This seminar meets for one hour each week for the entire internship year. Our psychotherapy seminar is designed to help trainees embrace an integrative perspective that assumes that therapists can acquire a wide repertoire of conceptualization and intervention tools that can be used to meet the unique needs of each client. Interns will be introduced to a unified framework for psychotherapy that can be used to identify strengths and areas for growth. This framework recognizes the centrality of (1) cognition, (2) emotion, and (3) behavior. These three aspects of current functioning are influenced by external factors including: (4) developmental experiences, (5) interpersonal patterns, (6) social systems, and (7) cultural contexts. Current functioning is also shaped by internal factors including (8) unconscious processes and (9) biology. Over the course of the training year, interns will learn to use theoretical concepts and interventions that target each of these nine areas of functioning. Multi-theoretical conceptualization and treatment planning will be used to help psychotherapists decide where to focus and how to intervene. Training in Unified Psychotherapy will be described in more detail in the next section.
Consultation, Outreach, Research, Ethics (CORE)
The CORE seminar will provide intern training on the following topics:
- Consultation: Needs Assessment, Program Development, Program Evaluation
- Outreach: Workshop Design, Liaison Relationships
- Research: Dissertation Support, Research relevant to Health Service Psychology
- Ethics: New Mexico code of ethics, Ethics in a binational community, Ethical concerns/problems
The CORE seminar will support the planning, development, and implementation of intern Social Justice Projects and Area of Emphasis, as applicable. Interns will have the opportunity to engage in social action by implementing a systemic intervention on campus to challenge forces of oppression, and then act as a consult in sharing their evaluation of the intervention and offering recommendations to inter-professional staff. The CORE seminar will also support interns Area of Emphasis project if it involves consultation, outreach, research, or ethics.
The multicultural seminar meets for one hour each week for the entire internship year. The overall goal of the multicultural seminar is to encourage the development and enhancement of cultural sensitivity and competency in accordance with the Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change of the American Psychological Association (2003). Interns will enhance their cultural competence by promoting their continued development of their knowledge and skills training within a supportive environment that nurtures self-reflection and expression. Efforts will be made to attend to (and challenge) both overt and subtle biases, assumptions, stereotypes, and prejudices by examining existing beliefs and considering other perspectives in order to enhance their cultural sensitivity and reinforce existing social justice attitudes/beliefs. This seminar will also support the development and implementation of the intern Social Justice Project.
The Aggie Health & Wellness Center training staff is highly committed to training and supervision. Interns receive quality supervision from training staff who work hard to foster a safe and supportive environment that promotes interns’ growth and development as professionals and wherein they are encouraged to challenge themselves to participate in self-reflection, processing and integrating their experience. We believe that learning is a developmental process. The supervision interns receive along with the opportunities for learning that are provided in seminars and other experiential training experiences, seek to build on the knowledge and skills interns have acquired through their coursework, practica, and research pursuits in their psychology doctoral programs. Assessment of the developmental level of interns within each of the competency areas is ongoing in supervision with the over-riding goal being to assist interns in becoming ethically responsible and independent health service psychologists who are culturally sensitive and clinically competent.
Interns receive two hours of individual supervision per week for their work with couples and individual clients from licensed psychologists who are expected to perform their supervisory responsibilities in an ethical and professional manner. Interns will be assigned a primary supervisor for the entire internship year and a secondary supervisor each half of internship.
Supervision of Group Therapy
Interns are expected to co-facilitate one or two groups with a senior staff member each semester, and possibly the summer depending on clinical need. All interns receive 30 minutes of individual supervision on a weekly basis from the senior staff co-facilitator. In the spring when interns might co-facilitate a group with another intern, supervision is provided by the interns’ primary supervisor (individual supervisor for entire internship year), secondary supervisor (individual supervisor for half of internship year), or other professional staff member.
Supervision of Supervision
This seminar meets for 1 hour/weekly during fall and spring semester. Interns are presented with various theories of supervision and relevant research allowing them to develop and nurture their own supervisory approach/style. Interns will also be providing supervision during the fall and spring semesters to either master or doctoral level practicum students from the Counseling Psychology & Education Program (CEP) at NMSU. Interns meet for one hour/weekly during the fall and spring semesters for supervision of supervision. Half the time in the seminar is devoted to case presentation and listening to recorded supervision sessions interns conduct with their individual supervisees. This focus provides interns with an opportunity to process their provision of supervision experiences and receive feedback.
Practitioner-Scholar Lunch Discussion
This counseling staff lunch discussion meets for 1 hour throughout the academic year. Interns and staff will coordinate on presenting on a scholarly article of their choosing based on qualitative or quantitative research.