The doctoral psychology internship at CAPS is designed to be a forum for advanced learning of and practice in the art and the science of psychology in a setting where the open-ended nature of development is recognized and valued. We assist our interns in refining their practice as formed through both the processes of experiential practice and engagement of scholarly knowledge. Our program is grounded in a strong emphasis on the development of practitioners who have a working knowledge of accepted ethical and legal standards of practice, and who conduct themselves and their practice within these guidelines. While we recognize that one’s internship setting may not be reflective of one’s ultimate career path, our program is designed with an emphasis on strengthening skills in areas that are typical of professional work in university counseling center settings. We value a philosophy of wellness and prevention, which is exemplified in the importance we place on providing collaborative outreach and consultation to our campus community. Finally, we support and encourage the ongoing process of professional development, recognizing the significance of self-awareness and productive self-reflection throughout this process. Ultimately, we strive to train interns who will subsequently enter the field as competent, ethical, and compassionate professionals.
CAPS’ training program focuses on the following areas of professional skill development and competence: 1.Generalist Clinical Practice; 2. Providing Brief, Time-limited Therapy; 3. Multicultural Counseling and Working with Diverse Populations; 4. Crisis Intervention; 5. Providing Outreach and Liaison Services; 6. Professional Development Issues and Processes
The specific program aims are listed below. Additional information about the program aims may be found on our website.
- To foster the professional development, identity, and values necessary for effective and ethical practice as a psychologist.
- To develop the skills and competencies necessary for entry-level professional practice with diverse populations, with an emphasis on the development of professional skills.
Please see our website for a more detailed description of our program.
The internship program at CAPS is currently accredited by the American Psychological Association. Our next accreditation review will occur in 2023.
Questions related to our program’s accredited 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