Department : Counseling & Psychological Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2481
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: University of Arkansas
Department: Counseling & Psychological Services
Address: 525 N Garland
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 100 miles east of Tulsa, OK
Phone: 479-575-5276
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since: 2018
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Ashley Coleman
Chief Psychologist: Josette Cline
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 37000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): There are approximately 12 paid university holidays. Interns are also offered medical, dental, & vision insurance, as well as other employee benefits such as retirement matching, flexible spending account (FSA), and Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Any unused vacation leave will be paid out at the end of the year. All interns have a private office with a personal computer linked to the University network, and library privileges. Our office culture is intentional about promoting self-care. As such, interns have access to the same amenities as the senior staff, such as access to the coffee bar and relaxation room (which includes massage chairs, ambient lighting, yoga mats, & soothing sights/sounds). Our morale committee plans events to enhance both individual and social support with small treats, events, and occasional outings. Interns are also able to participate in the department's flexible scheduling plan on days that do not interfere with regularly scheduled training events or on-call days.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical work day at CAPS is variable, depending on the time and demands of the academic year, the rotation or interests of the intern, and the needs of the clinic. A standard day might involve two to three individual client sessions in the morning, followed a staffing disposition meeting. Lunch is a protected hour and interns are strongly encouraged to engage in self-care during this time. An afternoon might involve a diversity seminar, an outreach presentation or a group therapy session, followed by an hour which is reserved for clinical documentation. Interns do participate in our on-call system and those days would look quite different. An on-call day usually involves up to 5 brief triage appointments, with one to two emergency appointments as-needed. Interns have the full support of the supervisory, front office, and case management staff during their on-call days. Interns will participate in intern didactic, group supervision, journal club, diversity seminar, rotation supervision, and supervision of supervision for their training activities. Additional supervised experiences include provision of group therapy and campus outreach. Interns will provide regular clinical services, such as individual and group therapy, and occasional psychological assessment for which they will receive supervision. Interns will co-lead a process group or psychoeducational workshop with a staff member in the fall semester and will have the opportunity to lead or co-lead a group or workshop in the fall with a practicum student. Interns receive a half hour of supervision from the co-leader for the groups they participate in. Interns provide supervision to practicum students and receive one hour of supervision-of-supervision. Interns are expected to contribute to the campus community through outreach programming. Outreach programming includes tabling events, psychoeducational lectures, workshopping events, Let's Talk, and larger campus events such as orientation, welcome week, Play Day, etc. Interns will also participate in the weekly staff meetings and various health center-wide meetings (such as monthly all-staff meetings, fire drill trainings, tornado drill trainings, etc.). Interns accrue sick leave and vacation leave, although they are encouraged to use that leave judiciously to ensure that they are able to complete the 2000 hour internship.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/10/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/15/2023
Tentative interview date: 01/03/2024-01/12/2024
Interview process description:

While we understand that some applicants may prefer an in-person interview, in an effort to give all interviewees a fair and consistent interview experience and to help keep costs down for applicants we do not offer in-person interviews.

Video conferencing interviews are conducted the first 2 weeks of January (approximately January 3-12).  They are pre-scheduled and last 90 minutes. Your interview will include approximately 3 members of the Training Committee and the supervisor of any rotations you may be interested in pursuing. You will be contacted between December and January and asked to provide your top three choices from a range of interview slots. You will then receive a follow-up email confirming your slot and providing you with instructions for logging on to the Zoom video platform.

Interviews consist of a standardized set of questions developed by the staff that may be supplemented with specific questions for each candidate (approximately 50-60 minutes). Standardized questions are designed to assess your clinical experience, interpersonal skills, and professional & personal interests. We are interested in getting to know the whole person. Finally, applicants will have about 15-20 minutes to ask questions of the interview team. During interviews, applicants are also encouraged to ask questions to get a better sense of our staff, site, university, and community. Although we try to manage the time judiciously, we also try to create a warm and conversational space that allows us to get to know the applicant and vice versa, so the time spent in each portion of the interview may vary slightly. We recognize that applicants are interviewing us as much as we are interviewing them.

Applicants are also encouraged to visit our website to view a video tour of the center. You can also check out our department's Instagram (@uarkcaps) to learn more about our department and our university. 

