Meetings and Seminars

Interns participate in the following meetings and seminars:

  1. Orientation Meetings and Seminars: For approximately the first two to three weeks of the internship (depending on the fall academic calendar), interns participate in various meetings and seminars to introduce them to the CC, the internship, and basic theory, techniques, and issues related to the activities in which they will be participating. Seminars will address the following topics:
    • Individual and Cultural Diversity
    • Crisis Intervention Theories, Issues, Techniques, Resources, Policies, and Procedures
    • Introduction to Clinical Policies and Procedures
    • Initial Consultation (ICON) Clinic
    • Outreach and Consultation
    • Group Therapy
    • Assessment
    • Supervision
  2. Training Seminar: Interns participate in a two-hour per week training seminar during Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.  About half of the seminars each semester are standard seminars.  The remaining seminars will be determined by intern and staff interest and need.
    • Standard Fall semester seminars typically include:
      • Individual and Cultural Diversity
      • Crisis Intervention
      • Eating Concerns
      • Ethical and Legal Issues
      • Group Therapy
      • Evidence-Based Practice
      • Outreach and Consultation
      • Job Hunting
    • Standard Spring semester seminars typically include:
      • Individual and Cultural Diversity
      • Career Counseling
      • Outreach and Consultation
      • Job Hunting
      • Science in Practice
      • Group Therapy
      • Ethical and Legal Issues
    • Possible topics for additional seminars include but are not limited to the following:
      • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
      • Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum
      • PTSD related to Sexual Trauma
      • Working with Trans Clients
      • Working with Veterans
      • Couples Counseling
      • Sex Therapy
      • Suicide Assessment and Management
      • Cinema- and Bibliotherapy
      • Trauma
      • Mindfulness-Based Therapy Interventions
      • Helping Clients Manage Grief and Loss
      • Sexual Feelings in Therapy
      • Raising SelfEsteem
      • Men’s Issues
      • Eating Disorders
      • Brief Therapy
  3. Assessment Seminar: Interns participate in an assessment seminar bi-weekly during Fall and Spring semesters. Various topics related to assessment are presented (including learning about specific assessments) and supervision of assessment activities is provided.
  4. Diversity Seminar: This meeting occurs bi-weekly (it rotates with the assessment seminar) and will be coordinated by the Multicultural Services coordinator, with various staff members or other faculty/staff/community members participating at times. Some meetings will be didactic in nature, while other meetings will involve processing diversity issues as they pertain to work with clients, current events (local, national, and international), intern interests, etc. It is hoped that interns will participate by sharing and processing their thoughts and feelings on different topics pertaining to individual and cultural diversity during these meetings. Openness to learning and hearing diverse viewpoints will facilitate more effective conversations during these meetings. Diversity seminar takes place in the fall and spring semesters. During the summer, interns may participate in activities such as Diversity Book Club and the Diversity Professional Development series, as well as participate in Diversity Field Trips.
  5. Supervision of Supervision Seminar: Interns participate in a supervision seminar weekly during Fall and Spring semesters (and occasionally during summer, depending on whether or not interns are supervising trainees at that time). Various topics related to providing clinical supervision are presented and supervision of supervision is provided. Interns will be asked, on occasion, to show videos of their supervision meetings with supervisees.
  6. Training Director Meeting; Interns meet for one hour per week with the Training Director to address on-going training-related topics, professional development, and to participate in group supervision of their activities. This is generally a group meeting, but time can be divided for individual meetings with interns.
  7. Peer Supervision: All clinical staff are assigned to a Peer Supervision group and meet weekly for one hour with their peer supervision team. Interns are expected to make a formal presentation of a case in this meeting once per semester. During peer supervision, trainees and senior staff members discuss/consult about clients, request case extensions, and discuss information pertinent to CC policies and procedures, campus and other events that might impact students, etc. Case consultations are also held for an hour approximately twice/month during fall and spring semesters with the university psychiatrist (when applicable).
  8. Process Meeting: Interns have the option of meeting as a group one hour per week to process their internship experiences and professional development topics, as well as to informally interact with one another.
  9. Staff Meetings: Weekly staff meetings address the administrative business of the CC. Participation allows an opportunity for interns to provide input and to learn about the internal workings and systems issues of a university counseling center. Topics discussed in these meetings include information shared in the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Directors Meeting, matters related to the policies and procedures and general operation of CC, important campus events, and consideration of new programs/initiatives that might be offered by the CC. Staff members reflect on various professional issues, discuss counseling cases that have administrative ramifications, and reflect on CAPS quality of life concerns. All senior clinical staff, postgraduate fellows, doctoral interns, and one office staff member attend this meeting.

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.

For additional resources see our Emergency Services page.

Prevent Suicide Block