Counseling and Psychological Services

Intern Performance Expectations

Internship Completion

In order to successfully complete the internship, interns are required to:

Receive satisfactory ratings on all items of “Evaluation of Intern” by the end of the internship year.

Complete 2000 total hours.

Complete 500 direct service hours.  Direct service includes:

  • Intakes
  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Group Orientations
  • Crisis
  • Assessment & Testing
  • Specialty Area hours with a clinical focus (e.g. Career Counseling, Biofeedback)

Complete the following:  

  • Groups: 1 group per semester, totaling 2 groups per year
  • Couples: 3 per year
  • Psychological Assessment/Testing
    • 1 educational assessment per semester (Fall, Spring, Summer), totaling 3 educational assessments per year
    • 1 assessment of choice per semester (Fall, Spring), totaling 2 assessments of choice per year
  • Outreach: 4 presentations per semester (Fall, Spring), totaling 8 outreach presentations per year
  • Individual Supervision with a licensed psychologist: 2 hours per week
  • Case Conference:  2 clinical case presentations per year, 2 assessment presentations per year
  • Professional Development: 2 professional development presentations per year
  • Attend weekly meetings for case conference, clinical meeting, training seminar, professional development, group supervision, and specialty area supervision. Attend monthly and bimonthly meetings for diversity seminar, assessment seminar, and supervision seminar.

Intern Responsibilities

With regard to behavior and performance, interns are generally expected to:

  • Behave within the bounds of the ethical principles of their professional disciplines. These include:
  • APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct
  • APA Standards for Providers of Psychological Services and Specialty Guidelines for the Delivery of Services
  • Other relevant and applicable codes, standards, or guidelines.
  • Behave within the bounds of the laws and regulations of the State of Utah Board of Licensure for Psychologists.
  • Behave in a manner that conforms to the professional standards of Southern Utah University.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in counseling and therapy skills as required to successfully carry out assigned tasks at CAPS.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly in both oral and written formats.
  • Complete all written documents in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate relevant professional and ethical standards as a psychologist into one's repertoire of behaviors.
  • Participate in the training, service, and continuing education activities of CAPS with the year-end goal of being able to provide entry-level services across a range of activities.

Intern Evaluation

Interns receive ongoing informal feedback from their supervisors and group therapy co-leaders with respect to their strengths and areas for continued growth and development.  Interns are expected to be thoughtful about their knowledge, skills, and competencies at the beginning of each semester in order to facilitate setting semester training goals.

Formal evaluations are completed in terms of the foundational and functional competencies that contribute to the overall internship goal of preparing interns for competent entry-level psychological practice.  A preliminary review is conducted in October, at which time interns receive feedback from their primary supervisor about their performance in each of the foundational and functional competencies. Formal evaluations are held three times during the year.  Formal evaluations consist of the supervisor completing the Evaluation of Intern form with input and feedback from other staff.  The Evaluation of Intern form is then reviewed with the intern in supervision, and forwarded to the training director of the intern’s academic program.  This evaluation is also kept on file at CAPS. The first formal review is in December, the second is in May, and the third is in July.