Psychology Internship Training Program
APPIC Match Number: 159811
The University Counseling Center (UCC) at the University of Utah is committed to providing training that facilitates professional growth and competence. The multidisciplinary training and varied theoretical orientations of professional staff provide a rich environment for intern development.
The UCC internship has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1979; our next re-accreditation Site Visit will be in 2030 as we were successfully granted a full 10 year reaccredidation at our most recent site visit in 2020. Our internship nicely fits APA's definition of training in Health Service Psychology: We provide training experiences in the "delivery of preventive, assessment, diagnostic, and therapeutic intervention services relative to psychological and physical health" in preparation for our interns to become "licensed as psychologists at the independent practice level" (APA, 1996; APA, 2011).
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation
American Psychological Association
Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
The UCC was established in 1950. In 1972, three independent campus mental health agencies--the Marriage and Family Clinic, the Mental Health Unit of the Student Health Service, and the Counseling Center--were consolidated into the UCC. Thus, UCC employs a multidisciplinary approach to service delivery with practitioners from the disciplines of psychology, social work, and psychiatry. The Center serves a student population of over 33,000 individuals. As the flagship of the Utah System of Higher Education, the University of Utah attracts students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 110 foreign countries. Opportunities are available to work with nontraditional, international, and ethnic minority students.
Founded in 1850, the University of Utah is the oldest state university west of the Missouri River. The University is situated on a sprawling landscaped 1,534-acre campus with more than 300 buildings and a research park. It is a center of community culture with active research institutes, libraries, art museums, a natural history museum, laboratory and professional theaters, modern dance and ballet, and a wide variety of music programs. Approximately 2700 faculty members have made distinguished contributions in teaching, research, fine arts, and public service.
The University is located in the foothills of the awe-inspiring Wasatch Mountains at the eastern edge of Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah. A four-season climate and surrounding alpine country invite outdoor activity such as camping, hiking, canoeing and fishing. Seven world-famous ski resorts are located within 45 minutes of the campus. Vestiges of the frontier spirit and rugged individualism remain in the metropolitan and rural areas of Utah. Salt Lake City is the home of a nationally recognized symphony and opera company, ballet company, repertory dance company, and several active theater groups. Sports enthusiasts enjoy professional basketball (WNBA Utah Starzz and NBA Utah Jazz), professional soccer (NWSL Utah Royals FC and MLS Real Salt Lake), minor league baseball (Salt Lake Bees), and minor league hockey (Utah Grizzlies). Salt Lake City was the site for the 2002 Winter Olympics, with the University serving as the athletes' village and the site of the opening and closing ceremonies. In addition there are five National Parks in Utah: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion; seven National Monuments; and two National Recreation Areas.
UCC Mission Statement
The purpose of the University Counseling Center (UCC) is to facilitate and support the educational mission of the University of Utah. We provide developmental, preventive, and therapeutic services and programs that promote the intellectual, emotional, cultural, and social development of students, staff, and faculty. We advocate a philosophy of acceptance, compassion, and support for those we serve, as well as for each other. We aspire to respect cultural, individual and role differences as we continually work toward creating a safe and affirming climate for individuals of all ages, cultures, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, languages, mental and physical abilities, national origins, races, religions, sexual orientations, sizes, and socioeconomic statuses.
The University Counseling Center (UCC) provides counseling, educational, and developmental services to the university community. The UCC is committed to increasing awareness and knowledge about human diversity and culture such that respectful human interactions and effective interconnections can occur. Our goal is for all eligible students, faculty, and staff to be able to access our services and receive acceptance regardless of culture, gender, gender identity, gender expression, generation, ethnicity, lifestyle, spirituality, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, national origin, language, or physical and mental functioning.
As mental health professionals who adhere to the respective professional ethics and standards of the various mental-health disciplines represented at the UCC, we have a personal and professional responsibility to:
- Identify and understand our own attitudes, biases, assumptions, and values about human behavior;
- Recognize and demonstrate awareness of the client’s world-view, including his/her attitudes, biases, assumptions, and values;
- Educate ourselves so that we can better understand the influence and impact of our culture within the counseling relationship;
- Provide culturally competent and effective counseling (e.g., appropriate help-giving practices, intervention strategies, and cultural structures) to all eligible students, faculty, and staff; and
- Promote the cognitive, emotional, psychological, and/or spiritual development of our clients and campus community.
