Thank you for considering an application to our APA accredited Doctoral Internship in Psychology. Our training program is an important and integral part of the FSU Counseling Center. Please browse our training web page to learn more about our Doctoral Internship, and enjoy links to view more about our Counseling Center, FSU, and Tallahassee! Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions about our internship program at firstname.lastname@example.org or (850)644-8255. We look forward to learning more about you in your application!
The Doctoral Internship’s home is The University Counseling Center (UCC), which is the primary mental health services provider at Florida State University (FSU). The Center’s mission is to enhance the academic experience of students by promoting healthy personal development through brief individual or couples counseling, group counseling, psychiatric consultation, skill enhancement and preventative outreach services. This mission is accomplished within the parameters of a humanistic philosophy that honors and adheres to the individual student’s right to be treated with dignity and respect.
The UCC moved into the Askew Student Life Center in the fall 2000 semester which provided staff, students and interns with much improved facilities for therapy, supervision and training. The Student Life Center also contains administrative offices for University Housing, a state-of-the-art 600-seat movie and teleconferencing theater, a cyber cafe, a coffee shop and numerous meeting rooms. This exciting new facility has already become a major center of student activity. Adjacent to the Student Life Center is the newly completed Dunlap Success Center which houses the nationally renowned FSU Career Center, as well as the Center for Leadership and Social Change. Also on the same block is the Center for Global Engagement which provides services to international students as well as the entire university.
Individual and couples counseling are session-limited. Group therapy participation is unlimited. The UCC provides full-time Doctoral internships to counseling and clinical psychology students and part-time internships to masters’ students in mental health counseling, social work, and art therapy. The Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) and is a member of the Association for Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). The Doctoral psychology internship program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). This document describes the Center’s Doctoral psychology internship opportunities.
Florida State University, with an enrollment of 41,000 students, is a Research I university and one of the largest and oldest of the eleven institutions of higher learning in the State University System. Diversity is considerable, with students originating from all fifty states and over 115 countries. Over 25% of the student population are ethnic minorities, with Hispanic (10.8%), Black (10.2%) and Asian/Pacific Islander (3.4%) being the largest groups. An additional 3% are international students. The May 31, 2007 issue of the journal Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranked Florida State University first in production of African-American baccalaureates among “Doctoral Universities with Very High Research Activity” and fifth among all universities, trailing only four historically black universities. FSU’s colleges of law and medicine were also ranked within the top ten in the nation for Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine (September 2007).
FSU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in over 170 fields of knowledge. The University has particularly strong schools of criminology, psychology, theater, social work, law, education, dance and music. The School of Motion Picture, Television, and Recording Arts has quickly become ranked as one of the premier programs in the country. The National High Magnetic Laboratory, the top research facility of its kind in the world, is located at FSU. Programs in the biological sciences and geography take advantage of the immense biodiversity and unique ecosystems of the Florida Big Bend area.
FSU is located about one mile from downtown Tallahassee. On campus, Gothic structures are combined with modern architecture in a rolling landscape of palms, pines, dogwoods, and sprawling live oaks draped in Spanish moss. Flowering shrubs add year-round color. The campus is undergoing an exciting period of modernization and beautification, with new buildings, restaurants and pedestrian walkways. The recently expanded Bobby E. Leach Center provides students and staff with a state-of-the-art recreation/fitness facility.
Area cultural offerings include special programs in the dramatic arts, including regular productions from several university and local theaters; musical performances including operas, symphonies, and jazz ensembles; and visual arts displayed both on campus and in a neighboring artisan community. The community ardently supports the FSU men’s and women’s athletic teams. The Football, Track and Field, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Volleyball, Swimming, Golf and Tennis teams are among the best in the nation. The community ardently supports the FSU athletic teams, which are strong nationally in several sports. FSU consistently has one of the nation’s top collegiate football teams–a team that won the 1993 and 1999 national titles. The FSU Flying High Circus is also the only university based circus in the world and consistently draws raves for its on campus and traveling performances.
Tallahassee, the state capital, is home to Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College, in addition to FSU. Tallahassee is a culturally and politically dynamic community with a strong sense of identity. The metropolitan area is rapidly growing with a current population of about 270,000 and is located in the northwestern part of the state, an area called the “Big Bend.” A recent national survey of college towns ranked Tallahassee the second best medium sized city in which to live. There is considerable sunlight with warm, moist summers and mild winters. Tallahassee has gently rolling hills and is covered with beautiful tree-lined streets some of which are protected “canopy roads.” The southern edge of town borders Apalachicola National Forest that spans the forty miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Gulf Coast beaches and recreation begin within a one-hour drive south of Tallahassee and stretch 200 miles to Pensacola. Northern Florida is also known for its unique and refreshing freshwater springs and plentiful wildlife.
