Specialized Training Experiences

Optional Training Focus

FAU CAPS trains Interns to be generalists, however we also value depth and developing areas of expertise and therefore offer the option to participate in a Training Focus. In order to create a comprehensive training experience, we strive for each training focus to include a clinical component (individual and/or group therapy), outreach and/or liaison experiences, committee responsibilities or meetings and readings or trainings. Interns have some flexibility in shaping their training foci, when feasible, so they can receive training that is most congruent with their interests and future career goals. Interns typically spend 3-6 hours per week engaging in activities related to their training focus. Below is a list of current training foci offered and some activities that might fall under each.

Training Focus Possible Components of Training
  • Complete at least 4 full battery LD or ADHD assessments
  • Complete at least 4 therapeutic assessments
  • Serve as co-liaison to Student Accessibility Services
  • Assist in the development of assessment services at CAPS
Eating Disorders
  • Assist or conduct Eating Concerns Consultations
  • Administer EDI when clinically appropriate
  • A portion of individual therapy caseload includes students with eating and/or body image concerns
  • Co-facilitate Peace with Food and Body group
  • Participate in the Eating Concerns Team
  • Serve as co-liaison to community eating disorder agencies
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Latinx Mental Health with optional Bilingual therapy training
  • A portion of individual therapy caseload includes students identifying as Latinx or Hispanic
  • Co-facilitate Latinx student support group
  • Participate in outreach to Latinx student body
  • Serve as co-liaison to Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA)
  • If receiving training in Bilingual therapy, receive supervision in Spanish and provide some therapy in Spanish.
  • A portion of individual therapy caseload includes students identifying as LGBTQ+
  • Assist in planning, training, and administration of Peer Mentor program
  • Co-facilitate LGBT support group or Gender Journey group
  • Collaborate with LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs & Women and Gender Equity Resource Center to create outreach programs and resources for students.
Participatory Action Research
  • Work with PAR team to identify underserved students to work with
  • Provide weekly individual therapy and/or group therapy to identified underserved students
  • Co-lead PAR team meetings with student researchers
  • Establish relationship with research department
  • Participate in research trainings, development of projects and data gathering, interpretation of findings, and implementation of community interventions
Sport Psychology
  • A portion of individual therapy caseload includes students student-athletes
  • Serve as co-liaison to athletic department
  • Participate in outreach to athletic department
  • Establish relationship with one athletic team
  • Attend meetings with athletic department, when applicable
  • A portion of individual therapy caseload includes students who have experienced past or recent trauma
  • Co-facilitate trauma group
  • Participate in monthly sexual assault prevention committee
  • Participate in outreach programming during sexual assault awareness week and other sexual assault/prevention programs on campus
  • Establish co-liaisonship to the victim’s advocate in the Dean of Student’s office/FAU PD, and build relationships with community survivor-based agencies
Working with Men
  • A portion of individual therapy caseload includes students male-identified students
  • Co-facilitate the Men’s Understanding Self and Others (USO) group
  • Serve as co-liaison to Greek Life
  • Develop and provide outreach programming to the male FAU population
  • Partner with Women and Gender Equity Resource Center to develop or participate in male or gender equity-based initiatives.
  • Serve as co-liaison to community gender-based agencies

Optional Targeted Administrative Experiences

Interns often are interested in taking on coordinatorships in counseling centers upon graduation and we want to provide opportunities to receive training in these areas to increase their competitiveness for these positions. The Targeted Administrative Experiences allow for this, as interns can partner with our coordinators or administrators to learn more about program development in an area of specific interest to them. Interns who select to engage in a Targeted Administrative Experience will spend 1-4 hours per week in selected area and may engage in tasks such as meeting with coordinator to assist in program development and participating in CAPS or other department committees or meetings. Areas for Targeted Administrative Experiences include Outreach, Group Coordination, and Counseling Center Administration.

 Last Modified 7/11/18