Components of the Internship Program
*Please note these hours are subject to change based on clinical need, time of the semester and intern interests.
Initial Consultation (IC) is the primary entry point into the clinical system. The appointment is scheduled for 30 minutes. The purpose of this appointment is to complete a brief screening and determine the next appropriate clinical intervention.
3hrs per week during walk-in clinic
Routine Appointments serve as a comprehensive psychosocial assessment with clients with whom the intern will absorb as part of their caseload.
Varies based on referrals from IC
Group Screen: Group Screening appointments are completed for clients who will be referred to group therapy. May be done individually or with a co-facilitator.
Varies based on the number of clients in your group and are completed until group is full
Urgent Appointment: Urgent Appointments are available for clients presenting with some risk factors who do not require a same-day Crisis Consultation appointment but should be seen sooner than the next available Routine Appointment. Urgent appointments are scheduled during your daytime on-call shift.
1 Urgent Appointment per daytime on-call shift per week
Walk-in Initial Consultation/Crisis Consultation: Same day appointment for students who are in distress or experiencing a mental health emergency.
The number of appointments are variable depending on client need and scheduled during your daytime on-call shift
Case Management appointments support clients with getting connected to off-campus support. Appointments are typically 30 minutes but can be longer depending on assessment and treatment planning required to support the client.
Individual Therapy: Individual therapy begins at the time of the Routine Appointment during which the clinician gathers more complete information on the client, clarifies goals of short-term therapy, and begins therapy work with use of therapeutic interventions in session. Individual therapy appointments typically last 45-50 minutes.
Estimated 12-15 hours per week
Group Therapy: CAPS offers structured and process groups each semester.
One group per semester
Workshops: CAPS offers daily workshops for students.
One workshop per semester
4 hours daytime on-call coverage per week
Community Education/Outreach and Consultation Activities:
Interns participate in at least six outreach/community education events during their internship year and as clinical schedules allow. Outreach/community education opportunities may include: speaking to university classes about mental health topics; providing training to University Housing staff; assisting with orientation programs; staffing informational kiosks; providing programming for other university events; or leading a workshop at CAPS. Interns plan and present a “Specialization Area Project” during internship as well. See Administration, Research, Presentations section for more information about the project.
Provision of Supervision:
Interns have the opportunity to supervise externs from the Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia area doctoral psychology programs. Supervision will occur weekly for one hour. Interns may also have the opportunity to supervise a different supervisee each semester but that will depend on the number of externs working at CAPS that year.
Training and Supervision
Individual Supervision: Assignments of supervisors are made by the Associate Director, Training Services with the input of the individual interns. Every effort is made to match personal and professional interests, styles, and needs to maximize the effectiveness of the supervisory dyad. The direct supervision focuses on intervention, case management, case conceptualization, and the professional growth of the intern. Supervision includes critiques of digital recordings of therapy sessions. Supervisory assignments are made in July and January. Interns will typically have a different supervisor each six-month period. A minimum of two hours per week are spent in one-to-one contact with a licensed clinical psychologist.
Group Supervision: A meeting between the interns and the Associate Director, Training Services or another clinical staff member, will occur weekly. Group supervision will focus on the clinical service and outreach activities of the interns, as well as their professional growth and adjustment.
Supervision of Group Therapy:
Supervision of group therapy occurs for 30 minutes, typically immediately after group. It will be provided by your group co-facilitator.
Seminars, including Multicultural Case Conference:
Training Seminars include a “mini-course” that focus on a number of topics which include but are not limited to empirically supported treatments, ethical and legal principles, multicultural considerations, and working with specific populations. The seminars are a space to provide training in the competencies required of interns. All seminars integrate diversity concerns, ethics and current research and are scheduled in a way that takes into account the intern’s developmental level.
- Multicultural Case conference, which occurs once per month, provides an opportunity for interns and clinical staff to speak openly about diversity, including transference and counter transference reactions. Interns will also have an opportunity to discuss aspects of multiculturalism during the Multicultural Seminar amongst themselves with a CAPS staff member present. This seminar is separate from the Multicultural case conference.
Case Conference: Occurs for 2 hours per months. This an opportunity for interns and clinical staff to discuss complex cases, group therapy cases, ethical dilemmas, and case management.
Supervision of Supervision:
Interns will meet 90 minutes each week with the Associate Director, Training Services for supervision of the supervision they provide. Time in this supervision will be spent processing the experience of supervision, reviewing trainee performance, reviewing relevant literature related to supervisions and clinical cases, and viewing digital recordings of supervision meetings.
Administration, Research, Presentations
Intern Orientation:A structured orientation to the internship begins the first day of the internship. Additional orientation programs are scheduled throughout July and August. Intern orientation is focused on foundational competency skills. Topics such as policies and procedures, overviews of all service and training activities, overviews of possible areas of focus, and introductions to George Mason University and Virginia are covered. Visits to common referral sources occur to facilitate the building of consultative relationships. Introductory training is also provided on services interns will be expected to provide early in their internship (e.g., Initial Consultations, Routine Appointments, case management, outreach presentations, and group therapy). Intern orientation is led by the Associate Director, Training Services with the participation of all of the clinical staff.
Specialization Area Project: Interns will develop a specialization area project during the course of their internship year. Through this project, interns identify a consultation question, research data in response to the question, and develop recommendations for the center. Interns will present these recommendations to the clinical staff at the center. The project will focus on enhancing the center structure/functioning, developing partnerships with other offices on campus, or supporting campus partners in their efforts to create an inclusive and affirming university. Interns will receive support from a staff member, pending availability to mentor. Attention to diversity and cultural factors should be infused throughout the project.
Intern Case Presentation: Interns present two formal case presentations during internship (one during the fall semester and one during the spring semester). Interns should discuss this requirement with their individual supervisors. Case presentations are attended by CAPS clinical staff. Both case presentations will include a DSM 5 diagnosis and a discussion of the diagnostic process.
Supervision Case Presentation: Similar to the case presentations, interns present two supervision presentations during the training year (one during the fall semester and one during the spring semester). Case presentations are attended by CAPS clinical staff.
Staff Meetings: Interns are invited to participate in bimonthly staff meetings that includes all CAPS staff.
Crisis Text Line
- Text 741-741
- Prevention Lifeline
Veterans Crisis Line
- 800-273-8255, Press 1
Mason Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Crisis Line
Counseling and Psychological Services
Student Support and Advocacy Center