Program Information: Michigan State University - Counseling and Psychiatric Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1369
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Michigan State University
Department: Counseling and Psychiatric Services
Address: 463 E. Circle Drive
Olin, 3rd Floor
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1113
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 4 miles East of Lansing, MI
Phone: 517-355-8270x
Fax: 517-353-5582
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Joshua Turchan
Chief Psychologist: Mark Patishnock
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 13
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/07/2023
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: 32000
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): MSU CAPS interns are designated a specific amount of leave time per year to use. We ask that doctoral interns save some of that time for the end of internship to allow transition time. Professional development funds are usually available to use for the Big 10 Counseling Center Conference. Doctoral interns also have university library access. Health and additional benefits are available for a fee.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Doctoral interns will typically spend 2 hour of staff meeting or other activity (e.g., Seminar, documentation, professional development), 1 hour supervision, 5 hours of direct service hours (individual, group, assessment or integrated mental health) on any given day.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
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: 11/11/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2023
Interview process description:

Internship interview processes will be modified to reflect current trends in Covid-19 safety protocols. Interviews are anticipated to take place via Zoom. We anticipate that we will also have an optional open house, in person and/or virtually. Internship interviews typically last for approximately an hour.  The interviewers will include one senior staff member and one current trainee or other staff. The interview consists of the following parts:

1. Describe your learning style and career trajectory, then briefly explain why you applied to this site.

2. Present a de-identified clinical case and briefly discuss diagnosis/assessment, cultural factors that impacted treatment process/outcome and whether or not you utilized consultation throughout the treatment process.

3. Respond to an ethical scenerio presented by the interviewers.

4. Q&A (interviewee's questions)

A separate Zoom or phone conversation will be scheduled with the Training Director (TD).  This meeting typically lasts 30 minutes and This is an opportunity to discuss any unanswered questions, to get to know each other better and for the TD to describe the training program and the culture of our center.


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Michigan School of Psychology; Georgia State University; University of Detroit-Mercy; University of Louisville; Spaulding University; Florida Institute of Technology; University of Georgia; Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Marywood University; William James College; University of Memphis; Fielding University; Western Michigan University; Tennessee State University; University of North Dakota; Iowa State; University of Iowa; Illinois School of Professional Psychology; Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Pacific University; Roosevelt University; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Georgia School of Professional Psychology; Texas A&M University; University of Southern Mississippi; Alliant International University – Los Angeles; University of Illinois Urban-Champaign; The Illinois of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago; University of Hartford; University of Georgia; Auburn University; Adler University; University of North Texas; University of North Dakota; University of Arizona; Eastern Michigan University; Cleveland State University; Indiana State University; Adler School of Professional Psychology; University of Missouri – Kansas City; Louisiana Tech University; Howard University; Clark University
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 application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 30
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
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:
Other Requirements: Post Match Requirement: In compliance with the Michigan Mental Health Code, after matching but before securing employment with Michigan State University Counseling & Psychiatric Services, the doctoral intern must pass a criminal background check conducted by the university at no charge to the doctoral intern. Refer to the following website for more information. Applicants who match to our program but do not successfully pass this background check will be dismissed from the internship (see APPIC Match Policy 4a). Post match: Vaccine records, annual flu shot and MSU Covid-19 requirements. If records are not available, a blood test often may be used measure titters. Flu shots are often available on site.
Program Description

This year we continue our tradition of training in the fundamental modalities of health service psychology with an emphasis on "multiple ways of knowing". Training occurs primarily through interactive seminars, supervision and mentoring that attends to evidence based practice, interdisciplinary collaborations, assessment, providing supervision, outreach, and research in the context of a multicultural environment. Adherence to the American Psychological Association's Code of Ethics and relevant state laws are woven into all aspects of training.

Preferred applicants have a passion for working with underserved students, respect for the value of assessment/testing, exposure to evidence based practices in psychology, an appreciation for the psychotherapy relationship,  familiarity with integrated mental health, and interest in supervising. See the internship program web site for details

This internship has been continuously accredited by APA since 1979.  American Psychological Association Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation 750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002-4242(202) 336-5979(202) 336-6123 TDD

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:
Other: Disability

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Other: Cultural Competence, Integrated Mental Health


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

LBGTQ; Working within an integrated mental health team providing services for students with SMPI

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: 117 43 47 56 69
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 39 29 39 38 42
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 3 2 2 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 2 2 1
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 2 2 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 3 1 2 2 1
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 1 3 3 2 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 20 41 26 17 42
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 1 3 0 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 2 0 1 3 2
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: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 1 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 0 1 2 2 2
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: 1 1 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 2 2 1 1 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 1 0 1
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 1 0 0 0 0