Clinical and Consultation Service Activities
Individual and Couples Therapy
Intern case loads average 15 hours per week. Therapy clients are usually seen for 50-minute appointments. More or less frequent meetings may be arranged depending on client need, however, most cases are considered short-term and many clients are seen every other week. Interns are also encouraged to gain experience in long term psychotherapy and encouraged to carry a few long-term cases over the course of the academic or training year.
Group Counseling and Therapy
Interns co-lead a process therapy group and may also participate in structured / psychoeducational groups during the internship. Interns with less process group experience are encouraged to begin as a process observer for a group prior to undertaking group co-leadership.
Interns are required to complete a minimum of two full, testing batteries throughout the course of their internship year supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist. Use of stand-alone assessment instruments in the intern's individual clinical practice is encouraged as well.
Interns provide outreach programs to the university community as requested as well as participate in campus wide outreach events such as the Mind and Body Check Fair, Ask A Professional, Gobblerfest, and Finals Extravaganas. They also assist with Transfer and New Student Orientations in the months of June and July and Behind Closed Doors resident advisor orientation in August as well as QPR training for RAs and the Corps of Cadets.
Consultation and On-Call
Cook Counseling Center provides consultation to faculty and administrators as well as to parents and peers. The senior staff engages in a variety of consultation projects with various campus departments, offices, and student groups and interns may work with senior staff on these various project areas.
Cook Counseling Center, Student Health Services, and Residence Life Programs have a well established after-hours crisis on-call system. Interns participate in the after-hours on-call rotation with back-up from senior counseling staff. In addition to after-hours on-call, provide back-up to the CCC emergency consultation team by providing crisis consultation hours during the day.
Interns provide one hour weekly of clinical supervision to a master's or doctoral level practicum student, typically in the fall and spring semesters, depending on the number of practicum trainees available, and occasionally during the summer sessions. In the event that an intern does not have the opportunity to supervise in the fall semester, they may elect another area in which to gain some additional experience (such as group or outreach) with the understanding that they will likely be given the opportunity to supervise in the spring. All interns participate in the Supervision of Supervision seminar both fall and spring semesters regardless of whether they have a supervisee that semester. Cook Counseling Center does not utilize distance education technologies in the training program.
Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement
Interns participate in the Center's committees and task forces charged with the ongoing evaluation and improvement of center programs and operations. Interns may elect to participate on the Clinical Procedures, Training, or Outreach committees as well as the IDEA Team.