The Psychology Internship Program at Georgia State University Counseling & Testing Center develops interns as culturally competent generalist practitioner-scholars by identifying, refining and expanding 1) clinical practice skills in individual, group, and couples counseling as well as assessment 2) skills in psycho-educational programming, systemic consultation, and program evaluation and 3) professional identity development. Interns will learn and practice in an urban university counseling center environment where diversity is honored throughout supervision, didactic seminars, engaged dialogue with staff and peers, as well as modeling and mentoring. The supervision model is developmental in nature and focuses on learning by doing and receiving feedback. Transitions are viewed as critical growth periods for interns which need to be explored, understood, and integrated into the evolving professional identity of the intern. Evaluative and informational feedback processes are structured both formally and informally so that interns receive feedback throughout the training year.
While most of the practitioners at the Counseling & Testing Center include a multicultural orientation in the way that we describe our theoretical orientation, the lenses with which we view and understand the effective treatment of psycho-social problems differ. Interns will have the opportunity to work with practitioners who conceptualize from a variety of theoretical orientations among them: Cognitive-Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Multicultural-Feminist, Humanistic, Existential, and Interpersonal. We hold the underlying assumption that different theoretical orientations are needed and valued for their varying contributions to a rich problem solving team and value the time spent in case conference and in supervision working together towards a better quality of life for the clients we serve.
Finally, the training program is informed by science and models the integration of science and practice in a number of ways. For example, the clinical staff demonstrates this integration by incorporating published articles and books based on recent research into formal supervision, weekly case conference and weekly seminar structure.
The Psychology Internship Program has been in existence at Georgia State for decades and is accredited by the American Psychological Association. We requested that during 2012-13 our program be on accredited/inactive status to allow a year of revision to our training model while our Center went through a re-organization of it’s staffing and service delivery model. The Internship is again active for 13-14. The Program will be submitting a Self-Study to the Committee on Accreditation by January 2014, and anticipates a site visit in the next cycle. Program status at this time is accredited and active.
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