Site Name: University of Washington Counseling Center
Department: Student Life
On-line application materials are screened by an intern selection committee. Applicants are rated by this committee based on their on-line materials. Applicants whose training, experience and professional goals most closely parallel the training opportunities available at the UW Counseling Center will be invited to participate in a telephone or Zoom interview. All applicants will be notified by 12/15/21 whether or not they are advancing to interview. These 40-minute interviews are conducted by Zoom or phone during the last week of December and the first two weeks of January. UWCC usually offers 30-35 interviews per year. The training program at the UW Counseling Center adheres to the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers’ (APPIC) guidelines regarding offers and acceptances. UWCC participates in the APPIC Matching Program for Psychology Internship Positions & the APPIC Form for Letters of Recommendation available on the APPI website. For additional information regarding the APPIC Internship Matching Program, please contact www.natmatch.com/psychint/.
If matched with UWCC, the University will conduct a national criminal conviction background check at no cost to the applicant. While hiring is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to being hired at UWCC. Eligibility for hiring will be determined by the UWCC administration in consultation with UW Human Resources. Applicants who match to UWCC but do not successfully pass this background check will not be hired as interns (see APPIC Match Policy 6b). See RCW 43.43.830 for relevant Washington state regulatory guidelines/definitions.
The doctoral internship at the University of Washington Counseling Center is based on a developmental model that is experientially based & informed by psychological theory and research. In accordance with the premise that individual change & learning occurs within the context of significant human interaction, the supervisor-intern relationship & other mentoring relationships are key in the training program. This internship provides interns with a rich & varied learning experience that combines graduated learning & practice with science. Thus, the training program begins with an extensive orientation period & assessment of the intern's individual training needs. As the training year progresses, the number of didactic experiences decrease & the interns are given increasing clinical responsibility & autonomy. The primary focus of the internship training is to assist interns in integrating academic foundations with professional practice. This is accomplished by facilitating professional learning & personal growth by means of supervised clinical experience, didactic seminars, continued exposure to psychological literature, & collegial interaction throughout the year. Interns gain experience in individual short-term psychotherapy and related therapy skills, career assessment & counseling, & group counseling and couple couseling (as available), psychological therapeutic assessment, ethical & legal issues, diversity, consultation & outreach programming. The program is dedicated to the enhancement of the ethical, multicultural/social justice, & professional development of interns. Interns are encouraged to offer professional contributions in staff meetings & clinical teams, seminars, & outreach presentations. Upon completion of the internship, the developing professional will have sufficient experience in a university counseling center and general psychotherapeutic practices to confidently and competently carry out the responsibilities of an entry level professional in a variety of settings. Successful completion of internship requires a) completing 2000 hours of which 25% is direct service and b) passing all learning elements of the nine profession-wide competencies with a minimum of Level 3 (competent).
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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.