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The primary purpose of the Wichita State University Counseling and Testing Center (WSU CTC) is to provide mental health services to the university community in order to promote maximal achievement, health, and development. The range of services offered gives interns the opportunity to broaden and hone their skills in many areas of general psychological practice.
About WSU CTC
With an enrollment size of 15,000, WSU is the only urban-serving university in the state of Kansas and has the most diverse student body of all of the Kansas universities. Fourteen federally funded TRIO programs are on campus, among the most in the nation, and we attract a large international student group with our world class engineering and business colleges. Clients at our center are diverse in terms of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and disability; and we work with clients with a range of presenting concerns—from temporary life stressors to chronic, severe mental illness. As such, our interns are able to gain a broad range of experiences during their training here.
Our center primarily provides services to enrolled students, though time-limited therapy and consultation services are made available to University faculty and staff as well. In keeping with our University mission, the center is also responsive to the needs of the non-University metropolitan community, and our staff provides consultation and training, as well as limited direct services when appropriate.
APPROACH TO Training
The range of services offered gives interns the opportunity to broaden and hone their skills in many areas of general psychological practice. We encourage interns to participate in all phases of the center's operation and to develop their own areas of special interest and expertise. We emphasize autonomous functioning and support our interns in making their own decisions, both about the use of time and the direction of therapy of clients.
One of the unique features of our center is the great care that is taken to ensure a working atmosphere characterized by openness, warmth, and support. Our staff is small enough to allow for a personable environment in which we take care of and support one another. We emphasize a work-life balance and encourage our interns to fully embrace this (that means going home at 5:00 and leaving the work at work!). We routinely spend time together as a staff, by holding monthly potlucks and engaging in other shared activities.
Interns typically provide individual therapy to 15-20 clients per week. Actual caseloads vary based on the demand for services and the intern's commitment to other clinical activities (couples' counseling, outreach activities, groups). While our center does not impose session limits, we encourage interns to operate within a brief model of practice when possible. Our staff is diverse in regards to theoretical orientations, and as such, interns are encouraged to work from their own orientation and to continue to develop their theoretical orientation throughout the training year.
Interns are scheduled for two hours of crisis/walk-in appointments each week. The nature of these appointments vary. At times, the session is focused on helping the client manage acute distress in which there isn't a significant safety concern. Other times, clients come to our center presenting with significant suicidal ideation, intent, and plan. Our center uses the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) to assess suicidality and to inform treatment.
Interns often have the opportunity to work with a few couples during their internship year. For interns without previous experience in this area, co-therapy with supervisors or other clinicians is possible.
Our center is currently working on growing our group programming, and interns are expected to help facilitate at least one group during the training year. Previous interns have helped with existing group as well as created their own. To get an idea of what groups are offered, please refer to our website.
Interns are encouraged to incorporate personality and cognitive testing into treatment of clients whenever appropriate. Opportunities are available to learn administration and scoring of instruments new to the intern as well as to advance skills in integrated report writing and provision of assessment feedback. A variety of assessment measures are available, including the MMPI-2, MCMI-III, PAI, Beck Depression and Anxiety Inventories, and select projectives.
Additionally, the Counseling and Testing Center regularly provides evaluations for Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder for the University community. Consequently, specialized training in this area is available. Interns will be expected to complete a minimum of four integrative assessments within their internship year. Supervision of formal assessment is provided in a group format every two weeks.
Consultation and Outreach
An integral part of the interns' experience at the Counseling and Testing Center is in outreach and consultation/liaison work. Interns choose a specific office or department in the university and work to become the center's primary liaison with that area/department. Skills in networking, program development, organizational consultation and program evaluation are all developed. Past interns have served as liaisons for campus departments such as International Education, Housing and Residence Life, Nontraditional Students Organization, Greek Life, Student Health, LGBT student organizations, and Disability Services.
Interns also have the opportunity to hone their skills in developing and presenting outreach programs to the university. Interns develop and implement programs on a variety of topics based on campus needs. Subsequently, it is expected interns will leave their internship with a portfolio of presentations and programs they have developed. Past topics have included health and wellness, time management, stress management, relationships, communication, and diversity.
