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:

 

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.

 

Chart of Intern's Activities