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Direct Service Experiences

Individual Therapy  

Interns at CCCPS conduct individual therapy approximately 17 hours per week with diverse students who are experiencing a wide range of presenting problems.  These presenting problems cross the spectrum from academic and developmental issues (e.g., selecting a major, independence from family) to severe mental illness (e.g., bipolar disorder, PTSD).  Most treatment is provided within a brief-therapy model.  Each intern can also provide long-term therapy to a limited number of clients.

Group Therapy  

CCCPS has a vibrant and growing group therapy program, and interns will gain experience as group therapists.  Group topics are based on student needs and intern interests.  Examples of past groups include an interpersonal process group, sexual assault survivor group, BIPOC student group, international student group, men’s group, mindfulness group, women’s group, social anxiety group, LGBTQ+ group, etc.  Interns typically co-lead a group in the fall with a more experienced staff member who supervises the intern’s work and have the opportunity of pairing up with another intern or with a practicum student in the spring semester. 


Scheduled triages are the preferred point of access for students who are not experiencing a psychological emergency and are new to CCCPS or who have not accessed counseling services during the last three months.  Interns will be scheduled approximately 3 triage hours a week.  As the semester progresses, some of these hours may be converted, as needed, to personal counseling, consultation, or crisis intervention hours at the discretion of the clinical director.  Triage appointments allow interns the opportunity to conduct risk assessments, form and document clinical impressions, and route clients to appropriate services.  More detailed intake interviews and reports are then conducted during a client’s intake appointment.  Intakes are typically conducted with students after they have been assigned to a clinician for ongoing counseling.

Crisis Intervention  

CCCPS has daily crisis/urgent clinic hours to provide timely brief assessment and crisis intervention for students experiencing urgent concerns or psychological emergencies.  Interns provide 3-4 hours of crisis/urgent coverage per week. Additionally, interns will serve as the on-call counselor for the 24-hour crisis line five weeks total during the year.  Interns are provided with close support and supervision throughout all crises, and receive didactic training on crisis management at the beginning of their year at CCCPS and through Intern Seminar. It is important to consider selecting housing within reasonable proximity to campus to assist with availability during on-call weeks. In some cases, we may be able to secure on-campus housing during on-call rotations for those choosing a more distant residence. 


Interns will be trained on and utilize a variety of assessments including multiple risk and suicide assessments.  Interns will also receive supervision regarding intake and diagnostic assessments during Assessment Seminar. 

Providing Supervision  

Each intern is assigned a student to supervise during the fall semester, and then is assigned a different student to supervise during the spring semester.  Interns meet with their supervisees weekly, reviewing their sessions and clinical notes and providing them with clinical supervision. 

Consultation & Outreach  

Interns are expected to conduct an average of half an hour per week of consultation and outreach.  These activities may involve developing and presenting workshops or presentations for various WVU units, forming liaison relationships with residence halls, or representing CCCPS at tabling events across campus.