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.