General Psychology Track

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The General Psychology Track emphasizes adult outpatient clinical services. This includes assessment and consultation as well as individual, couple/family, and group psychotherapy. The patient population is quite heterogeneous with regard to diagnosis, co-existing conditions (psychiatric and medical illness), age, and socio-cultural characteristics. Interns in this track provide outpatient psychotherapy primarily with adults with exposure to children and adolescents during a rotation in our Child/Adolescent Therapy Training Clinic (CATTP). Each intern is also involved in a weekly DBT skills training group and the Couples Training Clinic for the entire year. Elective opportunities are numerous including many involving health psychology clinical services.

Training Activities

General Psychology track training activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic (5 half days per week for 12 months)
  2. Child/Adolescent Therapy Training Clinic (CATTP; half day per week for the entire year)
  3. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT; 2 hour skills group; 1 hour therapist consultation group supervision)
  4. Elective Experiences (3 half days or 12 hours per week)
  5. Couple and Family Training Clinic (CFTC) (weekly live observation and group supervision)
  6. Peer case consultation (weekly)
  7. Seminars
  8. Supervision: Individual and group as well as peer case consultation

Sample schedule

Sample Schedule

Supervision: An intern in the general psychology track can expect 3 hours of individual face-to-face supervision per week. Additional weekly group supervision activities include 1 hour of peer case consultation, 1 hour of DBT therapist consultation, and 1.5 hours of live couple/family clinic consultation.

Primary Clinical Sites—General Psychology Track

  • UW Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic (OPC): Interns see outpatients for evaluation and consultation as well as individual, couple/family, and group psychotherapy. Patients are quite diverse diagnostically ranging from adjustment disorders to severe and complex mood and personality disorders. Interventions offered are consistent with evidence-informed outpatient clinical practice (e.g., CBT, IPT, ACT, DBT, Couples/Family Therapy, and mindfulness-informed approaches). Most patients served in the clinic are Caucasian (approximately 90%) although they range broadly in age and socioeconomic background.
  • Child/Adolescent Therapy Training Clinic (CATTP): The CATTP strives to train interns in the treatment of a wide variety of psychological and behavioral disorders in youth (ages 5-17). Interns participate in this clinic one half day per week throughout the internship year. The experience blends observation, supervision, and clinical practice. Clinical cases are chosen to match an intern's experience in working with children, allowing flexibility to accommodate trainees with either significant or minimal experience with this population. During the year, interns have the opportunity to observe experienced therapists in the child/adolescent division doing clinical work, allowing for exposure to multiple approaches to assessment and intervention. Case supervision is provided in a group format with Dr. Greg Rogers and Dr. Jason Horowitz. Interns typically carry a caseload of 4-5 patients and have the opportunity to have their own work observed by their peers as well as supervisors. The CATTP serves a diverse clientele with interns typically exposed to mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, and behavior disorders. By the end of the year, interns develop skills in assessment, case conceptualization, and effective treatment of child and adolescent psychopathology.
  • Couple and Family Training Clinic (CFTC): The Couple and Family Training Clinic is a year round clinical activity overseen by Michael Thalasinos, LMFT that offers an introduction to evidence-informed treatments for couples and families. The clinic follows a participant-observer model of training and uses a multidisciplinary treatment team approach. A didactic seminar is provided that emphasizes humanistic, experiential and emotion-focused interventions as well as a review of special topics related to couples and families. Demonstrations of assessment interviews and clinical interventions by training faculty are incorporated into the activities of this clinic. Group supervision is provided using a “live supervision” model.