Direct Service Experiences
Interns at CCPPS conduct individual therapy
approximately 12 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.
CCPPS 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 groups, sexual assault survivor 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.
CCPPS has daily drop-in hours which allows interns the opportunity to conduct triage assessments with clients, form and document clinical impressions, and then to route clients to the appropriate services (e.g., individual therapy, community referral, psychiatric consultation, etc.). Interns provide 4 hours of drop-in coverage per week. More detailed intake interviews and reports are conducted during the client’s first session after being assigned an ongoing therapist.
In addition to experience managing crises which may be encountered while staffing the drop-in hours and with their ongoing clients, interns will also 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 CCPPS 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 administer learning disability/ADHD assessments throughout the internship year. Assessments are scheduled across two days, totaling approximately 7 hours bi-weekly, with every other week reserved for report writing. Interns receive 20 hours of initial training for assessment and attend a weekly Assessment Group Supervision seminar where they receive didactic training and supervision as a group.
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
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 CCPPS at tabling events across campus.