Wichita State University Counseling and Testing Center

Match ID# 130812

Purpose

The primary purpose of the Wichita State University Counseling and Testing Center is to provide mental health services to the University community in order to promote maximal academic achievement and development. Services are available to enrolled students as well as University faculty and staff. In keeping with our University mission, the Center is 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.

As the only urban-serving university in Kansas, WSU has the most diverse student body out of all the Kansas state universities. The average age of our students is 26 years old, and we attract a large international student group. Many students do not live on campus, and they attend school in conjunction with pursuing a career or rearing a family. Thus, the kinds of services provided by the Center are often similar to those offered by a mental health agency or a psychologist in group practice. We handle common university student issues such as test anxiety, organizational skills, social adjustment and changing relationships. Just as often, we deal with couples counseling, mid-life crisis, anxiety, depression and other diverse clinical problems.

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. In addition to staff meetings, formal supervision and clinical staffings, clinicians are frequently engaged in informal dialogue with each other about the practice of psychology. The working atmosphere is one of shared knowledge, openness, warmth, and support within the confines of a high degree of professionalism.

Individual Therapy

Interns typically provide individual therapy for 15-20 clients per week operating within a brief model of practice. Interns are encouraged to continue to develop their theoretical orientations throughout the internship year. Caseloads vary according to the demand for services and other clinical activities (couples' counseling, outreach activities, groups).

Couples Therapy

Interns often have the opportunity to work with a few couples during their internship year. Co-therapy with supervisors or other clinicians is possible as well.

Assessment

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 objective and projective personality assessment measures are available, including the MMPI-2, MCMI-III, PAI, Beck Depression and Anxiety Inventories, and select projectives.

The Counseling and Testing Center also provides evaluations for Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder for the University community and specialized training in this area is available. Interns will be expected to complete a minimum of 4 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.

In addition, interns 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. 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. Interns are encouraged to develop their own interests and specialty areas.

Providing Supervision

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 clinical supervisor for one or more practicum students under the direction of the Training Coordinator. Supervision of supervision is provided in a group format every two weeks.

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

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.

Multicultural emphasis

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.

Outreach

Interns will provide additional outreach presentations to the campus community and be responsible for organizing the Counseling and Testing Center booth at the yearly Health Fair. Opportunities for extra liaison work and creating new programs are also available.

Prevention

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 will 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.

Other Activities

As members of the WCPIP, interns will attend weekly educational seminars presented by regionally and nationally recognized researchers and practitioners from the various collaborative sites and from within the community. Topics are varied and relate to the general practice of psychology.

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 discuss issues of interest.

Benefits

WSU Counseling and Testing Center's training program emphasizes autonomous functioning within a supportive atmosphere. With supervisor guidance, the intern is often encouraged to be responsible for making their own decisions both about the use of time and the direction of therapy of clients. In addition, interns have easy access to the educational, recreational, computer, and library services of the WSU campus. Each intern's office is fully furnished and equipped with a computer, high speed internet access and e-mail. Intern research interests and dissertation requirements are supported.

The twelve-month stipend for the year is $22,000. As a WSU employee, interns are eligible for full university benefits including paid holidays and leave time, library privileges, as well as 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 at http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=HUMANRESOURCES&p=/Benefits/index/. Insurance coverage for family members can also be purchased for an additional fee. WCPIP provides professional liability insurance.

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 at http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=humanresources2&p=/hiring/search_process/background_checks/ for more information. While these are conducted following the APPIC Match, the outcome of a background check has the potential to preclude appointment.

Training Staff

Amy Barfield, Ph.D.

Counseling Psychology, Indiana State University, 2010

Dr. Barfield earned her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Indiana State University following a bachelor's and master's degree from The University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Barfield's therapeutic style has a strong basis in cognitive-behavioral therapy, but is integrative with interpersonal, narrative, and process oriented approaches. Areas of interest include anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, assessment, and outreach. Dr. Barfield currently serves as the Training Director for WCPIP and is the Associate Director for the WSU Counseling and Testing Center. On a personal note, she is a WCPIP graduate and she enjoys spending time with her husband, her two young children, and "furry baby," as well as looking for unique travel locations.

Meladee Garst, Ph.D.

Counseling Psychology, Oklahoma State University, 2013

Dr. Garst earned her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State University. She completed her undergraduate degree at Wichita State University and is a proud Shocker Alum! Dr. Garst uses an integrated model in serving clients and working with supervisees. She primarily incorporates humanistic psychology, interpersonal process, and cognitive-behavioral theories, while looking through a multicultural lens and focusing on the developmental needs of the client and supervisee. In regards to her individual work, Dr. Garst considers herself a generalist but has special areas of interest in working with LGBTQI issues and concerns, international students, multicultural and diversity issues, anxiety/depression, relationship difficulties, and family of origin concerns. In her free time, Meladee enjoys spending time with family/friends, listening to live music, shopping, cooking, and traveling!

Mark Green, Ph.D.

Counseling Psychology, Indiana State University, 2014

Dr. Green completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at Brigham Young University and earned his doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Indiana State University. His therapeutic styly is based on a hermeneutic philosophy that he utlizes 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 six 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.

Erin Lohman, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychology, Wichita State University, 2016

Dr. Lohman completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Wichita State University. She completed her doctoral internship with WCPIP, with her primary site being at the Wichita State University Counseling and Testing Center. After graduation, she worked at South Central Mental Health Counseling Center before returning to Wichita State University. 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). She currently serves as the Training Coordinator for the Counsleing and Testing Center. 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.

Community/Clinical Psychology, Wichita State University, 2006

Dr. Provines is a three-time graduate of Wichita State University, receiving her Ph.D. in Community/Clinical 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 Counseling & Testing Center. 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.

Contact

Address inquiries to:

Erin Lohman, Ph.D.

Wichita State University

Counseling and Testing Center

1845 Fairmount

Wichita, Kansas 67260-0091

(316) 978-3440

erin.lohman@wichita.edu

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