The UNC Counseling Center provides 1-2 Master’s Level Counseling internship positions each academic year. This position is designed to assist counselors to develop and hone their skills in clinical interventions commonly used in a University Counseling Center or similar mental health settings. The model of training that we have adopted at the UNC Counseling Center is best described as a “developmental apprenticeship” approach. We believe that becoming a competent professional counselor is a developmental process requiring graduated experiences and a combination of experiential and didactic training with close supervision and mentorship. Professional training will focus on the development and refinement of clinical skills and will include providing individual, couples and group psychotherapy (when available); conducting intake interviews; developing diagnostic, case conceptualization, and treatment planning skills; documenting psychotherapy in an ethical, concise, and timely manner; providing outreach presentations and consultation; collaborating as part of a treatment team; developing solid multicultural awareness and skill; and translating ethical and legal issues into professional behavior.
Master’s level training largely consists of experiential learning supplemented by didactic information and close supervision/mentorship. As part of our developmental model, the staff encourages interns to assess their professional strengths and limitations and assists them in developing appropriate learning experiences to guide their growth within the parameters of the training opportunities offered here at UNC. Over the course of the internship, as we see competence and confidence levels increase for the intern, we are committed to creating opportunities across all skill areas that will foster greater autonomy and independent functioning.
An intern’s typical week will include an average of 8-10 individual clients per week, 2 intakes per week, a minimum of 1-2 hours per week of individual supervision, opportunity to co-facilitate an Interpersonal Process Group, participation in our weekly Clinical Meeting, opportunities for outreach and consultation as needed, paperwork time, and participation in weekly Professional Issues Seminar and Group Seminar (if leading a therapy group). Please see the explanations below of our supervision and seminars.
The intern’s primary supervisor will provide a minimum of 1-2 hours per week of individual supervision. The assigned supervisor will be a licensed professional counselor (LPC) or a licensed psychologist. The supervisor will review client video recordings and have knowledge of all clients being seen by the intern. The supervisor will also serve as advocate and consultant for other Center-related activities and will assist the intern in decisions relating to professional development. Supervisors will provide written feedback at mid-semester and end-of-semester evaluation meetings. Interns typically have a different supervisor each semester. The Training Director assigns the supervisor pairings on the basis of the interns’ stated preferences, their training needs, and the available resources within the Center. Inter input is welcome.
Professional Issues Seminar:
Interns have the opportunity to participate in this weekly seminar that is dedicated to issues of professional growth and development, various psychological issues, and multicultural topics. Presentations by staff members, community professionals, and interns cover a wide range of topics based on the intern group’s needs and interests. Topics have included: ethical issues in psychotherapy, documenting psychotherapy, eating disorders, substance abuse, domestic violence, mindfulness, spirituality, men’s issues, grief and loss, empirically-supported treatments, starting a private practice, attaining licensure, and a wide range of diversity-related topics. Interns are welcome to make suggestions regarding topics they would like to see addressed in this seminar.
If the intern has the opportunity to co-lead a therapy group, she/he will be required to participate in the Group Supervision Seminar. This seminar supplements interns’ experiential learning (i.e., direct service and weekly debriefings with co-leader) by providing additional supervision and opportunities for reflection and dialogue. The seminar’s initial focus is on UNC’s group philosophy and procedures, co-leader relationships, ethics, and group process dynamics and interventions. Subsequently, the seminar provides an opportunity for case conference-type reflection and dialogue, for brainstorming alternative interventions, and for enhancing knowledge about group stages and processes. Written group therapy evaluations are completed by the seminar leader and senior staff co-facilitators (or the interns’ senior staff group supervisor when the group is facilitated by two interns). The Group Seminar meets weekly throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.
Case Conference (Clinical Staff Meeting):
Case conference is designed to give interns additional opportunities to dialogue about their clinical work with other interns and senior staff, and provides an opportunity for group supervision. Interns are asked to informally present either an intake or an ongoing client for group discussion each week. One formal case presentation will also be required each semester.
Outreach and Prevention Programs:
Interns participate in a variety of outreach activities, such as presentations, university-wide fairs, and consultation projects. An average of 1-2 hours per week of outreach and consultation is allotted in the weekly schedule (some weeks there will be no opportunities for outreach, while other weeks might require 3-4+ hours). Occasional evening and weekend outreach will be required. Examples of outreach activities can include (but are not limited to): staffing the UNC Fall Bazaar, assistance with RA training, Alcohol/Depression/Eating Disorder screenings, the Journey Conference (a 1-day empowerment conference for middle-school girls from Weld County), participation in the Mental Health Summit, Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and other trainings/presentations as requested by various campus and community agencies over the course of the year.
We only accept interns from CACREP programs.
Internship must be completed across 2 semesters (fall and spring).
600 total hours required, 300 must be direct service.
Must commit to attending orientation (dates to be announced).
In order to complete the 600 hour requirement within the academic year (August-May), master's interns must be able to commit at least 20 hours a week (many will need to be able to devote 25-28 hours a week to compensate for lighter clinical loads at slower student traffic times).
Must be able to attend weekly clinical staff meeting (Tuesday mornings from 8:15-10:00).
Interns must participate in Supervision of group therapy (if applicable) and in various trainings and seminars throughout the year.
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To apply for a position:
Please send a cover letter describing your experience and interest in working in a university counseling center setting.
A list of 3 references (at least 1 of whom is familiar with your clinical work).