Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Mailing address: University of Tulsa, Alexander Health Center, 800 S. Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104

Funding: $23,000

Time on site: 36 hrs.

Primary on-site supervisor(s): Michael McClendon, Psy.D.

Contact person: Michael McClendon, Psy.D., Director

The University of Tulsa (TU) is Oklahoma's oldest independent university, located four miles from downtown Tulsa. TU offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of areas. Student enrollment consists of approximately 3,473 undergraduate students and 1,209 graduate students and law students.

TU's Counseling and Psychological Services Center is located in the Alexander Student Health Building along with student medical services where there is potential for integrated psychological-medical care including consultation and referral with physicians and nurses. Medical services provide routine and acute non-emergency medical services to students and faculty of TU. Counseling & Psychological Services offers a broad range of professional services to all students, faculty, staff, and employee's immediate families. The twofold mission of the counseling center is 1) to provide counseling and psychoeducational services to students, faculty, staff, and university employees' immediate families and 2) to provide doctoral training for graduate students in psychology.

The counseling center staff is trained to help college students adapt to the changes and transitions of college life as well as to help faculty and staff function more effectively in their roles. The staff is sensitive to the unique characteristics of an intelligent, motivated, diverse student body while being committed to the responsible practice of counseling and psychology. In providing services, the staff attends to developmental, environmental, and remedial concerns. They recognize that the stresses associated with a high-pressure, academic environment at a critical developmental period often lead to problems that can be coped with more effectively through psychological counseling. This counseling may be accomplished individually or in a group. The staff is also committed to a preventive approach, realizing the importance of efforts to address areas of potential difficulty before they become problems. Preventive services include offering psychoeducational workshops or classes and consulting about individual situations. Whether working remedially or preventively, the staff's emphasis is on the development of the whole person.

TU's Counseling and Psychological Services Center provides interns opportunities to participate in all of the services offered that are described below. Training experiences can be tailored to meet the intern's individual training goals and interests. At least one hour of individual supervision is provided to the intern by a licensed psychologist, in addition to opportunities for clinical consultation with other staff clinicians and graduate students in weekly staff meetings.

Counseling/Psychotherapy: Many opportunities for individual therapy and some couples therapy are available. Possibilities for family and group therapy also exist, although are much less frequent. Sessions generally run for about one hour weekly. The number of sessions varies widely, depending on the nature of the issue and the preferences of the client and therapist.

Psychological Assessment: Instruments available include tests of intellect, personality, psychopathology, vocational interest, and interpersonal functioning. Psychological assessment decisions are individualized based on clinical needs of clients.

Psychoeducational Workshops and Programs: The counseling center offers a variety of topical workshops for individuals interested in building personal and academic skills. Assertiveness training, study skills, performance-enhancing imagery, life and career planning, stress management, sexual assault prevention, alcohol and drug issues, self-modification and interpersonal communication skills are some examples.

Consultation: The counseling center provides consultation services to the university community. Students, students' parents or other concerned family, faculty and staff may consult with center staff in regard to situations related to campus life problems. Consultation is often provided individually to address specific situations as they arise; however, programs can also be designed to address larger or recurrent needs of a department, group, or organization. Also, because of the counseling center's close proximity to the campus health services, opportunities are available for consultation with the medical staff about integrating psychological interventions with family medical practice.

Referral: Counseling/psychotherapy at the center is voluntary. If a client's needs might be better met by other resources, he/she is referred, on a voluntary basis, to those resources.

Teaching/Training: Interns may have the limited opportunity to participate in teaching with students in the University's APA-accredited clinical psychology program with staff who are on the clinical faculty. As available and for those interested, opportunities may also exist to provide individual and/or group practicum supervision during the spring semester. Supervision of supervision will be provided by a licensed psychologist at TU CPSC.

Visit the University of Tulsa Counseling and Psychological Services Center website for more information.

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Michael McClendon, Psyd - director

Dr. McClendon has been a staff member of TU CPSC since the fall of 2011. He completed his masters and doctorate in clinical psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology - Argosy University in Chicago, IL. In January of 2018 he took over as the director of TU CPSC and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of NOPIP. Steeped in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic training modalities, his work largely focuses on an integration of feminist informed and multiculturally framed conceptualizations and treatment modalities.

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Kayla Carrigan, phd

Originally from Idaho, Kayla earned her Bachelor's Degree at the University of Delaware and her Master's and Doctorate degrees at the University of North Texas in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Sport Psychology. Her therapy experience and clinical interests include treatment of athlete concerns, eating disorders, group psychotherapy, campus outreach, and cultivating partnerships throughout a campus community. Kayla is a former figure skater and collegiate dancer and takes a holistic approach to mental health, believing that well-rounded mental and physical well-being are essential. She works to empower her clients and herself to live more authentic, active, and fulfilled lives. Kayla, her husband, and their four-legged fur baby love food trucks, live comedy, the WWE, and Medieval Times; and find time to be eating and laughing as much as possible. 

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Kirsten Robertson, psyd

Kirsten Robertson and is the Outreach Specialist on the TU campus. She recently completed her Clinical Psychology PsyD graduate program at Antioch University Seattle, and would is working to specialize as a trauma psychologist. She especially enjoys working with people who have a history of complex trauma and substance abuse. Often called the “Queen of Random” because she thoroughly enjoys trying new things and pursuing adventure. If it’s new and interesting, chances are she will try it. That especially includes travel. In her free time you will find here outdoors in nature (hiking is her favorite), or cuddled on the couch with a good book and her dog, Dancer. She loves being at TU and looks forward to continuing to get to know the students here. Kirsten is also a NOPIP alumnus, having completed her internship year in August of 2018.