Program Information: Counseling Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2188
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: University of Houston-Clear Lake; Counseling Services
Department: Counseling Services
Address: University of Houston-Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 331
Houston, Texas 77058-1002
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX
Distance from Major City: 30 miles southeast of downtown Houston
Phone: 281-283-2580x
Fax: 281-283-2602
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: David Ranschaert
Chief Psychologist: Cynthia Cook
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/08/2022
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: 35568.00
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): Please refer to the UHCL Human Resources page for details:
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns are expected to work a regular 40 hours per week with additional extra hours periodically; the modal number of hours spent in the office or engaged in formal training and outreach experiences is 40 hours per week. Counseling Services regular office hours are currently M-F 8:00-5:00. Traditionally hours have been M-Th 8:00-6:00 and F 8:00-5:00. As COVID-19 abates, it is unclear at this time whether our center will return to this schedule or remain on straight 8:00-5:00. In the event that we return to the former schedule for the 2022-2023 training year, interns would be required to work two nights until 6 pm; they will work with the training director to arrange the rest of their schedule, often leaving earlier or coming in later other days of the week. In addition to the weekly 40 hours of responsibility, interns are required to be available to work on some weekends for professional development activities and outreach commitments. Generally, interns devote about 20 hours per week to direct service activities. Please see our website for a sample weekly schedule.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
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: 11/11/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/10/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/03/2022
Interview process description:

Application Information

Applicants must access the “AAPI Online” to create and submit their internship applications. Go to and click on “AAPI Online”. The application deadline for our program is Thursday, November 11, 2021.

We require three letters of recommendation. It is our preference that recommenders use the APPIC Form for Letters of Recommendation available on the AAPI website, but will accept traditional letters if that is not possible

International Students, if offered an interview, will be asked to provide a letter from their academic institution indicating that they are eligible for CPT or OPT. In addition, the OPT/CPT process needs to be facilitated through the intern’s academic program or institution. As our university cannot provide sponsorship, we ask that applicants provide this letter to avoid matching with an applicant that our institution is unable to hire. 

Selection Process

Applicants will be notified by email of their interview status by December 10, 2021. Interviews will take place by Zoom video during the first 2 to 3 weeks of January. While we understand that some applicants may prefer an in-person interview, in an effort to give all interviewees a fair and consistent interview experience and to help keep costs down for applicants, we do not offer any in-person interviews. If applicants would like to visit our center to aid them in determining whether we would be a good fit for them, they may request an informal visit to the center to meet with a current intern and a limited number of available staff members. Informal visits do not factor into selection decisions; consistent with this, we prefer that any informal visits be conducted after the formal interview via Zoom. In addition, contact information for current interns can be provided upon request.

Policy Regarding Academic Programs Requesting Additional Contracts and/or Evaluations

The Counseling Services psychology internship program at the UHCL endorses the APPIC Match process as binding. Counseling Services therefore does not enter into additional training contracts or written training agreements beyond what is required to participate in Match. If an applicant’s academic program requires such a contract, they are strongly encouraged to consult with the Director of Clinical Training (DCT) about this requirement now. If they indicate that they require such contracts and are unwilling to waive this requirement then the application will not be considered. Similarly, interns at UHCL Counseling Services receive ongoing formative and summative evaluative feedback from supervisors throughout the training year. These evaluations are based on our program's philosophy of training, training model, and the standards and competencies that define the internship. At mid-year and again at the end of the year the internship Training Director sends the academic program DCT a letter summarizing the intern's performance to date and a copy of their evaluation. Therefore, if an applicant is enrolled in an academic training program that requires additional departmental program evaluations, these will not be completed by Counseling Services training staff at UHCL. The academic program may choose to use the data from our evaluations to complete their own forms. Again, applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with their DCT if there are any questions about such requirements to see if they are eligible to apply to our site.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
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: Yes
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
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 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: 150 hours of adult outpatient therapy hours are required. Must pass criminal history and sexual exploitation background checks. Please see our website for further details. International Students, once offered an interview, must additionally provide a letter from their academic institution indicating that they are eligible for CPT or OPT, as our university cannot provide sponsorship.
Program Description

Please see our website for a complete program description.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: 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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology:
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
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: 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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: 29 39 77 39 54
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 24 25 34 24 28
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 2 1 1 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 1 2 2 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 1 2 2 0
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 2 1 1 3
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 2 5 0 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 22 16 14 11
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 1 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 1 1 3 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 0 1 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: 1 2 0 2 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 1 2 1 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 1 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0