Overview of the APA-Accredited Internship

Internship Program
Training Model and Philosophy

Our vision for the Doctoral Internship in Psychology is to develop health service psychologists with the conceptual and clinical competencies necessary to deliver psychological services in a manner that is effective and responsive to individual and societal needs, both now and in the future.

We believe that sensitivity to individual differences and cultures in a diverse society and openness to self-reflection and life-long learning are necessary to bring these all together. We will emphasize internship learning as a relational and reciprocal process, with an emphasis on the process versus the content of learning and valuing the use of self and creativity.

This training approach to clinical work is trans-theoretical, multi-cultural, and process-oriented. Growth comes by attention to the process of interns’ work, as well as attention to their personhood. We are helping interns to find their own path as a clinician and as a professional. So, our overall training focus for Interns will be exploring and discovering answers to the two questions:

  1. “Who am I as a therapist?”
  2. “How am I therapeutic?”

In this manner interns shall explore both the self-awareness/self-reflection part of a therapeutic alliance and the ways they express these parts of themselves in skills and techniques. Answering these questions, on a continual basis is vital to the process of becoming a therapist and a psychologist.

Training Themes

We offer a generalist training experience at a college counseling center that integrates science and practice throughout the program and trains future Health Service Psychologists to serve a diverse public.

  • Our training is primarily experiential in nature.
  • We value diversity and incorporate ways to build on cultural competency experiences throughout the program.
  • Our supervisory model values relationships, attends to culture, and acknowledges the power differential inherent in a supervisor/trainee dyad.
  • We incorporate ethical discussion and decision-making throughout the program.
  • We provide ongoing assessment of skills with increasing levels of responsibility and independence.
  • We strive for continuous improvement in our training approaches and will be asking for your input on a regular basis.
 Sample Week

The following is a sample workweek, which may vary by semester or according to the Center’s or interns’ needs or preferences. Total hours in any given week are typically 40, with occasional exceptions.  During orientation, semester breaks, and over the summer the schedule may have a much lower percentage of therapy hours:

Direct Service: 18-22 hours

  • 14 -16 hours Individual Counseling
  • 2 hours Group Work (includes ½ hour supervision)
  • 2 hours Initial Assessment or crisis intervention
  • 1 hour providing supervision to a Practicum Student
  • 1 hour consultation - Supporting Practicum Case Consultation (6 weeks/semester)
  • 1 hour providing an active presentation to students (a few times a year)

Indirect Service: 2-4 hours

  • 1 hour intern specific projects / individualized training, diversity projects, etc…
  • 1 hour preparation for supervision
  • 1 hour preparation for supervision of a practicum student
  • 1 hour Outreach Program Delivery (variable)

Training: 7-10 hours

  • 2 hours Individual Primary Supervision (with licensed psychologist)
  • 2 hours Trauma Recovery Supervision Group
  • 1 hours Intern Case Consultation (group supervision)
  • 1 hours Supervision of Supervision (group supervision)
  • 2 hours Intern Didactic Seminar 
  • 0.5 hour Supervision for Group Therapy
  • 1 hours Supervision for Diversity Outreach Partnership (variable)

Administrative: 5-7 hours

  • 1 hour Staff Meeting
  • 1 hour extended staff meeting for training (1x month)
  • 4 hours Administrative/records
  • 1 hour Intern cohort development time (1x month)

Professional Development: Variable

We have earmarked 16 hours each semester specifically for professional development tasks that can be used to attend conferences, research a topic of interest, complete dissertation work, etc.  In addition to this there are regular conferences, presentations and trainings that interns lead or attend, and the time spent on these varies greatly by week and time of the semester.

Minimum Internship Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements for successful completion of the internship:

1.   A full-time, 2,000 Hour Internship Employment must be completed.

2.  500 Direct Service Hours: Direct service includes individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultation with clients or concerned family members/staff/faculty, providing outreach services, providing supervision, leading a psycho-educational training to trainees or staff & conducting assessments.

3.   Successful Completion of Trauma Recovery Supervision Group experience.

4.   Successful Completion of Diversity Outreach Partnership.

5.   Successful Completion of Outreach Expectations: Interns will work to complete expectations under the supervision of the Outreach Coordinator.

