UNIQUE UNIVERSITY COUNSELING CENTER INTERNSHIP: The internship at UW Tacoma Psychological & Wellness Services (PAWS) is unique among UCC internships. Our student population is racially/ethnically diverse, traditional and non-traditional in age, economically disenfranchised, and from regional high schools and community colleges. Many are the first in their family to attend college. Ten percent are military affiliated. A fair number present with trauma histories. These are bright, dedicated students and our campus takes pride in their accomplishments. We enjoy a close relationship with Student Affairs, which offers interns the opportunity to learn about all aspects of student life. As therapists, we are honored to serve our students, and we hope you will find as much fulfillment in working here as we do! Our staff is enthusiastic about training; we value the development of trusting professional relationships, the use of supportive feedback, and dedicated efforts toward social justice. Please visit our website and open the Brochure or click through the training pages to learn about Tacoma, the UWT student population, our commitment to diversity, opportunities to provide direct services, seminars, supervision, and other specific elements of our internship training program.
This program is not APA accredited. Be aware that not every doctoral program allows students to apply to unaccredited sites. PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR DEPARTMENT'S DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL TRAINING to ensure you are authorized to apply to our site!
*Weekly Activities: Up to 20 hrs Direct Clinical Service [group therapy, individual therapy, same-day appts & crisis sessions (NO after-hours crisis on-call), occasional outreach, supervision of practicum trainees; 3 hrs Didactic Seminars (1.5 hr Clinical & Professional Topics and 1.5 hr Multicultural); 4+ hrs Receiving Supervision (2 hr 1:1 sup, 1.5-2 hr sup of groups, 1 hr sup of sup, 1 hr group sup/case conference); Other Activities include clinical documentation/case management, 1 hr staff meeting, and occasional Psychology Research Seminar Series departmental presentations. Interns' direct service hours are closely monitored and capped to ensure that the educational experience of internship is prioritized; the internship position is non-exempt from overtime and interns are not permitted to work more than 40 hr/wk. At full capacity, interns would spend up to 50% of their time per week providing direct clinical services.
Supervision of Practicum Trainees: The PAWS practicum program is technically a “preinternship” in WA parlance, and as such, practicum trainees (from regional doctoral programs) must receive their supervision from a licensed psychologist. Thus, to afford interns the opportunity to supervise, we provide co-supervision of practicum trainees. We initially have interns observe individual supervision of practicum trainees by senior staff and offer input as they feel ready to do so. Later, senior staff sit in with interns as they provide supervision to practicum trainees. Interns may also provide some training to practicum trainees during the weekly practicum seminar.
Psychological & Wellness Services Staff: PAWS is staffed by four full-time licensed psychologists (in fall 2022 a search to fill our 4th position was underway). Our leadership structure includes the Director, Training Director, Groups Coordinator, and Outreach Coordinator. A full-time Program Coordinator provides administrative support services. We also have a full-time Health Promotions Specialist/Confidential Advocate who serves as our Outreach Coordinator. Each staff member is highly invested in our training program and is eager to support interns’ personal and professional growth throughout the year. Our staff have a variety of theoretical orientations but all work within a developmental framework. We all share a commitment to diversity and social justice. We would love to welcome you to Washington!