Applicants are encouraged to talk to current interns, and are welcome to contact us at any time if they have questions. We offer a range of times during the two interview weeks to sign up for a group meeting with our current interns.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Central Arkansas Chicago School of Professional Psychology Michigan School of Professional Psychology California School of Professional Psychology Brigham Young University Oklahoma City University Oklahoma State University University of North Dakota George Fox University
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 2
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements:
Program Description

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is a one-year, full time doctoral internship program (2000 hours). The program generally begins around August 1 and ends around July 31. Interns are expected to work 41-43 hours/week during the busiest times of the school year, which occasionally includes after-hours outreach programming. During the summer months the program tends to be much less demanding.

We use a practitioner-apprenticeship training model, which is informed by science. Interns begin training with the understanding that their academic programs have provided the knowledge and basic skills required to practice as junior colleagues. By the end of the internship year, interns are expected to be ready to function as autonomous, entry-level practitioners with an intermediate to advanced level of competency in all 9 Profession-Wide Competencies defined by the American Psychological Association (APA). Through experiential training, intensive supervision, self-reflection, collaboration, and ongoing didactic learning, the program will enhance interns’ ability to independently integrate theory and research into their clinical work. Interns are included in all levels of the training environment, coordinating with senior staff, master’s level interns, psychiatric staff, case managers, and agency directors. 

Our program emphasizes mentoring of personal and professional development to prepare successful generalist practitioners in college or university counseling centers or similar Health Service Psychology (HSP) environments (HSPEC, 2013, August 5). We emphasize the whole person in our approach to learning, and we encourage personal growth along the road to professional development. Staff is comprised of a multitude of theoretical orientations and multidisciplinary training backgrounds, and as such, interns will have flexible opportunities to learn various approaches to treatment. Additionally, CAPS works closely with departments across campus including the Primary Care Clinic, Office of Student Housing, and Dean of Students Office, allowing interns to gain experience in consultation and collaboration with partners outside of the field of psychology. We also partner with the local VA Internship in our Diversity Seminar to expand the group and provide more robust conversation & exploration.

Strengths of our training program include the ability to gain supervised experience in the provision of supervision throughout the entire training year, the opportunity to provide supervised psychological assessments, and the ability to participate in one of our many minor rotation options for additional training in a chosen area (i.e., eating disorders, suicide prevention, alcohol or drug, trauma, administration, etc.). The training program offers a weekly diversity seminar. Additionally, beginning in fall of 2020 we offer additional training and opportunities for experience in behavioral telehealth. Foundational to the entire program is the belief that competence includes valuing individual & cultural differences, requiring ongoing learning that is both fluid and adaptive. We are eager to welcome interns from across the wide spectrum of human identities. 

CAPS is currently fully Accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) until 2025. This status affords interns the full rights and privileges of APA accreditation. 

Please visit our website to access our brochure and view a video tour of our facilities: You can also learn more about CAPS by visiting our Instagram (@uarkcaps). Inquiries are welcome and can be directed to the Training Director at

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: Experience (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: Experience (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : Experience (21% to 30%)


Health Psychology: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: Experience (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Administration: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - specialty: Exposure (1% to 20%)

Interns have the opportunity to participate in a rotation of their choice, in which they receive additional supervision and training in a chosen area. This is NOT a separate track. All interns receive the same foundational training experience. The rotation is an opportunity to seek additional emphasis in an area of interest. Examples of rotations include participation on the eating disorder treatment team, additional assessment supervision, receiving intensive trauma-focused supervision, learning about counseling center administration, etc. Interns also have the option to create a rotation of their choice in collaboration with our senior staff, depending on availability and interest. Interns also receive training in behavioral telehealth and crisis intervention rooted in the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide (Joiner, 2005).

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024
Number of Completed Applications: 4 9 21 22 19 26
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 4 9 20 20 15 22
Total number of interns: 2 2 2 2 3 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 0 1 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 1 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 2 2 1 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 1 2 2 1 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 5 2 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 2 2 0 3 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 4 4 5 22 12
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching: 1
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0
Psychiatric facility: 0
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 2
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0