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Individual Psychotherapy

Externs provide both short- and longer-term individual psychotherapy and can expect to see an average of 9-11 clients per week. In the first weeks of training, externs begin individual work with a small, preselected group of clients. Subsequently, 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 a 20-session limit on individual therapy, although extern therapists may carry some cases longer when clinically necessary.

Intake Interviews

Externs conduct initial assessment sessions and write intake reports regularly throughout the year.

Case Management

Trainees have responsibility for referral, linkage, advocacy and system interventions for clients, both at intake and during the therapeutic process.


Externs will be trained and supervised in the provision of the outreach services. Requirements include observing one and co-facilitating one classroom presentation on Counseling Center services during Fall semester and co-facilitating one additional outreach program per semester. With consultation with your primary supervisor and the Asssistant Director for Outreach, externs are welcome to be involved in additional outreach programming.

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