The clinical staff at Counseling Services of LaGrange, Inc. recognizes the importance of quality professional training offered by college and university graduate programs, as well as the benefits to participating in the process of developing professionals. For these reasons we offer a select number of students the opportunity for advanced clinical training through practicum and internship. The following are important aspects of our practicum and internship programs:
- Weekly supervision by licensed clinicians (psychologist and professional counselors)
- Supervision is provided in group and individual formats and includes, but is not limited to, reviews of work samples (e.g., audio and/or video tapes of therapy sessions), direct observation, review of documentation (e.g., progress notes), didactic presentations, and case presentations.
- Opportunities to develop advanced assessment skills with a wide range of instruments, such as
- Cognitive Functioning - the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (2nd Edition), the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV), the Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS-IV), and the Mini-Mental Status Exam (MMSE).
- Personality Functioning - the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2), the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI-2), and the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI-III).
- Career Development – the Strong Interest Inventory, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT-IV).
- Other measures include the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II), the PTSD Checklist (PCL-C), the NEO-PI, the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Instrument (SASSI-3), the Addiction Severity Index (ASI), and the University of Rhode Island Change Assessment (URICA).
- Direct client services would include, but not be limited to, comprehensive clinical intake, individual therapy, group therapy, assessment, treatment planning and case staffing.
- Clinical conditions treated by students during the training experience include, but are not limited to, a range of Axis I disorders (e.g., chronic depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders, sexual disorders, substance-use disorders, and co-morbid disorders-such as alcohol dependence and depression), Axis II (personality disorders), and Axis IV (e.g., unemployed, relationship problems, divorce, victim of abuse, legal problems, loss of driving privileges, etc.).
- Client cultural groups include both genders, Caucasian, African American, and occasionally Hispanic ethnicities. Client ages range from 18 to 70; the majority of which present as able and very few present with disabilities. Also, very few identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
- Referral sources include, but are not limited to, the general public, local churches and faith-based organizations, a local private college, a state court DUI-drug court, a superior court adult drug court, a shelter for battered women, two shelters for homeless persons.
- Duties include, but are not limited to the following: provision of individual and group psychotherapy, scheduling clients, conducting comprehensive intakes, attending group and/or individual supervision, attending court staffing and court status hearing sessions, preparing presentations of topics and/or journal articles to other students and staff, presenting cases at supervision group or to the clinic staff or at the court staffing meetings, maintaining quality client documentation, and clerical duties such as making copies and filing.
- Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) – This organization embraces EBPs and evidence-based interventions, therefore, graduate students are exposed to and trained based on related philosophies. Although not guaranteed, students are often offered the opportunity to receive training in EBPs through external resources (e.g., professional workshops, seminars, etc.).
Basic requirements for application are enrollment in a graduate level counseling or psychology program from an accredited college or university, valid proof of identity (such as a drivers license), and no criminal history. All candidates are required to send 1) a letter of interest, 2) a current curriculum vita that includes two references, and 3) a copy of their current academic transcript to 610 Ridley Avenue; LaGrange, Georgia 30240 (Attention: Shannon Dunlap, Ph.D.). Applicants who are deemed to be the best qualified and best fit for our clients and the organization are invited for an interview. Select applicants receive an invitation to participate in the training program via e-mail along with a deadline to accept or decline.
If an applicant accepts they will be required to commit to a minimum of one academic year (Fall and Spring semesters or 9 months); however, a calendar year is preferred. In addition, the individual would be required to sign a confidentiality, ethical practice, and professionalism agreement (Graduate Training Agreement form) and sign/authorize a criminal background check. Finally, prior to start date a current original of the student’s academic transcript (sent from the college or university) and proof of student practice liability coverage are also required.