Program Information: Counseling Center

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2117
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Western Washington University
Department: Counseling Center
Address: 516 High Street, Old Main 540
Bellingham, Washington 98225-9052
Country: United States
Metro Area: Vancouver (Surrey, Burnaby)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
Distance from Major City: 90 miles north of Seattle; 40 miles south of Vancouver BC
Phone: 360-650-3164
Fax: 360-650-7308
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • University Counseling Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Ruby Casiano
Chief Psychologist: Sarah Godoy
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 6
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 09/08/2022
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: 36200
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, 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 Individual/group counseling; initial assessment interview; individual supervision; 3-4 hours of same-day drop-in coverage (per week); weekly peer consultation group; weekly medical consultation group; weekly intern seminar; weekly intern cohort supervision meeting; weekly staff meeting; university outreach and consultation.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
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: 11/19/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
Interview notification date: The data is not updated for current year. We are showing the previous data.

Tentative interview date: 12/13/2021
Interview process description:

Applicants are notified of their interview status by email. Individual interviews are conducted by video conference (e.g. Zoom) and occur between December 13, 2021 and January 14, 2022. They typically involve 3-4 members of the staff, including a current Doctoral Intern, in a one-hour conference call.

How to obtain application info: Email the Program
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Adler School of Professional Psychology Adler University - Vancouver Antioch University Seattle Antioch University New England Arizona School of Professional Psychology/Argosy-Phoenix Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC campuses) Duquesne University Indiana State University University of Indianapolis John F. Kennedy University Northwest University Pacific University Pacifica Graduate Institute University of the Rockies Washington State University Antioch University New England
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 start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 350
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 Accepted
Non-Accredited 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: Matched applicants must successfully pass a criminal background check as a condition of employment.
Program Description

The Western Washington University Counseling Center is a unit of Counseling Wellness Center, in the Division of Enrollment and Student Services, and is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). The Counseling Center offers a wide range of counseling and student development services and is the primary mental health facility of the campus. The staff of the Center spends roughly 60% its time in direct client service, client-related activities, and supervision, with the remainder devoted to outreach, administration, consultation, training, and staff development activities. While the Center utilizes a brief therapy model, there are opportunities for longer-term counseling. Staff members practice in a variety of counseling modes and represent a number of theoretical approaches to counseling and psychotherapy. Professional staff members are licensed mental health counselors or licensed psychologists in the state of Washington. Interns devote a minimum of 25% of their time to direct service activities, including individual and group counseling, initial assessment interviews, daytime and after-hours on-call services. Interns also participate in a weekly 2 hour seminar, weekly staff meetings, peer consultation groups, a weekly intern cohort meeting, and a weekly consult hour with Health Center staff. Interns are expected to co-facilitate at least one of the multi-session groups offered by the Center. Involvement in outreach/consultation activities is required.

Internship Training Opportunities


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
Homelessness: Yes
Other: First generation and undocumented students are also seen periodically.

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: 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:
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Integrated health care - primary:
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: 32 18
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 31 15 8 15
Total number of interns: 4 4 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 1 4 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 0 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 4 3 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 4 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 0 0 2 3
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 2 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 1 0 2 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 0 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 1 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 2 1 0 1 0
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 1 0 0 0