual clients.  Case management time includes time to complete paperwork, review therapy tapes, complete readings, and contact clients as needed. Time is also provided to support interns as they complete their dissertations or continue in their professional development

Additional Activity Average Hours Per Week
  Fall Spring Summer
Falcon Health/Coordination of Care 0.75 0.75 0-0.5
Case Management 2-4 3-4 3-6
Dissertation/Readings 0-2 0-2 0-5
Supervision Prep Time 0 1-2 0-2
Psychological Services Hours Per Week
  Fall Spring Summer
Individual/Couples Therapy Hours 10-15 10-15 10-15
Group Therapy 1.5 1.5 0
Walk-In Coverage 3 3 0-4
Crisis Coverage/Consultation 2-3 3-4 4-8
Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention/Education
0.5 0.5 0
Community Intervention/Liaison 1-4 1-4 1-4
Provision of Supervision 0 1 0-2
Training Activities Hours Per Week
  Fall Spring Summer
Individual Supervision 2 2 2
Group Therapy Supervision 1 1 0
Intern Training Seminar/Consult 2 2 2
Diversity Seminar 0.5 0.5 0.5-1.0
Crisis Seminar/Supervision 0.25 0 0
Assessment Seminar/Supervision 0.25 0.25 0
Community Intervention Seminar/Supervision 0.25 0 0
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
Falcon Health/Coordination of Care 0.75 0.75 0.0-0.5
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