In order to meet this goal, we consistently strive to integrate multiculturalism into the everyday functioning and structure of our agency, including the organizational, administrative, training, service, and individual levels. While this integration of multiculturalism is reflected in the UCC’s policies, procedures, and programming, our mission to promote multiculturalism and eliminate prejudicial and discriminatory practices (APA, 2003) extends not only to ourselves, but also outside our agency to the campus and surrounding communities. As detailed below, UCC has numerous campus and community diversity-related organizational partners and is an institutional member of the LGBTQ-Affirmative Therapist Guild of Utah.
The doctoral internship program in psychology offers broad education and training with a focus on the specializations of Counseling Psychology and Clinical Psychology. As mentioned, the internship is consistent with APA's definition of training in Health Service Psychology in that we provide experiences in the delivery of preventive and therapeutic interventions services to address psychological and physical health (APA, 1996; APA, 2011). We prepare our interns to become licensed as psychologists at the independent practice level.
The UCC espouses a Scientist-Practitioner philosophy of training responsive to its multicultural setting within a university community. The UCC is committed to providing generalist training that facilitates growth and competence and integrates the application of current scientific knowledge, principles, and theories in the provision of professional services. Interns learn to apply their skills within a multicultural and ethical service delivery environment.
The internship training program builds on professional knowledge acquired during doctoral training related to the following substantive content areas of general psychology: biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, social bases of behavior, and individual behavior (Belar & Perry, 1992). Interns are expected to integrate science and professional practice sufficiently to demonstrate assessment and intervention skill and ability with diverse target individuals and groups. As articulated by Stoltenberg, Pace, Kashubeck-West, Biever, Patterson, and Welch (2000), our training program envisions the Scientist-Practitioner as a professional who is trained “to identify a problem, gather relevant data, formulate hypotheses, and test these hypotheses in a systematic manner.” For example, integration of the Scientist-Practitioner philosophy is evident in the training provided in session-to-session utilization of the Counseling Center Assessment of Psychology Symptoms, or CCAPS. We agree with the assertion of Stoltenberg, et al. (2000) that “the scientist role is as important in the moment-by-moment process of clinical activity as it is in conducting controlled empirical studies.”
The Scientist-Practitioner philosophy of training is closely tied to the UCC model of service delivery. The UCC service delivery model is based on the Interactive Cube Model (Pace, Stamler, Yarris & June, 1996) adapted from the Cube Model (Morrill, Oetting, & Hurst, 1974) in which interventions are defined in terms of their targets, purposes and methods. Interventions may be directed toward the (a) individual; (b) individual's primary groups (e.g., family, couple, close friends); (c) associational group (e.g., class, club); or (d) institution or community. Purposes of intervention may be (a) remediation; (b) prevention; or (c) development. Methods of intervention can be through (a) direct service; (b) consultation and training; and/or (c) media. The Interactive Cube Model is responsive to changes in higher education and the world-at-large with increased emphasis on flexibility, interdependence, and collaboration within the university community. The internship training program is structured to expose interns to a variety of targets, purposes, and methods of service delivery. Thus, the UCC internship prepares broadly trained professional practitioners to offer services that are preventive, developmental, and therapeutic.
The primary purpose of the UCC is to facilitate and support the educational mission of the University of Utah. We do so by providing preventive, developmental and therapeutic services that range from learning skills and career development to psychotherapy and crisis intervention. Training related to ethical, legal, and multicultural/diversity issues is infused throughout the program. An overarching goal of the psychology internship training program is to prepare professional health service psychologists who demonstrate “a research orientation in their practice and a practice relevance in their research” (Belar & Perry, 1992).
The UCC provides a rich environment of interdisciplinary training for six separate training cohorts. In addition to the health service psychology interns, we offer a social work internship for four advanced standing or second year Master's of Social Work students as well as practicum for two first social work students. In addition, all doctoral students in Counseling Psychology from the Department of Educational Psychology complete a counseling practicum at UCC, and doctoral students in Clinical Psychology from the Department of Psychology participate in a clinical assessment practicum and a psychotherapy practicum at UCC. The UCC also trains undergraduate peer mentors through our Change Coalition Undergraduate Internship.
