Individual/Relationship Counseling —Interns see an average of 15 individual/couples per week. The majority of clients will be seen for brief therapy. Interns have the option of maintaining some long-term clients over the course of the year. Interns will have access to a diverse client load with a broad spectrum of presenting issues.
Group Counseling — The Student Counseling Center has a robust group therapy program. Interns are required to co-facilitate two groups with senior staff members. As the year progresses, they are encouraged to develop and lead groups in their own areas of interest. Groups can be process-oriented, topical, and skills based. Examples of previous groups offered include Personal Growth All Genders, Healthy Relationships, DBT-U, HUE: Black & Latinx Student Personal Growth, International Student Support Group, OuterSpace (LGBTQ+ Support), Personal Growth for Women, Getting Unstuck (Depression Skills), Anxiety Toolbox, WISE (Women of Color Support), Trauma Recovery Skills, Graduate Student Support, Neurodiversity Connection Group, and Self-Compassion.
Initial Assessment — Interns conduct approximately two intake assessments each week. The Student Counseling Center's initial assessment process is designed to determine the client's appropriateness for our setting, urgency of client's need, appropriate treatment modality, and to differentially assign the client to an appropriate trainee or staff member.
Crisis Intervention — Interns provide crisis intervention and consultation to students, faculty, staff, and families of students. Crisis intervention is provided during regular business hours to students in immediate distress. Interns will cover a weekly two-hour walk-in crisis block. Supervisory support is an integral part of all crisis coverage.
Outreach Programming — Interns will have many opportunities to participate in the Student Counseling Center's psycho-educational programming. Interns will engage in at least six outreach activities, such as creating an awareness table or presenting to a class. Faculty, staff, and student organizations frequently request presentations. Recent topics have included How to Help a Student in Distress, Healthy Relationships & Connection, Stress Management and Mental Health & SCC Services 101. Additionally, interns will represent the Student Counseling Center at university functions (e.g., new student orientation). Interns will also complete an individual or group outreach project (e.g., creating an online workshop or developing programming for an awareness week). The SCC has an active social media presence, and interns are invited to create content for the SCC Facebook/Instagram pages as a form of outreach programming.
Liaisonship — Interns will shadow a senior staff member as a liaison to a campus department. Potential liaisonship opportunities may include: Multicultural Center, Gender Center Educational Programming (SAFE ZONE or Culture of Equity), Military & Veterans Center, Athletics, and International Student Services. A significant part of the liaisionship experience is creating a consultative and collaborative relationship with the campus department by partnering with a senior staff member in their interactions with that department. Examples of this include attending department meetings, providing programming, and providing one-on-one consultation about student services or organizational needs.
Practicum Supervision — The Student Counseling Center provides practicum experiences for master and doctoral students in counseling and clinical psychology from a variety of local universities. In both the fall and spring, there is an opportunity to co-facilitate the practicum group supervision with the Practicum Training Coordinator. In the spring semester, interns will also be the primary individual supervisor for a Practicum Therapist. Responsibilities will include monitoring clinical work, evaluation, and administrative responsibility.
Orientation — Interns will begin their internship with a two to three week orientation. The orientation provides an opportunity for interns to learn about the specifics of UT Dallas and the Student Counseling Center. Interns will have the opportunity to interact with all of the staff and learn about the theoretical orientations and supervisory styles of potential supervisors. Interns will also participate in didactic and experiential seminars on key topics, including a full day devoted to Diversity. All senior staff participates in orientation. Interns will also have an opportunity to connect with their fellow intern cohort and practicum trainees. The orientation culminates in an intern/training director retreat.
Individual Supervision — The individual supervisory relationship is one of the cornerstones of professional growth during the internship year. Interns receive two hours of individual supervision each week by a licensed psychologist. Additional supervision or consultation is available and encouraged as needed. Interns may choose to work with two different primary supervisors across the year, or may have the opportunity work with the same supervisor for the duration of internship. Interns will have the opportunity to work closely with other senior staff members and experience multiple supervisory styles throughout the year. Assignment of supervisors is based on intern's preference, goals, theoretical orientation and fit.
Group Supervision — UT Dallas staff and interns will meet weekly for one hour to discuss cases and clinical issues. Interns and staff will also present formal and informal case presentations on a rotating basis. Interns will be expected to present a formal case presentation in the Fall and Spring semesters. Group supervision allows in-depth exploration of cases and the opportunity to receive feedback from multiple therapeutic perspectives and theoretical orientations.
Supervision of Group Therapy — Interns will have a half hour of supervision with their group co-facilitator. Supervision will include exploration of group process, group dynamics, and co-facilitator dynamics.
