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WKU WEATHER ALERT:

Classes beginning at 4pm today on the WKU Bowling Green campus are canceled. ALL Thursday and Friday classes on all campuses are also canceled. Online classes will proceed as scheduled. WKU offices will be closed on Thursday, with essential personnel reporting.

WKU Owensboro closed at noon today (Wed., 3/4).

WKU Glasgow evening classes that begin at 5 pm today will be canceled and the WKU Glasgow campus will close at 7 pm.

WKU Elizabethtown-Fort Knox campus will close today at 3 pm and will remain closed Thurs., Fri, and Sat., March 5-7.

Should inclement weather make travel hazardous, residence halls will remain open until Saturday. Follow WKU Housing & Residence Life for updates.

The high school regional basketball tournament games scheduled for tonight have been canceled. Games will be rescheduled for Friday/Saturday. Follow WKU News for the latest updates. #WKUAlert

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