Counseling Center

Master's Internship Training Model

CLINICAL TRAINING PROGRAM: TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Overview

  • Goals & Objectives

  • Training Model: structure

  • Training Model: knowledge & skills

  • Training Model: phases of development

  • Externship

  • Supervision, Expectations, and Evaluations

  • Meet the Staff

  • Application Process

  • Testimonials?

  • Information about Fort Lewis College and Durango, Colorado

     

CLINICAL TRAINING PROGRAM:  OVERVIEW

Fort Lewis College Counseling Center offers a clinical training program for Master’s Level counselors, social workers, and psychologists.  Each year, the Counseling Center serves approximately 20% of the Fort Lewis College population, a need we are able to meet in large part thanks to the effort and hard work of our clinical training program interns.

This 2-year program is based on a practitioner-mentorship-developmental training model.  The goal of this program is to prepare interns for work in outpatient counseling centers that require mature, experienced, and self-aware application of a variety of skills to enhance the lives of the people they contact.  Our model incorporates knowledge & skills, multicultural awareness, and intra/inter personal understanding and growth.  The internship is considered to be the intern’s opportunity to practice what s/he is learning in the academic setting; thus, training is conducted primarily through the provision of clinical services with ongoing supervision & evaluation and dependent on the intern’s developmental phase of learning. 

The Counseling Center fosters a sense of openness to life-long learning and the continuous development of skills. Interns are expected to incorporate the attitude of openness to a multiplicity of clinical problems/issues as well as collaboration with professional interactions and relationships as part of their maturing professional identity. Interns are also expected to emerge from the internship with an understanding of ethics that involves not only legal issues and professional boundaries, but also a “professional conscience” that considers the client’s welfare as a primary consideration in treatment. An understanding of oneself in terms of history, background, and present-day concerns is crucial in learning to understand, respect, and ethically work with both clients and co-workers. The collegial atmosphere and emphasis on relationship at the Counseling Center assist the intern in developing these crucial aspects of him or herself during the training year.

 

CLINICAL TRAINING PROGRAM:  GOALS & OBJECTIVES

The aim of the Training Program is to prepare interns for work in an outpatient setting require mature, experienced, and self-aware application of a variety of skills to enhance the lives of the people they contact.  Throughout their time with the Counseling Center, the training experience will be conducive to the intern’s phase of learning.  Upon successful completion of the 2 year training program interns will:

  • Become acquainted with relevant Fort Lewis College and Counseling Center policies, procedures, and resources

  • Develop intermediate to advanced skill in intake assessment of clinical issues, diagnosis, and treatment planning

  • Develop a range of individual therapy skills

  • Increase effective use of supervision

  • Attain an intermediate to advanced level of competency in evaluating and intervening in crisis/emergency situations

  • Have experience with group process and group co-facilitation

  • Have an understanding of self in relation to work with clients

 

CLINICAL TRAINING PROGRAM:  TRAINING MODEL (STRUCTURE)

Each year, the Training Group (a.k.a.T-Group) is comprised of 6-9 graduate and doctoral students in disciplines related to counseling.   Ideally, interns commit to a 2-year placement with the Counseling Center, though there are occasional 1-year placements.  During their first year, interns are expected to commit to at least 10 hours/week at the Counseling Center and 20 hours/week during their 2nd year, though individual educational institutions may have different requirements.  The clinical training program at this time is an unpaid internship.

All interns are expected to attend T-Group weekly on the designated day.  Beyond that day, interns are afforded flexibility in scheduling their required hours, taking in to consideration the needs of the Counseling Center’s clients and office availability. 

 

A typical Training Group Day is as follows:

9:00 – 10:30 Intake Case Presentations with Training Coordinator & Staff

10:30 – 12:00 Training Session/Video Review with Training Coordinator & Staff

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 Small Group Seminar, with Interns and/or Training Coordinator and/or Staff

2:00 – 3:00 All Staff Meeting

3:00 – 4:30 Group Process with Training Coordinator & Staff

 

CLINICAL TRAINING PROGRAM:  TRAINING MODEL (KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS)

During their internship, training session topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Basic counseling and interviewing skills

  • Intake evaluations

  • Motivational interviewing

  • Multicultural awareness and understanding

  • Theories of counseling

    • Cognitive behavioral therapy

    • Acceptance and commitment therapy

    • Dialectical behavior therapy

    • Existential therapy

    • Humanistic therapy

  • Transference & countertransference

  • Suicide and crisis assessment

  • Trauma

  • Self harming

  • Documentation of services

  • Group process and facilitation

  • Diagnosis and Interventions

    • Depression

    • Anxiety

    • PTSD

    • Substance use

    • Psychosis

    • Personality Disorders

    • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Psychiatric consultation

  • Ethical & professional issues

  • Campus resources

  • Collaboration and outreach across campus

 

Video Review

Each intern is expected to be regularly recording client sessions and taking the recording for review in individual supervision and T-group.  Interns are expected to review his/her video prior to supervision and come to the review session with the recording cued up and ready to discuss his/her personal strengths and weakness in that session and with specific questions regarding his/her counseling in the session.

