Treasure Wellness Counseling and Training Center (TWCTC) serves as a training site for graduate students in marriage and family counseling/therapy, mental health counseling, and clinical counseling. These trainees practice under close supervision of the Clinical Supervision team.
We have a multitude of interns from local and online universities at any one time. Interns are graduate students in the final stages of preparation for a Masters Degree in the counseling field. Interns are supervised by our Clinical Supervisors as well as faculty from their respective university. Participating universities include but are not limited to: Northwest Nazarene University, Idaho State University, Boise State University, Capella University, Liberty University, NorthCentral University, and University of the Cumberlands.
TWCTC will work to assist students in development and refinement of clinical and professional skills necessary to function as a competent and ethical entry level counselor. We will assist students in integrating the knowledge of “self” with the professional identity in order to become an effective instrument of change. We will work to increase the student’s awareness and appreciation of individual and group differences, as well as to develop sensitivity to issues of culture, age, gender, religion, and other areas of human diversity.
TWCTC interns have the opportunity to provide counseling to individuals, couples, families, and groups from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Interns will have their own case load as well as opportunity to observe and participate with counseling professionals from a variety of theoretical orientations. Interns will be exposed to a minimum of three separate clinical supervisors with varying theoretical approaches.
TWCTC's primary objectives are to educate, prepare, and empower students from all specialties who wish to embark in a career of private practice post-graduation and licensure. Our training program has a clearly defined curriculum for each developmental level as they move from practicum through internship. Interns who successfully complete the TWCTC internship program will leave with the knowledge, confidence, and ability to immediately begin practice as a private practitioner. All graduates from our TWCTC program will have their 1000 hours as required by Idaho state law and can apply for Idaho licensure upon completion. Meeting Idaho licensure requirements is a TWCTC standard for program participants. [Note: Some universities have different hour requirements for graduation or completion of programs.]
TWCTC’s 16-month program is divided into four sections: Practicum, Internship I, Internship II, Internship III. Common tasks will the similar across all sections. Clinical supervisors may be changed section to section. During the course of the program each intern will have a minimum of two clinical supervision experiences.
The Practicum is twelve to twenty hours a week of intensive experience in learning the basics of individual, couple and family counseling. Practicum students observe staff and interns, co-counsel and take responsibility for appropriate cases with close supervision. The practicum is only available in cooperation with area universities.
The internship is twenty to thirty hours a week intensive experience of training in counseling, including individual, couple, family and group therapy experiences. The internship program is ideal for individuals wishing to work in private practice, community mental health or faith-based related agencies.
Individual supervision is available for area professionals who wish to monitor their skills or attain their clinical license post graduate studies, master’s program or licensure.
Interested in becoming a Treasure Wellness intern? Please email a resume to our Internship Director, Heather Tustison at firstname.lastname@example.org
Orientation—students are required to attend an orientation as well as familiarize themselves with the Procedures Manual and Policies of Treasure Wellness.
Individual Supervision—students will meet with their supervisor at least once weekly. Supervision is triadic in nature. The supervisor will provide written feedback at mid-semester and end of semester or as the university requires.
Group Supervision—students meet weekly for staffing with the other interns and the Clinical Supervisors for one hour to discuss issues common to the operation of the business as well as concerns and comments about the counseling process. Interns are assigned times for case presentation and intervention presentation over the course of the semester.
Seminars and Workshops—students are expected to support at least two, three-hour seminars every six months. Seminars can be chosen from a variety of subjects such as parenting, marriage, pre-marital education, grief and loss, divorce, anger management, and stress reduction.
Outreach—Students have the opportunity to present seminars, classes and meet with civic and religious organizations on topics of mutual interest.
Groups—Students may offer groups that fulfill their requirements for group work. Times, subjects and locations are negotiated with the Clinical Supervisors.
TWCTC’s 16-month program is divided into four sections: Practicum, Internship I, II, & III. Common tasks will be similar across all sections. Clinical supervisors may be changed section to section. During the program each intern will have a minimum of two of its five clinical supervisors - LCPCs and LMFTs.
Heather Tustison, LCPC, NCC - Clinical Director
Robert McIntyre, LCPC
Alyssa Peters, LCPC
Diane Pascoe, PhD, LMFT
Susan Perkins, PhD, LMFT, LPC
The Practicum Program is twelve to twenty hours a week of intensive experience in learning the basics of individual, couple and family counseling. Practicum students observe staff and interns, co-counsel and take responsibility for appropriate cases with close supervision. The practicum is only available in cooperation with area universities.
Completion of hours required for practicum for licensure
Other requirements to be met for practicum program completion
Our internship program is divided up into three internship sections. Each section has a minimum experience requirement to be completed. As well, each section (I, II, and III) has specific expectations to be met.
TWCTC internship program is twenty to thirty hours a week intensive experience of training in counseling, including individual, couple, family and group therapy experiences. The internship program is ideal for individuals wishing to work in private practice, community mental health or faith-based related agencies.
Completion of hours required for internship for licensure
Internship I specific requirements to be completed prior to moving on to Internship II
Internship II specific requirements to be completed prior to moving on to Internship III
Internship III specific requirements to be completed before completion of TWCTC program