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Other Training Activities

Consultation Teams

Each intern participates in a weekly one-hour multidisciplinary consultation team attended by all CAPS staff. During these team meetings, staff and interns seek both clinical and professional consultation. Clinical consultation may involve a focus on case conceptualization, diagnosis and disposition, intervention and treatment planning, and transference/countertransference issues. Professional consultation may focus on ethical dilemmas, system issues, and emerging topics in mental health and college counseling.

Eating Concerns Assessment & Treatment Team (ECATT)

To cultivate competencies in working with eating and body image concerns in the context of college mental health, interns can participate with staff on ECATT, an interdisciplinary (CAPS clinicians, NU registered dietitian, Northwestern Medicine Student Health physician) team of healthcare professionals that meets weekly throughout the academic year. Team members engage in consultation to support the psychological, medical, and nutritional treatment needs of Northwestern University students with disordered eating/exercise concerns, body image disturbance, and medical nutritional issues. Members of the team may also provide community-based intervention/outreach programming to members of the NU community on issues related to disordered eating/exercise and body image

Intern Support Group

Interns meet with each other weekly for one hour in a private and supportive space. The meetings are intended to provide the opportunity for interns to deepen their connections, provide mutual support, and discuss their internship experience and any emerging issues or concerns. The agenda and direction of the meetings are determined by the group, as is the level of personal self-disclosure. Once monthly, the training director will join interns during this meeting to address group-level developments, questions, or concerns.

Monthly Meeting with the Training Director

The Training Director meets with interns to discuss general issues related to their experiences in the internship for one hour once a month, or more if appropriate. Issues such as professional development, identity as a psychologist, collaboration within a larger organization, and managing multiple responsibilities and roles may be explored in this meeting. The format is an open discussion with no set sequence of topics. The focus of discussion may be related to interns’ reflections on current events within the the training program, the broader agency, or the university. Concerns and feedback about the internship program may be discussed as well. 

Intern Project

As a cohort, interns collaborate on a group project determined by their interests and agency needs to enhance an aspect of CAPS day-to-day operations and its campus community impact. Objectives for this activity include program evaluation, research, consultation with project stakeholders (in or beyond CAPS), and team collaboration. The actual time required to complete the project will vary depending on its nature and center demands. The training director will serve as a project consultant.