Training Programs


History 

Michigan State University Counseling Center (MSUCC) celebrates over 65 years of service and 55 plus years of training. Our psychology internship training program has been continuously accredited by APA since 1979.

Philosophy

The MSU Counseling Center is multiculturally-focused, inclusive, collaborative, holistic, and guided by evidence-based practice and the scientist-practitioner model.  Our services are structured by a public-health and wellness framework that defines student development within a broad cultural, systemic, psychological, and biological framework.

We assert that becoming a professional psychologist involves not only the acquisition of skills and the application of research and theory, but a socialization process as well. This process is an integration of professional identity and personal maturity. It incorporates a personal knowledge of self, sound judgment, comfort with pluralistic environments, and a sense of responsibility to oneself, to the profession, and to society. Given our training program’s goal to prepare effective professional psychologists with a consolidated professional identity, opportunities for personal exploration and reflection occur throughout the year. When appropriate, trainees are encouraged, but not required, to explore historical influences and personal data that may affect subsequent clinical practice. The MSUCC’s training program functions in a manner consistent with the American Psychological Association’s 7.04 (Student Disclosure of Personal Information) as contained in the Revised Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (APA, 2002).

Goal 

The training program’s goal is to prepare effective professional psychologists (generalists) with a consolidated professional identity. Although this is done in a university counseling center context, we believe that the functions and services of our center prepare psychology interns for a variety of positions and settings.  The training program provides psychology interns with training experiences and graduated responsibilities that further their development as professional psychologists who possess a sense of integrity, are multiculturally competent and skilled at communicating across disciplines.

Model 

The training program utilizes a scientist-practitioner model with an emphasis on “multiple ways of knowing.” Training occurs primarily through interactive seminars, supervision and mentoring that selectively attends to evidence based treatments (cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic), interpersonal and feminist therapy techniques, assessment, research, and community outreach in the context of a multicultural environment. Adherence to the American Psychological Association’s Code of Ethics and relevant state laws are woven into all aspects of training.  Emphasis is given to time-limited treatment within a multicultural framework, maintaining high ethical standards, performing comprehensive clinical assessments, and supervising trainees. Psychology interns are offered opportunities to work within the full range of professional activities of MSUCC and its professional staff. Psychology interns are expected to be involved in research or disciplined inquiry and are strongly encouraged to complete their dissertations.