Supervision Expectations: More than Meets the Eye?  Clarifying supervision expectations for students & supervisors.

Supervision Expectations: More than Meets the Eye? Clarifying supervision expectations for students & supervisors.

This is the final blog post in a three-part series exploring topics related to graduate students’ practicum and internship experiences. In the current post, several complexities of supervision during practicum/internship are identified, and ways to achieve clearer supervision expectations are discussed. The post is based on the big idea that supervision is a pivotal part of practicum/internship experiences, but supervision processes need increased clarity for students and supervisors to be maximally effective.

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6 Tips for Obtaining a Mental Health Counseling Internship or Fieldwork Placement

6 Tips for Obtaining a Mental Health Counseling Internship or Fieldwork Placement

The phone rings and it’s EXACTLY who you want it to be. The director of the local hospital has heard about your stellar first year as a counseling grad student and is offering you an internship! It’s a dream come true…then you wake up. It WAS a dream. The reality is obtaining a placement is something that all counseling students must go through. While it would be wonderful if your performance in school could speak for you, it turns out you will need to beat the pavement to get a placement. Below are six steps that you can take to make the process less painful.

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APPIC Internship Application Cover Letters

APPIC Internship Application Cover Letters

Your cover letter is the first impression Internship Directors/Reviewers have of you, and also where they will be looking to determine how strong of a “match” and well suited you are for their site. Below are some tips that will help you craft your tailored (but templated) cover letter. YES, it can still be a template! It is not the best strategy, or use of time, for you to write an original cover letter for each site you are applying to. While each should appear to be, and read as though, it is in fact written specifically for each site, it is not necessary to write each cover letter “from scratch.” Here’s how…

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The Importance of Looking After Yourself as a Therapist

The Importance of Looking After Yourself as a Therapist

With heavy workloads and complex cases it is easy to forget the impact our work can have on our physical and mental health. Often we work in isolation, with people in crisis or pain. Alongside the normal life ‘distractions’ we have additional responsibilities in the form of professional ethics, codes of conduct, licensing issues and insurance requirements. All these elements can add up to a big emotional and energy cost for the individual therapist so it is essential to take steps to protect ourselves. Continual professional reflection can help to identify areas where we need to take steps to ensure the weight of the work we undertake is not taking a toll on our own health.

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3 Steps to Preparing to be a Great Job Candidate

3 Steps to Preparing to be a Great Job Candidate

Constructing your curriculum vita (CV), asking for letters of recommendation and writing a cover letter may seem like the first steps involved in obtaining an internship or professional position after graduate school, but in reality, your preparation for going on the job market begins much earlier. The relationships you have built and experiences you have had during your graduate training are the actual preparation. The CV, cover letter, and recommendation letters are simply the mechanisms through which you inform your potential future employer about these relationships and experiences. The purpose of this blog post is to offer some tips for those of you who are in the early or middle parts of your graduate career to help you seek out the relationships and experiences that will make you a better candidate once you seek professional employment as well as to help those of you who are nearing the end of your graduate career identify what you have already done right and where you could focus your attention in the last year or two you have left.

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APPIC Internship Applications: Making Your Autobiographical Essay Unforgettable

APPIC Internship Applications: Making Your Autobiographical Essay Unforgettable

Fall is in the air…the leaves are changing. It’s a time of transformation and reflection. This is also the perfect time to reflect on who you are and how to express that to internship directors. One of the most important and most scrutinized materials in your APPIC internship application is the autobiographical essay (Essay #1), yet most students agree it is the hardest to write. While there is no exact method that is “right,” there is some strategy to it, and below I’m sharing some tips for how to make the best impression and maximize on the impact of your essay.

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Please Come Back!

Please Come Back!

Building long-lasting relationships with clients is a skill to aim for if you ever plan to have a private practice. Treatment attrition is something I frequently experienced at the beginning of my career, and it took me several years to figure out how to provide better services. The number of assertive therapeutic interventions per session increases only with time and practice. There are, however, some pitfalls that a beginner therapist can avoid.

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Developing as a Therapist

Developing as a Therapist

Throughout your career as a therapist, you will continue to learn, gain in experience, and develop your own set of priorities and values within the work you do. A sense of progress and growth is essential in order to keep your interest and enthusiasm for your work alive.

Studies into the reasons why therapists choose their work and stay in the profession have shown that there is a widespread desire amongst the therapist community to continue learning. Professional growth is one of the main areas that therapists attribute to preventing burn out and keeping their focus. There are always new ideas and developments emerging in our field, and as part of what we do, we are always encouraging people to learn more in order to grow and develop as a person. So inevitably that is something we also should be doing ourselves.

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