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Intern Seminar Series

Interns receive two hours per week didactic training, which alternates between Intern Seminar, which interns typically attend alone, and In-Services, which are also attended by staff. In-Services occur approximately once per month. The Intern Seminar Series is a two-hour activity designed to meet interns’ training needs by addressing topical areas germane to employment as a counseling center psychologist.  Topics addressed assist in the interns’ movement from graduate student to entry level professional. Though seminar topics remain relatively consistent, they may be revised according to emerging staffing, clinical or training needs. The following is a list of topics typically offered for the Intern Seminar Series.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Seminar covers methods of assessing and intervening in substance abuse. This seminar is often facilitated by staff of the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion.  

Assessment Seminar focuses on developing interns’ skills in personality and ADHD assessment, with opportunity to learn screenings for learning disability. This seminar is offered as a series of didactic experiences beginning in or shortly after orientation and continuing throughout the academic year. To supplement the didactic learning, Assessment Consultation is also offered biweekly and often includes a didactic component.

Case Management Seminar reviews techniques and skills needed in case management for more acute clinical cases at the USDCC.

Empirically Supported Treatment Relationships leads interns in a discussion of the relationship factors supported by research as leading to positive treatment outcome.

Ethics and the Law reviews ethical principles and guidelines, as well as legal issues, pertinent to psychological practice. This is conducted in a series of three seminars that occur throughout the year, with two additional topical sessions (California Law in the Practice of Psychology and Boundary Issues in the Practice of Psychology) that occur during orientation.

Group Therapy Seminar discusses principles and strategies of group psychotherapy.

Psychologist Career Development focuses on intern career development issues, with specific focus on the job search process. This seminar is supplemented by the weekly Coordinator of Training Supervision meeting, which at times includes a didactic component.

Multicultural and Diversity Issues addresses the impact of diversity in clinical practice. About five of these seminars are scheduled throughout the year. Some topics tend to repeat each year (Religion and Spirituality; Intersectionality of Sexuality and Racial Identity) but others may be tailored to the needs of the intern group.  This seminar focuses primarily on self-awareness in the diversity realm. These seminars are supplemented by Diversity Consultation, which includes a didactic component when needed. 

Risk Assessment and Management Seminar. Interns receive training in crisis management throughout the year in a three part series, the first of which occurs during orientation. The first two hour seminar focuses on assessment of suicidality in the university population. The second provides instruction on after hours policies and procedures, with illustrations of typical on call activity. This prepares interns to carry the on call cell phone as part of their crisis training. The third part of this series instructs interns on the assessment of risk to others, and prepares interns to co-conduct one of the Mandatory Assessments of potentially risky students our staff are asked to do throughout the year.

Outreach and Prevention Seminar Interns learn the principles and skills involved in outreach and prevention education on a university campus. During this seminar interns both receive instruction on theory and methods underlying outreach and prevention efforts on campus, and develop and provide for feedback a mock outreach.

Therapeutic Mistakes provides reading and discussion of the discussion of different mistakes therapists make, and impact of them.

Supervision reviews theories and principles of clinical supervision.

Time-Limited Dynamic Therapy Seminar introduces the concepts and strategies of time-limited dynamic psychotherapy. Research supporting this treatment model is also reviewed. 

In addition to the intern seminars provided by staff at USD, we bring in outside presenters from the general San Diego community to provide interns with different perspectives and experiences. These topics currently include a two part series on cognitive-behavioral therapy evidence-based protocols and an additional two part series on couple counseling.

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

Contact Information

Counseling Center
Serra Hall 300
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4655
Fax: (619) 260-4699

Office Hours

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.*

*extended to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays during fall and spring semesters
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