Doctoral Internship Training Competency Areas

Interns are expected to develop competence in the following areas:

Individual Psychotherapy

Interns will be trained in providing the best possible care to our students, allowing for experience with short and long term therapy in a variety of treatment modalities. There is often opportunity to provide couples counseling which can be conducted with co-counselors. Most clients are seen for ten sessions or less, but opportunities exist for long term therapy. Staff who assess the need to meet with clients for more than ten sessions, present the case in a peer review meeting and seek approval for extended treatment.

Group Psychotherapy

Interns are expected to co-lead a therapy group with a senior staff member each semester. The co-leader will provide supervision for the group therapy experience and didactic training in group therapy is offered in training seminars. The Counseling Center offers a number of therapy groups and invites interns to initiate the formation of groups that might address an intern's area of interest.

Psychological Assessment and Diagnosis

Students are initially assessed through our Walk-In Clinic. Interns provide Walk-In services, assessing the student's presenting problem and severity, developing a treatment plan, and making referrals to appropriate care (individual, group, services on campus or in the community, etc.). A number of assessment tools are made available to help clarify a presenting problem, diagnosis, and/or plan treatment. Interns are required to complete four formal assessment reports each semester and participate in an assessment seminar, which meets weekly, to receive didactic training and supervision.

Crisis Intervention

All clinical staff participate in the Center's after hours on-call system and also handle the emergencies that present themselves during daytime work hours. Interns participate in the after hours rotation approximately 15 weeks or weekends during the year. When interns are on-call, they are paired with a supervisor who provides guidance and support as needed. Pagers and cell phones are made available to assist with this service. In addition to hands-on experience, training in crisis intervention is received through didactic seminars, role plays, and peer review meetings.


Interns provide supervision to pre-practicum students, practicum students and externs that participate in our masters level training program. Interns also attend a supervision seminar weekly that provides "supervision of supervision" as well as discussion of issues and topics that are relevant to this area.


The Counseling Center staff participate in the delivery of educational programs to various campus groups. Because such programs are geared toward student life, we are often asked to present at times that fit student schedules, requiring staff to be available some evenings and weekends to provide such presentations. Interns are expected to organize and lead at least four outreach presentations each semester. Training seminars are also offered to provide guidance and familiarize interns with the literature and research related to outreach programming. Interns are also invited to participate in various university task forces and committees.


The Counseling Center is often called upon to consult with parents, friends, professors, advisors, and others who are concerned about a student. The interns provide this service and also participate in more formal consultation relationships with residence life and other departments on campus. As a co-consultant with a senior staff member, each intern is assigned to a residence life community. Consultation primarily consists of training in regard to mental health issues and assisting residence life staff throughout the year with various counseling issues. Additional consultation relationships include Athletics, International Programs, Multicultural Center, Sororities/Fraternities, Student Government Association, Office of Disability Services, the Women’s Center, the LGBT Center, Campus Ministers, Non-traditional students, and various other student groups.


The Counseling Center is committed to the appreciation, support, and celebration of diversity. We offer a series of training seminars that invite interns and staff to share cultural backgrounds, address diversity issues in counseling, and become better acquainted with the diverse cultural groups and programs that exist on our campus. In addition to acting as a consultant with the offices on campus that represent diversity, interns are encouraged to attend celebrations and programs sponsored through the University's Multicultural Center.


As the ethical code guides our professional practice, it is essential that interns are aware of and integrate ethical and legal guidelines into their repertoire of professional skills. Ethical guidelines, legal issues, and the policies and procedures of our counseling center will be reviewed during orientations, seminars, and through supervision.

Professional Behavior

By the end of the internship, we hope that interns experience themselves as professionals, able to work collaboratively with fellow staff members and to enhance the professional/personal growth of their colleagues. Throughout the internship, we aim to treat each intern as an integral member of our team. Professional identity and its development are not only addressed with individual supervisors but also during a weekly group meeting with the training director. Interns are also allotted time to meet as a group to process professional/personal issues affecting them, their relationships with each other, with staff, and with the internship process. For those interested in research, interns have the opportunity to work with those staff members involved in various research projects.

Emergency Services

The Counseling Center offers after-hours emergency coverage for urgent mental health concerns such as suicidal thoughts, sexual assault, and other trauma.  Call the Counseling Center at 828-262-3180 and select the option to speak with the counselor on-call.

During operating hours, students in crisis can walk in any time.

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Physical Address: 
1st Floor, Miles Annas Building
614 Howard Street 
Boone, NC 28608-2044

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 32044
Boone, NC 28608

Phone: 828-262-3180
Fax: 828-262-3182

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m-5:00 p.m

Initial Consultation Hours:
Monday - Friday:
8:30-11:00 a.m. & 1:00-4:00 p.m.

 - Please Note -
During Summer Sessions, Initial Consultation Hours at times may vary. Please contact us at (828) 262-3180 for our current schedule and to verify availability.

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