Focus of Training at UCC
The UCC provides services that are preventive, developmental and therapeutic and that range from crisis intervention and psychotherapy to career development and learning skills. The UCC mission encompasses provision of mental health services within a diverse University community, preventive and developmental programs designed to help students take maximum advantage of their university experience, consultation and outreach to enhance the campus environment for student development, training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, teaching at the undergraduate level, and research and evaluation of program effectiveness. The UCC staff is diverse in professional training and theoretical orientations. All psychology internship positions provide generalist training in individual, couple and group psychotherapy; assessment; crisis intervention; classroom teaching; clinical supervision; consultation and outreach; research; and professional development. Training related to ethical, legal, and multicultural/diversity issues is infused throughout the program. In addition to training within the UCC, psychology interns are encouraged to collaborate with professionals outside the Center to provide service within the broader University community.
An over-arching goal of the psychology internship training program is to prepare professional psychologists who demonstrate “a research orientation in their practice and a practice relevance in their research” (Belar & Perry, 1992). The training program prepares interns for careers as staff members in counseling centers at colleges and universities or as faculty members in academic departments at institutions of higher education. Interns who complete the program also are prepared to work as professional psychologists in other outpatient practice settings (e.g., primary care medical clinics, community mental health agencies, etc.). It is expected that intern applicants will have achieved basic didactic education in the following areas (Belar & Perry, 1990): biological, cognitive/ affective, social, and individual bases of behavior. In addition, applicants are expected to have engaged in supervised practicum experiences in counseling and psychotherapy. The developmental focus of the internship training program is to facilitate integration of these components with applied practice, so as to advance each intern's level of professional competence.
General Program Goals
The training staff at UCC has identified 9 major internship training goals:
|Ethical and Legal Standards||Interns will demonstrate ethical decision-making and conduct consistent with the ethical and legal standards of professional psychology. Interns will handle increasingly complex situations with a greater degree of independence during the course of their training.|
|Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors||Interns will adhere to professional values with integrity, continuously acquire new skills and knowledge in the practice of psychology, and respond professionally in increasingly complex situations with a greater degree of independence.|
|Individual and Cultural Diversity||Interns will increase their awareness, knowledge, sensitivity, and skills in providing culturally competent professional psychological services to diverse individuals and groups who embody broad dimensions of intersectional, cultural, and personal backgrounds.|
|Communication and Interpersonal Skills||Interns will identify and practice effective verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills to interact competently and professionally with clients, colleagues, supervisors, and trainees. Interns will develop meaningful relationships in their professional roles.|
|Consultation and Interprofessional/ Interdisciplinary Skills||Interns will acquire knowledge and skills to perform consultation and outreach within university and community settings as well as collaborate with other mental health professionals.|
|Research||Interns will demonstrate integration of empirical science and clinical practice to produce and disseminate new knowledge, critically evaluate and use current knowledge to solve novel problems, and apply research in clinical settings.|
|Intervention||Interns will demonstrate competence in evidence-based clinical interventions with clients presenting with a variety of concerns across psychotherapy modalities.|
|Assessment||Interns will demonstrate competence in conducting evidence-based assessments and integrate assessment related data into therapeutic intervention.|
|Supervision||Interns will gain experiential knowledge and skills to mentor, monitor, and evaluate trainee competence development in the professional practice of psychology as well as respond professionally to feedback with their own supervisors.|
The primary training method is experiential. Interns spend approximately 55% of their time in direct service activities including individual, couple, and group counseling; advanced and "same day" intakes; providing clinical supervision; engaging in consultation and outreach; conducting psychological assessments; and co-teaching a class. Interns co-lead therapy groups with permanent clinical staff members and may conduct couples therapy under supervision once initial couples therapy training has beeninitiated. In addition, interns spend four hours a week in research and scholarly activities.
While the UCC internship is generally a 40 hour per week experience, there is some variability due to the academic calendar and university holidays. During peak periods, interns can expect to work 40-45 hours per week; during university break periods, however, interns may be less heavily scheduled. The internship program is defined as a 2000 hour experience. Therefore, in a year comprised of 50 weeks, interns are responsible to average 40 hours per week in order to fulfill internship requirements. One-quarter of this time, or 500 hours, will be spent in the provision of direct service, or "Mental Health Therapy," as defined by Utah statute.
