Department : Center for Counseling and Psychological Health

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1320
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: University of Massachusetts
Department: Center for Counseling and Psychological Health
Address: Middlesex House
111 County Circle
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003-9255
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 2 hours from Boston, 3 hours from New York City
Phone: 413-545-2337x
Fax: 413-545-9602
Training Director Email:
Co-Training Director Email:
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since: 1979
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Jennifer Lexington PhD
Chief Psychologist: Jennifer Lefort
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 7
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/19/2024
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: 35568
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): Interns are provided with benefits as non-unit professional staff. For details, refer to the following websites:
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns are scheduled to work from 8:30 am-5:00 pm on weekdays; approximately once every 10 days, interns are on call for a 24 hour shift with a supervisor (these days are highly variable and can involve after hours phone or in-person contacts for crisis intervention). A typical day might consist of 1 hour of individual supervision, a 1-1.5 hour seminar or group supervision, 4-5 individual client sessions (or one group and 2 individual clients), and documentation (progress note and/or assessment report writing). An average week might also include one 24 hour on-call shift, psychological assessment (test administration and/or report writing), various seminars (e.g. individual treatment in UCC setting, specialty services in UCC setting, assessment, supervision of supervision), two other hours of individual supervision (3 individual supervision hours total), staff meetings, workgroups, and outreach.
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: 11/01/2023 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: 12/06/2023 - 12/13/2023
Interview process description:

We plan on holding all of our interviews over Zoom this year in the second and third weeks of December (12/6/23 - 12/13/23).  The interview lasts for three and a half hours and all psychology staff are included.  

Applicants begin by meeting with the Interim Assistant Director for Training, Jennifer Lefort, PhD, and the Coordinator of Doctoral Psychology Training, Jennifer Lexington, Ph.D. for the first hour to be oriented to the program, learn about all of our specialty programs (e.g. assessment, crisis management, outreach, groups/workshops, and supervision of supervision) and have an opportunity to ask any questions. Applicants then meet one on one with CCPH psychologists for five half hour interviews. Applicants will also meet with one of the current interns during one of these half hour slots.

During the half hour interviews, psychology staff will be asking questions of the applicant, describing elements of the internship program, and providing the applicant with the opportunity to ask further questions as they arise.  Following the interview, applicants are welcome to contact any member of the psychology staff to ask questions.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Antioch University New England University of Nebraska - Lincoln William James College Antioch University New England Carlos Albizu University - San Juan Springfield College Springfield College University of Massachusetts Boston Antioch University New England Clinical Psychology Adler University Loyola University Chicago University of Hartford PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium William James College Brigham Young University Immaculata University Carlos Albizu University George Washington University Dusquesne University Clinical PhD University of Massachusetts Boston Counseling PhD Georgia School of Professional Psychology Clinical PsyD Antioch University New England Clinical PsyD Wright Institute Clinical PsyD Florida Institute of Technology Clinical PsyD University of Buffalo Counseling PhD Western Michigan University Counseling PhD University of Florida Counseling PhD
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 ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 450
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Does your program require applicants to submit supplemental materials (i.e., an assessment report and/or a case/treatment summary):
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 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: A CORI background check is required of any individual hired by the university. Applicants who have completed a minimum of 3 integrated testing reports will be preferred; a minimum of 1 integrated testing report is required. Interns must be within 30 minutes of the university on the 35 days that they are on call for a 24 hour period.
Program Description

Our training philosophy is focused on developing highly competent clinical practitioners in a university-based managed care setting. Our goal is to produce strong multi-modal practitioners who will successfully transfer treatment skills to a variety of outpatient settings within the rapidly evolving world of health care. The core of this model lies in the mentor-apprenticeship supervisory relationship. Intern applicants would fit well here if they are prepared for, and interested in, a therapy-intensive and multiculturally sensitive environment, crisis assessment, training with multidisciplinary senior therapists, and treating the full range of psychiatric diagnoses.

The strengths of this internship include training in brief individual and group therapies, crisis intervention, psychological assessment, and community consultation. Our staff is very supportive of interns' growth and creativity.

Thirty five 24 hour on-call shifts (where intern must be within 30 minutes of university) and occasional night and weekend outreach required.  We prefer applicants to have completed 3 integrated test reports.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Low income: Yes
People without housing:

Treatment Modalities

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


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


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 2024-2025
Number of Completed Applications: 52 59 49 53 52 60 50
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 23 27 29 28 29 28 29
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 1 1 1 1 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 2 2 2 2 2 2
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 3 3 2 2 2 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 0 0 1 1 1 1
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 1 14 5 2 0 0 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 48 32 15 9 19 21 15
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2022-2023 2023-2024
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0 0
Consortium: 0 0
University Counseling Center: 1 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0 0
Psychiatric facility: 1 0
Correctional facility: 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0
School district/system: 0 0
Independent practice setting: 1 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0 0
Link to Program's Trainee Admissions, Support, and Outcome Data: