GLBT Specialization



  • Objective 1: The intern will have a broad and in-depth knowledge of the literature and research concerning gay/lesbian/bisexual issues, counseling and the development of identity.
  • Objective 2: The intern will have an in-depth knowledge of the literature and research on the impact of oppression, homophobia and heterosexism.
  • Objective 3: The intern will develop and deepen skills in counseling gay, lesbian and bisexual (GLB) clients and receive additional supervision for his/her work.
  • Objective 4: The intern will develop and deepen skills in providing group counseling to GLB persons
  • Objective 5: The intern will competently deliver outreach and consultation services to the GLB community and to the majority community about GLB issues.
  • Objective 6: The intern will provide supervision and training to SAFELINE volunteers from the Lesbian/Bisexual/Gay Student Association (SPECTRUM(LBGSA)) if the SAFELINE is functioning.
  • Objective 7: The intern will provide training to SPECTRUM(LBGSA) members in the SPECTRUM(LBGSA) Panel Program.
  • Objective 8: The intern will work with SPECTRUM(LBGSA) officers in providing training for those persons in the SAFE-ON-CAMPUS Program.
  • Objective 9: The intern will gradually assume a leadership role in his/her work with GLB issues.
  • Objective 10: The intern will be sensitive to and responsive to diversity (including religious) issues affecting the GLB community and individuals in the community.
  • Objective 11: The intern will develop creative programming or projects in this area.
  • Objective 12: The intern will provide supervision to Master's trainees working in this area.
  • Objective 13: The intern will be knowledgeable about AIDS and its impact on GLB persons and the wider community.
  • Objective 14: The intern will be knowledgeable about ethical and dual role issues and integrate this knowledge into his/her professional work with GLB persons, his/her allies and the wider community.
  • Objective 15: The intern will be aware of the impact of his/her work in this specialization on his/her own feelings, biases and development and be able to discuss these issues openly with his/her supervisor(s).
  • Objective 16: One of the intern's clinical case presentations will be with a gay, lesbian or bisexual client.
  • Objective 17: Staff and Supervisors working with interns in this area will be role models and mentors, supporting, encouraging and challenging the intern's development and helping the intern become a developing expert and also assisting the intern in integrating into the profession of psychology.
  • Objective 18: The intern will develop a creative project and/or a presentation or workshop to be submitted to a State, Regional or National conference or will submit an article for publication in this area.
The intern specializing in this area will work with a staff supervisor/mentor who will be responsible for coordinating the intern's professional and intellectual development in this area. This staff member will also supervise the intern's clinical work with GLB clients and assist the intern in developing programming, as well as developing his/her presentation or workshop for presentation at a conference or his/her submission of an article for publication. In addition, they will guide the intern's reading of the literature in the area. Furthermore, the staff member responsible for the joint programming and projects between the counseling center and SPECTRUM (LBGSA) will also supervise the intern on those projects.

The intern will carry a caseload of 3-5 individual clients who are gay, lesbian or bisexual. They will also co-lead a GLB group with a staff member during the first semester and during the second semester may continue with the staff member or be the primary leader with another trainee as co-leader. The intern will receive 1 hour of weekly individual supervision from his/her specialization supervisor as well as group supervision from his/her staff group co-leader. During his/her second semester, if they co-lead with another trainee his/her specialization supervisor will provide supervision for the group.

The Intern will train volunteers to do educational panels on campus for SPECTRUM (LBGSA) and assist SPECTRUM (LBGSA) in recruiting and training allies for the SAFE-ON-CAMPUS program. They will be supervised in this work by the staff coordinator of the joint SPECTRUM (LBGSA) and center projects. The intern will also be expected to develop creative programming or projects for the wider GLB community and for the majority community on heterosexism/homophobia and GLB issues. The intern will respond to questions in the GLB area submitted to "Concerned Charlie", a computer based service that allows students to submit personal and informational questions to the center. Staff and interns in the center respond to these questions in his/her areas of expertise. The responses are reviewed by a committee before being put out over the university computer network.

The intern will provide supervision to Masters trainees working with them clinically or in programming.

The intern will immerse themselves in the GLB community and in the work of SPECTRUM (LBGSA) so as to become affirmative, comfortable and competent providers of services.

The intern will become involved with professional organizations that deal with GLB issues. They will develop a creative project and/or a presentation or workshop for presentation at a State, Regional or National conference or submit an article for publication. This presentation, workshop or publication can be done cooperatively with staff and others or independently.

If a Master's trainee identifies themselves as a GLB person, the intern will have the opportunity to supervise the clinical work of that trainee.

The intern will be evaluated in a variety of ways by his/her supervisor, coordinator of joint center/SPECTRUM (LBGSA) projects, group co-leader. Since the intern is making this an area of specialization, supervisors will do all they can to assist the intern and mentor the intern in development of his/her expertise in this area. If, for any reason, the supervisors/mentors in this area believe that the intern should not specialize in this area, this will be discussed in depth with the intern and with the training director. The aim of evaluation is to insure the intern has advanced knowledge and skill in this area and is seen as a developing expert in the area.

  1. The intern's supervisor/mentor in this area will fill out a Clinical Supervisors evaluation three times during the internship year (Appendix 2) with an addendum attached that reflects assessment of competence in clinical issues specific to GLB clients (Addendum to Clinical Supervisor's Evaluation of intern for GLB Clients, Appendix 5).
  2. The supervisor mentor will fill out a Special Projects Evaluation form at the end of each semester that reflects an evaluation of the intern's competence in providing training, programming , outreach and consultation activities (Appendix 2).
  3. The coordinator of the joint center/SPECTRUM (LBGSA) projects will evaluate the intern on the Special Projects Evaluation form twice yearly at the end of each semester.
  4. Group co-leaders will fill out the Group Evaluation Form at the end of each semester they co-lead with the intern with the additional Addendum to Clinical Supervisor's Evaluation of intern attached (Appendix 2).
  5. Supervisors will also provide ongoing informal feedback to the intern.
  6. Supervisors will provide oral feedback to the training director through meetings of the Supervisors' Committee.
  7. The intern will evaluate his/her supervisors, project coordinators and group co-leaders as well on the designated forms (Appendix 3).
  8. An overall assessment of the intern's level of expertise in the specialization will be done at the end of the internship year and be a part of the Attainment of Training Goals Evaluation (Appendix 2).
  9. Evaluation is to be seen as reciprocal and shared openly between the intern and his or her supervisors and the training director.
  10. Option: If the intern supervises a trainee who is GLB, the specialization supervisor will consult with the Clinical Supervisor in filling out an Evaluation of intern as Supervisor form and will note the special emphasis and directly comment upon it as will the supervision of supervision supervisor. The intern in his/her evaluation of his/her clinical supervisor will note that supervisor's sensitivity and assistance in dealing with supervision issues specific to GLB trainees.
To be provided to Intern after discussion of personal goals and focus of specialization.