Goals and Objectives of the Training Experience
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
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.
Interns will become competent to provide scientifically-based
clinical services in varied treatment modes utilizing a broad range
- Interns will display competence in initial assessment using
clinical interviews and mental status.
- Interns will display competence in assessment measures and
methods used in both a university counseling center and a community
mental health setting.
- Interns will display competence in both short-term and
longer-term individual psychotherapy and counseling as well as in
- Interns will display competence in group facilitation and/or
- Interns will display competence in crisis assessment and
- Interns will display competence in consultation and outreach
activities at the Butler University site.
- Interns will display competence in clinical supervision of
master's level trainees.
- Interns will display competence in the use of research and
theoretical writing to inform clinical practice.
Interns will demonstrate competence in dealing with issues of
individual difference, diversity and multicultural issues in their
work as psychologists.
- 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.
- Interns will display increased awareness and comfort when
working with diverse individuals over the course of the internship
Interns will integrate professional and personal development to
function as competent mental health professionals.
- Interns will display awareness of ethical issues as well as
professional communication and conduct pertaining to the provision
- 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
- Interns will display awareness of their personal reactions to
the training experience and work to integrate their personal growth
with their professional development.