PSYCHOLOGY PRE-DOCTORAL INTERNSHIP
THE COUNSELING CENTER:
The Keene State College Counseling Center serves the Keene State College community, an undergraduate and graduate population of around 5,500 enrolled students each year. Counseling services are available primarily to students; however, we also consult with faculty and staff. In addition, we work closely with the Center for Health and Wellness and a psychiatric consultant. Our clients present with a broad range of diverse developmental and mental health issues. Our office is busy, and interns are provided a great deal of responsibility, autonomy and support within a team-oriented, hardworking, extraordinarily supportive, exciting, and fun internship site.
The Internship Training Program is founded upon the belief that the training of emerging psychologists is one of the most important and valued activities that can be performed. As a result, we invest a great deal of time and energy ensuring that interns are provided with the highest quality training and supervision possible. One of our objectives is to provide an individualized training experience that is unique to each intern’s current and developing professional needs and abilities. Interns will receive a highly diversified training experience that will, over the course of their training year, provide a representative experience of being a staff member in college mental health. Interns participate in all functions of the Counseling Center including individual and group counseling, assessment/evaluation, crisis management, designing and providing outreach and prevention programs, and performing consultation with other college departments.
Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Doctoral program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and have completed the relevant coursework in their program (minimum of three years) allowing them to begin a pre-doctoral internship starting in the month of August. The applicant’s educational program must be APA accredited or from a regionally-accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States that meets the academic requirements of New Hampshire law for a psychologist (see CHAPTER Mhp 300 License and Registration Requirements).
Applicants must have a minimum of 350 direct client hours and 800 hours of appropriate and adequate supervised counseling (practicum) experience by the start of internship, some of which being preferably at a college/university counseling center, though college/university experience is not mandatory. Applicants should be highly motivated and eager to learn. We seek individuals who can work independently yet enjoy the interaction and cohesion of a staff that values each of its members and relies on one another. Applicants should also possess interests, aptitudes, and/or experience that are consistent with requirements of the Counseling Centerâs mission, goals, and training program. An interest/experience with multi-cultural and diversity issues is essential. Applicants will be considered based on their previous academic and clinical experience and how well their clinical, supervisory, and career objectives match with those of the training program and clinical staff.
Selected applicants who accept a position will hold the title of “psychology intern” and be referred to as an intern. Interns are expected to provide the highest level of clinical care in their work relative to their level of training as psychology intern and that the quality of care shall continue to reflect their increasing experience throughout their training year. Interns are expected to participate in staff meetings and case consultations, provide individual, couples, and group counseling, conduct initial evaluations and psychological testing, perform crisis services, consultations, and workshops, and participate in outreach and programming services. Intern caseloads average 14-18 individual clients depending on interns and departmental needs. Total internship hours equal 35 hours per week. Scheduled hours mostly occur between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Outreach events and programs often occur after traditional business hours, and interns are able to “flex” the hours spent providing outreach and programmatic services. In addition, interns join the Counseling Center team for campus crises that might occur nights and/or weekends, over and above their regular hours. This may happen once, twice, several times, or not at all. Interns are required to be available for the entire internship period beginning August 3, 2015 and ending July 29, 2016. During the Summer term, clinical caseloads are usually smaller, and interns will devote increased time to programming/outreach development, as well as having designated time to work on their dissertations or other research for the Counseling Center.
Interns receive 2 hours per week individual supervision with a licensed Psychologist, 1 hour of supervision per week focused on group psychotherapy, and 1 hour per week in staff group supervision. Senior staff members are always available for consultation on an ‘as needed’ or crisis basis. We provide a thorough one-week orientation at the beginning of the internship, and various trainings throughout the year. In addition, interns participate in a weekly didactic seminar, weekly case consultation meeting, weekly psychiatric case consultation meeting, weekly campus-programming meeting, weekly programming design meeting, and weekly staff meeting.
Consistent and ongoing feedback is considered to be a crucial element for the internsâ professional development. Feedback will occur regularly during supervision hours, but may also be provided on an as-needed basis if solicited by the intern or deemed appropriate by a supervisor or other senior staff member. Formal verbal and written evaluations (five in total) will be provided to the interns at mid-semester points, ends of semesters, and the end of the internship year (which will occur during the summer term). Ongoing feedback may address any area of clinical service and professional development; the formal evaluations will address all areas of clinical service provided during internship and may address particular areas of professional development as warranted or appropriate. At the beginning of the internship, an intern will be assigned two individual supervisors, each of whom will supervise half of the intern’s clinical cases, so that the intern is exposed to a variety of supervisory styles and theoretical perspectives. The intern will then meet with them individually to discuss specific developmental goals and objectives for the coming year, as well as develop a plan for meeting the intern’s professional/training needs. By the end of the internship year, an intern must have received positive final evaluations by both supervisors, completed 1800 on-site hours, and have at least 375 direct clinical service hours.