Department : Counseling and Psychological Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1582
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: University of Houston
Department: Counseling and Psychological Services
Address: 4365 Cougar Village Drive, room 226
Student Service Center Building 1
Houston, Texas 77204-3026
Country: United States
Metro Area: Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 713-743-5454x
Fax: 713-743-5446
Training Director Email:
Co-Training Director Email:
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: Cecilia Sun Ph.D.
Chief Psychologist: Norma Ngo
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: 08/05/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
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, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Sick leave (8 hours/month) is available immediately; vacation leave can only be taken after 6 months of state service. Health insurance becomes available the first day of the month following your first 60 days of employment; you may wish to extend your current insurance to cover this gap. 5 vacation days preferably taken at end of internship. Interns are supported to attend the Texas Counseling Center Intern Conference.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site See webpage for details.
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: 11/09/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/15/2023
Tentative interview date: 1/3/2023
Interview process description:

Individual 1.5 hour interviews will be available weekdays between January 3-12.  Additional dates/times in December or January may be requested. These will be conducted via Zoom video call. The interview is comprised of: 50 mins with a 2-3 person team, a 10 min break, 30 mins with Dr. Sun.  Canadidates are also invited to sign up for drop-in group informal visits with our current interns in January.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Adler University – Chicago, Brigham Young University, California School of Professional Psychology, Chestnut Hill College, Florida Institute of Technology, Fuller Theological Seminary, George Fox University, Georgia School of Professional Psychology, Georgia State University, Howard University, Idaho State University, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Indiana University – Bloomington, La Salle University, Louisiana Tech University, Loyola University Maryland, Loyola University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Nova Southeastern University, Purdue University, Southern Methodist University, Spalding University, Tennessee State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, Texas Woman's University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, The University of Southern Mississippi, The University of Texas at Austin, University at Buffalo, University of California - Santa Barbara, University of Florida, University of Houston, University of Houston Clear Lake, University of Kansas, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of North Texas, University of Tennessee, Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, 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 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): 0
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Does your program require applicants to submit supplemental materials (i.e., an assessment report and/or a case/treatment summary):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-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: Background checks (criminal history and sexual exploitation of clients) must be passed. See program webpage for details.
Program Description

2000-hour APA accredited* internship dedicated to training competent generalists who can work with diverse populations within a stepped care model. Interns conduct initial Access Visit assessments; brief individual therapy; group therapy; crisis intervention; psychoeducational workshops, supervision, and consultation. There are opportunities for relationship therapy and single session (Focused Care) therapy. Client issues range from adjustment and developmental concerns to more serious mental illness. Program graduates have obtained post-internship employment in a wide range of settings, including university counseling centers, private practice, community mental health, hospitals, correctional facilities, and university teaching / research. Please see for regularly updated program information. *The CAPS internship in health service psychology has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1988. The term accredited provides public notification that the CAPS internship program meets standards of quality set forth by the APA Commission on Accreditation. For information regarding accreditation contact: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002-4242, (202) 336-5979.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
People without housing:

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Experience (21% to 30%)
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: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: Experience (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy:
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice:
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : Experience (21% to 30%)


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
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: 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: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision: Experience (21% to 30%)
Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Administration: 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 2023-2024 2024-2025
Number of Completed Applications: 59 58 115 71 64 43 62
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 40 48 54 44 35 34 31
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 2 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 4 1 2 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 3 2 2 0 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 3 2 2 0 0 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 4 1 2 2 1 2 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 2 (combined Clinical/School) 1 (combined Counseling/School) 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 10 5 0 3 2 15 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 89 12 12 20 16 18 7
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2022-2023 2023-2024
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 1 0
Consortium: 0 0
University Counseling Center: 1 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0 0
Psychiatric facility: 0 0
Correctional facility: 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0
School district/system: 0 0
Independent practice setting: 0 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0 0
Link to Program's Trainee Admissions, Support, and Outcome Data: