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Training Model

Training Model

The foundation of our approach to training is a practitioner model. The emphasis is upon learning through the practical application of evidence-based practice in psychology. "Evidence based practice in psychology is the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, culture, and preferences" (American Psychologist, 61(4), May-June 2006). More information about evidence-based practice may be found here. This model is principally accomplished in an intensive, supervised university counseling center experience working with a multicultural group of interdisciplinary professionals. Imbued in this model are service provision, didactic and experiential instruction, and the use of psychological theory/research.

The CTC provides a setting in which interns increase and strengthen their abilities to practice psychology throughout their year with the agency with an emphasis on a Mentor/Apprenticeship.  As a result the staff takes a developmental view of our training mission, aiming to help the intern transition from the student-trainee role to professional colleague. This begins with the selection of well-prepared intern applicants who value a life-long learning process. During the early portion of the internship year the intern is oriented and immersed in the life/culture of the agency. As the year progresses, and skill levels increase, the intern is encouraged to act with increasing independence and autonomy. Interns are involved in a mutual system of respect and value as a member of the CTC staff throughout the training year.

The CTC provides generalist training for those interns interested in working in a counseling center and/or other settings within psychology. Four areas of competencies are emphasized during the training year. They are:

  1. Crisis intervention
  2. Programming/outreach/consultation
  3. Training/supervision
  4. Multicultural Counseling

We believe that exiting interns should exhibit a high degree of professionalism. This includes:

  • Adherence to appropriate ethical and legal standards
  • A scholarly approach to their work
  • An awareness of significant challenges and trends within the field
  • The development and implementation of life-long professional development activities
  • Awareness of and skill with individual and cultural diversity
  • A continual examination of personal worldviews and their impact on professional functioning
  • A healthy relationship between personal and professional life
  • And a sense of responsibility to contribute to the welfare of the profession and society.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14