Program Information: Counseling and Mental Health Center

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1568
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: The University of Texas at Austin
Department: Counseling and Mental Health Center
Address: 100 West Dean Keeton Street
1 University Station
STOP A3500
Austin, Texas 78712-1099
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 80 from San Antonio, Texas
Phone: 512-475-6922
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: Mark Zentner
Chief Psychologist: Chris Brownson
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 11
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: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 39124
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): University pays all or some of medical and other benefits depending on plans selected & family status. More info: and
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns participate in a variety of training, professional development, and direct service activities throughout the internship. Each day typically involves some combination of these activities. The Center is open from 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, with some extended hours two days per week. There is no expectation of after-hours or weekend coverage for interns. Due to factors related to the pandemic, our current work schedule is 3 days of on-site work and 2 days of remote work for most staff members and trainees. This arrangement may change, based on the pandemic and the level of demand for in-person and remote services.
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? Yes
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Details of the above affiliations The Counseling Psychology program at UT-Austin is affiliated with CMHC at this time. The CP program has an internal clinic rotation that all 2nd-year students complete. In the 3rd year of the program, students are expected to complete a practicum placement at CMHC. The majority of our practicum students come from the CP program, while others are drawn from the Clinical Psychology program on our campus.
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/01/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2023
Interview process description:

Please see the "Application and Selection Process" section of our web site for a comprehensive description. Briefly: Zoom or phone interviews are conducted during the middle part of December and/or early January. We do not conduct on-site interviews but welcome site visits. Interviews consist of time with an interview panel and separate time with the Training Director. Applicants are encouraged to talk to current interns, and are welcome to contact us at any time if they have questions.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Please see this web page with information about our current and former interns:
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 ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable):
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology 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: Our university requires criminal background checks for all new employees
Program Description

Our internship program is based within a comprehensive university counseling and mental health center that includes psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, and other professionals in the fields of health and mental health. Interns receive training and experience in individual counseling, group interventions, crisis intervention, and supervision of practicum students.  There are opportunities to be involved in prevention/outreach activities.  Interns are exposed to a wide range of presenting concerns within a diverse campus of more than 50,000 students. Our center has a very active group interventions program, with 35+ interpersonal process, structured, and population- and presenting issue-specific groups offered each semester. Interns participate in a comprehensive orientation and training program during the first four weeks of the internship, and attend a variety of seminars throughout the year. The CMHC staff is committed to addressing the needs of a diverse student population, and our internship program strives to incorporate and emphasize diversity issues as a fundamental part of the training experience. In addition, our program incorporates a 'Use of Self' training model, as we encourage interns to explore and understand the qualities and dynamics that each intern brings to interpersonal encounters and how these facilitate or hinder effective interactions and interventions. For more information, please visit our web site.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CMHC trainng program moved to a remote platform for the 2020-2021 year, with services being provided via telehealth.  Interns will receive trainng in telehealth as a part of their internship.  As indicated and appropriate, the training program and services will return to on-site in the future, with the expectation being that the majority of the internship during the 2022-2023 year will be on-site.  Decisions about the location of training and expectations of interns will be made with consideration of interns' welfare and personal circumstances.  

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Other: University students (undergraduate and graduate)

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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:
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

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: 128 117 132 125 137 113
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 35 39 32 33 39 38
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 4 4 4 2 4 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0 0 2 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 1 2 2 1 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 4 3 2 2 3 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 0 0 0 0 1 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 4 10 9 50 10 16
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 0 0 0 0 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 2 0 4 4 0
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 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: 4 2 1 2 1 3
University Teaching Faculty: 0 1 3 0 0 1
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 1 0 2 3 0
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 0 0 0 0