Training methods and activities are sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity. For example, interns acquire skills for conducting intake interviews in the following sequence:
- During Orientation, they receive didactic instruction in the policies and procedures for conducting intake interviews, read the UCC clinical services manual regarding intake interviews, watch video recordings of intake interviews role-played by UCC permanent clinical staff members, and engage in role-played interviews with peers;
- Interns observe, in vivo, permanent clinical staff members conducting actual intake interviews;
- When prepared, interns conduct intake interviews in the presence of a permanent clinical staff member who observes and provides feedback; this is repeated until a permanent clinical staff member approves the intern to conduct intake interviews independently. This is referred to as being "cleared" for independent intakes;
- Interns conduct intake interviews independently;
- In the multidisciplinary Clinical Team meeting, interns present brief, emergent case conceptualizations and oral summaries of the intake assessment for case disposition, incorporating clinical interview assessment with data from the CCAPS.
- Interns receive feedback from the Team regarding their intake presentations
- Interns may consult with their Team Leader or any other permanent clinical staff colleague regarding problematic intake interviews either during or after the session.
- Interns have the opportunity to test their intake hypotheses by comparing their clinical interview assessments to CCAPS scores of intake clients and by following up with the ongoing assigned therapist, who is usually a member of the same Clinical Team, to determine the accuracy of their initial evaluations.
Training in other service delivery areas of the UCC is similarly sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity.
Training methods and activities also utilize the unique aspects of the environment at the University of Utah to provide comprehensive training and experience in principles of multiculturalism. For example, since 20% of clients presenting for intake identify as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), a training module in the initial orientation and training schedule acquaints interns with cultural practices, religious beliefs, unique terminology, and church resources as they relate to the practice of psychotherapy in this public university. Interns can use this knowledge and awareness with their clients, so as to communicate accurate empathy and develop appropriate treatment plans that are respectful of clients' religious, spiritual, and cultural values. Similar training sessions are held for other client populations of interest, such as LGBTQ clients. For several weeks each Fall and Spring Semester, the Diversity Seminar series (a subset of the larger UCC Training Seminar) affords interns an opportunity to expand their knowledge of varied aspects of diversity such as race/ethnicity, ability/disability, language, sexual orientation, gender, spirituality, and socioeconomic status. In Spring Semester, interns are expected to implement their theoretical knowledge about a particular underserved population representing one or more aspects of diversity by planning and carrying out a clinical, psychoeducational, or research-based Diversity Initiative to meet an identified need in the campus community.
Psychology interns receive two hours each week of regularly scheduled individual supervision with their primary supervisor, a psychologist who has been licensed for at least two years. All interns have two different primary supervisors at UCC during the training year. In addition, interns receive a half-hour of individual supervision/training from their group therapy co-leaders and a half-hour of small group supervision regarding their teaching. These supervisors/trainers may be from disciplines other than psychology (e.g., social work). Interns typically receive additional individual supervision on research, testing, and outreach/consultation activities from the persons responsible for training in those areas. Interns also may receive individual supervision/consultation from any permanent staff member as needed.
Interns typically receive 4-6 hours a week of small group supervision and training through consultation and seminar groups. These provide a forum for presentation of cases, discussion of clinical and multicultural issues, exchange of ideas, mini-lectures on selected topics, review of research and theoretical articles, and monitoring of ethical concerns. Some training seminars are exclusively for psychology interns (e.g., Psychology Training Seminar and Supervision of Supervision Seminar), some are for social work and psychology interns (e.g., UCC Training Seminar), and others are attended by interns and permanent clinical staff members (e.g., Clinical Case Consultation, and Clinical Teams).
General Outcome Measures
During orientation and training sessions at the beginning of the training year, interns work with the Training Director to plan and set goals for service delivery and training activities which include counseling, teaching, outreach/consultation, research, and providing clinical supervision. This initial plan is refined as the need arises, so that interns can adapt their training experiences in light of their own needs and those of the Center.
