Our staff includes people from multiple disciplines, including psychologists, mental health counselors, an art therapist, nurse practitioners, a nutritionist and a psychiatrist. The Counseling Center is also home to a pre-masters internship program that takes on four new interns each school year. Many of our staff members engage in lifelong learning through membership in professional organizations, and attend conferences throughout the year. For some brief biographical information on our staff, please visit our staff page.
Our mission is to provide quality training, necessary to facilitate the transitional process from graduate student to an independently practicing psychologist. Our training Model is the Practitioner-Scholar Model, which emphasizes service delivery based on the integration of scientific principles, research, clinical judgment, and client values. Training is designed to provide a supervised and supportive learning environment in which interns continue to develop and refine their skills and abilities in various competency areas and gradually assume increased clinical responsibility. Interns are encouraged and supported in cultivating their own professional style as they progress toward the role of an autonomous psychologist.
The Internship has several aims:
Most UNF students come to the Counseling Center for individual counseling. Doctoral interns will spend up to 14 hours per week doing individual therapy. The counseling center has no specific session limits but the center strongly endorses a brief psychotherapy model. Interns will have numerous opportunities to learn art therapy and participate in an eating disorder team.
The Group Psychotherapy component is a major focus of training. Each intern is required to co-facilitate one group in fall and spring semesters with a senior staff member. During the summer semester, interns participate in a multi-coleader group as well as have an option to co-lead a group with another intern. Interpersonal Process Groups are typical for the Counseling Center, but interns can, with the permission of the Group Coordinator, run a theme specific or a psychoeducational group.
Interns will have opportunities to provide outreach on a variety of topics to many different University departments.
The Center has an emergency on-call counselor available at all times after business hours through an on-call service called “ProtoCall”. Interns will receive training in crisis/emergency intervention skills and will be added to the regular rotation of on-call counselors. During business hours, interns will have a dedicated time to see clients for a emergency appointments.
Each intern will supervise the work of a master’s level intern. The doctoral interns will serve as the master’s level intern’s supplementary supervisor in the fall semester, and primary supervisor starting in the spring semester.
and Couples Counseling – 13 hours
Counseling – 1.5 hours
Intake Screenings – 3 hours
– 1 hour
of MHC Intern – 1 hour
Meeting – 1 hour
Notes and Paperwork - 8.5 hours
– 2 hours
supervision – 2 hours
Psychotherapy Supervision – 1 hour
Seminar – 2 hours
Conference – 1 hour
Supervision – 2 hours
Supervision of Supervision - 1 hour
Applicants must be enrolled in an APA accredited academic program and have completed all academic portions of the doctoral program prior to internship (excluding dissertation). Applicants must have a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised clinical experience. United States citizenship or legal residency is required. All applicants must complete practicum experience as required by their program. A strong preference will be given to applicants who have completed their dissertation and/or have experience working with college students. All application materials must follow APPIC guidelines and be submitted through the AAPI Online at http://www.appic.org no later than Friday, December 1st.
The internship selection is a two-step process. The first step involves reviewing application materials by the selection committee. The Training Director will then contact the finalists by December 8th. The second step involves Skype interviews and an optional Open House day.
Interns will receive a stipend of $20,000 (via biweekly pay periods) and a single-occupancy, one bedroom on-campus residential apartment. The Counseling Center observes state and national holidays (approximately 9 days per year) and is closed for part of the winter and spring breaks. Health insurance is provided. Interns will be able to use university facilities, libraries, the Student Wellness Center, and computer equipment. Each intern will have their own private office, computer with internet access, and a webcam.
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