Training Requirements

William and Mary Counseling Center requires all psychology interns to complete a 2000 hour internship with a minimum of 500 hours of direct service.

Clinical Service
  1. Individual/couples Therapy: Provide individual/couples therapy for an average of  fifteen (15) clinical hours/week.
  2. Group Therapy: Co-facilitate one on-going therapy group with a senior staff member in the fall semester and with a fellow intern, practicum student, or senior staff member in the spring semester.
  3. Intake: Provide up to three half-hour intake sessions per week.
  4. On call: Provide 1 week of on-call after-hours coverage per semester during the academic year. Licensed superviors provide back up for consultation and supervision of crisis work and on call.

(Total outreach: 8 programs during the academic year as described below)

  1. Observe/Facilitate two different outreach programs during the W&M students’ orientation.
  2. Didactic/interactive outreach: Facilitate a minimum of two didactic/interactive outreach workshops per semester(for a total of four didactic outreach programs during the internship year). 
  3. Develop a program and an electronic file for one of the didactic/interactive outreach programs (one per academic year).  Choose either a population you want to reach out to or a topic you believe students would be interested in and develop an outreach programs with this audience/topic in mind.  Advertise and facilitate this workshop.  The file you develop is to include:  
    • Fliers and any other advertising strategies you used. (If applicabale)
    • Outline of the presentation.
    • Didactic information for the facilitator.
    • Handouts.
    • Bibliographic sources.
    The file is to due no later than February 29th.  Note: You are to facilitate the workshop no later than April 2nd  and to take into account the academic calendar and students' schedules to increase the likelihood of getting a captive audience.
  4. Screening Programs: Participate in at least two screening programs during the internship year (e.g. eating disorders/depression/alcohol screening).
  1. Administer at least 4 test protocols within the internship year. Two protocols should be completed by the end of the fall semester. Efforts should be made to use assessment instruments across different cultural groups (broadly defined).
  2. Choose 2 instruments to be studied, reviewed, and presented (with a brief handout about the instrument) during seminar. 
  3. Complete referred assessment cases as needed. They may be full or partial assessment batteries based on the referral question. Maximum 2 cases during the internship year.
  4. Facilitate the discussion of the administration and interpretation of the instrument using a current case. One of these reviews is to be presented during the fall semester.
The brief write up is to include:
  • Reason for referral
  • Instrument(s) used
  • Brief Background information
  • Evaluation results and interpretation
  • Summary & Recommendations

A video clip should be included in the presentation.

  1. Individual Supervision: Receive three-hours/ week of clinical supervision for individual cases, intake evaluations, supervision of a practicum student, and outreach. Make up all missed supervision sessions.
  2. Supervision of Advanced Practicum students: Provide 1 hour of individual supervision for a doctoral level practicum student. Maintain documentation of supervision sessions.
  3. Group therapy supervision: Receive up to one and a half-hour/week group therapy supervision.
  4. Case Conference (supervision of individual work in group): Participate in case conference meetings every other week.
  5. Case presentation: conduct a minimum of one formal case presentation(including written report) per semester during Case Conference meetings. Provide a short (2-page) write-up for the case presentation including:
    • Demographic data
    • Presenting concerns
    • 5 Axis Diagnosis
    • Summary of treatment
    • Conceptualization
    • Theoretical understanding of the case and/or theory behind your treatment approach
    • How is your understanding of the case and your clinical work being informed by science
    • Questions (specific issues you want input on)
    • References
    In order for  you and your client to benefit from the feedback that is provided, you are to present before March 30th. A video clip should be included in the presentation.
  6. Supervision of Supervision: Participate in all supervision of supervision sessions.
  7. Supervision case presentation: conduct a minimum of one formal supervision case presentation per semester during supervision of supervision meetings. Provide a short (2-page) write up with the following parameters:
    • Summary of the current status of supervision: number of supervisory sessions, content covered, salient issues, other aspects of the supervision that seem relevant.
    • Brief summary of the supervisee’s caseload (e.g. presenting concerns, basic demographics, number of sessions).
    • Model or models of supervision that are being utilized to conceptualize the supervisory relationship.
    • How is your understanding of the issues being addressed in supervision and your supervisory work as a whole being informed by science
    • Questions, requests for input from the S.O.S. group, issues the intern is having difficulty with, etc.
Training Activities
  1. Training Seminars: Attend and participate in all of the scheduled training seminars . Several seminars have presentation requirements – See seminar description.
  2. Participate and present during case conference meetings.
  3. Participate in all networking and staff development meetings.
  4. Staff meetings: Attend and participate.
  5. Supervisors Meetings -All. Attend and participate in all scheduled meetings.
  6. Attend and participate in meetings with training director.
  7. Attend Student Affair Meetings.
  8. Attend and participate in assigned Student Affairs Task Force/Committee meeting.
  9. Taping: Record ALL counseling sessions with clients’ signed permission – This form will be part of the client’s file.
  10. Log of clinical and outreach work.   Turn in clinical work log (weekly) and training requirement log (F/S semester) to supervisors and a copy to the Training Director to be maintained in the intern's file.
  1. Research presentation - Present research you have recently worked on or are currently involved. Presentation will occur during the summer or during the a staff development meeting during the academic year.
  1. Practicum seminar presentation - Present or co-present on any topic of expertise/interest during the practicum student's orientation or seminar.
Evaluation Activities

