Department : University Counseling Center

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1358
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Grand Valley State University
Department: University Counseling Center
Address: 206 Student Services Center
Grand Valley State University
206 Student Services Center, 1 Campus Drive
Allendale, Michigan 49401-9403
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 12 miles west of Grand Rapids, MI
Phone: 616-331-3266x
Fax: 616-331-3215x
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: Pamela Miller Ph.D.
Chief Psychologist: Amber Roberts Ph.D., ABPP
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 10
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/17/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 36000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Free use of computer center, library, recreational center. Free campus parking.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns service activities (not all daily) include triage screening, intake, individual & group psychotherapy, outreach programming, crisis consultation/intervention, and assessment. During second half of internship, interns provide supervision to masters level trainees and complete a evaluation/research project. Training provided interns includes supervision (individual & group, supervision of group leadership, supervision of supervision) and didactic/practice seminars (assessment; multicultural diversity, equity & inclusion; psychiatric consultation; and topical seminars).
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
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: 11/15/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/2023
Interview process description:

Applicants selected for an interview will be notified by e-mail no later than December 15.  All interviews are indivdual and conducted via Zoom.  Interviews are scheduled during the month of January and are approximated one hour in length.  Interviewers typically include 3-4 senior staff and a current intern.  Time is typcially available during the interview for applicants to ask questions of the site.  The Training Director may also follow up with applicants if further time is needed for quesitons.  Additionally, applicants are encouraged to follow up if they have further questions and/or would like to have contact with additional staff and or current interns.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Several programs over the years - see our website for names/programs/pictures of current and past intern groups (
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 start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 400
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
PCSAS-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: University regulations require that if you are matched with our site, the university will conduct a criminal background check at no cost to you. While employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment at the University Counseling Center. Cases are considered on an individualized case by case basis. Eligibility for employment will be determined by the administration of the University Counseling Center and Human Resources Office.
Program Description

The Grand Valley State University Internship Program reflects the belief that the internship year is a pivotal time for an intern to gain and/or expand clinical and consulting skills in preparation for transitioning to independent practice.  In keeping current with psychology training, our multidisciplinary setting focuses on experiences and competencies consistent with Health Service Psychology.

The program is developmentally-based and designed to provide both support and challenge. Interns are encouraged and expected to become actively involved in Center activities including: short and long-term individual and group psychotherapy for a wide variety of psychological problems/diagnoses, assessment, outreach programming, consultation, supervision, program evaluation/research, and administrative functions. Interns will also receive specialty training and experience in crisis intervention and management.

The Center's model of service and training is the "University Community Model".  This model incorporates a systems approach with the Center being embedded, interdependent, and independent within the university community. The fourth component of this model is evolution which insures that Center evolves and interns are prepared for the many challenges and changes in the profession of health service psychology.  It is also important to us as an agency to provide culturally relevant services to diverse groups of people.  As such, interns engage in multicultural seminar and staff actively engage in ongoing professional and personal development to increase cultural humility, inclusivity, and competence.  Additionally, the Center hosts a day-long Multicultural Conference each year.

All Center staff members are highly invested and involved in our training program and represent a variety of theoretical orientations including Interpersonal, Cognitive Behavioral, Humanistic/Existential, Relational-Cultural, Feminist/Humanistic, Systems, and Psychodynamic Theories.

The internship has been APA accredited since 1993 with our most recent site visit in 2022.  Please visit our website ( for more detailed descriptions and brief information videos.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Other: Significant population of first generation students.

Treatment Modalities

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


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

Specialty training in crisis intervention and crisis management with individuals and groups (including daytime urgent/crisis care).  Additionally, there are rare occasions when UCC staff and interns are called upon to respond to a campus emergency that occurs outside of normal office hours.

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: 63 50 62 55 33 38
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 44 42 50 41 30 32
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 2 1 3 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 2 3 1 2 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1 2 3 1 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 3 2 1 3 1 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 10 0 0 0 0 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 26 24 27 34 11 45
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 0 0 2 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 1 3 1 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 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: 1 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 1 1 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 1
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 1 3 1 0 1
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 1 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 1 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 1 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 1 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 1 0 2 2 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 1 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 1