The internship year is divided into two, six-month rotations. During each rotation, interns complete two, half-time rotations in different clinical settings. Clinical rotation offerings are modified as needed to enhance training opportunities. Detailed descriptions of currently available (2017-2018) clinical rotation experiences are presented in the clinical training section. Interns should expect the work week at the Charleston Consortium to be between 40 to 50 hours per week.
Clinical training is conducted according to a "generalist" model that balances intern desire for specialty training with the educational need to develop a strong base of clinical knowledge and skills during the internship year. Consistent with the generalist model of training, a broad range of clinical training experiences is available. Through various rotation sites, interns have the opportunity to assess and/or treat children, families, or adults presenting with a variety of mental and physical health problems. In addition, the clients served by the various rotation sites come from diverse social, cultural, and economic backgrounds.
The table below presents a sample weekly schedule of how an intern might spend a typical week of training split between Rotations A and B (this is only one of many possibilities and is offered just as an example):
Supervision times on each rotation (A and B) would be scheduled within the time assigned for each rotation. Some rotations have rotation-specific seminar training content that would also be included in the designated time for that rotation.
Each intern receives at least four hours overall of supervision per week from their clinical supervisors and their research preceptor. At least two of these hours of supervision are individual, clinical supervision. All interns will be observed by each of their clinical supervisors on a minimum of two occasions during each rotation. Observation may occur in the form of co-therapy, live observation via one-way mirror, and/or video or audiotaped observation. Some rotations provide considerably more observational supervision than this, but two sessions per supervisor, per rotation is the program’s minimum requirement.