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Training Programs

The Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology, accredited by the American Psychological Association, plays a vital role in the Clinic’s ability to provide timely access to services for students. Doctoral Interns come to the Clinic as the result of a national interview and match process, very similar to medical school residency pro- grams. Doctoral Interns typically have 2-3 years of part-time, supervised clinical experience prior to starting their internship. In the past year, the Doctoral Interns provided 2,644 hours of direct, face-to-face therapeutic service to Central students. On average, each Doctoral Intern sees, at least once, close to 200 students over the course of their year long internship. In addition to the service they provide, Doctoral Interns receive on-going training and supervision in the provision of ethical and competent practice, as well as men- toring regarding the personal-professional development into early career psycholo- gist. The teaching, supervising, and mentoring of Doctoral Interns help keep the psychologists on staff up-to-date on the most current research and literature in the field of psychology as well as providing opportunities to pay it forward to a new gen- eration. The Doctoral Interns also provide the Clinic with a yearly set of new eyes and experiences to help us evaluate our practices, learn about how other clinics practice, and provide an outside view of our systems. In this way, Doctoral Interns help the Clinic to engage in continual self-reflection and development—both as an organization and on the individual level. Finally, Doctoral Interns bring considerable individual and cultural diversity to our Clinic each year. While the Clinic has struggle to hire permanent staff of varied backgrounds, it has been much more successful at the Doctoral Intern level. For the past 5 training years, at least 1 intern from each cohort has been a person of color. Doctoral Interns have also represented a variety of sexual orientations, SES class backgrounds, and religious identifications. Master’s Interns are chosen from Central’s Master’s of Mental Health Counseling program and are with the Clinic Fall through Spring Quarters. A Master’s Intern pro- vides a minimum of 260 direct, face-to-face client service during their time with the clinic. This past year, the Clinic was able to provide training to two Master’s Interns for the first time (in previous years the Clinic only sponsored 1 Master’s Intern). The Doctoral Interns provide the supervision and training for the Master’s Interns, all under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. Master’s Interns start the year very new in the profession, often never having seen a client for more than 2-4 ses- sions, and leave their training year ready to enter the profession of counseling. Master’s Interns also bring significant diversity to our staff during their time with us, with 100% of interns from the past 3 years being from ethnic minority backgrounds. The Clinic prides itself on providing excellent training to the future professionals of the psychology and counseling fields and thus ensuring Central students have excel- lent providers, both now and in the future.

Counseling Staff

Rhonda McKinney – Executive Director Cindy Bruns – Associate Director, Director of Counseling Services, Training Di- rector Nate O’Connor – Licensed Psychologist Gwen Koenig – Licensed Counselor Melissa Anderson – Licensed Counselor Carter Comrie – Doctoral Intern Xander Krieg – Doctoral Intern Jeanette Ramey – Doctoral Intern Itsel Corona Madrigal - Master’s Intern Victoria Rivera — Master’s Intern

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