STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY/EDUCATIONAL MODEL
EXPECTED COMPETENCIES FOR PSYCHOLOGY INTERNS
THE TRAINING EXPERIENCE
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
CSU COUNSELING CENTER CLINICAL STAFF
APPLICATION PROCESS AND PROCEDURE
CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY (CSU) is an urban, commuter university established in 1964. There are eight colleges within the university. Recent statistics show enrollment of approximately 11,000 undergraduate students and 6,000 graduate and law students. Twenty-three percent of these students belong to ethnic minorities and fifty-five percent are women. The University has over 800 international students representing 75 countries. The CSU campus currently consists of 85 acres just east of downtown Cleveland between E. 13th and E. 30th Streets. The 40 campus buildings range from the historical Mather Mansion to modern buildings erected in 2012. The Cleveland/Akron Metropolitan area is the 15th largest in the United States with a population approaching 3 million.
COUNSELING CENTER at CSU is the only mental health facility on this urban campus. The Counseling Center’s mission is to provide comprehensive counseling and psychological services designed to promote the academic success and personal well-being of the CSU community. Services provided to the campus community include individual, couple, and group counseling and psychotherapy; psychiatric services; outreach presentations and on-going seminars or workshops; emergency and crisis response; and consultations. Several staff members also teach and serve on University committees.
The CSU Counseling Center is located on the edge of campus in the Union Building at 1836 Euclid Avenue on the 2nd floor. We moved to this location after it was renovated to our specifications. The facility includes twelve offices, a group room, a reception area, a waiting room, a file room and a kitchenette.
The Counseling Center Staff reflect both demographic diversity as well as diversity of training. The Counseling Center senior staff consists of an African-American male (of Jamaican heritage), an African-American female, three White females, and two white males (one who is openly gay). Each year, an attempt is made to select interns who are also diverse. All staff members are licensed mental health professionals and some staff members hold more than one license. Five of the staff members are licensed as Psychologists, two are licensed as Professional Clinical Counselors, one is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, and one is a licensed Psychiatrist.
The Counseling Center Clientele Clients are primarily CSU students. Counseling and psychiatric services are offered exclusively to students, while assessment, referral, and consultation services are provided to CSU faculty and staff as well. Faculty and staff are also welcome to participate in some workshop and group offerings. The student clients range in age from 17 to 70 with an average age of 28. They come to the Counseling Center with a wide range of issues, but the majority of clients present with personal concerns related to feelings of depression; anxiety and stress; relationship and family concerns; and identity and existential concerns. Students also present, to a lesser extent, with concerns about sexual and physical abuse and harassment; eating and weight concerns; substance abuse concerns; and academic or vocational concerns. More than one quarter of the student clients identify themselves as belonging to an ethnic minority group.
The Counseling Center Services are free and confidential. The most frequently requested services are individual and couple counseling. Career and academic counseling comprise 16% of the counseling services offered. In addition, the Center offers consultation, outreach, and group services. Some recent group offerings were the LGBT Conversation Hour, Self-Esteem Development groups, Body Image Change groups, and the Anxiety Management group. Recent workshop series include Stress Management, Assertiveness, Study Skills, and African-American Relationships. Frequently requested outreach presentations are on Time Management, Test Anxiety, Stress Management, Anger Management, Self-Esteem, and Eating Disorders/Healthy Weight Management. Once a year, the Center provides campus-wide screenings for depression and anxiety.
CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY: Our mission is to encourage excellence, diversity, and engaged learning by providing a contemporary and accessible education in the arts, sciences, humanities and professions, and by conducting research, scholarship, and creative activity across these branches of knowledge. We endeavor to serve and engage the public and prepare our students to lead productive, responsible and satisfying lives in the region and global society.
University Vision Statement: We will be recognized as a student-focused center of scholarly excellence that provides an accessible, engaged and exceptional education to all. We will be a place of opportunity for those who seek truth, strive toward excellence and seek a better life for themselves and for their fellow citizens. As a leader in innovative collaboration — both internally and externally — with business, industry, government, educational institutions and the community, the University will be a critical force in the region's economic development. We will be at the forefront of moral, ethical, social, artistic and economic leadership for the future and embrace the vitality that comes with risk. We will be the strongest public university in the region and be known for our scholarship and diversity in service to students and to our community.
CSU COUNSELING CENTER: The mission of the Counseling Center is to provide effective psychological services to students, faculty and staff of CSU. The Counseling Center participates in the University’s commitment to teaching, research and service, and has the charge of providing effective counseling and related psychological services to members of the CSU community. These services are intended to assist students, faculty and staff to achieve their academic, vocational and personal goals. The Center’s specific mission is to provide a range of services that respond to the specific needs of students, faculty and staff, and that enhance their quality of life in the CSU’s diverse community.