As part of continuing relationships with the WSU Psychology and other local training departments, the Counseling and Testing Center accepts doctoral and masters level practicum students for clinical training. Interns typically act as the primary clinical supervisor for one or more practicum students during the year. Supervision of supervision is provided in a group format every two weeks during which the supervisee's clinical work and progress is discussed. Literature within the area of supervision provision is also reviewed during this time; and as the intern's training progresses, exploration of ethical dilemmas in training becomes a frequent topic during these group supervision sessions.
As members of WCPIP, interns also attend weekly didactic seminars. These are typically two hours in length, with topics covering a range of issues related to the general practice of psychology. To learn more, please click here.
Interns also participate in weekly staff meetings in which WSU and CTC-related updates and concerns are discussed. Additionally, clinical staffing is held monthly and provides the opportunity for Counseling and Testing Center staff and trainees to meet as a group to process and present clinical cases, as well as to discuss issues of interest.
Areas of Emphasis
Interns have the option to select one (or more) of the following areas of emphasis. Interns will spend an average of 2-3 hours per week on their area of emphasis.
Group therapy is an increasing mode of intervention at the center. Interns will gain exposure to the group process, co-facilitation of groups with clinical staff, and assessing group outcomes. Interns will be responsible for assessing group demand, creating, marketing, and leading either a process or psychoeducational group.
Interns participating in the multicultural emphasis will assist with outreach presentations to the campus community related to multicultural issues or concerns and have the opportunity to be a liaison to multicultural/diversity groups on campus. There may also be an opportunity to assist in the facilitation of a transgender or LGB support/therapy group.
Interns who select this emphasis will provide additional outreach presentations to the campus community. Opportunities for extra liaison work and creating new programs will also be made available.
Interns will have the opportunity to involved in programming on prevention-related topics. These include providing training to student groups on healthy relationships, responsible substance use, and sexual health. Interns may also have the opportunity to serve on the University Prevention Services Advisory Board or the Sedgwick County Suicide Prevention Coalition. If desired, interns can also learn to administer substance abuse assessments to students who have violated university substance policies.
ADHD and Learning Disability Assessments
While interns will be participating in an assessment supervision group, interns wishing to make assessments an area of emphasis will be provided opportunities beyond the 4 required assessment batteries, depending on the level of demands for testing. Interns will conduct comprehensive evaluations for LD/ADHD, including instrument selection, administration, interpretation, and integrative report writing. This emphasis area may periodically require periods of time beyond the average 2-3 hours a week.
Internship Stipend and Benefits
The twelve-month stipend for the year is $24,000. As a WSU employee, interns are eligible for full university benefits including a generous vacation and sick leave accrual, many paid holidays, and medical, dental and vision insurance after a 30 day waiting period with coverage to begin on the 1st of the following month. For a complete description, please visit our benefits website.
In addition, interns have easy access to the educational, recreational, computer, and library services of the WSU campus. Their research interests and dissertation requirements are supported at our center, and each intern's office is fully furnished and equipped with a computer, high speed internet access and e-mail. Interns are also provided with professional liability insurance and the center pays for the interns initial licensing fees (as a master's level psychologist) at the beginning of the year.
Please note, however, that appointments are contingent upon the completion of a criminal background check as required by the State of Kansas. Please refer to the WSU Human Resources website for more information. While these are conducted following the APPIC Match, the outcome of a background check has the potential to preclude appointment.
Lindsey Backer-Fulghum, Ph.D.
Respecialization in Clinical Psychology, Suffolk University, 2018
Dr. Backer-Fulghum is WSU CTC's Assessment Coordinator. She earned her respecialization degree in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University in Boston, MA following a master’s and doctorate degree in Social Psychology from Baylor University. She completed her doctoral internship through WCPIP, with Wichita State University Counseling and Testing Center being her primary site. Dr. Backer-Fulghum’s therapeutic style is integrative and has a strong basis in humanistic psychology, cognitive – behavioral therapy, interpersonal, and process oriented approaches. Overall, Dr. Backer-Fulghum is a generalist, but has special interests in anxiety and mood disorders, assessment, relationship concerns, supervision, and outreach. In her free time, she enjoys playing board games, going to the dog park with her husband and puppy, outdoor activities such as hiking or kayaking, and curling up with a good book and her two kitty cats.
Mark Green, Ph.D.
