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Individual Psychotherapy

Externs provide both short- and longer-term individual psychotherapy and can expect to see an average of 11-12 clients per week Fall semester and 10 per week Spring semester while on rotation. Externs may request assignment of cases according to particular interests and/or in the interest of acquiring a diverse caseload. Decisions about the duration of therapy and frequency of sessions are made by the client and therapist, in consultation with the therapy supervisor, and are based on client needs. The Center maintains an approximate 20-session limit on individual therapy, although Extern therapists may carry some cases longer when clinically necessary.

Intake Assessment and Case Management

Externs conduct one comprehensive intake assessment per week which also includes writing an intake report and presenting the intake in their weekly team Intake Review and Assignment (IRA) meeting. While we have a case manager who assists in many of these functions, the intake process may also include assisting with referral, linkage, advocacy and systemic interventions on behalf of intake clients.


Participation in outreach expands the Externship and provides an opportunity for involvement in a broader range of experiences at the Counseling Center and within the UIC community. All Externs are exposed to outreach in the Fall semester by attending the first three outreach seminar meetings. They then observe one and co-facilitate one outreach event. Externs who elect to participate in the outreach rotation continue in the outreach seminar for an additional four weeks. Thereafter, Externs will be individually supervised on their outreach projects, as needed. Externs who elect to participate in the outreach rotation are expected to lead or co-lead three to four additional outreach events.

Specialized Rotations

Externs may participate in one of the following rotations:

  • Dialectical Behavioral Group Therapy: Co-facilitation of a 12-week two-hour psychoeducational therapy group, “Mood Masters,” focused on emotional awareness, mindfulness, taking action and increasing positive emotions.
  • Interpersonal Process Group Therapy: During Fall semester, Externs process observe two psychologists conducting a 90-minute therapy group and in Spring, co-facilitate with one of the psychologists. Note that this rotation requires additional time commitment to the Externship and requires that the Extern have had or concurrently be enrolled in a graduate group therapy course.
  • Mind Body: Co-facilitation of two four-week coping skills based outreach programs. The Self Compassion Workshop series consists of four 90-minute weekly workshops that focus on how to mindful when you are struggling and treat yourself with kindness. The Koru Mindfulness Workshop series consists of four 75-minute weekly workshops that focus on teaching mindfulness, meditation, and stress management skills.


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