Interns are expected to achieve intermediate to advanced competency in each of the 9 goal areas described above. Evaluation is both formative and summative. Interns receive performance feedback on a daily or weekly basis as they function in various capacities within the UCC. A Preliminary Review is held mid-way through Fall Semester where all permanent clinical staff members discuss their observations of each intern’s performance. If deficits are identified, then the primary supervisor discusses the concerns with the intern, and together they plan training experiences to increase the intern’s level of skill. There are two Performance Evaluations, one at the end of fall semester and one just prior to the end of the internship, where interns receive oral and written feedback concerning their performance. If an intern’s performance is not considered to be at the intermediate or advanced level of competency then the supervisor, along with the Director of Training, works with the intern to develop a remediation plan so the intern can achieve the necessary level of proficiency to successfully complete the internship.
Proximal evaluation measures include:
- Review of the content of interns' Direct Service Agreement and activity summaries.
- Contributions in training seminars.
- Staff observations and feedback in the preliminary review and in the two formal performance evaluations.
- Titanium reports and documentation of number of intakes and ongoing counseling hours completed.
- Monthly reports from the Director recording the percent of actual to targeted hours of intake and returning appointments, and the range of these percentages for permanent staff over the same time period.
- Primary supervisor’s written evaluation of intern’s performance.
- Client reports of behavior change via the CCAPS.
- Written instructor evaluations regarding intern’s teaching.
- Ratings by practicum supervisee(s) on supervisor evaluation forms.
Distal evaluation measures include:
- Length of time to complete doctoral degree following internship.
- Obtaining a professional position in psychology relevant to the intern's long term career goals.
- Achieving licensure as a psychologist.
- Professional contributions of former interns to their institutions or agencies, their communities, the discipline of psychology, and/or national or international issues related to research and practice in psychology.
- Presentation records of former interns at national, regional, state and local professional meetings.
- Publication records of former interns who are in academic and applied settings.
- Participation of former interns in local, regional, national, and international professional organizations.
- Alumni Follow-up Survey.
Direct UCC services include preventive, developmental, and therapeutic procedures designed to: (a) remove existing psychological barriers to personal growth and functioning and (b) assist in the actualization of individual, group, and institutional capabilities.
Counseling and Psychotherapy
Individual and Couples
Through a 12-session brief therapy model, clients are assisted in increasing their personal and academic functioning. To gain experience in providing longer-term therapy, interns may carry a selected number of clients long-term. Psychiatric evaluation by a psychiatric nurses, as well as referral to more appropriate community resources, may be part of an assessment/treatment plan.
UCC has a strong group therapy program. Each intern participates as a co-therapist for a process-oriented therapy group. There are several theme or special issue groups including an LGBTQ2I Group, Graduate Student Groups, Skills Group, Women's Process Group, Mindfulness & Meditation Groups, as well as general Yalom-type, Interpersonal Process Groups.
Intakes and Crisis Intervention
All UCC psychology interns provide brief intake appointments on a weekly basis. We attempt to get prospective clients in for these initial assessments as quickly as possible, so we offer several "Same Day" intake appointments each day. Intern also provide some limited crisis coverage time, along with permanent clinical staff members, on a rotating basis on Fridays. Interns always have permanent clinical staff back-up in the agency while they are providing these services. This dual approach to intake appointments provides rich clinical training in assessment and crisis work for interns and accessible services for UCC clients.
In 2013, the UCC opened its Mindfulness Center, which provides services aimed at reducing stress, managing anxiety, and regulating emotions. Interns may be invovled in offering Mindfulness Center meditation sessions or Feel Better Now workshops. The Mindfulness Center also has an array of online resources useful in learning relaxation and meditation skills.
Teaching a Credit-Bearing University Class
Interns' teaching is conceptualized as a developmental intervention that is psychoeducational in nature. Teaching opportunities are dependent on sufficient course enrollment.
Identity and inclusivity (ED PS 3010)
All four psychology interns normally have an opportunity to co-teach a course that meets the diversity education requirement of the University of Utah. They assist students in exploring similarities and differences among men and women from various cultures, religions, sexual orientations, economic classes, and geographical locations. They provide selected readings, films, panel discussions, and guest speakers to supplement experiential learning, lectures and discussion (3 credit hours). Interns receive a half hour per week of supervision of their teaching in the semester they are instructors.
