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University Counseling Center (UCC)

Seminars and Case Conferences

The seminars conducted by UCC are designed to support the clinical responsibilities of trainees and to advance their conceptual and theoretical understanding of clinical work. All seminars are case-oriented and thus emphasize a "hands on" approach to integrating theory with clinical practice. Postdoctoral fellows are required to attend the PostDoc seminar, the Group Psychotherapy Seminar, the Supervision Seminar, the Clinical Case Conference, the On-Call Seminar, and the Outreach Seminar. Fellows may select from optional ones in consultation with the Postdoctoral Coordinator and the Director of Training:

Postdoctoral Fellow Seminar

The seminar has four components: (1) Clinical issues including sharing of cases, selection of Clinical topics for in-depth study and discussion, supervision of administrative evaluations and clinical consultations, (2) Teaching support and supervision, (3) Multicultural focus specific to the Postdoc experience including supervision of the multicultural consultation project, (4) Professional development issues such as ethics, balancing work and home, self-care, EPPP, job search and licensure. This seminar is required for postdoctoral fellows.

Group Psychotherapy Seminar

This weekly seminar focuses on the clinical experience of co-leading a yearlong, process-oriented psychotherapy group. The seminar begins with didactic instruction in the provision of group psychotherapy that includes reading from relevant group psychotherapy literature, and covers stages of group development, establishing therapeutic norms, handling problematic patients, subgrouping, therapist tasks and functions, and the evolving co-therapy relationship. Once the clinical groups begin for the school year, each week, on a rotating basis, one group is presented in the seminar. The group process within the training group is used experientially to understand group dynamics. Particular attention is paid to issues discussed during the didactic portion. Readings are assigned periodically. This seminar is required for all postdoctoral fellows.

Supervision Seminar

The didactic component consists of the supervision seminar, which meets weekly and is devoted to the ongoing supervision of the supervision that the interns and fellows provide to more junior trainees. Participants will learn to make supervisory interventions appropriate to the supervisee's stage of development, identify transference and countertransference reactions in both treatment and supervisory settings and integrate different models of supervision to meet each supervisee's need. This seminar begins several weeks before clinical supervision begins, allowing the interns and postdoc time to discuss and learn about the process of becoming supervisors. This seminar is required for all postdoctoral fellows who are engaged in supervising.

Clinical Case Conference

This is a weekly meeting where all trainees and supervising staff meet (approximately 25 people) to discuss advanced clinical issues. What is unique is that the senior supervising staff present audio- or video-tapes of their own work. This enables the work of seasoned therapists to be demystified and made available for view by all staff and trainees. The clinical conference is a major learning experience at UCC and is required for postdoctoral fellows.

On-Call Seminar

In this monthly seminar, difficult on-call cases are reviewed. Readings on crisis management are provided and discussed. This seminar is required for all postdoctoral fellows.

Outreach Seminar

In this monthly seminar, ongoing outreach projects are discussed and challenging outreach experiences are reviewed. This seminar is required for all postdoctoral fellows.

Psychotherapy Seminar

This weekly seminar provides an in-depth exploration of therapy – focusing in particular on the practical application of brief treatment and psychodynamic concepts in our university counseling center context. We will focus on issues of diagnosis and client suitability, psychodynamic conceptualization and intervention, establishing and maintaining a focus in treatment, and termination. Participants will explore their own interpersonal process and transference/countertransference paradigms that surface when working within a brief model. Participants will have the opportunity to see the work of their colleagues and present their own. This seminar is optional for postdoctoral fellows.

Psychopharmacology Seminar

This monthly seminar explores all aspects of using medication to treat psychiatric illnesses and is led by our psychiatric nurse practitioner, with whom the professionals in training share many clients. Specific attention is given to the relationships that arise when a triad is formed between the client, the therapist, and the prescriber. Use of the DSM-IV is reviewed. Classes of psychotropic medications, mechanisms of action, and risks and benefits of various medications are discussed. Clinical indications for using medications as augmentation for therapy are examined throughout the year, using specific case examples. This seminar is optional for postdoctoral fellows.

Substance Abuse Workshops

These workshops occur in the summer during orientation and focus on diagnosis and treatment of clients with substance abuse and other comorbid diagnoses. A combination of didactic and experiential processes provide the interns with opportunities to build upon their skill base in assessment and treatment of substance abuse. Booster sessions are offered midyear to support ongoing learning with clinical cases. This seminar is optional for postdoctoral fellows.

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