Intern Seminar Series

 

Interns receive an average of two hours per week of didactic training, though at some times of the year they receive considerably more (e.g., during orientation) and at the busy time of the semester, we taper off didactics in order to facilitate client service and the accompanying didactic needs. Typically, many of our topics recur year to year, though each year we reevaluate the usefulness of each seminar. Some seminars are taught by Counseling Center staff, some by our USD Wellness colleagues, and others are taught by volunteer members of the community. In addition, we integrate interns into our all-staff In-Services and day-long, periodic continuing education programs. Those topics vary year to year, depending on the needs of the staff. Typically, the following seminars repeat each year:

 

Orientation Training Sequence

Boundaries in Professional Psychology
California Law in the Practice of Psychology
Developing a Multicultural Framework
Evidence Based Treatment Planning
Group Therapy
Outreach and Prevention (3 sessions)
Supervision (2 sessions)

 

Assessment and Testing Sequence

CCAPS, AUDIT and ASSIST
MMPI-2-RF
Therapeutic Assessment

 

Clinical Practice/Evidence Based Practice Sequence

Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Assessment and Intervention (2 sessions)
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Case Management in Clinical Practice
Crisis and Risk Management Seminars (3 sessions)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (2 sessions, usually focusing on CBT for Anxiety and CBT for Depression)
Couples Therapy (2 sessions)
Evidence Based Treatment Planning
Group Therapy
Motivational Interviewing
Positive Psychology
Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy
Psychopharmacology
Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy (2 sessions)

 

Diversity Sequence

Fall Semester Seminars:

Classism
Developing a Multicultural Framework (see orientation syllabi)
Religion and Spirituality
Sexual Orientation
Working with Transgendered and Gender Diverse Clients

Spring Semester Seminars:

Privilege and Social Justice
Experiential Seminars:
      • Intersectionality of Sexuality, Gender, and Race/Ethnicity (2 sessions)
      • Working with Blind Spots and Biases (2 sessions)

At least one open seminar is scheduled for further exploration of needed/desired topics.

 

Ethics Sequence

Boundaries in Clinical Practice (see orientation syllabi)
California Law in the Practice of Psychology (see orientation syllabi)
Ethics (Additional, case based open ended sessions)

 

Professional Development Sequence

Job Search
Therapeutic Mistakes

        Additional topics are integrated into the interns’ Supervision with the Coordinator of Training, or are added to the intern seminar schedule depending on the needs of the interns (e.g., Salary Negotiation, Private Practice.)

 

Didactic Training: In-Services

In-service is a two-hour training activity attended on approximately a monthly basis by all clinical staff members.  Didactic information relevant to psychological practice at a university counseling center is presented.  In addition, the interns’ formal case presentations also serve as part of the in-service schedule. Presenters include USDCC staff, university members, and community professionals with expertise in relevant topics.  Topics provide interns with information necessary for successful practice in this setting, but also to provide senior staff with ongoing professional development.  To facilitate interns’ ability to share their growing expertise, to encourage self-perception as a professional, and to help prepare interns for the job search, each intern presents two formal case presentations. Interns who would like to provide an in-service for professional growth are encouraged to make this request known early in the year so we can accommodate it. The quality of in-services is evaluated each week using an electronic version of the In-Service and Intern Seminar Evaluation Form

Didactic Training: Additional Continuing Education

            The USDCC is certified as a provider of accredited continuing education for psychologists by the California Psychological Association Provider Approval System. Programs attended by all clinical staff are sponsored periodically and interns are encouraged to attend these free of charge, without utilizing their professional development stipend. Recent topics have included Resiliency Development in Psychology; ADHD in Teens and Adults: Diagnosis, Impairments, and Management; Assessment and Management of Suicide Risk in College Students; Men’s Issues in Psychotherapy. In addition, the USDCC at times pays for all staff including interns to attend other local continuing education programs.

In-services

In-service is a two-hour training activity attended on approximately a monthly basis by all clinical staff members. Didactic information relevant to psychological practice at a university counseling center is presented. In addition, the interns’ formal case presentations also serve as part of the in-service schedule. Presenters include USDCC staff, university members, and community professionals with expertise in relevant topics. Topics provide interns with information necessary for successful practice in this setting, but also to provide senior staff with ongoing professional development. To facilitate interns’ ability to share their growing expertise, to encourage self-perception as a professional, and to help prepare interns for the job search, each intern presents one formal case presentation.

Additional training activities

The USDCC is certified as a provider of accredited continuing education for psychologists by California’s Mandatory Continuing Education for Psychologists Accrediting Agency. Programs attended by all clinical staff are sponsored periodically. Recent topics have included Men’s Issues in Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy, Critical Incident Training, Eating Disorders, Competency Based Supervision and Training, Domestic Violence, and Ethics. In addition, the USDCC at times pays for all staff including interns to attend other local continuing education programs.

Chart of Intern's Activities