Program Information: Montana State University, Bozeman - Counseling and Psychological Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1405
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Montana State University, Bozeman
Department: Counseling and Psychological Services
Address: 211 Swingle Building
P.O. Box 173180
Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana 59717-3180
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 205 miles E of Missoula, MT
Phone: 406-994-4531
Fax: 406-994-2485
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: Cheryl Blank
Chief Psychologist: Elizabeth Asserson
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 11
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2023
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: 35742
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Eligible for overtime, paid annual and sick leave, access to University wellness programs, up to 3 days release time for dissertation defense, graduation, and/or job interviews; $500 stipend for trainings
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical work day varies but likely includes: 1 intake, 4-5 clients, a crisis walk in appointment, a seminar, and 1 hour for paperwork. Other days may include more training activities such as individual or group supervision, co-leading a group, supervising a master's intern, participating in clinical teams, developing and delivering outreach programming/consultation.
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: 11/21/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/02/2023
Interview process description:

Applicants shortlisted for interview are typically notified by phone. Interviews will begin around January 2 and will extend into mid January.   All interviews are conducted individually by telephone or video conferencing (Zoom), based on applicant preference.  Interviews last approximately 45 - 55 minutes  and are of question/answer format. The selection committee consists of 5-8 interviewers including the Assistant Director for Training (ADT), ongoing staff members, and doctoral interns.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the ADT, staff members or current interns with questions.

Additionally, in accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre- employment background check. Please refer to for Montana State University’s pre-employment background check policy. In addition, you are encouraged to contact Human Resources to discuss your personal circumstances or to ask additional questions: Tel: (406) 994-3651, Email:

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Last 20 years: Adler University Alaska Pacific University Alliant University - San Diego Antioch University of New England Argosy University of Hawaii Argosy University of Seattle Chicago School of Professional Psychology George Fox University George Washington University Georgia School of Professional Psychology Illinois School of Professional Psychology Pacific University Radford University Seattle Pacific University Spaulding University Springfield College Union Institute and University University of Akron University of Alaska Fairbanks University of California Santa Barbara University of Chicago University of Denver University of Minnesota University of Missouri - Kansas City University of Montana University of Nebraska - Lincoln University of Northern Colorado University of South Dakota University of St. Thomas University of Utah Utah State University Washington State University West Virginia University Western Michigan University Wright Institute Wright State 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: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 350
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 50
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 4
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 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: pre-employment background check
Program Description

CPS is a generalist Health Service Psychology counseling center internship that has a strong emphasis on enhancement of clinical skills and use of in-depth, intensive supervision.  The internship is one of 4 programs in an integrated health/wellness center and  provides broad based training in areas typical of counseling center internships. 

The internship affords interns with opportunities to refine therapy skills in a number of areas (individual, couples, group). Interns receive 2 hours of individual and group supervision each week and intensive, in-depth, and supportive supervision is provided to facilitate progression of clinical skills and professional development. Other components of the training program include: cultural focus (e.g. clients who idenitify with range of intersecting identities), psychological assessment, outreach, consultation, multidisciplinary collaboration with other health care professionals, provision of supervision to master's level interns, crisis assessment and intervention, training in and possible implementation of telehealth, and a variety of training seminars (diversity, supervision of supervision, assessment, training seminar). 

The internship allows for some flexibility to individualize the training year. All of this is done in a challenging, highly supportive, and relationally focused environment. The staff is very invested in interns' training and professional development, and values the interns' contribution to the Center. Former interns have consistently evaluated the program as being collegial, supportive, growth promoting, and transformative in the transition to becoming autonomous professionals.

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
Low income: Yes
Other: American Indian/Alaska Native focus

Treatment Modalities

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


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:
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Experience with a broad range of presenting problems with anxiety, mood, substance use, trauma, eating and adjustment disorders being most prominent diagnoses or presenting concerns.



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: 86 65 59 53 55 73
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 29 27 31 33 32 31
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 4 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 0 2 1 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 4 2 3 3 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 3 3 2 2 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 1 2 2 2
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 3 3 0 3 3 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 8 11 9 21 25 11
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 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 3 2 1 3 4
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 1 1 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: 3 2 3 2 2 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 2 0 1 1 4
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 1 0 0 0