 

CLINICAL TRAINING PROGRAM:  TRAINING MODEL (STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT)

Training with a practitioner-mentorship-developmental model, interns ideally commit to a 2-year placement with the Counseling Center, though there are occasional 1-year placements.  Within the 2 years interns will move through four phases of learning that typically mirror the academic semesters, however are most dependent on each individual’s readiness.  The staff provides a developmentally appropriate, graded sequence of experiential learning activities for interns throughout the year. Learning is achieved by observation, performing clinical activities, training sessions, supervision, video review, collegial consultation, and review of case notes. Interns are expected to use this variety of experiences to increase the autonomy and complexity of their work through the training year.

 

Stage 1

Expected time commitment:  minimum 10 hours/week

Tasks Completed: 

  • Provide proof of insurance

  • Review of basic counseling skills

  • Confidentiality & ethical issues

  • Training in computer documentation and documentation guidelines

  • Review of policies & procedures

  • Understanding of intake evaluation procedures

  • Initial self-reflection of self as professional

  • Video review of peer intake evaluations

  • Participation in intake meetings, staff meetings, and training sessions

  • Initial self-evaluation of counseling skills reviewed with supervisor

 

Stage 2

Expected time commitment:  minimum 10 hours/week

Tasks Completed:

  • Intake evaluations

  • Beginning ability to present a case

  • Documentation of services

  • Begin to manage short term therapy clients

  • Knowledge of signs/symptoms of mental illness

  • Working knowledge of diagnosis

  • Video review of intake evaluations with clients

  • Ability to use individual and group supervision effectively

  • Demonstrated self awareness through an ability to communicate reflections in individual and/or group supervision

  • Participation in intake meetings, staff meetings, training sessions, and individual supervision

  • Assessment of counseling skills reviewed with supervisor

 

Stages 3 & 4

Expected time commitment:  minimum 20 hours/week, at least 50% in direct service with clients

Tasks Completed:

  • Exploration of transference/countertransference

  • Understand developmental issues of college age students

  • < >bility to succinctly present and conceptualize a case< >ompletion of assessments with substance use consideration

    Management of increased individual caseload with more difficult presenting problems

  • < >gular use of diagnosis

    Documentation of services

  • Group co-facilitation

  • Understanding of campus resources and appropriate referrals

  • Consultation and collaboration with other treatment providers as appropriate

  • < >bility to conduct crisis and suicide assessment

    Video review of individual sessions with clients

  • Ability to use individual and group supervision effectively

  • Ability to self-reflect, communicate personal awareness, and integrate insights in to self as professional

  • Participation in intake meetings, staff meetings, training sessions, and individual supervision

  • Understanding of timing/pace of interventions

  • < >alance between supporting and challenging clients

    Assessment of counseling skills reviewed with supervision

 

CLINICAL TRAINING PROGRAM:  EXTERNSHIP

Interns who have successfully completed the clinical training program may be invited to participate in an Externship with the Counseling Center.  Externships are unpaid at this time and designed to support those with their graduate degree in obtaining the necessary clinical hours for licensure.  Externs are expected to conduct themselves as a member of the clinical team and spend the majority of their time in direct service to clients.  Externs are asked to commit to a minimum of 6 hours/week of service and are compensated with individual supervision accordingly. While externs no longer participate in the Training Group, they are expected to attend monthly all staff meetings.

 

CLINICAL TRAINING PROGRAM:  SUPERVISION, EXPECTATIONS, AND EVALUATIONS

Supervision

Supervision is provided in both an individual and group format.  Training Group weekly serves as group supervision, however each intern will also be paired with an individual supervisor from the Senior Staff and will be expected to attend individual supervision approximately 1 hour/week, depending on your stage of development. 

We believe that interns are in training to develop both their unique professional identities and high positive self-esteem; our staff believes that the supervisory/mentoring relationship is a key element in this development. Through the safety and intimacy of a mentoring relationship, training can be tailored to the intern’s particular strengths and needs to foster optimal professional and personal growth. Supervision can be expected to cover the primacy of development and maintenance of the therapeutic relationship, assessment of clinical issues, various theoretical approaches to working with clients, personal issues that affect the intern’s ability to work with clients, and professional identity development.  Supervision will parallel the intern’s phase of development.