The staff is multi-disciplinary and culturally diverse, with licensed professionals from several mental health disciplines, including clinical and counseling psychology, social work, mental health counseling and art therapy. Typically there are four Doctoral psychology interns and three pre-masters interns. The support staff consists of an office administrator, receptionists and an IT specialist. Staff members hold membership in a variety of professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, the Florida Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, the American Group Psychotherapy Association, the National Association of Social Workers, and the American Art Therapy Association.
The Doctoral Psychology Internship Program at the UCC utilizes a Mentor-Apprentice model of training, whereby the professional growth and development of interns is facilitated by supervised applied practice, augmented by modeling, consultation and teaching. It is our belief that close, collegial involvement with psychologist role models provides a phase appropriate learning experience for the interns, allowing for enhancement of their professional identity while further developing their skills and competencies as practitioners. The multidisciplinary environment of the UCC also provides a diversity of professional involvement and interaction reflective of most post-internship employment settings. In addition to psychologists, interns have routine contact with training staff with expertise in social work, mental health counseling, art therapy, and addictions treatment. Interns also have the opportunity to work closely with Psychiatry and other medical staff at University Health Services. The internship year is clearly a time of transition, when interns must bridge and integrate the science of their academic training with the practice necessitated by their developing role as professional psychologists. It is the program’s philosophy that mentoring provides our interns an opportunity to internalize and consolidate that professional role, and makes the transition from graduate student seem both possible and worthwhile.
Developmental considerations are foremost in our training approach. We recognize the need and necessity for our interns to apply, in an intensive manner, the science of psychology they have learned in their graduate programs and further develop competencies in assessment, diagnosis, intervention and consultation. We strive to provide a supportive environment that allows interns to take on increasing levels of responsibility over the course of the internship, thereby building their confidence along with their competence. As part of this process, interns have the opportunity to observe and collaborate with senior clinicians in a variety of activities ranging from individual and group therapy to consultation and outreach. As the interns and their supervisors become comfortable with the intern’s skill level, supervisors function more as available and consultative mentors.
The Center views interns as professional colleagues and vital staff members whose contributions are encouraged and valued. The individual intern’s areas of strength and interest are incorporated into the yearlong experience. Through supervision and training, we assist the intern in identifying areas requiring further growth, while exposing them to a broad range of theoretical orientations and specialized expertise of the staff that will enhance their professional development. Interns are thereby afforded the opportunity to pursue somewhat individualized training experiences based on their experiences, interests and goals.
The internship is a vital component of the UCC and, as such, the goals of intern training are necessarily intertwined with the service goals of the UCC. Thus the provision of high quality, informed and ethical treatment to a large and diverse student population is of paramount importance. Recognizing the educational mission of the Florida State University, it is also important for the internship to support this mission through the training of interns, engagement in scientific inquiry and outreach and consultation to the greater university community. Permeating the program, through formal training, procedure and example, is an interest in and respect for diversity in all its forms.
The overall goal of the Doctoral Internship is to prepare Counseling and Clinical Psychology Interns to function ethically, competently and independently as professional psychologists. The training is generalist in nature, aimed at expanding the intern’s experience and awareness of self and other, while refining skills necessary to practice psychology effectively. The internship attempts to foster personal growth and self-confidence, along with a sense of professional identity.
Goal 1. The interns will demonstrate skills and professional competence at an intermediate to advanced level by meeting the Objectives of:
Goal 2. The interns will demonstrate self-understanding and a sense of professional identity by meeting the Objectives of:
Goal 3. The interns will demonstrate the ability to integrate science and practice of psychology by meeting the Objectives of:
Goal 4. The interns will demonstrate an awareness and sensitivity to issues of diversity by meeting the Objectives of:
Doctoral psychology interns are selected through national searches following APPIC guidelines. As an APPIC member, the UCC Doctoral Psychology Internship participates in the APPIC Internship Matching Program (Program Code 122311). Applicants must be registered with the Matching Program to be eligible for selections. An Applicant Agreement package can be obtained from the National Matching Service through the Matching Program web site at www.natmatch.com/psychint. Psychology interns must also be currently enrolled in an APA accredited doctoral program in Clinical or Counseling psychology, and have full clearance from their home program to apply for internship. Practica preparation requirements include successful completion of at least two practica with a minimum of at least 400 interventions hours which have been completed prior to the application due date. Applicants must have successfully defended their dissertation proposal and passed their Comprehensive Exams by the end of December to be eligible for consideration.