Collaborative Consultation & Outreach
Interns present two or more psychoeducational offerings in classes, for student clubs and organizations, or for staff and faculty groups every semester.
Faculty and Staff Consultation
Interns may provide consultation services to administrative units, academic departments, and student service agencies. Activities may include: (a) responding to campus crises, (b) helping faculty or staff members manage psychological or social problems they encounter with employees or students, (c) skill training (e.g., stress management, communication), and (d) organizational development.
Systems Intervention Project (Previously referred to as Diversity Initiative)
As discussed elsewhere, an important application of consultation and outreach for UCC interns is the design and implementation of a Systems Intervention Project (SIP) under the leadership of the Assistant Training Director. Interns identify a population which may be societally or structurally marginalized or traditionally underserved which becomes the focus of an intervention to improve service delivery for this population.
In Fall Semester interns begin to design a SIP to meet the needs of an underserved population on campus; this initiative is then carried out in the Spring and Summer terms. These initiatives often involve collaboration with other Student Affairs agencies or student groups on campus. Previous interns' SIPs include collaboration with the director of the LGBT Resource Center to develop a mentoring program; collaboration with faculty members at the LDS Institute of Religion to acquaint them with services offered at the UCC and to identify ways to best meet the needs of students who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; development of counseling brochures to address unique concerns of First Nations, New American, Spanish speaking, LGBTQ, and first generation students; coordination with the Veteran's Support Center on campus to determine how UCC can better serve veteran and active military students; or collaboration with staff at the Center for Disability Services to increase physical accessibility of UCC services for students with disabilities.
Interns provide individual clinical supervision to practicum counselors who are doctoral students in the local Counseling Psychology program. Agency practicum counselors have two individual supervisors with whom they meet each week: An intern supervisor, and a licensed supervisor who has faculty status in the academic department. Interns participate in a weekly Supervision of Supervision Seminar which includes small-group supervision of supervision, discussions of models of clinical supervision, case presentations of supervision, and discussions of supervision issues. This supervision model allows excellent training for intern supervisors as well as extensive oversight of practicum counselor development.
Interns conduct assessments including clinical interviews and selected standardized measures of ability, personality, and achievement with individual clients. Interns are expected to write one formal integrated assessment report each semester as well as a written summary of results and recommendations for the client's use. They participate in an Assessment Seminar, a module within the Psychology Training Seminar, where principles of assessment in clinical practice are discussed and test reports are reviewed.
Counseling Center Staff
Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Clinical Social Work, and Psychiatry perspectives are readily accessible to interns. The core professional staff is supplemented by selected Staff Associates, including student affairs professionals, faculty members in academic departments, and practitioners in the community who provide additional training. Staff members participate in agency administration and serve as coordinators of intervention areas. Permanent clinical staff members provide back-up for interns dealing with clients in crisis. Interns consult with staff psychiatric nurses about issues related to medication and hospitalization.
The UCC as a whole is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) and is also a member of:
- Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC),
- Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA),
- Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD),
- Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services (ACCCCS),
- Association for University and College Counseling Center Outreach (AUCCCO), and
- Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH).
Supervision, Feedback and Evaluation
Psychology interns receive feedback concerning their performance as UCC staff members. This ongoing, shared assessment is an integral part of the learning process and includes evaluation of ethical and professional behavior and assessment of skills and individual styles of counseling. Copies of "Trainee Rights and Responsibilities and Due Process Procedures," "The Comprehensive Evaluation of Student-Trainee Competence in Professional Training Programs," and "Personal Disclosure Policy for UCC Trainees" are provided during the initial orientation and training period. (Please see the Psychology Internship Training Manual.)
The agency employs a comprehensive evaluation model developed by a task force of the APA's Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC; APA, 2004). This model recognizes the importance of evaluating not only the acquisition of counseling, intervention, and teaching skills, but of other elements of professional development and functioning (i.e., cognitive, emotional, psychological, interpersonal, technical, and ethical functioning).