6.   Intern Log of Hours: Interns will document internship hours and direct service requirements.

7.   Co-Facilitation of a Group with a Senior Staff Member: At a minimum, interns are required to co-facilitate at least one group during their internship year.

8. Successful Attainment of Minimum Levels of Achievement (MLA) for both profession wide and site-specific competencies: as measured by Intern Competency      Evaluation Form.

9.   Complete all written records and reports (including progress notes, assessment reports, intern logs, intern project summary, etc.).

10. Complete all required evaluations of supervisors and the training program.

11. Participate fully in Didactic Seminars and Professional Development.

12. Participate fully in preparation and training of new graduate trainees in June and July, working with Coordinator of Practicum Training.

13. Attend and participate in the Texas Intern Conference.

14. Attend and submit presentation/workshop proposal to Texas University & College Counseling Centers Conference: present if accepted. 

15. Participate fully on Intern Selection Committee.

16. Participate fully in Capstone Presentations, including Professional Case Presentations, Diversity Outreach Partnership presentation, and training workshops.

17. Join and participate fully, in June and July, in counseling center or student-life summer work-committee as needed, expanded walk-in hours, shared book readings, and other training activities.

Clinical Activities
  1. Individual Counseling

Interns see up to 16 individual clients per week. The Baylor Counseling Center functions primarily within a short-term counseling model. Interns will have the option of seeing 2 clients over a longer period for the training experience of doing some in-depth clinical work. This will be determined in a discussion with their primary supervisor.

  1. Group Counseling

The Counseling Center offers a variety of groups throughout the year. Examples include Mindfulness, Substance Abuse, Trauma Recovery Group, Creative Arts Process, ACT on Anxiety and Depression, Social Confidence, Interpersonal Process, etc… Interns are required to co-lead at least one group with a staff member.

  1. Initial Assessment Sessions

Students who are coming to the Baylor Counseling Center for the first time are asked to attend an initial consultation session as a way of entering the system – called an Initial Assessment. The therapist on initial assessment duty then conducts an assessment interview. Interns will each cover 2-4 hours weekly of initial assessment time. Counselors may also see crises during this time as it serves as our entry point for all types of concern.

      4. Consultation Services: The Counseling Center staff offers strategies for connecting a student with the Counseling Center or another support service.

      5. Workshops: The Counseling Center provides various workshops and outreach programming to address issues that college students often experience.

     6. Practicum Supervision

The Baylor Counseling Center provides practicum experience for doctoral graduate students in clinical psychology from the Baylor University Psy.D. Program.  Interns provide one hour a week of supervision for a practicum student, and supervise for either a semester or a year, depending on the number of practicum students in a given year.  As part of their supervisory duties, interns are responsible for both the client care and the professional development of the practicum student. This will include reviewing videotapes of the practicum students work. Interns as supervisors in training are also responsible for reviewing practicum trainee case notes. Practicum supervision by each intern is supervised by a licensed clinical staff who also spends an hour each week supervising the same practicum student.  Interns are expected to video-record their supervision sessions, and present clips of them as part of the supervision of supervision experience.

Supervision Activities

Individual Supervision

Strong supervision is a highlight of our training program and we believe it to be the most essential element of what we offer. Each intern receives 2 hours per week of regularly scheduled supervision from a licensed psychologist. Additional unscheduled supervision and consultation with the supervisor and other staff members are available and encouraged. Although individual supervision may focus primarily on an intern’s counseling cases, diversity, ethics and other professional issues are valuable parts of these discussions.

Supervision of Group Counseling

During the training year, interns will co-lead a group with a staff member. This co-leader serves as the supervisor for the intern’s group therapy activities, meeting for approximately one half hour immediately preceding and/or following each group session. This supervision provides interns the opportunity to discuss dynamics, content and interventions specific to the group they are co-leading, as well as discuss group therapy dynamics and interventions in general.

Supervision of Supervision

This weekly meeting involves two interns and two staff members who also spend an hour a week in supervision with the practicum students. Supervision of Supervision provides interns a setting in which to share and discuss their experiences as supervisors, review tape, and receive feedback and guidance in their role as supervisors.

