Department : University of St. Thomas Counseling and Psychological Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1387
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: University of St. Thomas
Department: University of St. Thomas Counseling and Psychological Services
Address: Center for Well-Being
2115 Summit Ave
St. Paul, Minnesota 55105-1096
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
Distance from Major City: Located in Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Phone: 651-962-6750x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Nicole GiGi Giordano
Chief Psychologist: Debra J. Broderick
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: 08/14/2023
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: 31200
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 14 paid university holidays and 1 floating holiday.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns work Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Work days vary depending upon the interests and the day, however, typically interns have 3-4 clinical sessions per day comprised of individual counseling, initial consultation appointments, group counseling, outreach activities, psychoeducation groups. Remaining hours are filled with clinical activities, depending upon the day or the interns schedule, such as supervision (received and provided), case management, crisis, case consultation, outreach activities, intern seminar or other professional trainings, meetings, professional development, and administrative work. There are occasional evening hours for outreach service programming in collaboration with Student Affairs or Academic Affairs staff or faculty. Interns are always invited to attend campus events, as appropriate, during the day or after hours, to develop their knowledge and awareness of issues and culture important to diverse and underrepresented student populations.
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: 11/04/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/09/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2023-01/18/2023
Interview process description:

In our review of applications, we attend to several factors, including, but not limited to, the applicant's experience and interest in an internship at a university counseling center, their interest in the experiences offered at our site, the required direct services hours (300 face-to-face hours) and supervised experience hours (1000). In addition, our program has a strong interest in applicants who believe they can contribute to our site in the domains of diversity knowledge, awareness, and sensitivity and we invite applicants to address this interest in their application. All applications are reviewed by the training director and one member of the Training Committee, who make the initial decision to pass along the application to the selection committee for further review.

All applicants are notified of their interview status before December 14th. For equitable interview experiences, and  the health and safety of staff and applicants, all interviews will be conducted via the HIPPA-compliant Zoom platform. Interviews will be held from January 3, 2023 to January 18, 2023. Interviews consist of a two 45 minute  interviews with members of the selection committee, a 15 minute informational meeting with a current intern, and a 15 minute meeting with the Training Director. If interested in an on-site visit, please contact the Training Director. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Minnesota Counseling Psychology University of St. Thomas - Counseling Psychology University of Maryland-College Park - Counseling Psychology University of North Dakota - Counseling Psychology University of Wisconsin-Madison - Counseling Psychology University of Denver - Counseling Psychology University of Denver - Clinical Psychology Auburn University - Counseling Psychology Cleveland State University - Counseling Psychology Brigham Young University - Counseling Psychology Colorado State University - Counseling Psychology Argosy - Minnesota School of Professional Psychology - Clinical Psychology St. Mary's University of MN - Counseling Psychology Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL - Clinical Psychology Loyola University, Chicago, IL - Counseling Psychology Adler University, Chicago, IL - Clinical Psychology James Madison University - Harrisonburg, VA - Counseling Psychology George Fox University - Newburg, OR - Counseling Psychology University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis, MN University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, MN University of Denver - Denver, CO University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis, MN Springfield College - Springfield, MA University of North Texas - Denton, TX Fordham University, New York, NY
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: No
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 start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 350
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 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:
Program Description

Counseling and Psychological Services is part of the University of St. Thomas Center for Well-Being, an integrated health center with four partner areas: Health Services, Health Promotion, Resiliency and Violence Prevention, and Counseling and Psychological Services. Interns gain valuable experience working in an integrated health center with many opportunities to work in a multidisciplinary setting focused on prevention, intervention, and improving the well-being of the campus community.

Our internship program has been fully accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1995 and was fully reaccredited in 2017 for 10 years. We have an enthusiastic and committed training staff who take great pride in our mission to provide a comprehensive, culturally compentent, developmental training experience, with an emphasis on learning through application of evidence-based practice in psychology. We believe people learn and work best in a supportive, inclusive, and collegial atmosphere. we strive to provide an environment that encourages intern development of professional and personal identity, clinical skills, confidence, autonomy, and self-awareness and cultural competency. Interns at UST/CAPS gain experience in individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, psychological assessment, supervision, and outreach and consultation. Past and present interns describe our program as a supportive learning environment in which they can realize their personal and professional goals.

The doctoral internship at the University of St. Thomas Counseling and Psychological Services is deeply committed to the training of future psychologists from a culturally competent framework. The program is committed to cultural competency and is predicated on the idea that psychology practice is enhanced when we develop a broader and more adept view of what it is to be human – with infinite cultural variations and individual differences. We believe that our practice advances when we make a conscious intent to use our skills, knowledge, awareness, and sensitivity to effectively communicate and function within any given diverse context or encounter. Consequently, our approach to cultural competency training focuses on the following key domains: cultural skill, cultural knowledge, cultural awareness, and cultural sensitivity. Culture and Diversity Training Program Philosophy 

Our program has many strengths, including up to 8 hours per week in individual and group supervision with an experienced staff of supervisors; Intern Seminar, a joint training with interns from the University of Minnesota Student Counseling Center on various topics, including ethics, empirically-supported treatments, assessment, diversity issues and multicultural counseling, and counseling students with specific psychological disorders; a robust groups program  where interns gain extensive experience in both interpersonal process groups and psychoeducation group. The intern also provides individual supervision to a practicum student in both the Fall and Spring semester. Our interns are fully integrated into our center and are regarded by the wider university community as professional mental health staff. Finally, we are fully committed to internship training and are invested in the success of our interns each year.

Our program is fully compliant with the 2017 Commission on Accreditation Standards of Accreditation and interns are trained to meet the CoA Profession-wide competencies: Research, Ethical and legal standards, Individual and Cultural Diversity, Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors, Communication and interpersonal skills, Assessment, and Intervention.

Internship Training Opportunities


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: 1st generation college students

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)

CAPS is part of an integrated center - The Center for Well-Being which is comprised of three partner areas: CAPS, Health Services, Health Promotion, Resiliency, and Violence Prevention. The Center for Well-Being serves the St. Thomas campus community. CAPS integrates with our partner areas through consultation,, psychiatry, medication management. Our internship program's core experiences, values, and committment to training are enhanced and supported by all partner areas at the Center for Well-Being. 

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: 78 59 48 39 50
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 24 24 24 24 24
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: 2 1 2 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 2 1 2 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 2 0 0 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 1 3 3 2
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 5 9 2 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 15 11 105 6 7
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 1 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 2 2 0 2 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 1
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 0 0 0 0 0
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: 0 0 1 0 1 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 1 0 0 0 0 1
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