Service Delivery

* While the Covid-19 pandemic is occurring most clinical services and supervision have transitioned to telehealth. Interns currently can expect to complete the majority of their training remotely and return to onsite services when it has been determined to be safe to do so. Doctoral interns will be expected to be available to be onsite on a limited basis. 

Individual & Couple’s Counseling

Health Service Psychology Doctoral Interns provide one-on-one clinical services to help students address concerns in a number of areas including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, stress management, family or other relationships, cultural identity, sexual orientation, trauma, and disability. Any student registered for one or more credits is eligible for an initial visit. Additional services and/or referrals may be provided as necessary.

While individual therapy is by far the most common clinical choice. Health Service Psychology Doctoral Interns may provide couples counseling to assist students with their relationship problems. This form of treatment is used to gain more insight into each other and to learn new and more effective ways of communicating. Any type of couple can seek counseling at CAPS, including married, single, LGBT, roommates and/or housemates. In order to receive couples counseling one or both of the members of the couple must be currently enrolled as a Michigan State University student.

Group Counseling

Health Service Psychology Doctoral Interns co-facilitate a group that is identified as focused on integrated mental health (e.g., DBT, bipolar support, ACT-based skills group, IP, Mindfulness, etc.) and they may facilitate a group based on their interest and sufficient student need.

Provision of Supervision

Doctoral interns are trained to develop skills, knowledge, and expertise in the provision of clinical supervision in both Health Service Psychology as well as interdisciplinary clinical supervision. This takes place in a multitude of formats, including a supervision seminar,  as well as a supervision triad where the doctoral intern will provide supervision of a junior trainee while receiving supervision of that supervision by a licensed staff member. Doctoral interns can expect to regularly meet with their supervisee for one hour of supervision per week as well as an additional hour supervision-of-supervision where they can discuss, develop, and refine their approach at clinical supervision.

Outreach Services

Outreach Services are an integral part of the doctoral training experience. Doctoral interns are involved at multiple levels in the provision of outreach services which include a variety of programming and consultation activities focused on awareness, education, prevention, and collaboration in line with our public health and wellness framework. Doctoral interns complete program evaluation projects in connection with Outreach Services and have opportunities to become more involved in the administrative, advising and committee functions of outreach as we engage our MSU community – students, parents/guardians, faculty, staff, administrators, and surrounding communities.

Psychological Testing & Consultation Services

Doctoral interns are trained in advanced psycho-diagnostic testing within a referral-based testing model.  This training fosters intern clinical competencies in critical thinking, navigating ambiguity, risking mistakes, and collective and self-corrective problem-solving and experiential learning. Supervision is seen as a collaborative endeavor that attends to each intern’s unique growth edges while broadening clinical perspectives and skills. The framework of Multicultural Assessment Validity is embedded throughout this training.  

Doctoral Interns complete a minimum of two testing cases per training year.