The Otis College of Art and Design Student Counseling Services staff annually includes two part-time pre-doctoral or post doctoral level interns. The interns serve under the direct of supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist.
The goal of the Student Counseling Services internship program is to offer training experience to pre-doctoral or post doctoral level interns, which will promote their professional growth and provide quality training experience in the areas of student counseling services. Training activities will be coordinated with the student trainees’ academic training. Interns who work in Student Counseling Services function as professional staff and work under the direction/supervision of the Director of Student Counseling Services. Individual and/or group supervision by qualified supervisors will be provided by Student Counseling Services. Intern evaluations are completed by supervisors. The emphasis is placed on helping the intern to understand both his/her strengths, weaknesses, and to facilitate a deeper understanding of his/her process.
Internship Duties and Responsibilities
The Student Counseling Services internship program recruits two pre-doctoral or post-doctoral level candidates each academic year. The interns generally serve up to 16 hours per week. Currently, the Interns are paid on an hourly basis. Clinical training usually commences the day after Labor Day, and ends the last week of June. Interns are required to carry full malpractice insurance coverage during their employment/internship with Otis College of Art and Design Student Counseling Services.
Under the general supervision of the director of Student Counseling Services, Practicum & Intern students will perform the following:
- Provide one-on-one therapy sessions to currently enrolled Otis College of Art and Design undergraduate and graduate students who are experiencing a wide range of emotional, psychological, academic, personal, or substance abuse difficulties; be skilled at crisis intervention and management.
- Document and maintain client files; be available for “triage duty” so that clinical emergencies are responded to immediately; conduct preventive psycho-educational workshops; facilitate or co-facilitate support groups for students with special needs; provide premarital, marital or couple counseling.
- Perform other related duties as assigned by the Director. Interns are expected to model professional behavior with student clients at all times.
Candidates should possess the following skills: crisis intervention and management skills, maturity, aware of their own process, and possession and use of sound clinical judgment; entry level clinical and assessment skills; proficiency in one-on-one therapy skills; ability to work with difficult students and anxious parents; collaborate well with other professionals, professors and administrators who provide direct services for students.
Other Important Facts
Trainees and Interns will be expected to work up to 16 hours per week. Interns will receive one hour of individual supervision per week and one hour of group supervision per week. Additional time for supervision and/or consultation will be available as needed. The regular working hours for Student Counseling Services are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., with anticipated evening and weekend hours.
A complete resume, including descriptions of experience, content, location, and hours of clinical training. Include the type of license of each supervisor you have worked with (i.e., licensed psychologist, board-certified psychiatrist, etc.), copy of official transcripts of all graduate work. Three letters of recommendation, including at least two from licensed clinical supervisors. Applicants may OPT to give referees a signed "Waiver of Access Rights" which should then be attached to the letter of recommendation. Applicants will also be asked to authorize Otis College of Art and Design to obtain information from the consumer-reporting agency for background verification. Interested applicants who believe that they have the requisite qualifications and skills should complete an application kit, which should be forwarded to the director of Student Counseling Services. In addition, applicants must complete an online application through Otis College of Art and Design's Employment Page
to be considered for the internship program
Fred L. Barnes, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Director of Student Counseling Services
2011-12 Counseling Interns
Gloria Montgomery-Walters, Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago
Crystal Saidi, M.A., Psy.D. Candidate, Pepperdine University
2010-11 Counseling Interns
Krystle Hays-Hurd, Psy.D. ABD, Pepperdine University
Bita Nazarian, M.A., Psy.D. Candidate, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
2009-10 Counseling Intern
Dawn Decker, M.A., Psy.D. Candidate, Pepperdine University