The Florida State University Counseling Center Internship Program reaffirms its commitment to a policy of equal opportunity and pluralism, thus enhancing diversity and assuring a campus climate that values and respects the worth and dignity of all persons. Therefore, we ascribe to APA’s position statement “Preparing Professional Psychologists to Serve a Diverse Public: A Core Requirement in Doctoral Education and Training” which can be found at http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/policy/diversity-preparation.aspx. We train interns to be well-rounded professional psychologists with the competencies to serve clients representing different forms of diversity. In providing this training, we commit ourselves to creating a supportive training environment that allows for self-exploration and the development of cognitive flexibility.
Application is done by utilizing the AAPI Online which can be accessed on the APPIC website at http://www.appic.org. Applications must include a cover letter, the application form, an official graduate transcript, a vita, and three letters of recommendation. Cover letters must include specific reasons for seeking a Doctoral Internship at the University Counseling Center at Florida State University. The AAPI Online must be submitted by November 1. We currently have four intern positions. Any questions regarding the internship or the application process can be addressed to:
Susan Recinella, Psy.D., Director of Intern Training
The University Counseling Center
Reuben O’D Askew Student Life Center
942 Learning Way, Suite 250
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4175
Phone: 850-644-TALK (8255)
Applicants will be notified regarding their selection for an interview no later than December 15. We offer the option of an onsite or Skype/phone interview.
Candidates must be able to pass a background check which will be conducted after the Match in order to verify that candidates have no criminal or other record that would preclude employment/training at a university counseling center working with clients. Applicants who match to our program but do not successfully pass this background check will not be employed as doctoral interns (APPIC Match Policy 6b states, “Appointments of applicants to internship positions may be contingent upon the applicants satisfying certain eligibility requirements. Such eligibility requirements must be clearly specified in the internship programs’ written materials and provided to applicants in advance of the deadline for submitting rankings for the APPIC Match.”). Applicants are welcome to discuss any questions about this procedure with the Training Director.
Please note: This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC Policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.
Policy Regarding Academic Programs Requesting Additional Evaluation Materials or Contracts
Interns at the FSU University Counseling Center receive ongoing evaluative feedback from supervisors throughout the training year. These evaluations are comprehensive, are based on our program’s training model, philosophy, goals and objectives, and competencies and benchmarks established by our profession. At mid and end year, the Florida State University Counseling Center’s Director of Intern Training sends the Academic Training Director a copy of our internship’s evaluation of the intern for that portion of the internship year. Therefore, if you are enrolled in an academic training program that requires additional training contracts and/or evaluations, these will not be completed by the Florida State University training staff. Your program may choose to use the data from the Florida State University Counseling Center’s evaluations to complete their own forms. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your Director of Clinical Training or the Florida State University Counseling Center Director of Intern Training if you have questions about this policy.
The Doctoral Internship at the University Counseling Center is accredited by the American Psychological Association. The University Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). The APA Commission on Accreditation may be reached at:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: email@example.com
Doctoral internships start the beginning of August. Orientation of new interns includes a week long formal orientation process conducted prior to the fall semester. This orientation is designed to help new interns begin their training at the UCC. The purpose of the orientation program is to introduce new doctoral interns to the Center’s philosophy, goals, objectives, organization, staff, and policies and procedures. Included are mini-seminars outlining crisis counseling, intake procedures, risk assessment, forms and documentation, and supervision requirements. In addition, tours are conducted of other relevant resources on campus. An important part of orientation is to begin the year long process of developing mentoring relationships with all of the staff. The orientation process is also constructed to provide opportunities for the new intern class to learn about each other and develop the trust and comfort which provides a supportive relationship among the intern cohort.
Weekly training seminars focus on themes related to the counseling needs of the Center’s clientele which consists of a broad spectrum of “traditional” and “non-traditional” college students. Treatment considerations, including a variety of approaches and intervention modes, are highlighted. The training seminars are organized by the training director and conducted by UCC staff members and guest specialists from the university and local community. Representative topics include: crisis management, eating disorders, suicide prevention and intervention, assessment and treatment of self-injurious behavior, addictions, gay and lesbian concerns, transgender issues, issues in treating international students, couples counseling, grief, Autism Spectrum Disorders, psychopharmacology, ethics, licensure issues, multicultural counseling, anxiety and stress management, evaluation assessment tools, sexual assault/rape issues and treatment of depression. The array of topics reflects the many client issues interns face in this counseling setting. There are also ongoing monthly seminars in Diversity, Assessment, Group Therapy, Supervision and Professional Development to facilitate intern development and skills.
All interns are supervised in the provision of individual, couples and group counseling. Supervision is based primarily on case discussions and review of video recordings of sessions. Interns typically co-lead group therapies with experienced staff members with whom they can discuss group issues. Training in client assessment is strongly centered on interviews and developing familiarity with a variety of assessment tools used in the context of psychotherapy. Clients seeking career information or vocational testing are referred to the FSU Career Center; however, career issues may be a focus of counseling with UCC clients.
