Program Information: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1301
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Purdue University
Department: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Address: 703 Third Street, Psychological Sciences Building, Room 1120
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2081
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 55 miles north of Indianapolis; 120 miles south of Chicago
Phone: 765-494-6995x
Fax: 765-496-3004
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • University Counseling Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Nancy Badger
Chief Psychologist: Kyle Kittleson
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/31/2023
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: 31223
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): 10 paid University Holidays (minimum), 3 Personal Business Days in addition to 22 days accrued vacation days. Interns have their own private offices with networked computers and video recording equipment.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns provide a full range of services offered by college counseling center professionals including phone screenings, initial consultations, individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, outreach and consultation to the campus community, and supervision provision. Interns also engage in ongoing relationship-based consultation with one of our 6 cultural houses on campus. They also receive at least 2 hours of didactic instruction and 4 hours of supervision weekly (includes 2 hours of individual supervision). Interns participate in monthly diversity training presented by our Diversity Team.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
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: 11/01/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Required
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/09/2022
Tentative interview date: 12/19/22-12/22/22, 1/2/23-1/6/23
Interview process description:

By December 9th, we will welcome 30-40 applicants via email to schedule a 50 minute phone or video interview.  We will also inform you if we have decided not to interview you by this date.  Interviews are provided by CAPS staff members who are part of our Intern Selection Committee.  Interviews entail general questions as welll as require responses to clinical scenarios.  Interviews typically occur during the break between fall and spring semesters.  We recognize that traveling to several sites for interviews is very expensive and stressful for applicants, so we do not require this.  However, if you'd like to visit us to get a feel for our site after your interview, you are certainly welcome.  Applicants may contact the Assistant Director for Training at to arrange for a visit after they have interviewed.  Please be assured that whether or not you choose to visit will not impact our ranking decisions.  Current staff and interns may also be contacted by email to answer any further questions about our training at any time.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Please visit our website at as all of our previous interns and their academic programs are listed on this page.
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 ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 0
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable): 0
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
PCSAS-Accredited Not 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: n/a
Other Requirements: Criminal background check must be passed and student liability insurance is required. Failure to pass background check prevents applicants from being employed at Purdue University and is grounds for nullifying the internship match commitment. Also, please be aware that we do not complete additional training contracts, MOUs, or department specific evaluations beyond the three evaluations that we already complete as part of our APA-accredited program. If you are enrolled in an academic training program that requires additional training contracts and/or evaluations, these will not be completed by the Purdue University training staff. Please consult with your program's Director of Clinical Training prior to your application to make sure Purdue's evaluations will suffice. This program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation / American Psychological Association 750 First Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20002-4242 (202) 336-5979 or email at; website:
Program Description

Thank you for your interest in the comprehensive training in health service psychology provided at Purdue University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).  Our program has been continuously accredited by APA since the year 2000 and our most recent site visit led to reaccreditation through 2027.  Mentorship is the cornerstone of our internship and we strive to provide collaborative relationships to support interns’ professional and personal growth throughout the internship year.  Interns gain intensive supervised experience in all roles of a university counseling center psychologist including individual and group therapy, assessment and diagnostic interviewing, crisis intervention, relationship-based outreach and programming, and supervision.  Awareness, sensitivity, and education to promote multicultural competence and humility is infused throughout all training activities.  Although our agency emphasizes time-limited therapy, there are some opportunities for longer term therapy.  Experience providing supervision to practicum students is provided in the Spring semester. In the very rare circumstance that practicum students are not available, peer supervision is utlized to address this competency area.  Other unique aspects of our training program include gaining additionally marketable skills in one of our concentration areas (e.g., AOD, group therapy, outreach).  Outreach and consultation skills are further developed with the opportunity to cultivate liaison relationships with one of our cultural houses on campus including the LGBTQ Center, the Black Cultural Center, the Latino Cultural Center, the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center, the Native American Educational and Cultural Center, and the Veteran’s Success Center.  Purdue has a very large international student population which is also represented in the students seeking support at our center.  

CAPS has an interdisciplinary and growing staff which offers a unique combination of mentoring from seasoned psychologists and vibrant early career professionals who are passionate about training.  A review of our website will provide further understanding of the diversity of clinical interests and areas of expertise available.  We foster a positive relational environment through staff retreats, monthly staff lunches, in-house workshops for all staff, weekly case conference teams, and we celebrate both personal and professional accomplishments together.  We have regularly received feedback from previous interns that the quality of supervision received on internship was excellent and that they felt very well-prepared for the fast pace, and increased complexity, of university counseling center work.  In order of frequency, interns completing training at Purdue CAPS have gone on to be employed in university counseling centers, private practice, academia, community mental health centers, and Veterans Affairs.

Please visit our website for a full description of our training program, 

or you may contact the Asst Director for Training, Nancy Badger, at 765-494-6995. 

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Other: Veterans and First Generation Students

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


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

Outreach/Consultation Opportunities

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: 59 57 50 32 37
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 39 40 40 32 34
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 0 1 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 3 2 3 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1 3 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 0 0 0 0
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
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
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: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 2 2 1 0 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 1 1 1 0 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: 2 2 2 2 0 1
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 0 0 0 0 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0