Goals, Competencies, and Evaluations for Internship

Goals, Competencies, and Evaluations for Internship

The Counseling Center has developed seven areas of competence that are expected of all graduates of the doctoral internship program. Below please find a summary of those seven areas followed by the methods of attainment and evaluation.

Goals for Internship

1. Professional Behavior/Identity

Objectives:
Basic competency in this area is demonstrated by self-identification as a psychologist, with involvement in the profession at a broader level than simply studying the field or being a student. Understanding of and adherence to ethics and state laws throughout one’s professional experience.

Competencies:

  • Interns are expected to verbalize knowledge of psychology that shows mastery of foundational topics of the profession.
  • An understanding of the role that psychologists play in the treatment of psychological disorders.
  • Develop healthy relationships with colleagues, university staff, and students.
  • Seek consultation as necessary.
  • Clear, concise clinical and case management notes and documentation of all client contact.
  • Identify area of professional interest and establish goals for specific and general development in said area.
  • Demonstrate ability to take responsibility for professional learning and growth.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to engage in ongoing continued education and learning about ethics and laws that impact practice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of GTCC policies and procedures.
  • Actively participates in and contributes relevantly and meaningfully to staff meetings, training seminars, case conference, etc.
  • Is professional, responsible, and conscientious regarding time commitments (e.g., attendance, punctuality, meeting deadlines).
  • Understands her/his own personality and biases, and the impact of his/her behavior on others.
  • Is appropriately self-directed, efficient in use of time, organized, and communicates effectively both orally and in writing.

How Outcomes are Measured and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Expected Competencies

  • Supervisory evaluation obtaining a rating of “3” or higher on a “5-point” Likert scale.
  • Semi-annual review by training director based on feedback from staff.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and behaviors consistent with APA ethical standards and state laws.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of client welfare, professional competencies, one’s limitations and when to refer clients.
  • Participation in ongoing continuing education workshops and learning about ethics and laws that impact professional practice.
  • Completion of dissertation.
  • Engage in professional practice after internship completion.

2. Ethical Behavior

Objectives:
Interns will demonstrate an understanding of the code of ethics adopted by the American Psychological Association (2002) and State of Georgia Board of Examiners in Psychology and how such code of ethics and laws are applied to the practice of psychology.

Competencies:

  • Demonstrate behaviors consistent with APA professional and ethical standards.
  • Demonstrate behaviors consistent with State Licensing Board/state laws.
  • Demonstrates awareness of legal decisions that impact practice of psychotherapy.
  • Represents professional qualifications accurately to clients.
  • Avoids dual relationships with clients.
  • Respects confidentiality of the therapeutic relationship.
  • Demonstrates appropriate use of written consent for release of information.
  • Respects clients’ right to self-determination.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of when to refer clients.
  • Utilize consultation and supervision effectively.

How Outcomes are Measured and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Expected Competencies:

  • Supervisory evaluation obtaining a rating of “3” or higher on a “5-point” Likert scale.
  • Semi-annual review by training director based on feedback from staff.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and behaviors consistent with APA ethical standards and state laws.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of client welfare, professional competencies, one’s limitations and when to refer clients.
  • Participation in ongoing continuing education and learning about ethics and laws that impact professional practice.

3. Counseling and Psychotherapy

Objectives:
Develop clinical competence in the provision of individual, time-limited therapy. Interns will develop clinical competence through assessing client needs, exploring clinical issues, enacting timely interventions, and evaluating progress toward treatment goals while utilizing a brief treatment model and theoretical orientation consistent with therapist’s therapeutic and personal style. Interns will also develop crisis intervention skills.

Competencies:

  • Conduct initial assessments- Interns will become skilled at conducting initial screenings of incoming clients.
  • Facilitates communication and demonstrates empathy in session.
  • Assess presenting problems, urgency of treatment needs, and appropriateness of client considering services at GTCC based on obtaining relevant history and understanding of GTCC’s scope of services.
  • Give initial clinical impressions and present treatment goals and brief case conceptualization during case management meetings.
  • Complete clearly written, integrated notes/report that effectively communicate data acquired in the initial consultation so the clinician who works with the client is knowledgeable of presenting issue.
  • Schedule four initial consultation sessions per week.
  • Develop and demonstrate acceptance of cultural and individual differences in clients.
  • Effectively work with a wide variety of clients (effort will be made to balance the interns’ caseload in terms of gender, cultural background, presenting concerns, and level of severity).
  • Facilitate expression of and exploration of client thoughts, feelings, non-verbal communication and behaviors through warmth and utilization of listening skills.
  • Conceptualize client presenting issues in terms of relevant counseling and personality theories, research, and psychological interventions.
  • Appropriately handles crisis intervention.
  • Effectively assess a crisis, including risk of harm to self and/or others.
  • Demonstrate ability to appropriately follow-up with crisis situation with case management and referral if necessary.
  • Documentation of crisis situation consistent with policies of GTCC.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of scope of services provided at GTCC and when client would be better served at another resource.
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of resources and ability to guide client through the referral process.

