Service Delivery

Individual & Couple’s Counseling

One-on-one counseling services are offered 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 resources permit.

Couples counseling is designed to assist couples with their relationship problems. It can be 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.

Group Counseling

The Counseling Center offers a variety of counseling, support, and educational groups each semester. Participants in groups benefit from the mutual support and learning that occurs from interaction with others who have similar concerns. For more information about our groups, or to schedule your pre-group interview, please call 355-8270; TTY 353-7278.

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

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 undergo a year-long training module in advanced psychodiagnostic testing.  This training fosters intern clinical competencies in critical thinking, navigating ambiguity, risking mistakes, and collective and self-corrective problem-solving and experiential learning.    As such supervision is seen as a collaborative endeavor which attends to each intern’s unique growth edges while broadening clinical perspectives and skills.  Key to this approach is both the utilization of supervisor modeling and structured intern support and feedback.    The framework of Multicultural Assessment Validity (Suzuki and Ponterotto, 2008) is embedded throughout this trainingAmong the more prominent considerations are the selection of culturally congruent instruments, culturally attuned interpretation of test data, and methods for contextualizing intersecting cultural influences throughout the assessment process.  The ultimate criterion of culturally competent assessment is a client’s attainment of positive therapeutic outcomes.

Ridley, C. R., Tracy, M. L., Pruitt-Stephens, L., Wimsatt, M. K., and Beard, J. (2008). Multicultural Assessment Validity: The preeminent ethical issue in psychological assessment. In L. A. Suzuki and J. G. Ponterotto (Eds.), Handbook of multicultural assessment: Clinical, psychological and educational applications (3rd ed., pp. 22-33).  New York: Wiley.

Integrated Mental Health (IMH) Rotation