 

Expectations of an Intern

  • Act within the bounds of their particular ethical code of conduct

  • Act within the bounds of the laws and regulations of the State of Colorado

  • Provide proof of liability insurance (either individually or through your academic institution)

  • Follow the Counseling Center policies and procedures

  • Maintain professional relationships

  • Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity

  • Demonstrate engagement in the training experience

  • Facilitate necessary arrangements between their educational institution and the Counseling Center to ensure program standards are being met

 

Evaluations

A formal evaluation of clinical competency is conducted 1-2 times/academic year and consists of a written review of skills reviewed by intern and individual supervisor.  Interns may also have required evaluations from their individual educational institution and each intern is therefore expected to communicate such requirements to his/her individual supervisor and ensure they are being completed appropriately.

Ongoing feedback is provided throughout the year in both individual and group supervision.  Should there be concern regarding intern performance there will be a process of communication between intern, individual supervisor, training coordinator, and potential the academic institution. 

The Counseling Center also thrives on feedback from the interns regarding their learning in the program.  Interns will be expected to formally provided feedback 1-2 times/academic year to the Training Program, though are also encouraged to provide informal feedback throughout the year. 

 

CLINICAL TRAINING PROGRAM:  MEET THE STAFF

The Counseling Center staff comprises counselors with both doctoral and master’s level training, with a variety of experience and orientation. We all believe in the primacy of the therapeutic relationship, and in living full and balanced lives.  As a team, we believe in the value of each “animal in the forest” and we hold dear to our identified Counseling Center values.  We appreciate and enjoy laughing with one another, eating and walking together at lunch, knowing each other personally, and supporting each other.  With that, this healthy team is proud to boast a commitment and desire to the Counseling Center, demonstrated by years of service ranging from 3 – 15 years in this department!!

 

Karen Nakayama, Clinical Director, Psychologist, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

Deb Allen, Counselor, LPC, M.A. in Counseling/Psychology
Rob Cowen, Counselor, LPC, M.A. in Counseling
Amie Bryant, Training Coordinator & Counselor, LCSW, CAC III, MSW Social Work
Mimi Gates, Counselor, LPC, MA Counseling Psychology

Molly Ahern, Counselor, MA in Counseling

Judy Gerhardt, Office Manager

 

CLINICAL TRAINING PROGRAM:  APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Thank you for your interest in participating in our clinical training program.  In order to participate, you must be enrolled in a graduate level program in a discipline related to counseling (i.e. counseling, social work, psychology).  Applicants are expected to have some degree of self-motivation and self-direction, and to have a foundation of basic skills and knowledge upon which she or he hopes to build upon and expand throughout the training program.

 

Please send a resume, cover letter, and three references (2 from previous two work sites) to the Training Coordinator, Amie Bryant, via email:  arbryant@fortlewis.edu

Applications are typically reviewed beginning in February prior to the academic year you want to begin. Those applicants who are qualified and conducive to our program may be invited to campus for an in-person interview with at least 3 of the senior staff.  Interviews are typically conducted in March and April.  Following the interview, references will be called.  Decisions regarding acceptance are typically made by the end of April, though applications will be received and interviews may be conducted on a rolling basis until the program fills. Our training program is highly competitive and often we have more applicants than we have spaces available, therefore qualified applicants are considered on a first come basis. Telephone or video interviews can be arranged if a student lives out of the area.

Please know that while we have a certain structure and timeline of our application process and program, we are most highly invested in ensuring a strong T-group with individuals who embody the attributes of a professional counselor with a desire to learn and grow clinically.  That said, if you have questions about the program, or want to talk more about your individual timeframe and learning needs, please feel free to contact the Training Coordinator, Amie Bryant, via email: arbryant@fortlewis.edu or phone: 970-247-7212.


INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLEGE

Fort Lewis College is part of the State of Colorado higher education system and part of the Colorado State University System. It is a four-year, undergraduate liberal arts college with an enrollment of 3,800 students, of whom 24% are Native American and Latino. The College has a School of Arts and Sciences, a School of Education, and a School of Business Administration. The Counseling and Student Development Center is part of the Division of Student Affairs, which also included Residence Life, Student Activities, Career Services, Disability Services, Learning Assistance, Financial Aid, Public Safety, Health Center, and Conferences and Institutions.

Fort Lewis College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in its people and its programs. Persons from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

 

DURANGO, COLORADO

Durango is located on the Colorado Plateau in a mountain valley, nearly surrounded by soaring peaks, some reaching more than 14000 feet, and opening to the desert of the Southwest. Numerous possibilities for outdoor activities are readily available. The town of Durango has a population of about 13,000 with about 50,000 living in La Plata County. The town has numerous art galleries, a cultural center, repertory and melodrama theater companies, and a wide array of other cultural and recreational activities. Purgatory Ski Resort, Mesa Verde National Park, and the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad are popular tourist attractions.