Doctoral Internship Training Activities

Orientation to ASU Counseling Services and ASU
The internship begins with approximately a full week of didactic and observational learning to orient interns to the context and environment. Interns begin the process of identifying professional role models and determining their training goals. Staff train interns in the following:

  • ASU CS procedures and policies and its mission within Educational Outreach and Student Services and the University.
  • Internship training overview
  • Clinical systems overview
  • HIPAA, FERPA and other university required trainings
  • Clinical assessment of issues pertinent to university populations.
  • Crisis assessment & intervention
  • Professional development transitions.
  • Group services training
  • Outreach/consultation services training
  • Electronical health record
  • Shadowing initial consultation and assessment sessions

Interns are trained in assessment of a variety of clinical issues, including: suicide and risk; eating disorders; substance abuse; trauma (sexual, physical, emotional); obsessive-compulsive disorder. During their internship year, interns will also receive training in and make regular use of a symptom screening checklist (CCAPS-62) and also other instrument as needed (e.g SASSI-3).

Case Conference
Interns are required to attend a weekly case conference, through which they will give and receive feedbacks in order to enhance their clinical skills. The case conference will be co-facilitated by two senior staff clinicians.

Intern Seminar
Interns receive training on a variety of topics from professional staff on clinical and professional issues related to working at university counseling center. The seminar meets for 1.5 hours weekly throughout the year.  The examples of the topics include:

Clinical Issues
The following are typical of the clinical issues that are addressed in either the Intern Seminar or the CS Staff Development activities. Empirically supported treatments are addressed. Interns may request topics of interest for the Intern Seminar.

  • Eating disorders treatment.
  • Time limited therapy.
  • Substance abuse treatment.
  • Group therapy.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
  • Working effectively with international students.
  • Effective couples counseling.
  • Working effectively with veterans.
  • Working effectively with athletes.
  • Treatment of depression
  • Treatment of anxiety

Professional Issues
Interns are encouraged to explore a range of professional issues and experiences to develop their identity as psychologists. Topics include:

  • Transitions throughout internship.
  • Best ethical practice in the university counseling center setting.
  • Role of university counseling center on campus.
  • Job hunt strategies: (where and how to apply for jobs; writing a cover letter; revising the vita; preparing for interviews).
  • Preparing for licensure exam.
  • How to start private practice.

Diversity Seminar
Reflecting the importance of effectively engaging a diverse, multicultural university community, interns participate in formal seminar training focusing on diversity issues. In this seminar, interns enhance their ability to engage with diversity and multicultural issues relevant to effective practice of psychology in a university setting. This is a "hands on" seminar experience, through which participants will be actively engaging with the university community in outreach and consultative roles. As part of the seminar, participants will...

  • Engage in activities designed to enhance effectiveness in clinical and consultative work by addressing personal barriers that affect work with diverse populations
  • Take part in clinical case conferences involving issues of diversity through which they provide and receive feedback and suggestions for enhancing therapy effectiveness.
  • Conduct collaborative consultation with organizations in the university to help more effectively reach traditionally underserved populations.

Supervision of Supervision
Interns will receive training on supervision by attending supervision of supervision seminar biweekly for one hour during the fall and weekly for one hour during the spring semesters. In the fall the focus of Sup of Sup will be didactics on supervision and in the spring it will be on consultation on the interns’ supervision work.

SafeZONE Training
As part of ASU CS commitment to valuing diversity through actions that reflect an understanding of and respect for differences and similarities, all ASU CS staff members, interns, and postdoctoral residents are required to complete a SafeZONE training workshops. Interns will have to sign up for the training in the fall. Information about ASU’s SafeZONE training is available here.

Training Committee
Interns will take a turn in attending the ASU CS Training Committee. One of the interns will represent the intern group for one semester in the Training Committee meetings.

  • The Training Committee works on various training related issues in order to provide quality training experiences for CS trainees. For example, Training Committee may update the training manuals and evaluation.
  • The Training Committee also works to review the feedbacks from trainees in order to improve the trainees’ training experiences and the quality of the training. 
  • Training Committee also plans for the Training Retreats (first one during the winter break and second one during the summer) that all the interns participate to reflect on their training experiences and provide feedback.
  • The participating intern will represent the intern group, and provides an update information on the group’s experiences and needs.

Professional Development
Interns are expected to attend all ASU CS staff development and continuing education activities offered through the agency and may request limited time for professional development activities. In addition, interns can receive professional development time over the winter break and use this time to complete their project or other activities that will help them to continue to improve their competencies.

Intern Project
As part of the intern training, each intern will work with an ASU Counseling Services (ASU CS) clinical staff member, in consultation with the Training Director, to develop a project of their choice that is applied in a university setting. Interns contract one hour per week for this activity, and will receive one hour of supervision biweekly for this project by an assigned intern project supervisor. Interns are expected to submit the project proposal to the Training Director by the end of fall semester, and complete the project by the end of spring. Interns will have to present the project to the staff in the summer.

Intern projects can be a new initiative that allows the agency to share the expertise of professional counseling center staff to a broad audience of students at ASU. This project can provide for the application of psychological expertise to areas where there is broad need beyond what would be addressed through individual clinical services.