How Outcomes are Measured and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Expected Competencies:

  • Supervisory evaluation obtaining a rating of “3” or higher on a “5-point” Likert scale.
  • Semi-annual review by training director based on feedback from supervisor and staff.
  • Client feedback (satisfaction surveys, etc).
  • Supervisory evaluation including evaluation of audio and video tapes of sessions.
  • Articulate relationship between practice, theory and scholarship with clients assigned.

4. Group Counseling

Objectives:
To develop group expertise through process of co-facilitating groups with senior staff and/or developing groups individually with supervised assistance.

Competencies:

  • Assist in the development of a group, screening/participation criteria and its content.
  • Select and screen clients who are appropriate for group therapy.
  • Negotiate roles and expectations with co-leader.
  • Implement timely interventions that facilitate group cohesiveness, promote clarity and depth of content, and explore interpersonal dynamics within group and how skills learned can be transferred to everyday situations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how cultural variables impact therapeutic process.
  • Complete required documentation of group sessions consistent with the Center’s policies.
  • Appropriately participates/facilitates group.
  • Responds appropriately to suggestions made by co-facilitator.
  • Demonstrates understanding of group process and balances structure with dynamics.
  • Address termination issues such as closure, separation and if needed, referrals.
  • Offer opinions and feedback during group supervision meeting.

How Outcomes are Measured and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Expected Competencies:

  • Supervisor’s evaluation through collaboration with senior staff co-facilitator obtaining a rating of “3” or higher on a “5-point” Likert scale.
  • Semi-annual review by supervisor and training director.
  • Informal feedback from group members as provided.

5. Psychoeducational Outreach and Consultation

Objectives:
To create, organize and provide appropriate outreach presentations for campus community. To develop skill in consulting with campus and community entities.

Competencies:

  • Take initiative to volunteer for programs and respond to requests in a timely manner.
  • Develop outreach goals/objectives, outline, materials and demonstrated knowledge of outreach subject area (i.e., stress management).
  • Conduct organized and developmentally appropriate outreach presentations understanding the population’s setting and needs.  This includes training and certification in QPR suicide prevention programming.
  • Establish rapport with participants and promote audience participation in the learning process.
  • Consult with GTCC staff, campus resources, etc. regarding outreach requests and needs.
  • Adhere to agency policies and procedures regarding outreach presentations, including the completion of outreach evaluations by participants.
  • Collaborate with senior staff, other trainees or other campus entities in creating and or presenting presentation.

How Outcomes are Measured and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Expected Competencies:

  • Completion of Outreach training by Outreach Coordinator.
  • Completion of a minimum of three outreach presentations over the course of each semester (one of which may be a table or a booth).
  • Obtain favorable evaluations from participants.
  • Supervisory evaluation obtaining a rating of “3” or higher on a “5-point” Likert scale.
  • Semi-annual review by training director based on feedback from staff.

6. Supervision

Objectives:
Interns will develop skills in providing supervision. Interns will actively participate in supervision of supervision seminar.

Competencies:

  • Develop a knowledge base of supervision theory, research and practice from a multicultural perspective.
  • Build trusting supervisory relationships that facilitate honest and candid exchange of thoughts and feelings.
  • Intervene in a way that improves supervisee’ clinical skills.
  • Provide on-going, relevant feedback to supervisees.
  • Manage conflict or areas of discomfort with supervisee.
  • Aid supervisees in selecting training goals, tasks and experiences while adapting supervisory style as necessary.
  • Demonstrate respect, openness, curiosity, awareness and competence toward all aspects of diversity and the impact on both the therapeutic and supervisory process.
  • Demonstrate an ability to accept and provide both positive and constructive feedback.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of how one’s personal background, culture and values influence supervisory and therapeutic relationships.
  • Understand policies for clinical impairment as identified in GTCC Internship Handbook.

How Outcomes are Measured and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Expected Competencies:

  • Supervisory evaluation obtaining a rating of “3” or higher on a “5-point” Likert scale.

7. Psychoeducational Assessment

Objectives:
Interns will develop understanding in the use of psychological assessment in college counseling. Interns are expected to complete one assessment and two psycho-educational screenings per semester during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Interns will actively participate in the assessment seminar.

Competencies:

  • Appropriate use of assessment instruments, including standardized administration and accurate scoring and interpretation of test information.
  • Ability to integrate test findings with clinical interview and behavioral observations.
  • Working knowledge of diagnostic issues associated with Learning Disorders and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
  • Comprehensive reports are timely, well-written and integrative of client history, current presentation, functional limitations and recommendations.

How Outcomes are Measured and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Expected Competencies:

  • Supervisory evaluation obtaining a rating of “3” or higher on a “5-point” Likert scale.
  • Semi-annual review by training director based on feedback from staff.

In addition to the competencies mentioned above, there may be other optional competencies that individual interns may be interested in pursuing during their internship. These will be assessed on an individual basis and support may be provided to meet the needs of the individual interns.