Program Information: University Counseling Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1612
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Virginia Commonwealth University
Department: University Counseling Services
Address: P.O. Box 842525
907 Floyd Avenue Room 238
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2525
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
Distance from Major City: Richmond VA is city about 100 miles South of Washington DC
Phone: 804-828-6200x
Fax: 804-828-6099
Email: mguinn@vcu.edu
Web Address: https://counseling.vcu.edu/
Brochure Website's Address: https://counseling.vcu.edu/training/doctoral-internship-in-health-service-psychology/
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • University Counseling Center
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Megan Guinn
Chief Psychologist: Jihad Aziz
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 9
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/1/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 35568
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns have autonomy over their daily schedule to some degree. Weekly activities include individual supervision, group therapy, training seminars, direct clinical service, supervision of a practicum student, supervision of supervision, group supervision, outreach, consultation, and triage/walk-in for students. Interns at UCS typically spend one day a week on our medical campus office providing services to health professional students.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum Students
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: 11/03/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2022
Interview process description:

UCS will be offering all interviews virtually/via Zoom video conferencing for this application cycle. Applicants who are invited to interview virtually with UCS will be notified prior to December 15th, 2021, and applicants not invited will receive email notification by that same date.

Virtual/Zoom interviews with UCS are scheduled for the first two weeks of January 2022 (Jan 4-7, 10-12). Applicants may request their date preference for the virtual interview. Tentative format will be a 4 hour process that includes: a formal interview with a team of 2-3 clinical staff (75 minutes), and opportunity to connect more informally in a group setting for Q&A with the Associate Director for Training, with current staff, and with current interns separately.  

All interviews offer opportunity to connect with UCS staff and current interns and learn about our training program.

 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Georgia; Southern Illinois University; Texas Tech University; Lehigh University; University of North Texas; Loyola University Maryland; Indiana University - Bloomington; University of Akron; University of Memphis; Auburn University; University of Denver; University of Rhode Island; University of Indianapolis; Ball State University; George Washington University; University of Minnesota; Texas Woman's University; Western Michigan University; Rosemead School of Psychology/Biola University; Radford University; additional programs are listed on our website.
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: Yes, by ranking deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 400
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 Not Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
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: Match offers are contingent upon the satisfactory outcome (as determined by the university) of the pre-employment screening activities including criminal history and fingerprint check, reference check of former employment, verification of credentials, and/or licensure. Please visit https://policy.vcu.edu/universitywide-policies/policies/criminal-conviction-investigations.html for more information regarding VCU’s criminal background review process.
Program Description

Please see our website for a full description of our training program: https://counseling.vcu.edu/training/doctoral-internship-in-health-service-psychology/

Virginia Commonwealth University will utilize the on-line APPI. Please go to www.appic.org for access to this document.

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children:
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family:
Older Adults:
Inpatients:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking:
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired:
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness:
Other:

Treatment Modalities

Assessment:
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS:
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:
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Adult:
Neuropsychology-Child:
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics:
School:
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Research:
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

Interns have the opportunity to contract with a senior staff member to develop more experience in working with a particular clinical presentation. Clinical concentrations usually involve additional clinical and outreach experience in a content area along with additional supervision. Current clinical concentration offerings are in the areas of Substance Abuse, Eating/Body Image Concerns, LGBTQIA+ concerns, Trauma Treatment, DBT, Sports Psychology, and Working with International Students. Each intern negotiates time and supervision with the staff member, with the Associate Director for Training approving all contracts.

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: https://counseling.vcu.edu/  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: 86 85 79 72 79
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 46 38 45 40 42
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 3 3 4 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 1 0 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 2 1 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 3 2 3 4 4
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 7 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 4 25 10 8 8
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 1 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 2 3 1 1
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 0
University Counseling Center: 2 1 4 2 4
University Teaching Faculty: 0 2 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: 1 2 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0