Counseling Services

Goals and Objectives of the Training Experience Students5

Interns will carry a diverse caseload of 8 to 10 client hours/week at the Butler University Counseling and Consultation Services and 8 to 10 client hours/week at either Aspire Indiana or The Charis Center.

Interns will conduct individual therapy, initial assessments, psychological assessments, consultations, outreach programs, crisis intervention and supervision at the Butler University Counseling and Consultation Services; they will participate in individual and group/family therapy, initial assessment, and psychological assessment activities at Aspire Indiana.  At Charis Center, they will do individual and group therapy, including time working within a partial hospitalization program as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Interns will be exposed to models characteristic of both traditional counseling psychology and clinical psychology approaches to applied practice; i.e., interns will learn to view clients by using developmental frameworks common in university environments as well as models of psychopathology typical of clinical/medical settings.  The overarching goal is for interns to gain experiences that contribute to their professional identity as Health Service Providers in psychology.

Goal 1

Interns will become competent to provide scientifically-based clinical services in varied treatment modes utilizing a broad range of skills.


  1. Interns will display competence in initial assessment using clinical interviews and mental status.
  2. Interns will display competence in assessment measures and methods used in both a university counseling center and a community mental health setting.
  3. Interns will display competence in both short-term and longer-term individual psychotherapy and counseling as well as in case management.
  4. Interns will display competence in group facilitation and/or co-facilitation.
  5. Interns will display competence in crisis assessment and intervention.
  6. Interns will display competence in consultation and outreach activities at the Butler University site.
  7. Interns will display competence in clinical supervision of master's level trainees.
  8. Interns will display competence in the use of research and theoretical writing to inform clinical practice.

Goal 2

Interns will demonstrate competence in dealing with issues of individual difference, diversity and multicultural issues in their work as psychologists.


  1. Interns will display competence in providing services to clients from diverse cultural groups. Diversity will be defined in terms of differences in ethnic and cultural origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion/spiritual belief, social class and physical, emotional and mental ability.
  2. Interns will display increased awareness and comfort when working with diverse individuals over the course of the internship experience.

Goal 3

Interns will integrate professional and personal development to function as competent mental health professionals.


  1. Interns will display awareness of ethical issues as well as professional communication and conduct pertaining to the provision of services.
  2. Interns will display the ability to establish and maintain appropriate professional relationships with staff, supervisors, supervisees, peers and other professionals/health care providers. Special attention will be paid to the complications inherent in managing overlapping relationships commonly encountered in a training environment.
  3. Interns will display awareness of their personal reactions to the training experience and work to integrate their personal growth with their professional development.