A licensed psychologist is responsible for the direct supervision of an intern's counseling and psychotherapy cases. Interns meet with their primary supervisor for two hours a week and may consult more frequently as needed. Each intern also receives regular feedback about other UCC experiences from permanent clinical staff members directly responsible for those activities. Early in the training year a preliminary review is conducted so that adjustments in interns’ training and responsibilities may be made when needed. Twice a year, permanent clinical staff members provide comprehensive formal, quantitative, written evaluations. (Please see trainee evaluations in the Psychology Internship Training Manual.) This evaluative feedback is aggregated, summarized, and presented to each intern. Similarly, interns complete written evaluations about the quality and style of the supervision that they have received and share that information with their supervisors twice a year. A written report on each intern's performance is sent semiannually to the director of the intern's academic program.
All interns receive two hours of individual weekly supervision from UCC psychologists who have been licensed a minimum of three years. Formats are diverse including observation, co-therapy, review of electronic recordings, case discussion, and review of written case documentation. In addition, interns conduct group therapy with permanent staff co-therapists.
UCC Training Seminar
Psychology and Social Work Interns meet jointly for this weekly seminar which runs Fall and Spring semesters. Seminar topics rotate and are presented by UCC staff and guest speakers with expertise in each of the following areas:
- Multicultural & Diversity Issues
- Crisis and Trauma
- Consultation, Collaborative Outreach, and Diversity Initiatives
- Group Therapy
- Couples Therapy
- Ethics in Mental Health Practice
Psychology Training Seminar
Psychology Interns meet in a weekly seminar led by agency psychologists for discipline-specific training in the following areas:
- Assessment Training
- Empirically-Based Practice
- Professional Development Issues
- Standards, Licensing, and Credentialing
- Special Topics Seminars include Mindfulness and Medication
Theoretical and experiential supervision issues are discussed and small group supervision-of-supervision is provided. Trainees present their supervision work with doctoral practicum counselors via electronic recordings and discussion. They give and receive feedback on their supervisory skills. This training group meets every week for one hour throughout the academic year and is co-facilitated by the faculty member teaching the academic program's practicum class that semester.
Clinical Team Meeting
Interns meet weekly for one hour with members of their integrated vertical clinical teams to present intake assessments, manage disposition of clients, and acquire their case loads. They observe permanent staff and provide modeling for practicum counselors on their teams with respect to presenting cases, giving and receiving feedback, and providing recommendations. They learn to collaborate with colleagues to provide the best disposition and treatment planning for each client.
Psychiatric Nursing Consultation
Interns may refer clients to our psychiatric nurse practioner for joint case management including diagnostic consultation and/or medication evaluations. Interns are encouraged to participate in these diagnostic interviews with their client's permission.
Other Training Activities
Interns may participate in program evaluation research and needs assessment. They may collaborate with other UCC staff and interns related to ongoing UCC research projects or may initiate their own projects. Research activity is supported through access to data and/or research participants, allocation of weekly research time (4 hours/week), and consultation on experimental design and analysis.
Trainees normally serve on at least one committee within the UCC such as the Intern Selection Committee, Training Committee, Research Committee, or Outreach Committee. They also may serve on ad hoc UCC committees. Opportunities are sometimes also available to serve on university-wide committees such as the "Love Your Body Week" program committee.
Multicultural Staff Development
UCC clinical staff attend a monthly multicultural seminar series of invited speakers provided by the university's Student Affairs Diversity Counsel . Examples of previous presentations include topics such as: Female Student Veterans: Reintegrating After Service; An Introduction to Antidiscrimination Response Training ; Boys will be Boys: Contemporary Masculinity, Campus Violence and a Path Forward; Social Justice Leadership in the Mormon Culture; and Transgender Inclusion in Academia.
Clinical Case Consultation (Optional)
Interns may attend this weekly meeting where particularly difficult or challenging cases are discussed and consultation obtained with the Clinical Director and other permanent clinical staff members. This is a good opportunity to give and receive clinical input and support while coordinating the care of clients presenting with more severity.
From time to time, special workshops are made available to UCC clinical staff psychology including psychology interns and other UCC trainees. For example, recent workshops have been offered on Red Cross Crisis Response and on Campus Mental Health Issues. Permanent clinical staff members and interns have also received training on working with student-veterans. As mentioned, the UCC is also an institutional member of the LGBTQ-Affirmative Therapist Guild of Utah. As such, Guild trainings are available to UCC staff members and interns at low or no cost.
