Program Information: Student Health Services, Counseling & Psychiatry

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1553
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: University of South Carolina
Department: Student Health Services, Counseling & Psychiatry
Address: Thomson Student Health Center
1409 Devine St.
Columbia, South Carolina 29208
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 90 Miles South of Charlotte, N.C.; 200 Miles East of Atlanta
Phone: 803-777-5223
Fax: 803-777-5223
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: Sterling Watson 7775223
Chief Psychologist: Sterling Watson 7775223
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 8
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2023
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: 25500
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns enjoy many of the same benefits as full time staff and faculty. Benefits such as access to library, recreational facilities & recreational equipment rental, employee wellness programs, retirement benefits, and special discounts like receiving 10% discount at the USC bookstore, discounted rates on cultural events including concerts, art exhibits, sporting events and more are available. To learn more please see our Benefits page at
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns schedules are variable and may have a number of tasks from training activities which include, supervision and didactic seminar to Clinical responsibilities which include individual therapy, group therapy, and on occasion couples therapy. Interns participate in walk-in/crisis hours during the day. Interns may also be involved with prevention programming and resilience training through Student Health Services Healthy Campus Initiatives (HCI) and may also provide traditional outreach programming through HCI. Interns will also be engaged with our virtual support services through Therapist Assistant Online (TAO), the Interactive Screening Program (ISP), and Tele-therapy. Interns will also have administrative tasks and be an important contributor to our All Staff meetings, peer consultation team, and collaboration with our campus partners. Interns will also work within the frame of our multidisciplinary training programs which include our Masters of Social Work, Marriage and Family Counseling, our Pharmacy training programs and Psychiatric residency program. Interns will interface within our Medical home model as a consultant with Primary care, Sports Medicine, Women's health, Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention, Healthy Campus initiatives (Mental Health Initiatives), and health and wellness units within Student health servicers.
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: 11/16/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/16/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/03/2022
Interview process description:

Intern applicants to be interviewed are contacted by phone in December with instructions for inteview date and time options. This years interviews will be held January 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2023.  Candidates are interviewed by 2 different groups of 2-3 staff members and current interns in 2 back-to-back 45 minute interview segments with a 10 minute break between. Prior to interviews applicants will meet with Training Director for 20-30 minutes for program overview, technology check, and questions that applicants may have. Total interview time is 120 minutes. Interviews are only offered via Zoom.

Onsite visits are encouraged, however onsite visits do not in any way affect final ranking or selection decisions. Intern applicants are encouraged to visit us post interview. If interested in visiting please contact the Training Director by phone or e-mail and a follow up e-mail to coordinate an hour block where intern can tour the center and meet available staff. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Visit Website
We have matched with interns from these programs: Antioch University Regent University University of La Verne East Tennessee State University James Madison University George Washington University Auburn University Baylor University Texas Women's University University of Memphis University of Georgia Nova Southeastern University University of Rochester Wright State University, SOPP University of Southern Colorado Colorado State University University of Maryland Chicago School of Professional Psychology Azusa Pacific University Midwestern University Tennessee State University California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) Florida Institute of Technology
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
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 start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 450
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 25
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 Not Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not 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: 1- Letter of intent/application; 2- Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's clinical performance; 3- Graduate school transcripts; 4- Current Curriculum Vitae
Program Description

The doctoral internship program at the University of South Carolina Student Health Services (SHS) -Counseling and Psychiatry’s Aims are:  

1) provide a training/practice environment that prides itself on the utilization of the medical home model of service-delivery program to the students of the University of South Carolina.

2) provide core training that attends to the:

    a) development and utilization of evidence-based practice through research,

    b) encouraging ethical practice,

    c) grow in individual and cultural diversity competencies,

    d)practice professional attitudes, refine communication and interpersonal skills,

    e) improve diagnostic assessment and intervention skills,

    f) learn supervision theory and consultation

    g) and develop skills to work within an interdisciplinary team.                                        

Counseling and Psychiatry (CAP) is housed within Student Health Services (SHS) under the umbrella of Academic Affairs. We are a fully integrated Health services program that is accredited by the American Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) as a patient-centered medical home model.  The SHS Medical Home facilitates health care partnerships between individual patients and their primary care provider. All students are assigned to a designated primary care provider and health care team throughout their time at UofSC. CAP serves as a consultative counterpart to other SHS services and has imbedded in SHS a behavioral health specialist that provide direct consultation and referal to CAP for further services.

Our guiding philosophy is a Developmental-Apprentice-Practitioner (DAP) Model.  We provide a comprehensive practice environment that offers high quality services to students at the University of South Carolina. The Clients-Interns-Supervisors model form an inextricable alliance that guides the content of developmental, apprentice, and practice approaches in our training aims and objectives.  We are dedicated to providing quality care and quality training in an atmosphere of respect and consideration.

We initially require that interns demonstrate competence in the clinical areas of diagnostic assessment/crisis intervention and psychotherapy. Competency in Psychotherapy and intervention within a brief model receives the most attention at our center and is covered in all phases of our training program. Provision and facilitation of Group Therapy is an integral experience offered to interns. Interns will collaborate with Mental health Initiatives and Healthy Carolina initiatives for outreach opportunities throughout the year, are involved in our web-based services. Interns may also serve in consultive roles to our campus partners and community-based organizaitons. 

Interns receive two hours of Individual supervision, two hours of group supervision weekly, 1 hour of supervision of supervision and .5  hours of group supervision for each group co-facilitated. There are other supervisory and consultation opportunities that offer our interns an opportunity to continually grow and develop throughout the year. During the fall semester Interns learn supervision theory and concepts through our didactic supervision seminar and in the Spring, Interns may have an opportunity to practice supervision. Possible supervision of E.Ds. trainees is monitored in a bi-weekly supervision-of-supervision group led by a designated Psychologist. Interns also attend a 2-hour didactic seminar each week that focuses on topics specific to work at university and college counseling centers. Interns participate in a weekly Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice seminar and are invited to join Diversity Dialouges biweekly with CAP staff. 

We look forward to your application and thank you for considering our program. We wish you well in this process and hope that we can be a small part of your journey as you take the next step in your education, practice, and career as a Health Service Psychologist. 

For more information about our program, Please contact Dr. Sterling P. Watson at for any questions that you may have.

You can also refer to our website at


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: Non-traditional Students, Professional Students (.e. Medical School, Law School, Nursing Students)

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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: Supervision of practicum student is a possibility


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)

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: 34 57 24 22
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 23 23 20 21
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3 3 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 3 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 3 0 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 1 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 12 10 8 21
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: 2 1 0 0 2 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 2 0 2 2 2
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 0 0 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 1 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 1 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 1 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: 0 1 0 1 0 1
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 .5 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: 1 1 0 1.5 1 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 1 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 1 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0