The doctoral internship program in health service psychology at the Georgia State University Counseling Center is a 2,000-hour, one-year program that includes a minimum of 500 hours of direct client contact. The program develops interns as culturally competent generalist practitioner-scholars by identifying, refining and expanding:
- Clinical practice skills in individual, group and couples counseling
- Crisis intervention skills
- Psychological assessment skills
- Skills in psychoeducational programming, program evaluation and systemic consultation
- Professional identity development
Interns will learn and practice in an urban university counseling center environment where diversity is honored throughout supervision, didactic seminars and engaged dialogue with staff and peers, 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 Center include a prominent multicultural component in describing theoretical orientation, the additional lenses with which the practitioners 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, third wave behavioral, multicultural-feminist, humanistic, existential and interpersonal. The underlying assumption is that different theoretical orientations are needed and valued for their varying contributions to a rich problem-solving team, and the time spent in case conference and in supervision, working together toward a better quality of life for clients. More information about the training supervisors can be found on the staff bios page.
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. Trainees are encouraged to attend professional development seminars outside of the university, and each has a professional development stipend allotted to support this. Trainees also have the opportunity to choose to assist with planning and attending the Georgia State University Cultural Competency Summit which occurs annually in the spring.
American Psychological Association (A.P.A.) Accreditation
The psychology internship program has been in existence at Georgia State University for decades and is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The program requested to be on accredited and inactive status for 2012-13 to allow a year of revision to the training model while the Counseling Center went through a reorganization of its staffing and service delivery model.
The internship is currently active and accredited by the American Psychological Association with three full-time interns on board. The program completed an accreditation site visit Oct. 7-8, 2019.
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