CAPS has a committment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. CAPS resolutely believes that #BlackLivesMatter* and that racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, xenophobia, ableism and other systems of oppression are a threat to public health. Our guiding principles include cultural humility and solidarity with marginalized community members at an individual level—and striving toward equity, liberation and justice at a systemic level.
The Psychology Internship Training Program at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Stanford University offers its Interns opportunities for professional development as a health service psychologist in a variety of areas specific to college mental health. Our site is especially designed to train entry level professionals who are interested in pursuing university counseling as their career focus. Likewise, given the range of opportunities at CAPS, by the end of the training year, Interns are well prepared to work in a number of different settings (VA, hospital, community health, private practice).
The goal over the course of the year is for Interns to achieve the Profession Wide Competencies to practice and operate as independent professional and ethical psychologists. In order to accomplish this goal, the training program provides experiential and didactic learning to Interns with the support of supervision and mentorship. We also offer 3 clinical rotations in Eating Disorders, AOD/Motivational Learning and Gender/Sexual Identity, designed to prepare Interns to gain competence in the assessment and brief treatment of eating disorders and substance use/abuse with the support of a multidisciplinary team and competence with providing clinical services to the spectrum of gender identities and sexual orientation. Interns achieve intermediate to advanced levels of competency with conducting intakes and clinical assessment, providing crisis intervention through on-call services, work with individuals using brief therapy models providing services to the diverse Stanford community through structured workshops, outreach programming and consultation. Interns provide therapy using a brief model and Interns are provided opportunities to develop their theoretical orientation and clinical competence with supervisors and through being part of a multidisciplinary team in addressing the mental health needs of students.
Additionally, the development of the interns’ professional identity is nurtured through group supervision, didactic seminars, clinical rotations and building relationships with the large, multidisciplinary staff that is committed to training and mentorship. The multidisciplinary staff at CAPS values diversity, social justice, and inclusion, and actively contributes to foster professional respect and cohesiveness within CAPS staff and across disciplines.
For more information please visit our website or contact the Training Director or current interns.