Counseling Psychology, Indiana State University, 2014
Dr. Green is WSU CTC's Assistant Director for Prevention Services. He completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at Brigham Young University and earned his doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Indiana State University. His therapeutic style is based on a hermeneutic philosophy that he utilizes to guide the integration of a wide range of evidence based treatments tailored to the specific needs of each individual client. In addition to providing individual and couples counseling, he coordinates the CTC prevention services, which include training and education on campus to prevent suicide, violence, sexual assault, and alcohol and drug abuse. Dr. Green and his heroic wife have eight children who ensure that he never gets bored. Ever. He also loves participating in and watching sports, and still thinks he might be a famous big band singer someday.
Selena Jackson, Ph.D.
Clinical & Counseling Psychology, University of South Alabama, 2018
Dr. Jackson is WSU CTC's Group Coordinator. She earned her doctorate degree in combined Clinical and Counseling Psychology from the University of South Alabama. She completed her doctoral internship with WCPIP at Prairie View, Inc. as her primary site and the WSU Counseling and Testing Center as her secondary location. Her therapeutic style is primarily based on the common factors model of psychotherapy where she frequently incorporates Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing through a biopsychosocial perspective. She also coordinates the CTC group therapy services. Dr. Jackson considers herself to be a generalist with special interest in working with international students, multicultural and diversity issues, anxiety/depression/stress, personality disorders, and relationship concerns. In her free time, she enjoys traveling overseas with family and friends, attending theatre productions, watching college football, trying out new recipes, and is an avid Harry Potter fan!
Christopher Leonard, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychology, Spalding University, 2014
Dr. Leonard is the Associate Director of the WSU CTC. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Quincy University and his master's and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Spalding University. He completed his doctoral internship with WCPIP at the Wichita State University Counseling and Testing Center. His past experiences include university counseling centers, community mental health crisis center, state psychiatric hospital, state prison, and community mental health services. Dr. Leonard's therapeutic style blends cognitive behavioral and humanistic theory, while utilizing evidence based interventions. His areas of interest are supervision/training, outreach, anxiety/depression, group therapy, crisis intervention and grief/loss. As a native of Illinois, he is a Chicago Bears fan. He also enjoys golfing and spending time with his growing family.
Erin Lohman, Ph.D.
Clinical/Community Psychology, Wichita State University, 2016
Dr. Lohman is WSU CTC's Assistant Director for Training and WCPIP's Training Director. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010 and earned her doctorate degree in Clinical/Community psychology from Wichita State University in 2016. She is a proud WCPIP alum, and has worked closely with all of the WCPIP agencies throughout her training and career.
Dr. Lohman describes her therapeutic style as integrative, although she is strongly influenced by third wave cognitive behavioral therapies like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Areas of interest include anxiety and mood disorders, body image concerns, and interpersonal difficulties.
In her free time, she enjoys playing board games, traveling, and spending time with her family, friends, and three cats.
Jessica Provines, Ph.D.
Clinical/Community Psychology, Wichita State University, 2006
Dr. Provines is the Director of the WSU CTC. She is a three-time graduate of Wichita State University, receiving her Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology in 2006. She completed her doctoral internship with WCPIP and worked as an adult out-patient therapist with Prairie View's DBT Treatment Team before returning to her WSU roots as a staff psychologist.
Dr. Provines has served in the Center as the Training Coordinator and Associate Director coordinating clinical services. She is the former Training Director of WCPIP and currently serves as the Director of the WSU CTC.
She describes her clinical orientation as integrative in nature, with a strong background in empirically validated treatments. Her therapeutic style has influences from mindfulness-based cognitive therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She has been intensively trained by Behavioral Tech, LLC in DBT theory and techniques. Areas of interest include anxiety/mood disorders, personality disorders, primary prevention, outreach, and supervision.
On a personal note, Dr. Provines is an avid Shocker sports fan. She and her family enjoy traveling, camping, boating and attending music concerts as often as possible.
Marci Young, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute, 2017
Dr. Young is WSU CTC's Outreach Coordinator. She earned her undergraduate degrees in psychology and anthropology from the University of Utah, and earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from The Wright Institute, Berkeley. Dr. Young’s therapeutic style is integrative, utilizing evidence based treatments such as mindfulness-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), interpersonal, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) through a multi-cultural lens. Dr. Young is a generalist, and has areas of interest that include outreach, addiction, and anxiety and mood disorders. In her free time, she and her family enjoy hiking, camping, scuba diving, reading, and traveling.