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Doctoral Internship Direct Service
Psychotherapy and Counseling
Interns spend 18 to 20 hours per week providing psychotherapy and other clinical services to OSU students. This includes 10 to 12 sessions for individual or couples therapy, co-leading one or two therapy/support groups, and conducting two to three same day appointments per week. OSU CAPS operates under a brief therapy model, and interns are guided and supported as they enhance their therapy skills within this model.
Interns will provide three to four afternoon on-call shifts during the course of the term. During the on-call shift, OSU students/clients with urgent concerns can be seen immediately for an initial assessment and/or crisis intervention. On-call duties also could require the therapist to respond to phone calls from faculty, staff, students, or parents requesting mental health consultation.
Interns can pursue a specialized rotation each quarter, averaging three hours per week of direct service experience. These rotation options include specialized training and supervision. Past rotation options include (but are not limited to):
- Career decision-making class (teaching)
- Couples therapy
- Eating disorders and body image
- International students
- Working with LGBT clients
- Grief and loss
- Men and masculinity
- Individual therapy with ethnically diverse clients
- Sexual Assault Support Services
- Working with trauma survivors
- Suicide risk reduction
- Mind spa programming
- Buddhist psychology/mindfulness meditation
Interns meet with their practicum supervisee one to two hours per week to supervise the student's work with clients. Interns also review tapes and help trainees develop a sense of professionalism. A weekly Supervision of Supervision seminar provides guidance as interns learn supervision skills.
Interns receive specialized training in outreach via the professional issues seminar. As OSU-CAPS is committed to engaging our community outside of our clinical practice, interns participate in workshops, liaison relationships, and other forms of community building around campus. We hope you can bring your own outreach passions to our center and welcome creativity.