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Austin Family Institute

Spring 2020

Position: Undergraduate Intern
Student: Psychology Senior

Austin Family Institute is a non-profit counseling/therapy and training institute providing the opportunity for junior and senior students to receive direct exposure to a clinical and private practice therapy setting. Along with extensive clerical experience in a private practice setting, undergraduates can participate in weekly group supervision, observe individual supervision with therapist interns, and view videos of sessions. Interns are trained to do almost all aspects of running the administrative side in a therapy practice in the software Theranest. In addition, there are weekly meetings in which therapists teach on a specific concept in therapy and present a current case they need advice on. There are two projects that the interns are expected to turn in by the end of the semester: an office project that contributes to better efficiency in the office, and a presentation on something related to family systems. It is a unique and rare opportunity for those interested in about entering the mental health field.

Spring 2018

Position: Undergraduate Intern
Student: Psychology Junior

Austin Family Institute is a nonprofit marriage and family therapy center that also functions as a training institute for therapists working towards licensure. As an undergraduate intern, I had the ability to be able to not only gain first-person experience into cases of marriage and family therapy, but also get experience with working within a private practice setting. I mostly work in an administrative capacity in the day-to-day operations of Austin Family Institute. This includes duties such as answering the phones for the main AFI line (as well as lines for each of the directors’ private practices), scheduling returning clients, and pairing potential new clients with therapists and going through the intake process with them. My administrative duties also included various office jobs such as scanning client documents, getting paperwork together for new clients, making copies of various documents for the business, and serving as a point of communication between the fifteen different therapists (and our consulting psychiatrist) and the clients/patients.

These administrative duties taught me a lot about personally dealing with clients, the “business” parts of a private practice, and how to work in a fast-paced, high-anxiety environment where things can change rapidly over the course of the day. However, I also learned a lot about how the therapists view their cases and work with their clients, especially while in different stages of training. Since AFI also functions as a training institute, I got to sit in on group and individual supervision, where the associate therapists (either completing their practicum for graduate school or finishing their supervision hours to gain full licensure) would consult with the directors and each other to work through some of their tougher cases. I also got to watch videotapes of sessions with the associate therapists, which I learned a great deal from.

 


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    FAC 18
    2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200
    Austin, Texas 78712-1508
    512-471-7900