Department : Counseling and Psychological Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1303
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: University of Kansas
Department: Counseling and Psychological Services
Address: 1200 Schwegler Drive - Room 2100
Lawrence, Kansas 66045-7538
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Kansas City, MO-KS
Distance from Major City: 40 miles southwest of Kansas City
Phone: 785-864-2277
Fax: 785-864-2721
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since: 1996
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Heather Frost
Chief Psychologist: Laurie Wesely
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 6
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: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 31500
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Vision insurance available. Private office includes: furnishings (desk, chairs, lamps, book shelf, file cabinet, phone); computer with email/internet/SPSS access, and web cam. Other benefits include: liability insurance; campus library privileges; discounts to performing arts; access to campus recreation center (for monthly fee); access to campus parking (for a fee); $150 for professional development.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical day includes some combination of direct service (intake, individual, group), supervision (for individual, group, providing supervision, assessment, outreach, consultation), and seminars or other meetings. Outreach and consultation are not daily activities. Each week includes 6.5 hours of supervision and 5 hours of seminar.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
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: 11/15/2023 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: 12/11/2023
Interview process description:

Applicants wiill be notified of their status by email on or before December 15. Those still under consideration will be invited to schedule a 1 hour interview with 2 or more staff. A current intern may also participate. 

During the interview we have a set of questions that we ask everyone. Our general goal is to get to know applicants and how they think (e.g., about themselves and about the clinical work that they do). We certainly understand that this is a stressful situation but our goal is not to conduct a “stress interview”. We think our questions are straightforward and not particularly surprising or clever. 

Applicants have the option of being interviewed via phone or Zoom. Our commitment to social justice is the reason we have never required on-site interviews (i.e., we recognize that the time required and the travel expense are much greater burdens for some applicants than for others). 

In 2020, due to Covid-19, we hosted virtual open house(s) so all applicants had the opportunity to meet the staff and current interns, and gain additional information about our program. We've continued to offer this option and plan to do so in 2023 (Dates TBD.) 

We will ALSO follow our pre-pandemic procedure and invite applicants to attend an on-site open house in January (date TBD). As stated on our website, attendance at an on-site open house is for the purpose of providing information to applicants. A personal visit is not necessary for an applicant to be ranked or selected; applicants who have not visited have been ranked highly by our staff and matched successfully with our site. We also understand that schedules are complicated; if the open house date does not work, applicants may arrange another time to visit.

All applicants are invited to contact any of the staff with questions, either by e-mail or phone. We want to make sure that applicants have the opportunity to have all their questions answered and to get all the information they need about our program to make their decisions. Our current interns are also a resource for applicants. After the interview applicants receive an e-mail from one of them with an invitation to ask questions. That intern can also put applicants in contact with the other interns if they want to get additional perspectives.




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: Akron, Denver, Houston, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Missouri-Kansas City, Nevada-Las Vegas, Oklahoma, Texas-Austin ALSO: Chicago School of Professional Psychology, George Fox U., George Washington U., Indiana U., Kansas City U of Medicine and Biosciences, Louisiana Tech U., Marquette U., Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, National Louis University-Chicago/Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Oklahoma State U., Pacific U., Regent U., Rosemead School of Psychology/Biola U., Spalding U., Tennessee State U., Xavier U., Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State U., William James College, The Wright Institute.
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 application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 0
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
PCSAS-Accredited Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Not 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: Appointments at the University of Kansas are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. Background checks will be initiated after Match Day.
Program Description

The mission of the CAPS psychology internship training program is to assist in the development of generalist psychologists. The CAPS philosophy of training is grounded in the practitioner-scholar model. The CAPS internship program emphasizes the practitioner side of that perspective while instilling a scientific attitude in the approach to practice. We believe that the opportunity afforded by our multidisciplinary service agency on the campus of a large university lends itself especially well to the training of generalists who can integrate a number of professional activities influenced by a variety of perspectives. These perspectives are fostered by staff members' backgrounds in psychology, social work, family systems, and psychiatry. Our multidisciplinary staff provides training & intensive supervision in individual & group psychotherapy, supervision, assessment, consultation & outreach. Seminars address assessment/evaluation; clinical, multicultural, professional issues; outreach/consultation. Issues of diversity and the importance of developing cultural humility are integrated throughout each component of the program.

Internship represents the capstone of new psychologists' formal academic training and their induction into the profession.  In keeping with the general mission and philosophy of the training program, it is designed to assist interns in developing scientific and practice skills appropriate to those of a generalist working with adults at the competency of an entry-level psychologist.

Interns are expected to demonstrate the competency of an entry-level psychologist in the following areas: research; ethical and legal standards; individual and cultural diversity; professional values, attitudes, and behaviors; communication and interpersonal skills; assessment; intervention; supervision; consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills.

More specifically, our program has three overarching goals that guide the training we provide.

1)      To train generalist practitioners in the profession of psychology.

To achieve this goal interns are trained to provide direct service in a variety of clinical domains including individual and group therapy, assessment/evaluation, and crisis intervention.

2)      To train psychologists to broaden the scope of their services beyond those provided to clients.

To achieve this goal interns are trained to provide supervision, outreach, psychoeducation, and consultation.

3)      To train psychologists to develop and to be guided by their professional identity.

To achieve this goal ethics and professionalism are topics that are introduced during orientation and discussed in many venues throughout the year. Also, staff serve as models and mentors to interns.


To facilitate their professional development, interns will be expected to:

1. provide clinical service to adult students (primarily ages 18-35) in the treatment of mild to moderate pathology, and with no session limit imposed; 2. provide assistance with developmental concerns; 3. provide preventive psycho-education to the campus community; 4. contribute to the profession through clinical supervision and mentoring of psychologists-in-training at the practicum level; 5. provide consultation to the campus community; 6. establish a professional identity and working relationships with clients and with other professionals guided by professional ethics, adequate legal awareness and sound professional judgment; 7. demonstrate awareness of, respect for, sensitivity to, and ability to integrate issues of diversity in all areas of functioning; 8. apply a scientific attitude of critical thinking in the conduct of psychological practice; and 9. develop an ability to understand and apply theory and research findings to clinical practice.

A few highlights of the program are below:

  • The amount of supervision: 2 hours with primary supervisor; 1 hour with secondary supervisor; .5 hours with group supervisor; 2.5 hours for supervision of supervision (includes weekly check-in time with training director); additional supervision as needed for clinical work, assessments, and outreach.
  • The variety of seminars: assessment/evaluation; outreach/consultation; clinical/multicultural/professional issues.
  • Interns provide clinical supervision for the same graduate student in counseling or clinical psychology for 2 semesters.
  • There are opportunities to tailor each component of the program to individual needs, interests, and passions.


Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Other: Student Veterans

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

The CAPS training staff tries to accommodate special areas of interns' interest with opportunities to receive experience in those areas. For example, interns with an interest in teaching have co-taught graduate level courses (e.g., practicum, multicultural, group). Interns with an interest in administration have shadowed the CAPS Director and worked on special projects with the CAPS Clinical Director.


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: 38 57 44 38 23 27 27
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 26 35 29 35 23 24 25
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 2 0 1 1 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 1 3 2 2 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 1 1 3 2 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 2 2 0 1 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 21 2 6 4 0 4 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 54 40 38 16 26 24 8
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 2
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: 1
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0