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Counseling Services Internship

Internship Program Description

Counseling Services offers a training program for doctoral or masters level graduate students enrolled in counseling or clinical psychology.  Interns have the opportunity to provide mental health counseling for individuals, couples, or groups.  They will be engaged in outreach and consultation with the campus community.  Interns can expect to enhance the development of their clinical skills through direct service and intensive individual and group supervision.  Interns are expected to participate in case conferences and training seminars as they arise throughout the year.

The internship position requires 20 – 22 hours per week of training experience for a minimum of 600 clock-hours over two (2) semesters.  Interested trainees must commit one academic year to the training program and be available to engage in a 2 day Intern Orientation and preliminary training prior to the first day of classes This orientation takes place on the Thursday and Friday prior to the first day of classes for the fall semester.  Eligible applicants will be in their second year of training and have completed at least one practicum.  The internship is unpaid.

Training Experiences

Individual Clients

Counseling Services currently has a 10-session limit per academic year for both individual and couples counseling. Although there is some flexibility in terms of numbers and types of clients seen, interns will carry a caseload of 20 or more clients including two long-term cases and conduct a minimum of two intake sessions each week.

Individual Supervision

Senior staff will provide at least one hour of face-to-face supervision per week. Trainees are required to video-record their sessions and submit recordings to their supervisor (recording equipment is provided onsite). Supervision includes client case conceptualization and management, exploration of therapeutic relationship dynamics, goal setting, and treatment planning. Interns may have the chance to work with more than one supervisor throughout the one year tenure. Rotation takes place at mid-year.

Peer Supervision/Case Conference

Trainees will meet once a week with senior staff members to discuss cases in peer supervision.  Trainees may consult with any senior staff member about personal or client-related cases outside the designated individual and/or group supervision times.  Interns are required to prepare and present one formal end-of-year presentation to all senior staff members on a mental health topic of their choosing.

Psychological Assessment

Interns will be trained on a battery of psychometric scales. Interns will be assigned to complete a comprehensive psychological evaluation and present the full report to the principal supervisor at the end of the internship year.

Campus Outreach

Interns have the opportunity to be involved in outreach programs on various topics, as well as to consult with faculty and staff on different issues. Examples of outreach we typically conduct are anxiety and depression screening, health and wellness fairs, eating disorders awareness week activities, and campus-wide orientation.  Additionally, counseling services staff present to academic classes and student leaders (Resident Assistants, Peer Mentors, etc.) on a variety of training topics.

Additional Activities

Group Therapy

If available, trainees may elect to co-lead structured groups with a senior staff member. Trainees who co-lead groups will receive one additional hour of supervision per week.  Opportunities will be available to intern to co-lead support groups in other Health & Counseling Services departments (ODS, HS, OVA).

Campus Activities and Organizations

To learn more about how Health and Counseling Services fit within the greater campus community, Interns have the opportunity to be involved in campus activities. For example, trainees may elect to serve as a liaison to one of the many campus clubs or become involved in campus committees such as Wellness Council or Wellness Awareness Committee.

Paperwork and Case Management

Time is built in trainee’s schedule for paperwork, impromptu case consultation, and other administrative duties. It is essential that paperwork is kept up to date at all times.  Counseling Services uses a computerized practice management system and electronic health record, so Interns will gain experience with this technology. 

Trainee Evaluation

At the end of each semester, the trainee’s primary supervisor will evaluate his/her performance in all areas of training. Performance evaluation will be discussed by a senior staff committee to ensure that ethical and clinical standards are being maintained and trainee’s expectations are being met. Trainee will evaluate primary supervisor at the end of each year.

Typical Weekly Schedule and Orientation Information

Application Process

The Counseling Services Internship Program will accept applications for the 2015-2016 placement year January 12, 2015 - March 13, 2015.  Interviews will take place April 1-10, 2015, and Intern Selection will occur on April 15, 2015.  

To apply, please send the following material to the address below:

• Letter of interest

• Current resume or vita listing all relevant work experience and counseling related training

• Graduate transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)

• Two letters of reference, including at least one from a supervisor familiar with your work

Email and Mailing Address

Kwabena Sankofa, Ph.D - Training Coordinator

Winthrop University
217 Crawford Building
Rock Hill SC 29733

Qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.  Please call 803/323-2206 or e-mail for additional information.

Health & Counseling
Crawford Building
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-3332 (fax)
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