Program Information: Counseling, Health and Wellness Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1751
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: University of Puget Sound
Department: Counseling, Health and Wellness Services
Address: 1500 N. Warner Avenue
Box 1035
Tacoma, Washington 98416-1035
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
Distance from Major City: 35 miles south of Seattle; 30 miles north of Olympia
Phone: 253-879-1555x3955
Fax: 253-879-3766
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: Charee Boulter Ph.D.
Chief Psychologist: Kelly Brown Ph.D.
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: 08/01/2022
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: 28475
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): Private office; laptop w/internet & webcams for recording sessions; private voice mail & personal business cards; free & close parking; 2 hrs/wk dissertation or project time (this increases in the summer); library privileges; elective dental, vision & disability insurance.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns typically work 8:00 - 5:00 with some evening engagements, such as, staying one evening until 6:00 pm due to running a therapy group or staying late to lead an educational outreach. It is typical to provide 5 clinical hours most days. Interns participate in 4+ hours of supervision weekly, staff meetings and intern seminars. The clinical work includes individual therapy, suicide and self harm risk assessments, screening assessments, intake assessments and group therapy. Interns and staff adjust their work schedule when running group or other outreach into the evening hours. Please visit our website for more details.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
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: 11/07/2021 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: 12/13/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

We will communicate interview status by Dec 13, 2021. Applicants can select video conference or phone interview. Interviews are typically held during the end of December and/or the first two weeks of January and last approximately 45 minutes. You will speak with the TD, a psychologist, a current intern, and a medical provider. We e-mail sample questions to assist with your preparation. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Our current interns are from Colorado State University, Adler University, and Fuller Theological Seminary. In prior years we have matched with interns from University of Nebraska, University of Northern Colorado, Auburn University, Pepperdine University, the Wright Institute, George Fox University, New Mexico State University, Pacific University, Hawaii School of Professional Psychology, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Argosy - Atlanta, Seattle Pacific University, George Washington University, University of Florida, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, and others.
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: Yes
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: 425
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 4
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: The minimum intervention hours are 425 and we also require applicants have worked with at least 20 adult clients. See our website for details on preferred experience. Background inquiry: The University of Puget Sound completes a national background inquiry which includes a criminal felony and misdemeanor search, national sex offender registry database search, social security number validation and trace. Adverse information discovered in the background check will not automatically disqualify an individual from employment. Decisions concerning employment will be made on a case-by-case basis in conjunction with a review of the job description and requirements. If you have questions regarding the background check, please contact our Human Resources Department at 253.879.3369. You will be required to complete this after the APPIC match and prior to beginning employment. Human Resources typically contacts our new interns within one to two months of the match.
Program Description

CHWS is a great fit for those desiring an integrative approach to deepen therapy skills and a generalist approach to an array of professional skills (outreach, program design, crisis, assessment, etc.). Supervisors are integrative and primary orientations include interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, feminist/systems, multicultural, psychodynamic, person centered, motivational enhancement and dialectical behavioral therapy. We encourage interns to intervene with clients astutely and flexibly, from diverse theoretical perspectives. Hunger for learning, fine judgment, and dry wit are all valued here. Committed supervision, diverse opportunities, and a multi-disciplinary environment reflect our values and what we offer. Our integrated psychology and health staff provides excellent opportunities for consultation across specialties, and an agency interest in multidisciplinary diagnostic and prevention efforts. We primarily treat students with moderate to moderately severe mental health issues and developmental concerns. Our program encourages interns to tailor their training experience by choosing a developing specialty. For example, they may co-lead the Between the Lines (LGBTQIA) support group or a sexual assault survivors group, may seek additional experience with suicide risk assessments, or may request additional experience with eating disordered clients. Each intern will have the opportunity to engage in two rotations. One rotation is the supervision of a practicum counselor for a semester, during which time the intern receives supervision of supervision. The alternating rotation involves substance abuse prevention which may include outreach/education, clinical assessments, and/or evaluation of prevention programs.

Due to COVID 19 pandemic we will follow our state health department and CDC guidelines to determine whether our services will be offered remotely or in person. These guidelines will also be followed regarding training and supervision. 

Our program is APA accredited.  Any questions related to the program’s status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association 
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 
Phone: (202) 336-5979 

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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:
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Eating Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: 91 108 80 85 83
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 29 30 29 30 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: 0 1 3 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 2 0 1 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 2 0 2 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 3 1 2
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 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 0 0 0 0 0
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 1 0 0 2
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 1 1 1 0
Community Mental Health Center: 1 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 1 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: 0 3 1 0 0
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 0 1 3 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 1 2 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 2