Philosophy of Training

Philosophy of Training

The Georgia Tech Counseling Center offers a training program that includes a doctoral internship in Health Service Psychology. The internship is conceived as the capstone year of the doctoral training experience in clinical and counseling psychology by providing an opportunity for interns to develop professional autonomy while working under the supervision of experienced professionals. This transitional year encourages interns to formulate a deeper understanding of their theoretical orientation while building skills in the practice of individual, group and couples therapy with a college student population. They will also develop skills in consultation, primary prevention, outreach, and assessment.

The center adheres to a practitioner-scholar model with an emphasis on the development of the intern. This model involves the practical application of scholarly knowledge through the delivery of psychological services taking into account individual, cultural, and societal factors.

While the primary focus of the training program is clinical work with traditionally aged college students, the broad training experience prepares interns to move comfortably and competently into a variety of outpatient settings. A major strength of the GTCC is the multicultural opportunities available due to the diverse and international student body of Georgia Tech.

In addition to clinical experiences available, the Counseling Center is in the forefront of providing proactive programming and wellness-based outreach to the campus community. The Center partners with a variety of departments on campus to facilitate groups and workshops on such topics as stress management, academic proficiency, time management, and assertiveness training. Interns are given the opportunity to co-facilitate these workshops as well as lead them independently.

Supervision focuses on helping individuals develop a stronger sense of their individual gifts in the therapeutic setting and how they can cultivate strengths while rounding out less developed areas. The center highly values the abilities and talents brought by interns, and strives to integrate each intern into the full operation of the center as an independent professional. Interns will have the opportunity to serve on center committees, to present clinical questions and offer feedback in regular case conference meetings, to make suggestions and give insights on the operation of the center, and to pursue professional development through conference and workshop attendance. The staff of the center is diverse, and offers a variety of theoretical orientations. Interns are given the opportunity to be involved in the selection of their individual supervisors, and are involved in identifying their needs and goals for the internship year.

The training program is a member of APPIC and is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program's accreditation status should be directed to:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
50 1st Street, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation