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Components of Training

RIT’s Counseling & Psychological Services Training Program has several core components, which are viewed as essential in providing a comprehensive, supportive, and successful training experiencing for incoming trainees. 

  1. Clinical Experience – Trainees, as appropriate depending on developmental level, will gain clinical experience through the provision of individual and/or group counseling and psychotherapy.  Trainees usually begin their experience with shadowing and observing their supervisors and other Counseling & Psychological Services staff, and they gradually take on independent responsibilities as deemed appropriate given the trainee’s skill level and their needs for professional development. Clinical experiences primarily include conducting intake evaluations, individual counseling and/or psychotherapy, group counseling and/or psychotherapy, crisis intervention, case management, and record-keeping. Depending upon the individual interests of trainees, there may be other clinical opportunities (e.g., career counseling/testing, bio-feedback). Trainees are encouraged to talk to their supervisors about their individual professional interests and how these might be addressed in their training experience.
  2. Assessment, Diagnostic, and Conceptualization Skill Development – Trainees will receive didactic as well as clinical training and experience in assessment, diagnostic, and conceptualization skills, as appropriate depending on developmental level.  
  3. Clinical Supervision – Trainees will receive at least one hour of individual supervision weekly with an appointed licensed clinical supervisor (number of supervisors and hours spent in supervision depends on the established caseload of trainees as well as on developmental need).  Most trainees receive 2 hours of individual supervision per week (with 2 distinct clinical supervisors).  Trainees will also participate in group supervision with fellow trainees and facilitated by a staff clinician – trainees are expected to bring cases and session recordings to discuss.  Supervision of group counseling/psychotherapy is also provided.  Trainees will have the opportunity to consult with Counseling & Psychological Services staff as needed and will also be expected to attend clinical staff meetings to foster the ability to work in collaboration with other clinicians as part of a treatment team.
  4. Didactic Training – Trainees will participate in a weekly didactic seminar, which will provide an overview of both theory and applications of a range of evidence-based practices in the fields of social work, mental health counseling, and psychology.
  5. Optional:  Opportunities for Consultation and Outreach – These opportunities are available if trainees demonstrate interest and are adequately skilled to manage these experiences.