Program Information: Counseling and Psychological Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1618
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Washington State University
Department: Counseling and Psychological Services
Address: Cougar Health Services
Washington Building, Room 302
PO Box 642302
Pullman, Washington 99164-2302
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 75 miles south of Spokane, WA
Phone: 509-335-4511x
Fax: 509-335-4511
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Academic Health Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jane Barga
Chief Psychologist: Jennifer Ellsworth
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 8
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2022
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: 35622
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): free city bus pass
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns work from 8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday, with occasional evening commitments. In a typical week, they conduct 14-17 hours of clinical interventions. This may include initial consultations, individual therapy, group and workshop facilitation, crisis interventions, ADHD/LD assessment, AOD assessments and motivational interviewing-based interventions, biofeedback, and possibly couples therapy. Interns also provide weekly supervision of initial consultations, skills-based workshops, and outreaches for beginning practicum counselors. Each semester, interns choose a two to three-hour/week minor rotation that is clinically or teaching based. For the academic year, they also pair with a senior clinician as a liaison to another university organization serving diverse students (e.g., Multicultural Student Services, International Programs, Trio, Access Center, Multicultural Greek Council, or GIESORC - Gender Identity Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center). Interns receive 2 hours of individual supervision, 2 or more hours of group supervision, and participate in training seminars on a weekly basis. They help plan and facilitate twice/semester Diversity Trainings for CAPS clinicians and may choose to participate on the CAPS Diversity Committee, which meets weekly or alternate weeks. Interns participate in a weekly provider meeting, a bi-weekly intern process meeting, and a monthly Cougar Health Services staff meeting. Less regularly over each semester interns facilitate outreaches (4+ per semester). Interns do not provide after-hours crisis services. In addressing changing COVID-19 pandemic circumstances, this summer we are working on-site and transitioning from mostly telehealth services to offering and gradually increasing in-person services. CAPS will continue to follow CDC, State of Washington, and university guidelines regarding safe workplace practices related to COVID-19.
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:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/10/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2022
Interview process description:

Applicants will be notified of their interview status by email on or prior to 12/10/2021. Individual interviews will be held via Zoom videoconferencing throughout the first half of January 2022. Interviews will be conducted by two selection committee members and will last 60 minutes. Current CAPS interns and postdoctoral residents are active participants on the intern selection committee. As part of the interview, applicants can expect to respond to questions about a case provided during the interview. Once their interview is completed, applicants are welcome to schedule a time to speak further with a current intern, the Training Director, or another CAPS provider about the WSU internship program. CAPS will also be scheduling a Virtual Open House for late January, 2022. Depending on COVID-19 related guidelines, applicants may also be able to visit the site after they have interviewed. During such a visit, applicants would receive a tour of the WSU CAPS facility and meet with a current intern and either the Training Director or an intern supervisor. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Antioch University Clinical Psychology, Argosy University Atlanta Clinical Psychology, Azusa Pacific University Clinical Psychology, Brigham Young University Clinical Psychology, CA School of Professional Psychology Clinical Psychology, Colorado State University Counseling Psychology, Fielding Graduate University Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary Clinical Psychology, Hawaii School of Professional Psychology Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology Chicago Clinical Psychology, Miami University Clinical Psychology, New Mexico State University Counseling Psychology, Ohio University Clinical Psychology, Pacific University Clinical Psychology, Roosevelt University Clinical Psychology, Regent University Clinical Psychology, Seattle Pacific University Clinical Psychology, Southern Illinois University Counseling Psychology, State University of New York Albany Counseling Psychology, University of Delaware Clinical Psychology, University of Denver Clinical Psychology, University of Florida Counseling Psychology, University of Houston Counseling Psychology, University of Indianapolis Clinical Psychology, University of Louisville Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri Columbia Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri St. Louis Clinical Psychology, University of Nevada Reno Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon Counseling Psychology, University of Texas Austin Counseling Psychology, University of Utah Counseling Psychology, Utah State University Combined Program, Washington State University Clinical Psychology, Washington State University Counseling Psychology
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: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 375
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
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 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) Experience writing at least 1 integrated assessment report (child or adult), indicated on AAPI; 2) Experience administering at least 1 WAIS, WISC, or WJ Cognitive Assessment, and 1 WIAT or WJ Achievement Assessment, indicated on AAPI. If any of these test administrations were completed as part of a class (and not reflected in the assessment information on the AAPI), applicant needs to state this in their cover letter. 3) 150 Doctoral Individual Adult Therapy Hours preferred by the time of application. However, due to COVID-19 related impacts on practicum placements, applicants with fewer doctoral individual adult therapy hours and who meet all other application requirements will be considered. Note: CAPS also conducts pre-employment screening for doctoral interns, which involves completion of criminal background checks within the State of Washington and nation-wide. Intern applicants who match at CAPS will be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment. Background checks will be conducted following the APPIC Match, and offers will be contingent upon successfully completing the background check. Successful completion of the background check would require that the intern has no record of criminal history that would prohibit them from providing psychological counseling according to the laws of the State of Washington (See RCW's 43.43.830 - 43.43.842).
Program Description

