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Seminars

Below you'll find detailed information about what each seminar offers as part of your training experience.

Assessment Seminar

Brent Schneider, Ph.D., runs this seminar. 

This seminar will provide an overview of the current trends in university assessment with an emphasis on the assessment practices utilized at Counseling Services (CS). Formal and informal assessments used by psychologists and other mental health professionals in university counseling centers will be reviewed and discussed. This seminar will work to hone interns’ skills related to integrating observations, interviews, and test data to assess a client’s personality and functioning. This seminar aims to deepen interns’ knowledge and application of the integration of assessment and diagnosis. A particular focus will be on integrating psychological testing into the therapeutic process, which will consist of using psychological testing to assist clients with their needs, goals, and questions. Also, interns will practice using the results of psychological testing as a guide for helping students explore strengths and areas of growth to facilitate positive change.

 

Biofeedback Seminar (Optional)

Kodee Walls, Ph.D., runs this seminar.

Biofeedback seminar is an optional training opportunity. As programs vary, this seminar is re-constructed each year to meet those needs. Intern input, general professional developmental milestones, and agency needs/demands determine those needs.  Trainees will develop knowledge of various stress related physical and psychological disorders, the biofeedback protocols used to treat these disorders, and a variety of adjunct interventions for mental health concerns. They will also develop an understanding of the Biofeedback equipment at Kansas State University, Thought Technology, and will learn how to offer interpretations to clients based on the programs’ data.

 

Career Seminar

Cheryl Taliaferro, Psy.D., conducts this seminar.

This seminar focuses on the development of interns' career counseling and assessment competencies and highlights the importance of career exploration and decision making to college student development. It provides a setting for: (1) reviewing quantitative and qualitative career assessments, interpretation strategies, and the strategic use of assessments in providing career interventions, (2) critically appraising current trends and topics in career counseling and vocational psychology, (3) supporting the teaching of Career and Life Planning course, and (4) discussing career counseling cases. The career seminar is also a place where interns can discuss their experience and reactions related to co-teaching and the provision of career counseling services. Career seminar meets every week for an hour, each semester.

Through collaboration with Career Services, Interns have the opportunity to teach an in-person course during the Spring semester.

 

Diversity Seminar

Brianna Presutti, M.A. runs this seminar.

Diversity seminar meets bi-weekly, all year, to increase interns’ self-awareness of multiple and intersecting socio-cultural identities.  This awareness allows an increased understanding of how identities have shaped our worldviews, therapeutic stance, and interactions with clients.  Awareness also creates an opportunity to articulate how clients’ intersecting identities influence case conceptualization, treatment modalities, interventions, and treatment plans with culturally appropriate interventions.  The seminar encourages interns in Health Service Psychology to understand individual and systemic influences of power, privilege, and oppression.  Finally, interns take a leadership role in creating a culturally informed outreach program for a selected group or population through their Social Justice project.

 

Group Therapy Seminar

Cristine Glendening, LCMFT conducts this seminar.

Seminar Objectives:
1. Interns will be able to identify client characteristics and outcome objectives appropriate to the group therapy format.
2. Interns will be able to articulate the theory and research underlying interpersonal process groups.
3. Interns will demonstrate effective multiculturally sensitive group intervention skills.
4. Interns will be able to identify ethical issues that arise in group and will demonstrate the ability to practice in accordance with related laws and ethical codes.


Group seminar is designed specifically for interns’ training needs. As programs vary and each intern will have varying levels of group therapy experience, this seminar is re-constructed each year to meet those needs. These needs are determined by intern input, general professional developmental milestones, and agency needs/demands. Though there are topics identified for each group seminar we aim to be flexible and group development and co-leader relationships may also be discussed in each meeting.


In a given year the following items are typically covered with varying levels of frequency and depth, depending on the needs of the interns:
1. Understanding how to refer to group and educate colleagues on the benefits of group therapy
2. Identifying barriers to group referrals (both individual and systematic)
3. Identifying appropriate referrals and preparing clients for group (i.e., conducting pre-group meetings)
4. Communicating with co-leaders
5. Being a multiculturally aware group therapist
6. Starting group
7. Stages of group development
8. Content vs. process (here-and-now)
9. Working with difficult group members and problematic behaviors
10. Navigating transference/countertransference
11. Ethics related to group
12. Group termination
13. Types of therapy groups

 

Outreach Seminar

Jennifer Miller, Ph.D., runs this seminar.

This seminar will provide interns with a deeper understanding of outreach methods, techniques, and tools based upon student interests, audience composition, and university needs regarding mental health as a means of promoting academic, personal, emotional and social success for all K-State students. Outreach assists the department mission by allowing us to provide educational opportunities for all students in a safe, inclusive environment that promotes respect and equality. Prevention programs help reduce stigma, encourage healthy behaviors, and supply students with a set of tools they can use throughout their academic careers. Fall semester will focus on simple outreach tasks, such as co-development/presentation of psycho-educational materials with a senior staff, tabling opportunities, establishing liaison relationships and understanding audience. Spring semester will involve development/presentation of an original psycho-educational workshop, creation of an outreach artifact to be utilized by both our office and a liaison office, and development of collaboration and evaluation skills through interaction with the P.A.W.S peer education program.