Program Information: Northern Arizona University - Counseling Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1107
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Northern Arizona University
Department: Counseling Services
Address: 824 S. San Francisco
PO Box 6045
Flagstaff, Arizona 86011
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 145 miles from Phoenix
Phone: 928-523-2261
Fax: 928-523-9060
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited on Contingency
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Christopher Margeson
Chief Psychologist: Carl Dindo
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/14/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 35705
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): $500 Professional Development Funds
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The typical work day consists of a combination of clinical work, didactic training, and supervision. We operate on an 8am - 5pm schedule with one hour for lunch.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum Students
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: 12/02/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: N/A
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2023
Interview process description:

We conduct all interviews by Zoom.  The interviews last approximately 45-50 min and include a standard set of questions from the interview committee.  We also make time for questions from applicants towards the end of the interview.  We can also accommodate special requests if Zoom is not an available option.  Please contact Christopher J. Margeson Ph.D. directly with these requests.  


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Pacific University Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles Antioch University, Santa Barbara Fielding Graduate University Alliant International University: California School of Professional Psychology Midwestern University Northern Arizona University
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: No
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 application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 450
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 Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree 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

NAU's Counseling Services' Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology prepares interns to function as generalist Health Service Psychologists with a specialization in service delivery to university students in an integrated health care system. Our developmental approach to training adheres to the APA's Standards of Accreditation and incorporates graduated experiences and skill-building, experiential learning and self-reflection, thereby contributing to a trainee's overall enhanced professional competence. Interns engage in generalist training via the provision of individual, couples, and group counseling, daytime and after-hours crisis intervention, and referral services. We place a strong emphasis on creating personalized training programs and the integration of personal and professional identities. We facilitate this through the consistent focus on ethical decision-making, commitment to the understanding of multiculturalism, and a belief in close supervision as the cornerstone of a quality training experience. In addition to ongoing supervisory feedback, interns are encouraged to engage in their own self-assessment. This occurs from the beginning of trainee orientation in August through the culmination of their internship. 

NAU’s Counseling Services embraces the training of emerging Health Service Psychologists as a core value of the center.  As such, training during internship is rooted in the “Practitioner-Scholar” model and values the integration of science and scholarly knowledge in the practical application of psychology.  Training is regarded as a cornerstone of our service delivery system as well as an opportunity for us to give back to the profession via fulfilling generativity needs.  We feel this is reflected in our staff’s commitment to training and mentoring interns in up-to-date, empirically supported research and theory, which in turn contributes to the ongoing professional development and continuing education of senior staff in best ethical and clinical practice.  This dedication to training also resonates down to our trainees in that the emphasis on fostering their professional identities comes first and foremost above clinical demand and service.  While the balance between learning opportunities and clinical work ebbs and flows during the academic year, graduated and structured training opportunities are integrated into the work week to ensure that trainees get a rich and dynamic training experience that meets their personal and professional needs.  As a means of safeguarding trainees’ professional development and training, interns, supervisors, and administrative staff work in concert to clearly identify developmentally appropriate training goals and objectives in keeping with the center’s mission, all the while tracking the interns’ progress throughout the year.  Supervision is one method of gatekeeping in which interns work individually with primary and secondary supervisors to ensure their training needs and goals are being met.  Additionally, training opportunities in outreach, consultation, behavioral health, multicultural competence, and case conceptualization exist in multiple realms, thereby challenging professional staff and interns and promoting a sense of collegial respect and growth.  Our training program also includes ongoing occasions where interns are encouraged to participate in APA approved continuing education programs and trainings.  None of these training experiences are superseded by the clinical demand of the center and are considered an integral element of NAU’s CS mission to train ethical, skilled, and multiculturally competent Health Service Psychologists.   

NAU Counseling Services has recently recently been "Accredited, On Contingency" following our APA-Site Visit on Novermber 18 & 19, 2021. This accreditation is the same as fully accredited programs. Please reach out if you have any questions. 

Internship Training Opportunities


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
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: First Generation, Native American,

Treatment Modalities

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


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

NAU's Counseling Services' Doctoral Internship experience includes the opportunity to participate and receive supervision in providing Behavioral Health Services in our integrated Campus Health Services center.  

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
Number of Completed Applications: 8 8 6 10 22
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 6 5 4 7 8
Total number of interns: 2 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 1 2 1 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 1 1 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 1 1 1 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1 2 0 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 0 2 2 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 15 62 15 10 20
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 1 1 1 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 1 1 0 1 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 1 1 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 1 1 1 1 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 1 1 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0