The Washington State University (WSU) Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) doctoral internship program is located in Pullman, WA. WSU is a land grant university with about 20,000 students attending its Pullman campus: approximately 40% identify as first-generation college students, 30% identify as multicultural, and 7% identify as international. WSU is among the top 36 universities nationally for policies supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students (Campus Pride Index, 2015). The CAPS doctoral psychology internship program is housed within Student Affairs and is an integral part of Cougar Health Services (CHS): medical clinic, pharmacy, and vision clinic.

The WSU CAPS intern training takes a developmental approach and focuses on the transition from acquired practicum-level counseling skills and interventions to the acquisition of professional competencies relevant to becoming socially responsive, entry-level health service psychologists in a variety of settings. Our training philosophy is based upon a Practitioner-Scholar Model. As such, the purpose of our program is to train interns whose work is informed by practice, theory, and research and who take into account individual, multicultural, and societal considerations in their clinical and other service delivery endeavors.

Each internship year begins with extensive orientation. Across the year, we provide didactic training and applied experiences to facilitate growth across the profession-wide competencies established by APA (research, ethical and legal standards, diversity, professional values and attitudes, communication and interpersonal skills, assessment, intervention, supervision, and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills). We offer weekly individual supervision, through which interns can identify and address specific training needs and interests, in addition to training seminars and group supervision of therapy, groups, supervision, and assessment. 

Direct services interns provide include individual therapy, groups and workshops, initial consultations, biofeedback, psychological testing and assessment, substance assessment and motivational interviewing interventions, crisis management, outreach, and provision of clinical supervision. Interns do not have after-hours on-call responsibilities. Due to COVID 19, CAPS transitioned to providing mostly telehealth services (from office or remotely) in March 2020, although continued to offer LD and ADHD assessments and psychiatric services in-person. All staff are currently working from their campus offices and CAPS plans a gradual return to increased in-person clinical services over the 2021-22 academic year. We intend to provide as much supervision and training in-person as is feasible and effective.

Each intern's training is tailored through participation in diversity liaisons and minor rotations. As liaisons, interns are paired with senior clinicians to collaborate with a university office/organization serving diverse student groups. Examples of such organizations include Multicultural Student Services, the Gender Identity Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center, International Programs, the Access Center, Trio, and the Multicultural Greek Council.

Semester-long minor rotations are clinical or teaching-based. Training and experiences in minor rotations exceed that which all interns receive. Options include but are not limited to: alcohol & drug assessment and treatment, behavioral health at WSU's CHS medical clinic, biofeedback, doctoral practicum class co-instruction, couples therapy, groups, LD/ADHD assessment, outreach, or another rotation agreed upon with the Training Director.

Interns are involved in CAPS diversity training, contributing to two all-provider diversity trainings each semester. They may also participate on the CAPS diversity committee, which meets weekly or bi-weekly and guides the organization and implementation of CAPS diversity efforts.

Interns engage in research through seminar and outreach preparation as well as their dissertation progress or a small research project for CAPS. They gain administrative experience through participation in the intern selection process, attendance at CAPS and CHS meetings, organization of diversity trainings, and optional committee work.

CAPS' clinicians highly value training and enjoy opportunities to supervise and mentor interns. The program supports increased independence over the year by systematically introducing more complex responsibilities while adjusting supervisory oversight to enhance interns' professional autonomy. By the end of the training year, it is expected that interns will be ready for entry-level doctorate employment or postdoctoral training in a variety of health service psychology settings, including university counseling centers. 


Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: First Generation College Students

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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: outreach programming


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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
Number of Completed Applications: 65 58 43 57 70
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 36 40 34 36 50
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 1 2 3 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 3 2 1 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 4 2 2 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 0 2 2 0
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 5 1 5 4 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 10 17 20 57 47
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: 2 1 3 3 2
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 1 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: 0 1 4 4 1
University Teaching Faculty: 0 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: 1 1 0 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 1 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0