FGCU Counseling and Psychological Services provides training and supervision for trainees from the departments of Social Work and Mental Health Counseling. The training program is 24 hours per week. Trainees are provided with weekly individual and group supervision which includes didactic sessions on a variety of topics during the year.
Trainees receive 1 hour of weekly individual supervision from a licensed staff member. A Clinical Supervision Agreement will be completed by each trainee/supervisor to clarify training goals, responsibilities and roles, evaluation procedures and expectations of supervision. In addition, trainees will also attend a weekly case meeting.
Group Therapy Supervision
Trainees who serve as a co-facilitator of a therapy group will receive supervision from their senior staff co-facilitator for each group being conducted. This is usually for 30 minutes and happens right after the group.
The training program begins for all trainees on August 10, 2015 for a week long orientation before FGCU begins classes. The training ends on Friday, April 29, 2016.
Trainees are introduced to the training program during a weeklong orientation period which begins August 10th, the week before the FGCU fall academic semester starts. The orientation includes opportunities for trainees to become acquainted with Center staff, policies and procedures, record-keeping and scheduling system (Titanium), and to learn about the campus offices and other referral resources. In addition, training is provided in the areas of intake assessment and report-writing, legal and ethical issues, and lethality/risk assessment. Finally, the orientation period is utilized for the initial baseline assessment of trainee skills to assist in the individualization of the training structure for each trainee and to facilitate the monitoring of trainee progress throughout the program. Full participation in the orientation week is a must to be considered for this internship.
A variety of theoretical orientations are represented by the supervising staff. Individual supervision may focus on review of videotaped sessions, case conceptualization skills, exploration of trainee reactions to clients, caseload management, paperwork tasks, or career direction. Supervision may be educational, supportive, experiential or administrative or a combination of all based on the needs and developmental level of the trainee and the style of the supervisor.
All interns and trainees are required to attend weekly peer supervision on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., which is co-facilitated by the Training Director and other senior staff members. In this meeting, trainees will make case presentations and have opportunities to engage in professional and clinical dialogues with colleagues regarding their work with clients. Open discussion and appropriate feedback is expected by all trainees in order to more effectively serve the needs of the trainee presenting the case and her/his client. Each trainee is expected to prepare four (4) case presentations during the year (guidelines to be provided by the Training Director).
Each trainee is required to present 2 outreach presentations per semester (4 for the year). These presentations may be with senior staff first semester and trainees may pair up for outreach during their second semester. One of the outreach presentations will be assisting with the national speaker CAPS brings to campus each spring.
In order to apply, candidates must:
Applications must be received by Friday, March 27, 2015 in order to receive full consideration. Interviews will be held in the first three weeks of April for qualified applicants. The Training Director will call to schedule an on-site interview during one of those days.
Following the application deadline, we review all materials and determine candidates to invite for an on-site interview. The number of trainees selected each year is dependent upon available funding and other factors determined by the Center. Interview of finalists will take place in April. The number of trainees selected can vary each year.
Sample Weekly Schedule
A sample of schedules and allotment of time committed to each area of training, direct service and supervision is presented below based on a 24 hour per-week schedule. Please note that the time spent in each category may vary slightly for each trainee based on their program requirements, training interests/goals and Counseling Center needs.
Activity Mental HealthCounseling/ Social Work
Individual Therapy 12-15
Group Therapy 1.5 (if available)
Outreach and Consultation 0-3
Triage duty 0-2 (during Spring semester)
Training & Supervision
Individual Supervision 1
Group Therapy 0.5 (if co-leading)
Case Conference 1
Admin. Prep Time/Documentation 5-6
Meeting w/ TD 0.5 (bi-monthly)
For further information about the application process or training program, contact the training coordinator below. Send all application materials in one email to:
Laura Wright, Ph.D.
Director of Training
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Boulevard, South
Fort Myers, FL 33965
Phone: (239) 590-7950