Description of Program:
The Madeline Centre offers an internship program to help train future counselors and therapists. This program offers a unique opportunity to learn individual and family counseling in either a school or family setting. This program is available to Master’s level students who are working on their degrees in a Human Services related major.
Training and Supervision:
The Madeline Centre is committed to providing our staff with the highest quality training and supervision to interns. This is presented in many different formats. All trainings and formal supervision are provided by licensed staff.
Each supervisee will participate in a minimum of 40 training hours prior to entering the field. Orientation includes the history of our agency, policy and procedures, our approach to therapy, treatment plans, progress notes, and the structure of in-home therapy. Counseling ethics, electronic record-keeping, TOVA, and First Aid/CPR are also required.
Total Orientation Time : 40 hours
Each supervisee will receive individual supervision (2 hours per week). Individual supervision includes case reviews, documentation review and discussion of compliance concerns. Videotapes for at least five home visits will be reviewed and the supervisor will also attend at least two home visits with each supervisee.
Participants will attend Team Group Supervision (1.5 hours per week) with other internship participants. These small group sessions provide an opportunity to discuss caseloads and to review individual therapist’s videotaped sessions. Approximately 3-5 interns will participate in each training.
The Madeline Centre is a fully electronic agency. All ISP’s, progress notes, and monthly/quarterly reports are monitored and approved by our Licensed Mental Health Providers on a daily basis. Each counselor receives immediate feedback, insuring a high quality of treatment and documentation. Corrections are mandatory prior to billing.
Total Licensed Supervision Time: 52.5 hours for 15 weeks
Interns will work in a team with an experienced QMHP, who will provide day to day consultation, supervision, and feedback in the home setting.
Total New Therapist Training time: 12 hours
Participants will attend once a month In-Service All Staff Training: (2 Hours)
Recent topics have included Play/Sand therapy, Counseling Ethics, Motivational Interviewing, Substance Abuse Assessment, Multi-Systemic Therapy, ODD—Diagnosis and Treatment, and effective treatment planning.
Total In-Service All Staff Training time: 6 hours
Additionally participants will attend Area Staff Training: (2 Hours) Area staff meetings are held in Lynchburg, Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Farmville. These meetings are utilized to process specific therapeutic issues, role play situations, and develop and implement treatment strategies. Approximately 10 staff participate in each area’s training.
Total Area Staff Training: 6 hours
Intake Training: Intake Training is specialized training. Participants preferably will have successfully completed a minimum of a course in Mental Health Assessment and Diagnosis. (2 hours)
Total Training Hours: 26
Total Training and Supervision Time per semester: 118.5 hours
Additional Trainings (optional)
Parent training classes: Empowerment through Positive Parenting is available to all parents/caregivers. A 10-hour training is provided to all facilitators of our parent education program.
Each participant will complete an inventory of clinical skills and needs which becomes the foundation for the supervision. Once this has been reviewed by Licensed staff, specific goals and skills will be targeted for training and supervison. Staff will also complete required documents required by the referral school.
Interns with a bachelors’ degree in a human services field and one year’s experience in a clinical setting working with people with a mental illness, mental retardation, substance abuse problems or in a gerontology setting are eligible for compensation.
Participants in this category will be eligible for compensation after orientation and one week shadowing with a lead therapist. They will then be allowed to work with clients and families without direct supervision.
Interns who do not meet the above requirements will not be eligible for compensation. Participants in this category will work in tandem with lead therapist, who may provide direct or indirect supervision, and may be given specific clinical assignments to do individually.
Internship Expectations and Requirements:
Participate in all trainings.
Write at least two treatment plans.
Submit daily notes for each session completed.
Observe two intakes, complete and intake and assessment write up.
Do genealogy of two families.