Intern Case Consultation

Interns will meet together with clinical staff members for an hour each week discuss in detail one or more clients/cases. The Case Consultation  involves writing a conceptualization, researching a relevant journal article, choosing questions for consultation, and sharing video for discussion. Interns will each have a 6 week opportunity each semester to share video of the same client, weekly, with a small group of clinical staff, exploring the clinical work with an emphasis on multicultural counseling and attention to issues of diversity.


Didactic Seminar

The Didactic Training Seminar is a 2-hour weekly educational seminar that provides interns with training and information about a variety of professional issues and topics of therapeutic relevance.  It is particularly geared toward enhancing interns skills for counseling center work. This is a 2 hour weekly seminar presented mainly by Baylor Counseling Center staff and some professionals from the surrounding community. Some weeks, this seminar may be replaced by a special opportunity such as an outside presenter or attending a conference or workshop.

Diversity training is explicitly and consistently integrated within each didactic: diversity considerations and learning objectives are part of each topic. The hope is that this matches our professional work, where consideration and discussion of diversity are inseparable from our clinical and relational tasks.  We will also have some didactic topics that are primarily diversity, culture, or race focused.

Once a month, Didactic seminar focuses on topics related to the provision of supervision, in order to support interns in developing skills in this area, to augment skills learned in supervision of supervision, and to help interns grow as supervisors throughout the year, whether they are supervising currently or not.

Capstone Professional Development Presentations

During the summer months, interns create and lead several presentations designed to help them consolidate and showcase their professional skills.  This is part of the developmental transition from trainee to professional. Interns provide professional presentations in the areas of diversity, clinical topics, case presentation, and theory of change. Many of these presentations are created to help train practicum students for counseling center work.  

Focused Training Experiences

Outreach Training Experiences

Baylor Counseling Center staff are asked to provide staff development programs for other departments, present seminars or workshops for student groups, and provide other outreach services on campus.

Interns will be expected to contribute to the mission of the BUCC by assisting with outreach efforts throughout the academic year. This may include tabling at campus events, promoting BUCC services, providing training for students or faculty/staff on mental health topics and engaging in afterhours outreach events. The Outreach Coordinator will provide supervision and support but the intern is expected to show initiative and responsibility. The Coordinator of Outreach Services provides a biannual evaluation of the intern’s development of this competency, as well as yearlong consultation and support.

Diversity and Multicultural Training Experiences

We highly value diversity and developing multicultural competencies. Interns will engage in experiences that develop these competencies. These experiences include their clinical work, as well as trainings, presentations, supervision, outreach, etc… The interns will discuss their developmental stage of diversity awareness and cross-cultural competency with the Coordinator of Multicultural Services and Coordinator of Outreach.

Interpersonal Violence and Trauma Intervention

We are highly invested in the education, prevention, support, and appropriate treatment for students in the areas of interpersonal violence, and trauma. Interns may engage in experiences that support the mission and work of the counseling center on campus in this area, as appropriate and as available. The Coordinator of Trauma Recovery Services and the Trauma Recovery Supervision Group are the key parts of this training.

Clinical Supervision of a Practicum Student

Training interns to become skilled clinical supervisors is a highlight of our training program. We use a relational approach within a co-supervision model with the training staff mentoring and empowering interns to hone their skills of being a supervisor. They will meet weekly with their practicum supervisee for one semester, participate in a weekly hour supervision-of-supervision, and provide consultation in the weekly practicum case conference.

Internship Highlights


Fall Semester

Spring Semester


Client Caseload

Practicum Supervision

(Fall OR Spring)

Practicum Supervision

(Fall OR Spring)

Capstone Experiences


Diversity Focus

Training Incoming Practicum Students

Outreach Focus

Group Co-Facilitation

2nd Group Co-Facilitation (Optional)

Committee Work

Supervision Training

Intern Case Consultation

Intern Case Consultation

Additional initial assessment support

Trauma Recovery Supervision Group (TRSG)

Practicum Case Consultation

Practicum Case Consultation

Running a group

(if available)


Additional Experiences:

  • Intern Selection Committee
  • Practicum Selection Process
  • Funds to attend/present at Texas University & College Counseling Center Conference (based on availability)
  • Funds to attend Texas Intern Conference
  • Funds to attend Social Justice Conference (based on availability)