Externs provide both short- and longer-term individual psychotherapy and can expect to see an average of 11-12 clients per week. Externs may request assignment of cases according to particular interests and/or in the interest of acquiring a diverse caseload. Decisions about the duration of therapy and frequency of sessions are made by the client and therapist, in consultation with the therapy supervisor, and are based on client needs. The Center maintains an approximate 20-session limit on individual therapy, although extern therapists may carry some cases longer when clinically necessary.
Externs conduct initial assessment sessions and write intake reports regularly throughout the year.
Trainees have responsibility for referral, linkage, advocacy and system interventions for clients, both at intake and during the therapeutic process.
The DBT group rotation is an opportunity for Externs to expand their skills by co-facilitating a psychoeducational therapy group. The DBT-based group, “Mood Masters,” consists of four three-week modules that focus on emotional awareness, tolerating emotions, coping skills, and interpersonal effectiveness. During the spring semester, Externs may elect to co-lead the group with an Intern, under the direction of a staff psychologist/rotation supervisor, pending the Extern’s and the Intern’s readiness and skill level. The number of modules an Extern would co-facilitate would be determined by the number of Externs interested in participating in this activity as well as the recommendation of the Training Committee.
Participation in outreach expands the Externship and provides an opportunity for involvement in a broader range of experiences at the Counseling Center and within the UIC community. All externs are exposed to outreach in the Fall semester by attending the first two weeks of the outreach seminar. They then observe one and co-facilitate one BA 100 or Honors 101 presentations about the Counseling Center. Externs who elect to participate in the outreach rotation continue in the outreach seminar for an additional six weeks. Thereafter, Externs will be individually supervised on their outreach projects, as needed. The Assistant Director for Outreach may also schedule a monthly meeting during spring semester once Externs have completed the Psychiatric Issues and College Mental Health seminar. Externs who elect to participate in the outreach rotation are expected to lead or co-lead two to three additional outreach events.
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