Our Core Values: The Counseling Center staff members, both individually and collectively, are dedicated to creating an environment which provides:
At the CSU Counseling Center, our training philosophy is based on the premise that we have a serious responsibility in preparing the next generation of clinical practitioners in the field of psychology. We believe that our mission is to train interns for independent practice as empathic clinicians who aspire to the General Principles of the American Psychological Association. Our program incorporates the training criteria of the Association of Psychology Post-Doctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) for pre-doctoral level trainees and supports the academic mission of Cleveland State University. Our program design draws from the practitioner-scholar model of psychological practice, awareness of the mind-body-spirit connection, and respect for human differences.
We regard the practitioner-scholar model of practice as the most appropriate paradigm for clinicians in the field of psychology. While our primary emphasis is on training interns to become practitioners, we believe that psychological practice must be informed by the body of psychological literature. We consider awareness of psychological research and writings as essential to competent practice.
The mind-body-spirit connection is another important underlying component of our training philosophy. Interns are encouraged to view their clients as whole individuals and recognize interdependence between the psychological, the physiological, and the spiritual. We advocate using a wellness model to conceptualize cases and plan treatment. Interns are also encouraged to develop and participate in preventive wellness activities such as educational workshops for the campus community.
We emphasize interns’ development of multicultural awareness and respect for human differences. Cleveland State University has a diverse population and we are able to expose trainees to a variety of multicultural experiences, many of which take place on campus. This counseling center has the advantage of being part of an urban university with a variety of traditional and non-traditional students. Our clients come from a variety of backgrounds and present with a wide range of issues. Therefore, we acquaint trainees with a variety of therapeutic modalities. We also believe in exposing trainees to multi-system interventions such as those which take place at the community, institutional, and family levels.
We take a three-pronged approach to training by using didactic, modeling, and experiential techniques, with emphasis on the latter. The didactic portion of our program includes formalized activities such as clinical supervision, field trips (some recent examples are equine-assisted therapy and art therapy), in-service presentations, intern seminars, and case conferences. Modeling and experience are integrated in an intern’s daily service activities and interactions with the senior staff. We seek to balance collegiality with modeling appropriate professional behaviors and boundaries.
The program is designed to be sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity. Cases assigned to interns are screened by the senior staff to match the developmental level of each intern as they progress through the year. Seminar content becomes more complex over time and some seminars build on material presented in previous meetings. As the interns progress through the year, the nature of supervision also changes (as appropriate) to be less directive/instructional and more supportive/facilitative. Increasingly throughout the year, interns are encouraged to act more independently. For example, an intern might initially present a workshop together with a senior staff member and then be asked to repeat the workshop alone or with another intern. Interns are also encouraged to develop their own ideas for services and are supported in providing these services to the campus.
Overall, we endeavor to offer a training program that is flexible and open to differences. We value creative thinking and also recognize that each trainee has unique developmental needs. We seek to provide an environment which nurtures our interns as they develop their professional skills and identities. Our goals are to:
Goal # 1: Prepare interns to function independently as clinical service providers.
Objective A: Awareness of and practicing within the boundaries of one’s professional competencies.
Objective B: Ongoing familiarity with the current body of psychological literature
Objective C: Enhancement of clinical counseling and psychotherapy skills with individuals, couples, and groups.
Objective D: Enhancement of assessment, case conceptualization, diagnostic, and treatment planning skills. .
Objective E: Enhancement and augmentation of clinical documentation skills.
Objective F: Awareness of and practicing within current laws and ethics codes for clinical practice.
Goal #2: Enhance interns’ knowledge and awareness of multicultural and diversity issues in the provision of psychological services.
Objective A: Understanding of the role that culture, ethnicity and race play in the psychological, social, and economic development of culturally diverse groups.
Objective B: Understanding of the philosophical, historical, psychological and practical issues involved in the delivery of psychotherapy services in a multicultural society.
Objective C: Understanding of one’s own biases and cultural assumptions.
Goal #3: Facilitate interns’ movement toward a consolidated sense of professional identity as psychologists.
Objective A: Enhanced professionalism.
Objective B: Enhancement of one's identity as an autonomous professional.
Objective C: Enhanced self-reflective assessment.
Training offered by the CSU Counseling Center is designed to be systematic and developmental. We are committed to providing a training experience that prepares students to function as generalists, comfortable in the many roles assumed by university counseling center practitioners. Therefore, a broad range of training experiences are offered.
ORIENTATION AND PLANNING MEETINGS are an intern’s introduction to the Counseling Center. These occur during the one to two weeks prior to the start of Fall semester in August. Interns are introduced to procedures of the Counseling Center and the structure of the training program. It is also a good time to start to get to know the senior staff as programming for the Fall semester is finalized. Interns are progressively encouraged to participate in this planning process as staff members.
