In keeping with our mission to train therapists, GETME offers year-long internships for counseling students who want to learn to work experientially.
Training: GETME interns are automatically enrolled, free of charge, in Introduction to Experiential Therapy. This group meets roughly two Wednesday mornings a month for 2.5 hours., and provides an instant community of learners grappling with this challenging and rewarding way to work.
Supervision: GETME has heard that at some internship sites, supervision happens on a bit of a catch-as-catch-can basis. At GETME, scheduled supervision time is sacred, and happens each week except under dire circumstances.
Although we’ll spend time on administrative supervision, the bulk of our efforts will be clinical in nature. It’s been said that the video camera is the microscope of psychotherapy, and GETME agrees. Accordingly, interns are expected to tape at least 1-2 clients a week, and review these recording yourself and with your supervisor.
Supervision will last between 1-2 hours a week, depending on your caseload. If you’re keeping track, this means you could be getting up to 4.5 hours of training and supervision in a week. If that sounds like too much for you, you’re probably better served by a different site.
Theory: Being clear in your theory is enormously helpful in facilitating a successful therapy. If you intern at GETME, you’re going to learn to be very clear in your thinking about how you work. GETME takes a humanistic/experiential view of psychotherapy; if this is where your heart is, you might find an internship here quite congenial.
Private Practice: The internship is set up very much like a private practice. You will do some of your own marketing, which will teach you 1) How to present yourself to the world as a counselor and, 2) How hard it is to get clients in the real world. Although I screen potential intern clients, once I’ve passed them on to you, you will do all your own scheduling. You’ll also develop some of your own forms, maintain your physical files, collect money (sorry, you don’t keep it), clean your office, etc.
If you’re interested . . .
Get in touch. I really enjoy talking with counseling students, so don’t be shy! If the first phone call sounds like we may be a match, we’ll set up a meeting. I usually meet two or three times with someone before I offer them an internship. (If the weather is nice, this may include a long walk!) Sometimes there are readings assigned between these meetings. We’re going to be working closely together for a long time, so I want to be sure we both feel quite strongly about undertaking this process together.