Mission of K-State's Counseling Services
Mission of Internship in Health Service Psychology
As a staff, we value our training program and make training activities a high priority. Our psychology internship program aims to develop and train competent generalists in health service psychology prepared for post-doctoral practice. Our internship program does not* use distance technologies in training or providing clinical services. *However, as a result of COVID-19, Counseling Services moved to telebehavioral health. This move is temporary, with the ultimate goal being to return to face-to-face services.
Our primary mode of training is “learning by doing.” In addition to this experiential training focus, we are aware that we are all members of a broader global community. Consequently, we provide an array of training seminars, training supervisors, and training experiences with a practical, experiential approach. To the extent possible, we use the naturally occurring events, not only in the university community but nationally and globally as well for opportunities in training. These experiences often provide a valuable means of meeting training objectives.
Our internship program is committed to the following:
- We are committed to training in the Local Clinical Scientist model; an augmentation of the Scientist-Practitioner Model.
- We are committed to a broad range of skill development encompassing counseling, therapeutic, programmatic and educational interventions.
- We are committed to training in understanding and respecting human diversity and to providing effective services to diverse clientele and collaboration with diverse colleagues.
- We are committed to facilitating the development of professional identity and professionalism.
- We are committed to flexibility in developing each intern's training program.
To meet the aim of the training program and embody the values of the training program, we use the following nine profession-wide competencies (PWCs) to structure the training program.
The PWCs provide: sufficient breadth to ensure that the training program is adequately training competent generalists who are prepared for post-doctoral practice; a structure for the evaluation of interns in the training program; alignment with the Standards of Accreditation as published by the APA’s Commission on Accreditation. They are:
- Ethical and legal standards
- Individual and cultural diversity
- Professional values and attitudes
- Communication and interpersonal skills
- Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills.
Each intern is given at least one opportunity to demonstrate their competence in each of these nine areas. For instance, throughout the internship year interns will demonstrate their competence with consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills through outreach activities.