DIRECT SERVICE ACTIVITIES include a range of services and usually comprise 50 percent of a trainee’s duties. We encourage interns to acquire a total of 500 hours of direct service activities during the internship year, since this is the requirement for licensure in many states. Direct service activities include, but are not limited to:
SUPERVISION AND TRAINING ACTIVITIES are the most important part of an intern’s experience at the CSU Counseling Center. Training activities are designed to expose interns to a variety of supervisory styles and orientations in a supportive environment. Interns are assigned supervisors according to their particular needs, but are also encouraged to consult with any member of the senior staff.
Individual Supervision (2 hours per week). Interns are assigned a different senior staff supervisor for each half of their time here and will meet with that supervisor for two hours each week. Each intern’s supervision needs as well as his or her preferences are taken into consideration when making these supervisory assignments. This supervision focuses on the intern’s individual caseload and intake sessions. Individual supervisors use client test results, interns= client notes, audiotapes, and sometimes videotapes of interns= sessions with clients in order to give feedback to help the intern develop as a clinician. This is also an opportunity for interns to discuss problems they are having in their work and get feedback from their supervisor.
Supervision of Other Activities (as needed). All of the professional activities engaged in by interns are supervised by a senior staff member. Usually, this is the senior staff member with whom the trainee is doing the activity. When a trainee is doing an activity alone, the work is supervised by their individual supervisor or another person designated by the supervisor.
Case Conference (1 hour per week). Once a week, the interns meet together as a group with a member of the training committee for a case presentation by one of the interns. The interns rotate responsibility for presenting cases and the training committee members rotate responsibility for facilitating the case conference. Interns are expected to provide the group with a written case summary prior to the meeting which gives demographic information, background history, a five axes diagnosis, process observations, and questions for discussion.
Trainee Seminar (4-8 hour per month). This is a series of educational programs provided for the interns by the senior staff and other experts in the community. The programs are divided into four tracks and involve didactic presentations, field trips, and guest speakers. Dr. Menapace coordinates the Diversity track, Dr. Mickens-English coordinates the Couple, Family, and Group counseling track, Dr. Sauer coordinates the Mind-Body-Spirit track, and Dr. Wheaton coordinates the Professional and Treatment Issues track.
In-Service Training (at least four per year). Interns participate with senior staff in in-service training seminars. Approximately once every three months (often more frequently), a local expert or a member of the senior staff present on a topic of interest to the staff such as body work, learning disabilities, ethical issues, etc.
Senior Staff Case Conference (1-2 hours per month). Interns participate in senior staff case conference which occur approximately once every-other month.
Professional Development (variable). Interns are encouraged to attend professional conferences and seminars. Financial support may be available for some activities.
Staff Meetings (3 hours per month). All Counseling Center staff participate in twice monthly 1-2 hour staff meetings. Trainee input is highly valued at these meetings due to their fresh perspective and creative ideas.
Committee Meetings (variable). Interns are encouraged to serve both on internal Counseling Center Committees as well as on University-wide committees. This committee work may be short-term (in the case of an ad-hoc committee formed to address a particular issue) or the work may span the entire year in a standing committee. Interested interns are encouraged to participate on the intern selection committee which will be formed in the Fall and will work to select and rank internship applicants for the following year.
Research (4 hours per week). Full-time interns may devote up to four hours per week for dissertation research or research on topics pertinent to Counseling Center services. Research projects proposed by interns are reviewed and approved by the Counseling Center Director along with the intern’s supervisor. This research may be done off-site.
HOURS OF WORK: Interns begin working one to two weeks prior to the start of Fall semester each year. Typically, this is the second to third week of August, with Fall semester starting during the last week of August. Interns have one year from that date to complete 1800 hours of service. Many interns come from academic programs that require the acquisition of 2000 hours of service during internship, so we are open to students working more than 1800 hours with us.
We encourage, but do not limit, interns to work a maximum of 45 hours per week and a minimum of 35 hours per week in order to meet this requirement. The Counseling Center is closed on official University holidays, 10 days per year, and interns will not be able to accrue hours on those days. Interns must complete their hours during the Counseling Center’s normally open hours of 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If a senior staff member is on-site, interns may work earlier or later while the senior staff member is here. In some special circumstances, interns may be allowed to work earlier or later to do paperwork without a senior staff member on the premises, but clients may never be seen unless a senior staff member is present in the Center.We recommend that interns arrange their schedules so that they are working enough hours to complete the 1800 hour (or 2000 hour) requirement within 48-50 weeks to allow some vacation time during the year as well as possible days lost to illness and job interviews. We expect interns to schedule vacation days in a manner so they will not interfere with scheduled training activities. It is our desire to be sensitive to the needs of the interns and provide as much autonomy and flexibility in planning their schedules as is possible without compromising the accrual of 1800 hours.