  1. Supervisor(s) Evaluations - Interns receive evaluations from supervisors four times during the internship year (October, January, April, July).
  2. Intern evaluation of supervisors - All supervisors will be evaluated by the intern after the intern has been evaluated by the supervisor.
  3. Interns evaluation of practicum student supervisee - Interns complete the evaluation form for the practicum student they are supervising (Mid Fall, End Fall, Mid Spring, End Spring).
  4. Supervisee's evaluation of intern as supervisor - Practicum students with evaluate the intern in his/her role of supervisor.
  5. Case Presentation Evaluation - Staff members and trainees in attendance during the interns' presentation during case conference meetings will be asked to complete a qualitative evaluation form indicating areas of strength and areas of growth. These evaluations are incorporated into the supervisor's evaluation of the intern.
  6. Seminar Evaluations - Coordinator (s) of each seminar will complete a qualitative evaluation form of the intern's participation in seminar. These evaluations will be integrated into the supervisor's evaluation of the intern.
  7. Supervision Presentation Evaluation - Co-coordinators of the supervision seminar and any staff member attending the presentation will complete an evaluation form.
  8. Assessment Presentation Evaluation - The coordinator of the assessment seminar and any staff member attending the presentation will complete an evaluation form.
  9. Outreach Evaluation Form and Outreach Electronic File Evaluation Form - Completed by the coordinator of outreach/outreach supervisor/observer/staff with expertise in area of program.
  10. Forms for Academic Programs: Interns are responsible for submitting all required forms to the doctoral program and making copies for Carina, supervisors, and themselves.
  1. Case notes: Document contact with clients within 24 hours. Clients’ files are to include all case notes of individual/group sessions and any other contact the intern had with the client including phone conversations.  Consultation is also to be documented.  
  2. Intake reports and terminations: Write initial assessment reports within 2 business days and termination reports within 30 days of client's last session.
  3. Sign all of your supervisee’s case notes and termination reports.
  4. Scan all forms:  All signed release forms and signed permission to digitally record sessions are part of the client file.
  5. Clinical work log: Maintain a weekly log of individual clinical work.  Turn in this log to supervisor with a copy to the director of training (see form).
  6. Training requirement log: Log all service delivery activities (see form).  Turn log in at the end of each semester to supervisors with a copy to the training director.
  7. Leave log: Turn in the “leave” form whenever there is a need to be absent from the center.  Turn this form into supervisors with a copy to the director of training.
Summer Project

Interns will be involved in a summer project approximately 2-4 hours a week once the academic year ends. The specific project will be one of interest to the intern. Some examples are: review of clinical forms/brochures, improvements to counseling center website, projects identified during the end of spring semester retreat, training related projects as identified by the training committee or director of training, etc.