Supervision of Supervision — In the spring, each intern will provide individual supervision to a master's or doctoral level practicum student. Supervision of supervision will involve weekly review of videotaped supervision sessions and discussion and/or tape review of practicum students' individual sessions in a group format. The focus will be on conceptualization and assessment of supervisees' needs and developmental process; providing constructive feedback; self-awareness of developmental process as a supervisor; transference and counter transference; knowledge of ethical issues; awareness of identity-related considerations in supervision, etc.
Supervision Seminar — — Interns will attend a one-hour supervision seminar in the fall. This weekly seminar will be a didactic training seminar focusing on preparation for the role of supervisor. Topics will include models of supervision, supervisory skill development, ethical issues in supervision, consideration of identity and power in supervision, etc.
Clinical Issues Seminar — The Clinical Issues Seminar is an educational seminar focused on topics of therapeutic relevance and professional issues. Seminars are generally two hours and are presented by Student Counseling Center staff. The seminar is attended by interns and senior staff, providing a rich dialogue and multiple perspectives for each topic. The seminar rotates through different components each month:
- Clinical Applications: The clinical applications component is designed to address clinical and theoretical issues in therapy. The Student Counseling Center staff will provide presentations in their area of expertise and incorporate professional readings. Previous topics have included topics such as Crisis Management, Teletherapy, Mindfulness Techniques, Navigating Challenging Moments in Therapy, Working with Trauma, Grief and Loss, and ACT. Intern's input is elicited when choosing topics for spring.
- Intern Development Seminar: This component is specifically focused on intern development issues, including licensure, EPPP, postdoc/job search, interviewing, and private practice.
- Diversity Forum: Although attention to issues of diversity, social justice and equity are a component of all training, the diversity forum focuses more in depth on topics of diversity such as Affirming Neurodiversity, Disability Identity, BIPOC Mental Health, Social Justice Fatigue, Working with South Asian Students, Affirming Gender Identity and Expression in Therapy, etc. Interns are also expected to present one diversity-related presentation during the year.
Special Emphasis Rotation — Interns have the opportunity to focus more in-depth in a particular area. Additional training may include readings, discussion, experiential components, and/or clinical service delivery. Rotations are semester-long and interns complete three rotations during the internship year. Each semester interns will have four to five rotation options to choose from. Options are based on staff expertise and availability. Examples of potential rotations include:
- Supervision (Practicum Case Consultation Co-Facilitator)
- Training (Practicum Training Seminar Co-Facilitator; Training Administration Rotation)
- Assessment (WPATH/Assessment for Clients Seeking Gender Affirmation Treatments; Eating Disorder Concerns, Neurodiversity Assessment, Interpersonal Violence Advocacy)
- Participation in the UTD Neurodiversity Working Group
- Relationship Counseling
- Counseling Center Administration (Clinical, Community Engagement & Training)
- Gender Identity
- Sexual Assault & Interpersonal Violence
- Eating Disorder Assessment
- Theoretical Emphasis (e.g. ACT, RCT)
- Mindfulness Interventions
Intern Consultation Meeting — Each week interns will attend Intern Consultation meeting. Interns will meet with the SCC Diversity Training Coordinator 3x/month and have opportunity to consult about their clinical work and explore professional development through a social justice and equity lens. Once per month, interns will meet with the Outreach Coordinator during Intern Consultation meeting to discuss outreach engagement and plan for the intern outreach project.
Intern Selection Committee — Interns may have the opportunity to participate as a member of the intern selection committee. Involvement will include reviewing applications, selecting candidates for interviews, conducting interviews, and participating in ranking decisions. All interns will participate in various capacities during intern selection interviews.
Additional Weekly Activities
Intern Support Time — Although interns will connect with one another in a variety of trainings and supervision, one hour a week is protected intern support time. This time is reserved for the intern cohort to connect and process any issues as needed. The training director will routinely check in with the interns during this time to address any questions and concerns interns may have.
Staff Meeting — Interns will attend the weekly staff meeting and provide input into decision-making regarding the operation of the Student Counseling Center.
Dissertation — If interns have not completed their dissertation, they will have two hours weekly throughout the year to devote to work on their dissertation. With approval from the training director, this time can be used for other professional development projects (e.g. submitting a publication). Based on the ebb and flow of the university calendar, there may be additional times during the year in which interns could devote more time to their dissertation.
Administrative — Interns will have approximately seven allotted hours to engage in case management, including writing case notes, returning phone calls, consulting with staff or the SCC psychiatrist, and reviewing tape.
In general, interns' schedules are from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday through Friday.