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Information and Application for Master's Internship

Application Deadline: Friday March 7, 2014

The staff at the Counseling Center welcomes your interest in and application to our Master’s Internship program. The staff values training and counselor development. We are committed to providing a high quality internship experience that facilitates your development both professionally and personally.

Goals for Internship
The internship program is designed to give master's interns supervised training and experience in the practice of psychology in a university counseling center. Professional learning and personal growth are facilitated through intensive supervision, didactic seminars and case presentations. Interns are regarded as essential service-providing professionals and have frequent and significant contact with individual staff and working teams.

The Counseling Center provides free and confidential psychological services for Ball State University students, including individual, couples, and group therapy. We also provide consultation and outreach programming, crisis intervention, psychological assessment, and psychiatric services. Clients present with a variety of difficulties ranging from relatively serious mental and behavioral disorders to normal developmental adjustment problems. Although the majority of clients are Caucasian and of traditional college age, there are frequent opportunities to work with clients from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, races, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning clients. The center places a strong emphasis on valuing diversity of clients and staff alike.

The Counseling Center uses a time-limited approach to counseling in order to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of Ball State students. Our group therapy program is strongly emphasized. We also value a preventative approach to service delivery and maintain active outreach and consultation services to university students, staff and faculty.

As master's interns, we anticipate that you will be involved in many of our programs and services to further your training needs and to broaden our existing services.

Requirements for Master's Internship
The master's internship is designed to fulfill the CACREP requirement of 600 total hours including 240 direct service hours, as well as to provide you with a high quality supervision and training experience. The internship is a two semester commitment. The following outline describes the activities you will participate in at the Counseling Center during your internship with us. There are also many optional activities that are available to you, such as co-leading groups and receiving training in specialized topic areas.

Orientation and Training Schedule for 2014-2015
All trainees accepted for the master’s internship in the Counseling Center must attend an orientation to working in the center. This orientation will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, during the week before classes begin in August 2013.

During the 2014-2015 academic year the master’s seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays and the diversity training from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. on Thursdays. Please make sure you are available Thursday mornings throughout the academic year.

Hours during Internship:
Interns average 20 hours per week at the center

 Hours  Activity 
 2/3  Group Practicum Supervision
 2  Individual Supervision
 2  Intake
 8  Individual Counseling
 2+  Outreach
 1.5  Diversity Training
 2+  Case Notes, Reviewing Tapes, Paperwork

These hours are averages, and vary over the course of the semester. The beginning of the semester tends to be slow, while interns build their caseloads. Caseloads typically fill by the end of the first full month of the semester (September and February). In order to balance this, and ensure that interns earn enough direct service hours, opportunities for outreach and an immersion experience through the diversity seminar are required.

Individual Supervision: Each intern receives a minimum of 2 hours of individual supervision with their assigned staff or pre-doctoral intern supervisor.

Group Supervision: Each intern receives 2 hours of group supervision on Thursday mornings from 10:00 to 12:00. Those interns who are assigned to a clinical team have 1 additional hour of group supervision, which is scheduled with the team.

Diversity Training: Each intern attends 1.5 hours of Diversity Training at the Center on Thursday mornings from 8:30 to 10:00. As part of the Diversity Training, interns will participate in an immersion experience for 15 hours in the fall semester and 10 hours in the spring semester.

Intakes: Each intern is scheduled for 2 intakes per week at the Center.

Outreach: Each intern participates as a member of 2 outreach teams at the Center. Each team meets for 1 hour per week (total of 2 hours) during regular business hours. Assignment to Outreach teams is determined during orientation week in August. Decisions regarding outreach teams are dependent on interests of the interns, needs of the center, and availability of staff. We provide programming for classrooms, workshops for students, staff, and faculty, discussion groups in the residence halls, and many other outreach services for the Ball State community. Outreach events often occur outside of the interns’ typical schedule at Lucina.

Individual Counseling: Each intern schedules 8 individual client times per week. Due to “no-shows,” cancellations, and rescheduling by clients, interns typically see 5-6 individual clients per week. Interns supplement these hours through required participation in outreach programming and immersion hours through the Diversity Training in order to allow them to meet their required direct service hours for the internship.

Administrative: These hours include activities such as, paperwork, professional reading, video review, trainings/workshops, and planning and preparation. These hours will vary depending on the needs of the intern, the clients, and supervisors.

Group Counseling (optional): We offer many therapy groups each semester; some groups have a specialized area of focus and others are general therapy groups. Interns have the option to participate in group counseling training, which will be decided during orientation week in August. Groups are typically 1.5 hours with a ½ hour of supervision; this varies depending on the focus of the group and supervisors’ styles. If an intern chooses to participate in group counseling, 1 individual client hour per week is removed from their schedule.

(If the internship period spans over the summer session, the breakdown of hours for the activities listed above may vary).

Application Procedures
1. Complete the online Master's Student Application. Forward a current, electronic copy of your vita to kskittleson@bsu.edu.
2. Arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent electronically to kskittleson@bsu.edu.
3. Complete the online Professional Conduct and Applicant Certification Form for Master's Trainees.
4. Once your application, Professional Conduct form and letters of recommendation have been received and reviewed, you will be notified to schedule an interview with the internship coordinator.

Group interviews will be held on Tuesday March 18 and Wednesday March 19
Applicants must attend one of the two group interviews. The interviews will be either Tuesday March 18 (2:00-3:00 PM) or Wednesday March 19 (9:00-10:00 AM) in the Counseling Center in Lucina Hall. One-half hour individual interview times will be scheduled for candidates following the group interviews and will occur during the period from March 21 to March 28. Once you have received verification that your application is complete, you can contact the Counseling Center reception desk at 765-285-1736 and schedule your group interview and individual interview. The sooner you call, the more likely you will be able to schedule your preferred time.

Please direct inquiries and/or applications and letters of recommendation to:
Kyle Kittleson, Psy.D, HSPP
Assistant Director of Training
Counseling Center
Ball State University
Lucina Hall, Room 320
Muncie, IN 47306-0895
Phone: 765-285-1736