Sample Schedule for Interns:
|Training Activities||Hours per week|
|Additional Supervision (if needed)||__1__|
Direct Service Activities
|Individual and Couple Counseling||13-15|
|Group Counseling (if applicable)||1.5|
|Supervision of Advanced Practicum Student (Spring Semester only)||___1__|
|Staff meetings/in-services/senior staff case conference||1 .5|
|Prep for outreach/ consultation/presentations||1|
Total Professional Activities: A potential of 37-40 hours
EVALUATION: While evaluation and the provision of feedback to interns is a continually ongoing process, there are a few points in time when evaluation is done more formally. There will be a formal, written evaluation performed by each intern’s supervisor at four times during the year (quarterly): in November, February, May, and at the conclusion of the internship. Interns are evaluated on competencies related to our training goals. In addition, interns’ general professional functioning will be assessed. Problems in professional functioning may be identified in one or more of the following areas:
COMPLETION OF INTERNSHIP: Successful completion of the internship involves the fulfillment of three basic expectations:
Interns who meet these criteria will be given a certificate signifying the satisfactory completion of the internship provided that:
Our current interns may be contacted for information at 216-687-2277:
Recent interns include:
Dr. Jan Wheaton Psychologist, Counseling Center Associate Director: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University, 1984
Interests include eating disorders, body image, self-esteem, sexual assault, domestic violence, relationships, fertility concerns, adult survivors of physical/sexual/emotional abuse, bereavement, depression, existential/spiritual concerns, and physical fitness. She co-facilitates a women’s group.
Dr. Bruce Menapace Psychologist, Internship Program Coordinator (Training Director): Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, 1997
Interests include cross-cultural psychology, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender concerns, AIDS prevention, stress management/relaxation training, and men’s issues. He facilitates the LGBT Student Support Hour and a men’s group.
Dr. Paula Mickens-English Psychologist, Practicum Coordinator: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Kent State University, 1996
Interests include Afrocentric counseling, relationship issues, women’s issues and alternative therapies. She facilitates a workshop series on “How To Do Everything Better.” Dr. Mickens-English is also a Licensed Independent Social Worker.
Dr. Lou Sauer Psychologist and Professional Clinical Counselor: Ph.D. in Counseling from Cleveland State University, 2002
Interests include concerns of mature students, mind-body work, spiritual healing, existential concerns, American Indian concerns, transpersonal therapy, hypnosis and alternative therapies. Dr. Sauer is a National Certified Counselor and has completed her American Society of Clinical Hypnosis certification in Hypnotherapy.
Dr. Todd Seibert, Psychologist: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2009
Interests include group therapy, ADHD/LD Assessment, grief/loss, and process-oriented therapy. He is the group coordinator and graduate assistant coordinator. He facilitates interpersonal process groups and consults with students and staff regarding ADHD and Learning Disabilities.
Mr. Paul Snowball, Professional Clinical Counselor: M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Akron, 1989
Interests include academic performance; career choice; anxiety, stress, and depression management; race and culture issues; personality development issues; and outreach programming.
Dr. Michelle Romero, Psychiatrist: D.O. from Ohio University, 2006
Positions Available: The Counseling Center offers two intern positions each year
Term of Service: Interns begin working one to two weeks prior to the start of Fall semester each year. Typically, this is the second or third week of August, with Fall semester starting during the fourth week. Interns have one year from that date to complete 1800 hours of service. The Counseling Center is closed on official University holidays, 10 days per year, and interns will not be able to accrue hours on those days. We recommend that interns arrange their schedules so that they are working enough hours to complete the 1800 hour requirement within 48-50 weeks to allow some vacation time during the year. We expect interns to schedule vacation days in a manner so they will not interfere with scheduled training activities.
Stipend and Benefits: The stipend is $24,500. Interns are able to purchase a university parking pass and a Viking I.D. card for access to the university library and computer system. Interns are also able to use the university’s Health Services for routine medical services and are able to purchase CSU’s student health insurance. We ask that interns provide their own professional liability insurance and interns who wish to park on campus will need to pay for parking.
Application Procedure: December 1 is the application deadline. To be reviewed, applications must include the completed AAPI Online (APPIC Application for Psychology Internships) with the following elements:
Intern Picture: Candidates invited to interview will be given the option of including a picture of themselves to facilitate the Intern Selection Committee’s recall and tracking of interviewed candidates.
Selection and Notification Process: The CSU Counseling Center adheres to the APPIC Internship Matching Program Policies regarding the selection and notification of applicants. Results of the match will be released on the APPIC Match Day in February. To review the APPIC procedures and/or register for the Match, visit their website at www.natmatch.com/psychint
Send all application materials (via AAPI) and other correspondence to:
Bruce Menapace, Ph.D.
Cleveland State University Counseling Center
2121 Euclid Ave., UN 220
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
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