Seminar Descriptions, Supervision, and Other Training Activities
This seminar meets for 1 hour/weekly for the entire internship year. The didactic seminar will interweave a number of professional and clinical topics, which include but are not limited to: professional and clinical topics in health service psychology, ethical and legal issues, interdisciplinary consultation models/approaches, outreach program development and evaluation theories/approaches, research support for dissertations, and examining cultural considerations throughout all covered topics. This seminar will support the planning, development and implementation of the intern Social Justice Project, which will be completed and presented on in June. 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.
Multicultural Awareness Seminar
The seminar takes place throughout the internship year once a week for an hour. The overall goal of the Multicultural Awareness 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.
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.
Practitioner-Scholar Lunch Discussion
This counseling staff lunch discussion meets for 1 hour every other month beginning in September until July. Interns and staff will coordinate on presenting on a scholarly article of their choosing based on empirical research.
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.
Interns receive one hour of supervision in a group format every week by various staff member for the entire internship year. This supervision time may be dedicated to assessment administration and interpretation, group and individual counseling, and/or outreach facilitation. Group supervision will extend to 90 minutes in the summer.
Supervision of Group Therapy
Interns are expected to co-facilitate 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
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.
Supervision of Area of Emphasis
Interns receive half an hour of supervision/weekly or one hour every other week of individual supervision for their chosen Area of Emphasis.
Additional Training Activities
During the first two weeks of the internship year, interns participate in an orientation to the Center which includes: 1) an introduction to the sources of clerical and technical support they are provided (e.g., training on Medicat, videotaping equipment, computer support from ICT, etc.); 2) becoming knowledgeable about Center policies, standards of care for crisis services, and university resources; 3) didactic and experiential training in outreach programming and other modes of service delivery; and 4) meeting with staff and other individuals within the university setting who they will be interacting with on an ongoing basis. The orientation is also a time when interns’ rights and responsibilities, due process, and grievance procedures are reviewed, and the initial assessments of intern skill level, interest areas, and individualized goals for the internship year are identified.
Clinical Issues Meeting
The Clinical Issues meeting is an opportunity for professional staff and to meet and discuss clinical cases, consult with one another, and obtain support and feedback. It is also a time when clients who are of concern because of the potential to harm self or others are staffed.
All Staff Multicultural Conversation Hour
Our staff affirms that multicultural competency is a never-ending process that needs to continuously be examined, nurtured and strengthened. We aim to learn from one another, engage in difficult dialogues, and commit to in-depth self-examination. Once a month, counseling staff will hold a lunch time meeting to discuss various diversity topics and to examine issues of privilege, oppression, and power. Additional integrated staff may join or the meeting may take place during a larger agency monthly meeting.
Opportunities for Interns to Give Feedback
Whereas feedback is always welcomed and encouraged, interns will be offered opportunities to offer formal and informal feedback on their internship experience at various points in the year.
Intern support Time
Interns will be given additional time each week to be able to connect and support one another during the internship year.