Program Information: University Counseling Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2129
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: California State University, Northridge
Department: University Counseling Services
Address: 18111 Nordhoff St.
Bayramian Hall, Suite 520
Northridge, California 91330-8217
Country: United States
Metro Area: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA
Distance from Major City: 26 miles from Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 818-677-2366x
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: Pat Alford-Keating
Chief Psychologist: Julie Pearce
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 11
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
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: 34000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 12 University holidays, Private office with computer/internet/Webcam, Library privileges, faculty/staff parking rate, faculty/staff rate for use of the Student Recreation Center, faculty/staff discount at campus bookstore. Professional release time and limited financial support provided when funds are available for professional development (e.g., workshops, conferences, etc.).
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical intern’s day includes a balance of direct service (clinical, outreach), supervision, training activities, meetings, and administrative tasks. The amount devoted to each activity varies according to the particular day of the week. On a daily basis, interns provide clinical services, including individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and case management); altogether, this amounts to nearly half of an intern’s time per week. Further, interns supervise peer educators on a weekly basis. Additionally, interns receive six hours of supervision (primary, secondary, group, video group, outreach, and Peer Programs) spread throughout each week. In terms of weekly training activities, interns participate in professional seminars, as well as training modules. Further, interns attend weekly meetings dispersed throughout the week (staff meetings, intern business meetings, case conference, and peer review). Committee work and outreach presentations are interspersed throughout the year (8 outreaches; occasional committee meetings). Finally, interns are allotted daily time for documentation, case management, and general preparation.
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: 11/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

All applicants are notified of interview status by phone and/or email by December 15, 2021.

Individuals selected to move on to the interview stage are contacted by telephone and/or email to schedule an interview during the month of January 2022 (Begin Jan. 5th and continue through the week beginning Jan. 17th).

Interviews will be conducted over Zoom; interviewees will receive a Zoom ID, prior to their interview. Interviewees will be welcome to ask interviewers, staff members, or interns, any additional questions they may have subsequent to the interview. 

Our 90 minute interviews include two parts: 1) A series of structured questions and 2) A role play (based on a vignette) followed by structured questions. Applicants are given time to ask questions. Two members of the clinical staff and one doctoral intern conduct each interview. We may host a Virtual Open House in January for applicants invited to interview.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy: 

We comply with all state, local, and university policies related to COVID-19, including vaccination policies. Though these policies can change at any time, without notice, presently university employees (including interns) are required to attest to having received the  recommended doses FDA approved COVID-19 vaccination(s), of their choice). There are exceptions to this requirement based on religious beliefs or medical status. For more information about vaccination requirements, please visit the Matadors Forward website > Health and Safety:

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Telephone the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Adler University, Azusa Pacific University, Arizona State University, Boston University, Biola University, Brigham Young University, California School of Professional Psychology-Alliant International University (Los Angeles), California School of Professional Psychology-Alliant International University (San Diego), Chicago School of Psychology (Chicago), Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Our Lady of the Lake University, Pepperdine University, Roosevelt University, St. John's University, University of Georgia, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of North Dakota, University of San Francisco, Washington State University
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 start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required:
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 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: All final candidates for employment at California State University, Northridge, will be required to undergo and successfully complete a background check (including a criminal records check) as a condition of employment. Background screenings will be conducted after the Match. Applicants who match to our program but do not successfully pass the background check will be dismissed from the internship (see APPIC Match Policy 6b).
Program Description

The California State University (CSUN)’s University Counseling Services (UCS) is accredited by the American Psychological Association. We offer three, full-time, 12-month intern positions in Health Service Psychology.  The aim of our Program is to train interns to become culturally competent, scientifically-minded, clinically and professionally skilled, and ethically sound entry level health service psychologists, enabling them to practice in a variety of settings. 

We are passionate about training psychologists who possess cultural humility and are interested in social justice. To that end, we weave multicultural perspectives into all aspects of our training. We are fortunate that CSUN is an extremely diverse campus which means that our interns carry caseloads rich with diverse clients.  CSUN has been officially designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Throughout the year, we offer didactic seminars designed to enhance multicultural skill in working with specific cultural groups.  Additionally, we provide over 25 hours of multicultural, experiential training, intended to deepen interns’ self-exploration and cultural understandings.  Further, our staff itself brings diversity in terms of sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, age, and ability. Further, our staff is multidisciplinary.  Therefore, interns are afforded numerous opportunities to learn from and collaborate with our culturally diverse staff members, as well as staff representing a variety of theoretical orientations, professional interests, specializations, backgrounds, and disciplines (psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and a higher education professional), .

Our training curriculum is developmental in nature with increased challenge and complexity throughout the internship year.  Interns' experiential learning primarily occurs in the realms of 1) clinical work, 2) outreach, and 3) supervision.  Clinically speaking, interns provide clinical assessment, short-term individual and couples psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, case management and referral, crisis intervention; interns will maintain a weekly Triage shift.  While short-term individual therapy and group therapy are the primary means of clinical service delivery at UCS, interns also have the opportunity to work with couples. Also, interns will carry two long-term clients.  Interns provide mental health consultation and campus-based outreach; they consult with faculty, staff, families, and students regarding mental health issues.  Also, interns present workshops and programs for student groups, and campus departments.  Further, interns have the opportunity to work with our thriving Peer Educator Programs (serving approx. 20,000 students).  Supervision opportunities include peer supervision (as part of our video group supervision) as well as supervision and mentoring of paraprofessional peer educators. Interns also may become involved in ongoing university and departmental initiatives, such as: Depression awarness and suicideprevention weeks (Beat the Blues Week), disordered eating (National Eating Disorder Awareness Week), and sexual assault awareness/prevention (It’s on Us; Sexual Assault Awareness for Everyone Week). Interns conduct a Program Evaluation project. Continued development of ethical and and professional behavior is integrated throughout the training experience; this training involves ethical decision-making, professional values and attitudes, reflective practices, and professional relationships/communication.

Vital to interns' learning processes and training experiences are the professional staff providing the training. Our staff are passionate about training. They are highly involved and committed to the Training Program. Our diverse and competent staff provide feedback, support, challenge, role modeling, and mentorship to interns. Supervision and training seminars incorporate scholarly research and evidence-based practices.  Our program is highly experiential and interns are afforded numerous opportunities to apply skill (clinical, outreach, and professional) under supervision, enabling them to mature into competent health service psychologists. Interns leave us well-prepared to provide mental health services, within a university counseling center or other mental health settings. 

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other: Clinical Assessment


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Outreach and Consultation

Interns have the opportunity for outreach and consultation experiences with campus constituents (e.g., student group or organization, university department, mental health week sponsored by peer education programs, etc.).  Interns also may become involved in ongoing university and department initiatives, such as: Depression and suicide prevention (Behind Closed Doors, Beat the Blues Week) , disordered eating (National Eating Disorder Awareness Week), and sexual assault awareness and prevention (It’s On Us; Sexual Assault Awareness For Everyone) see for more information. 

Peer Education Supervision

Interns provide weekly supervision and mentoring for our classes of paraprofessional mental health peer educators, as well as for the affiliated student assistants.

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: 91 110 94 88 83
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 35 42 39 38 36
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 3 2 1 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 2 3 1 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 2
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 13 44
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 3 1 0 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 1 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 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 0 1 1 1
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: 0 0 1 1 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 1 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