Program Information: Counseling Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1454
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: State University of New York at Buffalo
Department: Counseling Services
Address: Counseling Services
University at Buffalo
120 Richmond Quadrangle
Buffalo, New York 14261-0053
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: within 10 miles of Buffalo, NY
Phone: 716-645-2720
Fax: 716-645-2175
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: Sung Kim-Kubiak Ph.D.
Chief Psychologist: Sharon Mitchell Ph.D.
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: 08/05/2022
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: 38600
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Professional Development time: 6 days of professional development time for the internship year (3 of which can be used for dissertation related travel Professional Development money: changes annually, and can vary greatly based on each year's budget; 2021-22 year = $1300
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns are involved in providing clinical services to the university student population, engaging in individual, couples, or group therapy, conducting needs assessment interviews, providing crisis intervention services, or providing outreach and consultation to the university community. They will also be receiving individual and group supervision, as well as training seminars from licensed training staff. They will also be providing clinical supervision to our part-time practicum students, for which they will receive meta-supervision weekly. On a typical day, an intern is likely to be wearing a few different hats and engaging in a variety of clinical and professional services, while also receiving support, supervision, consultation, and training.
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: 11/05/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

All interviews are conducted by phone or Zoom.  We feel this allows for the most fairness across applicants, as folks may vary considerably in their ability to attend on-site interviews, whether geographically, econcomically, or other factors that can affect one's ability to travel for interviews. 

The interviews are typically be scheduled from the end of December to about mid-January.  The interviews will typically last about 1.5 hours (90 minutes); we recommend that applicants set aside 2 hours (if nothing else, to at least give themselves a little breathing and reflection time before having to jump into whatever is next on their schedules).  We typically start out giving the applicant a chance to ask any questions they might about our site and our internship program, then move into asking them to quickly share a clinical case (prefer a different one from what they provided on the AAPI), which is usually about 10-15 mins. Then we move onto some other questions about other clinical and professional experiences and interests.  More information about interview format, along with a detailed outline of what you should prepare to speak to in your case presentation, and other types of questions that may be asked will be provided via email when you are invited to schedule the interview.

Interviews are usually conducted by the Training Director, at least one of our current doctoral psychology interns, and 2 other staff members of the intern selection committee.  Please note that once the interview is done, we are done interviewing you, and will not be contacting you to ask you any additional interview questions. 

However, we recognize that applicants are considering many different sites and a variety of factors as they try to determine the best fit for their training goals and needs; hence, we welcome applicants who wish to contact us after the formal interview is done, to get further clarification about any aspect of our training program, site, or broader community.  Applicants are welcome to communicate with any of our current interns or specific staff members, and know that these communications will not impact how we rank applicants.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Wide range of clinical and counseling psychology programs, Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs.
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: 350
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 0
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited 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:
Program Description

UB's professional staff consists of licensed (or license eligible) counseling and clinical psychologists, licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and a state certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, respresenting a wide range of clinical and professional experiences, areas of expertise, therapy orientations, and styles.  We hope to expose our interns to both breadth and depth of training, as they further hone their existing knowledge and skills, and also challenge themselves to move beyond their comfort zones to develop newl knowledge and skill during the internship year.

We offer a full range of training and professional experiences typically found within a large university counseling center with diverse client populations. Interns can expect to provide individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, outreach and consultation to the university community, and receive supervision and training for all these activities. They also provide training and clinical supervision to our practicum students, and receive meta-supervision. Our interns also participate in center committees and have input into our policies and procedures, including those related to all our training programs (doctoral psychology internship, Social Work internship, advanced practicum, externship, and first year practicum programs).

Attention to diversity, in its various forms, is woven through all we do here, clinically, professionally, and personally. Center staff are committed to ongoing development of clinical and outreach services for traditionally underserved populations, as well as supporting each other for continued growth in cultural sensitivity and competent practice. Understanding the complex ways that our multiple identities influence our beliefs, assumptions, values, and experiencesf power/privilege and oppression/marginalization, and how these intersect with the experiences of others (clients, colleagues, supervisees/supervisors, etc.), and how this can inform our actions is a deeply held value.  

UBCS is committed to expanding our outreach efforts to diverse student populations, recognizing some unique challenges that different identities can present (such as students of color, student athletes, international students). UB is a diverse racially, ethnically, sexual & gender identities, and otherwise.  UB also has a large international student population, and Counseling Services is well utilized by international students. Through the outreach mentorship aspect of internship training, interns have an opportunity to gain more experience in reaching out to certain populations of interest with staff members that hold similar interests.

We are committed to providing quality training and supervision for all our trainee groups, with our doctoral psychology interns being a top priority.  As an APA accredited internship prgoram (APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation 750 First St. NE Washington, DC 20002-4242 Ph 202-336-5979, we are current and in compliance with current APA SoA standards for training in the profession wide competences laid out by APA .

We work to promote a developmental model of training, with a primary goal for psychology interns to transition from a "trainee" to a "professional" identity, with increased confidence and capacity for autonomous functioning by the end of the internship year.  Consistent with our developmental model, the types and amounts of clinical and professional  experiences are structured throughout the internship year based on the differing needs of interns for support and challenge throughout the year.  We also recognize the value of collegial consultation, and have an "open-door" policy for staff and trainees alike.  We are very aware that the work we do can be stressful and draining.  Hence, it is especially important that we co-create an interpersonal envrionment among staff and trainees that fosters a sense of support, caring, and safety.  Our interns have consistently communicated to us how supported they have felt during their internship with us.  

Recognizing the importance of ongoing self-evaluation and ongoing adjustments to our training programs based on trainee feedback, we engage in informal and formal evaluations throughout the internship year.  Interns are formally assessed on the key profession wide completences consistent with the Standards of Accreditation (SoA) two to three times during the year.  Supervisors, Training Director, training staff, and all aspects of the internship program (structures, processes, and experiences) are also evaluated by our interns formally 2-3 times during the year, as well as ongoing informal feedback throughout the year.  We  take interns' feedback seriously, and have continued to make adjustments to our internship program based on past years' feedback.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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:
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Other: Outreach, Mental Health Consultation


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

-College student mental health, young adult transition/adjustment

-Preventative programming

-Outreach programming for typically underserved populations (e.g. Students of color, international students, athletes)

-Large scale outreach events (e.g. Mental Health Awareness week, Eating Disorders Awareness week, Suicide prevention/Out of the Darkness Walk involvement)

-Collaboration with other university entities, especially Student Health Services, Health Promotions office, International Student Services, Department of Athletics, Medical school, School of Engineering

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
Number of Completed Applications: 76 33 49 88 61
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 43 28 33 46 31
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: 3 2 2 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 1 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 1 2 2 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 2 1 1 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
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 0 1 2 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 1
University Counseling Center: 2 0 2 1 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 1 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 1 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 1 0 0 0