Site Name: Northwestern University
Department: Counseling and Psychological Services
Northwestern University's CAPS is committed to making the internship application and interviewing as equitable to all applicants as possible, therefore only videoconference interviews are offered. Approximately 30 candidates are contacted in mid- to late-December (see the interview notification date above), and each makes an appointment for an interview in January. Detailed instructions are given in December to facilitate candidates' preparation for the interviews, including a brief case presentation. Each interview is a 50- to 55-minute conversation with three interviewers: the Training Director, one senior staff, and one Postdoctoral Fellow. Candidates who wish to visit CAPS should contact the Training Director well in advance, because early January is also a clinicallly busy period. Visiting the center can provide helpful information for the candidates' consideration, but the candidate is not considered more favorably because of it.
The Doctoral Internship at NU CAPS fosters interns’ professional competencies through their experience as providers of essential services in a college mental-health setting, with clinical supervision and didactic training by experienced professionals. NU CAPS clients are undergraduate and graduate students who present with a wide variety of clinical concerns. Their cultural identities and backgrounds are considered alongside social and historical realities in our understanding of their psychological health and formulation of treatment plan. With a developmental view of interns’ growth, clinical supervisors value interns’ identities as emerging professionals and evolving cultural beings. In their service of students, interns collaborate with other mental-health clinicians, psychiatrists, medical staff, and various university partners. NU CAPS is a busy, dynamic, and well-coordinated working environment that calls for all of its clinicians to have a comprehensive range of competencies while holding the responsibility of self-care and professional growth; our supervision, mentorship, and vigorous training curriculum support and challenge our Doctoral Interns to thrive in this environment. Our internship continues to operate in accordance with CAPS's and the university's policies in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, and at this time we are gradually resuming full-time in-office and in-person services for the 2021-2022 academic year.
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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.