Program Information: Counseling and Testing Center

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1501
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: University of Akron
Department: Counseling and Testing Center
Address: Counseling and Testing Center
306 Simmons Hall
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-4303
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 35 miles south of Cleveland, Ohio
Phone: 330-972-7082
Fax: 330-972-5679
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: Donna McDonald PhD
Chief Psychologist: Juanita Martin PhD
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 7
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2022
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: 35568
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns are classified as staff, non-classified, exempt. They receive 176 hours of paid time off (PTO) and 120 hours of sick time. Due to the large amount of PTO and the need to accrue enough hours towards licensure, interns are asked to use PTO for dissertation and professional leave. The benefits package includes medical and dental coverage, non-subsidized vision coverage, flexible spending accounts, disability insurance, life insurance, sick leave and vacation time, tuition remission for self, spouse or dependents, subsidized parking, and retirement (10% is automatically put into retirement account and is available to interns following internship if they don’t stay in the Ohio system). Additional funding for professional development may be available. Interns can also access the IMPACT Employee Assistance Program, which offers access to confidential professional support and six complimentary counseling sessions. Optional membership at the University Recreation and Wellness Center (about $12 a month) is available.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Daily schedules for interns can vary due to a diversity of professional experiences. Interns engage in a number of professional activities including individual personal, career or educational counseling, formal assessments, intake, crisis work, group work, outreach, biofeedback, and supervision of practicum counselors. Weekly training activities include individual supervision, group supervision, supervision of supervision, and an intern training seminar. In addition, administrative or preparation time would occur each day.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
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: 11/07/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Applicants are notified about their interview status by phone and/or e-mail.  We offer individual two hour in-person interviews or an hour and a half phone/video conferencing interviews.  Our match results show that there is no benefit to choosing either an in-person or virtual interview and either is acceptable. Our interviews are scheduled in December and early January.  We work closely with applicants to find a date and time that fits their particular schedule.  Thus, we do not have a tentative interview date to list.

For both the in-person and virtual interviews, interviewees meet with the Training Director for an informational interview, with 2-3 senior staff members for the formal portion of the interview, and with 2-3 interns. In-person interviews also include a half hour driving tour of the campus. Interviewees are encouraged to ask questions throughout the interview, especially of the interns.  Requests to speak with specific staff members are welcome.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: We have been an internship site since the 1980's. Some of the programs we've matched with include: Adler University, Bowling Green University, Carlos Abizu University, Carlow University, Duquesne University, Florida State University, Loyola University Chicago, Miami University, New Mexico State University, Nova Southeastern University, Oklahoma State University-Stillwater, Radford University, Springfield College, Saint Louis University, Texas A&M, University of Akron, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Buffalo, University of Florida, University of Indianapolis, University of Kentucky, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of North Dakota, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, West Virginia University, Western Michigan University, 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: 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 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: Matched applicants must authorize UA to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks, which must be passed to begin employment
Program Description

The Counseling and Testing Center (CTC) is a full-service university counseling center that provides a wide variety of services to a diverse student body, making it an ideal setting for the practical training of psychologists. Moreover, because our training experiences are varied, the program prepares interns for employment in a variety of settings. Interns spend about 20 hours each week in direct service, which includes individual personal, career and educational counseling, process and psycho-educational groups, intakes, assessment, biofeedback, and psycho-educational workshops/outreach.  Currently we provide both short term and longer-term therapy.  Interns receive 6-8 hours of supervision and training each week.  In addition, they are the primary supervisors for practicum counselors.  Assessment activities include LD/ADHD assessments, testing related to diagnosis, and integrated report writing. Opportunity also exists for interns to choose an area of focus.  Past areas of focus have included cultural diversity, gender issues, administration, training, group work and learning disability evaluation. Interns participate in a research group and may have the option of conducting research.  At times, interns have published or presented with CTC staff. 

The clients of the Counseling and Testing Center are representative of the University of Akron student body and present with a wide variety of concerns, ranging from developmental issues to more severe psychopathology.  Recent client demographic data found that 30% of our clients identified as racial/ethnic minorities and another 7% were international students.  Eighteen percent identified as LGBQ+ and nearly 3% identified as transgender or self-identified gender. Over 25% were first generation college students.

The CTC is known for its interest in diversity and social justice.  Our stated mission is to “promote student learning, success and retention through excellence in comprehensive culturally competent psychological services.”  We have a small cohesive staff of seven full-time licensed psychologists and two part-time psychologists.  We are highly invested in training and interns are integrated with our staff in a collegial manner.  All of our full-time staff members participate in training and are available to supervise.  Two of our full-time psychologists are African-American and one has an international background.  Although we consider ourselves to be generalists who operate from an integrated and multicultural framework, we do have expertise in a variety of therapy approaches including ACT, CBT, DBT, emotion focused therapies, feminist therapy, positive psychology and trauma work.  

The CTC recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted training.  We consider several factors in our intern search decisions and have never focused exclusively on clinical hours.  In addition, although experience in a university setting is appreciated it is not required.  We value intern candidates who have a breadth of experiences, an interest in diversity, and a commitment to meeting the needs of a diverse college student population. We also ask that candidates have experience in individual therapy with adolescents or adults. Please contact us if you have any concerns about how your qualifications fit our site or how your training experiences may have been impacted by the pandemic.

Also please visit our website for additional information about each of our staff psychologists, our Center, the University of Akron, and living in Northeast Ohio - a region of urban areas and small communities that offers cultural, educational, and entertainment amenities, recreation in well-developed park systems, and over 3,000,000 residents



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
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

We also offer experiences in biofeedback, psychoeducational outreach, and academic/educationally focused counseling

We are a University Counseling Center that provides generalist training.  We work with a diverse student body that present with a wide variety of concerns.  Presenting issues vary from developmental concerns to more serious mental illnesses and trauma experiences.  We also work with clients on career and academic concerns.  We do not have session limits and refer very few students out of our center.  We ask that interns see 15-18 individual clients weekly and carry 2 LD/ADHD assessment cases at a given time.  Interns facilitate a process group and psycho-educational groups. Interns spend four hours a week completing intakes. Crisis clients are seen during intake or as part of an intern's regular caseload. Interns are primary individual supervisors for practicum counselors. They also conduct outreach activities, including  psycho-educational workshops and information tables.  Interns are involved in a research group and have published or presented with staff psychologists. Our Center has good support and connection with other university offices as well as other health providers providing opportunities for consultation.

The information on this page is an estimation of the amount of time you may spend with different activities and populations.  We provide specific didatic training on all of the above areas designated as major areas of study and areas of experience as well as many of the areas of exposure. Our training is grounded in evidence based practices and we provide trainings on specific empirically supported treatments such as ACT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Emotion Focused Therapy and trauma therapies.  We also provide specific training and on-going group supervision with Learning Disorder and ADHD assessments.

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: 59 57 33 46 30
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 32 33 30 30 26
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 2 2 2 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 1 1 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1 0 0 2 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 3 3 1 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 0 2 2 4 6
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 16 7 96 38 25
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 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 1 0 1 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 1 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 2 2 3 3 1
University Teaching Faculty: 1 0 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 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0