Clinical Internship Description:
This placement is at an advanced clinical site. Interns will provide all services listed below on the 1st day of the academic year:
Intake assessments, individual therapy, case management, crisis intervention and facilitate psycho-therapy group during the academic year. All services are provided within the established short-term counseling model.
This internship requires being comfortable with providing crisis intervention services and honoring client self-determination. Although rare, an intern may facilitate couples’ therapy. Individual services are provided to students enrolled at Columbia College Chicago. Counseling Services staff /interns provide a myriad of services to students, parents, faculty, and staff.
In an effort to enhance clinical progress through field education, the Counseling Services clinical team provides a safe place for clinical interns to express their thoughts and feelings. Interns are assigned a clinical supervisor with whom they meet with weekly. All clinicians at Counseling Services are available to assist clinical interns throughout the placement. Interns are encouraged to work toward resolving their issues by exploring alternative points of view. Additionally, the Counseling Services team partners with outside agencies and organizations to provide students with referrals when needed.
This internship requires flexibility, creativity, ability to self-reflect, cultural sensitivity and appreciation for accurate documentation. Counseling Services is part of the Office of Student Health & Support, under the Dean of Students Department, a Division of Student Affairs.
How to Apply:
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- Address cover letters to “Counseling Services Team”.
- Email cover letters and resumes to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We are looking to accept two to three students for the 2023/2024 academic year.
- This placement requires previous experience in a clinical setting.
- Experience providing therapy is preferred.
- Candidates must be able to verbalize how their current clinical knowledge will help them succeed in providing psychotherapy.
- Candidates must be able to articulate their clinical effectiveness using interventions to treat mental health disorders and manage crisis situations.
- Candidates must be comfortable working autonomously within the first two weeks of the placement.
- Candidates must be able to conduct risk assessments and work with clients who present with suicidal ideation, self-injury behavior or desire to harm others.
- We do not follow ACEPT guidelines.
- Candidates will be expected to fulfill 24 hours per week during the fall and spring semester. No exceptions.
- Changes in scheduling causes problems with office availability. Once a shift is finalized, there will not be changes.
- The 24 hours per week will consist of three, 8-hour days.
- Late shifts are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday only. The office is open until 6 pm on those days.
- Mandatory trainings will be scheduled for the weeks of August 21st and August 28th (final dates and times TBA). Candidates who apply are expected to attend this training in its entirety.
- In order to provide quality services and uphold standards of care, it is important that clinical interns commit to our attendance policy. Please note, clinical interns do not receive vacation or sick time. Therefore, candidates who are employed, have teaching assistantships, plan to study abroad in 2023/2024, plan to travel during the semester, or have other demanding commitments are not a match for our program. Please do not apply.
- Candidates who are accepted are to provide proof of professional liability coverage before August 28, 2023.
Email cover letter and resume to Counseling Services at email@example.com
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Complete intake assessments which includes risk assessment, diagnostic impressions, level of care determinations, treatment plans and case management (linkage/referral).
- Within the established short-term counseling model, provide individual therapy and group therapy to Columbia College Chicago students.
- Manage crisis situations by evaluating risk for suicide, self-harm and harm to others and provide interventions to stabilize client when necessary.
- Participate in individual and group supervision as assigned.
- Complete assignments expected from both graduate program and Counseling Services.
- Participate in team meetings, case consultations and in-service trainings when scheduled.
- Consult and interface with Columbia College Chicago students, parents, faculty, and staff when appropriate.
- Attend various Columbia College Chicago events within context of role as mental healthcare provider when assigned.
- Use the program’s electronic health records system (EHR) to manage appointments and coordinate clinical documentation.
- Participate in outreach as needed.
- Prepare reports as requested by Director.
- Perform related tasks as assigned.
- 2nd year in a master’s degree program in Clinical Counseling, Psychology or Social Work.
- Working knowledge of cultural competency.
- Excellent oral and written skills.
- Proficiency with computers.
- Ability to self-reflect and recognize need improvement areas.
- Previous experience working with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, body image struggles, anger management, substance use, and trauma preferred.
- Previous experience providing therapy preferred.