Individual & Couple’s Counseling
Health Service Psychology Doctoral Interns provide one-on-one clinical services to help students address concerns in a number of areas including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, stress management, family or other relationships, cultural identity, sexual orientation, trauma, and disability. Any student registered for one or more credits is eligible for an initial visit. Additional services and/or referrals may be provided as necessary.
While individual therapy is by far the most common clinical choice. Health Service Psychology Doctoral Interns may provide couples counseling to assist students with their relationship problems. This form of treatment is used to gain more insight into each other and to learn new and more effective ways of communicating. Any type of couple can seek counseling at MSUCC, including married, single, LGBT, roommates and/or housemates. In order to receive couples counseling one or both of the members in your couple must be currently enrolled as a Michigan State University student.
Health Service Psychology Doctoral Interns co-facilitate a group that is identified as focused on integrated mental health (e.g., bipolar support, ACT based skills group, Mindfulness, etc.) and they may facilitate a group based on their interest and sufficient student need.
Provision of Supervision
Doctoral Interns are supervised by staff who have been fully licensed psychologists for a minimum of three years. This standard meets or exceeds the licensing requirement for all states.
Supervisors attempt to provide a balance of challenge and support. You will meet weekly with an individual supervisor for two hours and receive another two hours of group supervision from your time in seminars. Your progress is closely monitored and all members of the Training Committee evaluate your performance. Formative and summative evaluation points are built into the training program.
Typically, a different individual supervisor is assigned each semester. This enables you with enhanced opportunity to experience different styles and orientations.
MSUCC has an “Open Door” policy which provides you with opportunities to utilize the knowledge and expertise of all staff members.
Outreach Services are an integral part of the doctoral training experience. Doctoral interns are involved at multiple levels in the provision of outreach services which include a variety of programming and consultation activities focused around awareness, education, prevention, and collaboration in line with our public health and wellness framework. Doctoral interns complete program evaluation projects in connection with Outreach Services and have opportunities to become more involved in the administrative, advising and committee functions of outreach as we engage our MSU community – students, parents/guardians, faculty, staff, administrators and surrounding communities.
Psychological Testing & Consultation Services
Doctoral interns are trained in advanced psychodiagnostic testing within a referral based testing model. This training fosters intern clinical competencies in critical thinking, navigating ambiguity, risking mistakes, and collective and self-corrective problem-solving and experiential learning. Supervision is seen as a collaborative endeavor that attends to each intern’s unique growth edges while broadening clinical perspectives and skills. The framework of Multicultural Assessment Validity is embedded throughout this training. Doctortal Interns complete a minimum of four testing cases per training year.