Site Name: University of California, Santa Cruz
Department: Counseling and Psychological Services
Phase 1: Application ScreeningIn our application screening process, members of the selection committee screen application files with respect to applicant background information, basic requirements met (doctoral degree in progress, 500 intervention hours, advanced to candidacy, comprehensive exams grade before early January), and stated goals and match with the training opportunities available in our training program. Other specific criteria which are considered in the screening process include the applicant's current transcripts of graduate coursework and letters of recommendation from three people who have supervised the applicant's performance, with at least two from previous clinical supervisors. After application files have been screened and rated, the selection committee meets to discuss which applicants will be considered for a zoom or telephone interview in our second phase of intern selection. Applicants are notified by email about whether or not they will be invited for a zoom or telephone interview with the program.
Phase 2: Applicant InterviewingA select group of applicants are asked to participate in a 40 minute telephone or zoom interview with a standard set of questions in early January, often the first week of January. We interview approximately 30-35 candidates for the 3 intern positions. We do not conduct any on-site interviews in order to provide equitable access for all applicants. After the interviews are completed, the selection committee discusses the candidate's interview and integrates this information with the application screening in order to rank the candidate for the APPIC Match List. Criteria we consider from the interview include interest and goals that appropriately match the internship training program, ethical conduct, a sound theoretical and academic foundation for effective clinical skills, and demonstrated sensitivity to multicultural issues and interest in working with a diverse student population. Preference is given to applicants who have previous experience working in a University counseling Center. After the interviews are completed, candidates are encouraged to call or email current interns or staff if they desire to gather more information about the internship program.
Our APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship Program in Health Service Psychology in Counseling and Psychological Services at UC Santa Cruz offers supervised experiences for individuals who are interested in developing clinical, outreach, and consultation skills with a diverse university population. Our training program is strongly committed to the development of psychologists sensitive to and able to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and to a community psychology model of intervention. The goal of our training is to support the development of interns as entry-level psychologists who are generalists with special expertise in college student mental health. Our philosophy of training emphasizes that interns are professionals-in-training, and they provide the same variety of clinical and primary prevention services as do permanent staff, under supervision. The program utilizes an apprenticeship mentoring model of training where the intern learns by working with experienced staff members conducting the full range of activities carried out by a University psychologist. The multidisciplinary and diverse CAPS staff have varied theoretical orientations, and are committed to providing a high quality educational experience within a student services agency. Although there is no prevailing theoretical orientation, we hope the intern can incorporate learning from various staff to expand, refine, and deepen both their theoretical knowledge and repertoire of skills. The major training and educational goals of our internship include: 1) developing a broad range of clinical skills necessary to practice psychology; 2) developing multicultural competence in psychological service delivery to a diverse university population; and 3) developing a professional identity as a psychologist. Our program trains interns on the nine profession-wide competencies of assessment, intervention, consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values and attitudes, indication interpersonal skills, supervision, and research.
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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.