Interns receive a minimum of two hours per week of individual supervision and two hours per week of group supervision (one hour focused on individual cases and one hour focused on group therapy). Frequent informal supervision and/or consultation with other staff members (of whatever discipline seems appropriate for a given situation) is encouraged and expected in response to issues that arise between formal supervision sessions. Licensed Clinical and Counseling psychologists provide primary supervision of Doctoral psychology interns. The Director of Intern Training also meets weekly with the interns to discuss any issues of concern and to promote the growth of professional development throughout the year.
Interns also receive formal training in providing supervision through the supervision of advanced practicum students from the FSU’s Counseling and Clinical Psychology programs. The interns attend four monthly Supervision Seminars in the fall. During the time they provide supervision, they receive Supervision of Supervision with both an individual licensed psychologist and also in a Supervision of Supervision Group.
The University Counseling Center offers services to all students enrolled at FSU. There is a great diversity in the Center’s clientele with an average age of 24 years and an age range of about 17 to 60 years. There are a high proportion of seniors and graduate students and two-thirds of the clients are female. Recent statistics indicate the following breakdown: 73% Caucasian, 11% African-American, 11% Hispanic, 5% Other or Unknown.
Most clients request and receive individual counseling. About 60% of clients return after intake for additional sessions. The current sessions limit is 12 individual sessions per academic year. Clients who continue past the intake session typically receive between four and eight sessions. When clinically appropriate and with authorization from our Utilization Review Committee, it is possible to see some clients beyond the ten session limit.
The Group Psychotherapy training component is a major focus of the Doctoral internship and is based upon the idea that we learn best through mentored apprenticeship. Interns will be assigned to one of four currently running process groups that they will co-lead with the Group Psychotherapy Coordinator for the year long internship with the goal of developing expertise in group leadership, member selection, co-therapy and other aspects of group psychology as it relates to clinical practice. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to join with other Center staff as co-therapists in a variety of counseling, psycho-educational and process groups that are offered each semester at the Center. Interns will participate in the weekly Group Therapy Supervision and Administration Meeting, the monthly Doctoral Seminar on Group Psychology as well as participate in various consultation opportunities on campus with the Group Psychotherapy Coordinator.
Couples counseling is offered when appropriate. Client partners and spouses who are not FSU students are ineligible for individual services; however, they may be treated in conjunction with an eligible student. Interns who are interested typically have no difficulty in finding couples with whom to work.
Staff and interns regularly provide consultation to the university community. Interns are often involved in providing consultation and/or presentations to University Housing, the Victim Advocate Program, the Student Disability Resource Center, the Eating Disorder Treatment Team, Greek Life, the Center for Global Engagement, and programs developed to support first generation college students and underserved populations (CARE-Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement). The UCC also has contact with Thagard Student Health Center and other departments of the Division of Student Affairs, the FSU Police, the Crisis Management Unit, Tallahassee area hospitals, human services agencies, and private practitioners.
|Seminar/Training||3 ½ hrs.|
|Group Supervision||2 hrs.|
|Individual Supervision-primary||2 hrs.|
|Ind. Supervision of Group Work||1 hr.|
|Intern Lunch||1 hr.|
|Individual and Couples Counseling||14 hrs.|
|Group Counseling||1 ½ hrs.|
|Intake Sessions||2 hrs.|
|Supervision of Practicum Student||1 hr.|
|Staff Meetings/Case Conference||1 hr.|
|Committee Meetings||1 hr.|
|Case Notes, other paper work||5 hrs.|
|Research, etc||4 hrs.|
Interns rarely exceed a regular 40-hour work week and typically find time for research, professional reading and other activities of their choosing. Center activity is quite “seasonal” by nature. The demand for services tends to steadily increase during fall and spring semesters. Clientele flow tends to be light during semester breaks and moderate from May to August. Interns should expect to carry substantial caseloads during peak periods so that they can “average” 25% of their time in direct client contact across the whole of their internship. Doctoral psychology interns work 40 hours per week primarily during the Center’s business hours.
Doctoral interns receive a stipend of $26,000 (via biweekly pay periods) and use of university facilities, libraries, and computer equipment. Each intern has a private office and computer with Internet access. Interns are eligible to purchase low cost health insurance available through University Health Services. The UCC observes state and national holidays (approximately 9 days per year) and is often closed for part of the winter holiday. Interns receive 10 days of combined annual leave and sick leave for the year, in addition to up to 5 days of professional development leave. Interns are allowed up to $500 toward professional conference/workshop expenses. Student membership in the Florida Psychological Association is also provided to allow interns to participate in trainings and professional development activities conducted by the FPA during the internship year.