Department : Counseling and Psychological Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2187
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: California State University, Fullerton Counseling and Psychological Services
Department: Counseling and Psychological Services
Address: SHCC-East Building
PO Box 6830
Fullerton, California 92831-6830
Country: United States
Metro Area: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 657-278-3040
Fax: 657-278-2971
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • University Counseling Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Phi Loan Le
Chief Psychologist: Jaime Sheehan
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 13
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2023
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: 36400
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 13 University holidays, Library privileges, Private office with computer/internet/session recording equipment, Discounted parking rates, Eligibility to access Faculty/Staff use only gym, Faculty/Staff discount at campus bookstore
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site There is no "typical" day. Here is an average work week: CLINICAL SERVICES: Individual and Group Therapy: 12-15 hrs // Intake Evaluations: 2 hrs // Triage/Crisis Walk-in: 2.5-4.0 hrs // Peer supervision: 1 hr // Outreach and Consultation/Liaison: 0.5-1 hrs // Group Therapy: 1.5 hrs // SUPERVISION: Primary Individual Supervision: 2 hrs // Specialty Individual Supervision: 1 hr // Group Supervision: 2 hrs // Case Consultation Meeting: 0.25 hr (1 hr per month) // Supervision of Group Work: 0.5 hr // TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Training Seminars: 2 hrs // Outreach Prep: 0.5-1 hrs // Professional Development Activities: 1 hrs // ADMINISTRATIVE TASKS: Staff Meeting: 1 hr // Meeting with the TC: 0.5 hr // Supervision Prep: 2 hrs // Case Management and Documentation: 6-7 hrs // Administrative Activities: 1 hr
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: 11/04/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2023
Interview process description:

All complete applications received by the deadline will be considered.  Applicants will be notified by email and/or phone about their interview status.  Notification about interviews will be made no later than December 15, 2022, but may be done sooner.
Applicants who are not offered an interview will also be notified by this date.

 Individual interviews will occur in early- to mid-January and will be conducted only using Zoom with the Training Coordinator and members of our Selection Committee.  Interview length is typically 50-60 minutes, and includes time for applicants to ask questions.  After a final discussion of candidates, the Selection Committee will submit our rank list to NMS.

 In keeping with our social justice philosophy, we do not allow on-site visits to our program prior to the ranking deadline.  We do not wish to add to any financial impact of the internship application process by requiring in-person interviews.  We also want to avoid creating uneven opportunities for applicants to be exposed to our program. 


Applicants are encouraged to contact the Training Coordinator, Dr. Phi Loan Le, via email ( with any questions that are not answered during the interview portion of the process.  Applicants are also invited to ask questions of current interns or staff.  Inquiries can be sent via email to the Training Coordinator, who will forward any requests for additional information to relevant staff or intens.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Adler University // Alliant International University, Los Angeles // Alliant International University, San Diego // Azusa Pacific University // Chicago School of Professional Psychology // Fuller Graduate School of Psychology // Louisiana Tech University // Loyola University Maryland // Pepperdine University // Rosemead School of Psychology // University of North Texas // Seattle Pacific University // University of Hartford // Spalding University // Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
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 ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
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, Fullerton may be required to undergo and successfully complete criminal background screening plus psychological, drug and alcohol screening 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 screening will be dismissed from the internship (see APPIC Match Policy 6b). Convictions will not automatically disqualify job candidates. The seriousness of the crime and date of conviction and the specific job applied for will be considered. Candidates selected for the position must complete the sign-in process by the date that employment begins. This includes signing the Oath of Allegiance and presenting verification of work authorization status and completing Section 1 of the I-9 form. Under Federal law, CSUF may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States. If offered a position, candidates will be required to present proof of eligibility to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, prior to employment.
Program Description

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.

  1. To foster the professional development, identity, and values necessary for effective and ethical practice as a psychologist.
  2. 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


Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: 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:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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 : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)

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 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 161 95 76 171 98 89
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 61 29 30 42 31 30
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 2 0 0 0 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 1 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 3 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0 1 3 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 0 38 15 10
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 2 1 0 1 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 1 1 0 2 3
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 1 1 2 1 0 1
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 1 1 0 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 2 2 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0