Program Information: Student Medical and Counseling Clinic

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1730
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Central Washington University
Department: Student Medical and Counseling Clinic
Address: 400 E. University Avenue
Ellensburg, Washington 98926-7585
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
Distance from Major City: 110 miles east of Seattle
Phone: 509-963-1391x
Fax: 509-963-1886
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: Cindy Bruns
Chief Psychologist: Cindy Bruns
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 36400
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns are provided $400 toward conference or other CEU workshop attendance.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns engage in a variety of activities each day, ranging from staff meetings, trainings, supervision, individual and group therapy, screenings, crisis intervention, consultation with medical providers, outreach, and assessment, as well as participating in after-hours on-call. Interns are an integral part of our team and participate in all aspects of clinic life and service delivery. Given the intense nature of the internship year, interns typically work a 45 hour week to complete all the required activities.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum Students
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
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: 11/16/2021 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: 12/03/2021
Tentative interview date: 12/08/2021
Interview process description:

Interviews are conducted by video conferencing or phone at the applicant's preference.  Applicants typically interview with the Training Director and 2-3 additional staff members, including a current intern.  Interviews are 50 minutes.  We try to interview all of our selected applicants between December 8, 2021 and December 22, 2021.  Although the exact number varies from year to year, we generally interview between 24 and 30 applicants.  Applicants who are still under consideration after the video/phone interview will be given information about an optional open house that takes place in mid-late January.  Email is the primary method of communication between the program and applicants and notifications regarding interviews and if an applicant is still under consideration will be done by email to the primary email address listed on the APPI.  Applicants will also be matched with an intern "buddy" who will make telephone contact and provide opportunities outside the interview for applicants to ask questions and obtain the intern perspective on our program.  Applicants are also welcome to contact the Training Director or other staff members at any point in the process.  We want applicants to be well-informed about our 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: Alliant University/California School of Professional Psychology, Argosy/Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Brigham Young University, Denver University, Fuller Theological Seminary, George Fox University, Loyola University, Northwest University, Pacific University, Seattle Pacific University, Tennessee State University, University of North Texas, University of Northern Colorado, University of Oregon, Utah State University, University of Detroit - Mercy, California Lutheran University, University of Hawaii - Manoa, Wright Institute, Washington State University, Fielding Institute.
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: 400
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
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: NA
Other Requirements: Matched applicants must pass a university sponsored, multi-state criminal background check and are asked to furnish proof of current vaccinations or evidence of medical exemption from receiving vaccinations. Interns must also provide proof of malpractice insurance, either individual policy or through their department.
Program Description

The Counseling Services doctoral internship follows a Practitioner-Scholar training model integrated with a developmental framework. Our staff consists of 4 licensed psychologists and 2 licensed mental health counselors (some staff are still working toward licensure). Counseling Services is housed with the Student Health Services and has extensive interaction with medical providers. All interns receive a 2-2.5 week orientation focusing on training in the services we provide to our students as well as considerations of ethical practice in a rural setting. Throughout the year interns will participate in weekly clinical training seminars and a biweekly diversity seminar. All counseling staff meets weekly for 1.5 hours in case consultation and for one hour biweekly in a multidisciplinary staff case consultation. Each staff member, including interns, rotate crisis coverage during office hours and after-hours. We work with a population with a multitude of clinical issues matching the nation-wide trend of increasingly severe clinical presentation among student populations. We mainly use a brief therapy approach but also maintain some long term clients on our caseload. We encourage a variety of theoretical orientations; the clinic is influenced by principles of ACT, psychodynamic and interpersonal psychotherapy, and humanistic/existential psychotherapy. Interns will be trained in assessment skills and will have the opportunity to engage in formal testing. Interns are required to complete two formal case presentations, a didactic training to the staff on a topic of their choice, and several outreach presentations during the year. They may choose to do more according to interest and opportunity. Group counseling is valued and encouraged for our student clients. Interns are expected to co-facilitate a group early in the year and independently facilitate a group by the end of the training year. The entry point for counseling services at our clinic is participation in three one-hour seminars introducing basic concepts of counseling and change. These are structured groups that the interns and all staff members present throughout the year.

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
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Other: NA

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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention:
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Other: NA


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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: 53 36 58 46 55
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 31 31 33 31 30
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 0 2 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 3 1 2 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 3 2 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 1 1
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 1 6 1 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 39 3 32 6 6
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 0 2 0
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 1 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 1 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 2 1 2 1 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 1 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 1
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 0 0 2 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0