Interns at the UCC are expected to participate in some experiential learning activities across the year that require some self-reflection and appropriate self-disclosure. Such activities are completed in the interest of developing self-awareness as a therapist-in-training, particularly in increasing one's multicultural awareness, knowledge and skill. For example, interns normally attend a Student Affairs New-employee Orientation each fall that includes a module of diversity training focusing on identification of various identity statuses. Opportunities exist to continue this diversity training via a certificate program offered by the University's Student Affairs Diversity Counsel.
University Agencies Associated with Training
University agencies provide interns with opportunities for outreach and consultation. These agencies include Career Services, Women's Resource Center, Academic Advising Center, Center for Ethnic Student Affairs, Center for Disability & Access, International Student & Scholar Services, LGBT Resource Center, Housing and Residential Education, and University Student Apartments.
Physical Facilities and Equipment
The UCC is located in the Student Services Building and provides individual offices for interns, group therapy rooms, a conference room, the Mindfulness Center room, and a professional library with reference materials. Individual offices are equipped with network-linked personal computers and digital recording and viewing equipment. Via the Student Services Computer Network one can access MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer and Outlook, and various library databases. The agency uses Titanium, a scheduling and record-keeping software system accessible in every intern office.
The Student Services Building is centrally located on campus and also houses Career Services, University College Advising, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Admissions, and Registration.
Application for Internship
We welcome applications from all interested and qualified psychology intern candidates! Applicants will apply to the internship by forwarding all materials via the AAPI Online. Details about the AAPI Online can be found at the APPIC website.
Preference in the selection of psychology interns will be given to applicants whose prior clinical and professional experience demonstrate strong goodness of fit with the above counseling center internship description. Those who have completed their preliminary (or comprehensive) examinations and who expect to complete most or all of their dissertation requirements prior to beginning the internship are also preferred. Criteria for selection include clinical experience, letters of recommendation, academic performance, and performance in a telephone/online video call interview. Please see the Application Instructions & Checklist for more detailed information.
In an effort to avoid undue financial burden for any intern applicant, and to standardize our interview process, we do not conduct in-person interviews. Top candidates are all interviewed by online video call. We invite you to talk to both current and former interns to find out more about how our site could be a potentially good fit for your training aspirations.
APPIC Match Statement
The UCC follows the APPIC Match Policies and agrees to abide by the APPIC Policy that no person at the UCC will communicate, solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information prior to the release of the Match results.
UCC Policy Regarding Academic Programs Requesting Additional Contracts and/or Evaluations
The UCC psychology internship program at the University of Utah endorses the APPIC Match process as binding. UCC therefore does not enter into additional training contracts or written training agreements beyond what is required to participate in Match. If your academic program requires such a contract, you are strongly encouraged to consult with your Director of Clinical Training (DCT) about this requirement now.
Similarly, as detailed above, interns at UCC receive ongoing formative and summative evaluative feedback from supervisors throughout the training year. These evaluations are based on our program's philosophy of training, training model, and the goals, objectives, and competencies that define the UCC internship. At mid-year and again at the end of the year the internship Training Director sends the academic program DCT a letter summarizing the intern's performance to date. If requested, the DCT may also receive a copy of the primary supervisor's evaluation of the intern. Therefore, if you are enrolled in an academic training program that requires additional departmental program evaluations, these will not be completed by UCC training staff at the University of Utah. Your program may choose to use the data from our evaluations to complete their own forms. Again, you are strongly encouraged to consult with your DCT if you have questions about such requirements.
University Employment Requirements
Employees at the University of Utah must meet certain pre-employment requirements as outlined in University Policies. These requirements include eligibility for legal employment in the U.S. (sometimes called the I-9 requirement) as well as the ability to pass a criminal background check to verify that candidates have no criminal or other record that would preclude employment in the University's judgment. For more information on the University's criminal background checks, please refer to University Rule 5-130 B. Background checks are conducted following the APPIC Match, but the outcome of these checks has the potential to preclude employment (see APPIC Match Policy 6.b).
Finally . . .
We hope that you will strongly consider applying to the psychology internship training program at the University Counseling Center at the University of Utah. While this can be stressful time, we wish you the best of luck with the application and match process!
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The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and seeks to provide access to its programs, services, and activities for people with disabilities. Reasonable prior notice is needed to arrange accommodations.
All interested persons are encouraged to apply.