Department : Student Health and Counseling Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2265
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: California State University San Marcos
Department: Student Health and Counseling Services
Address: 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, California 92096-0001
Country: United States
Metro Area: San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 760-750-4915
Fax: 760-750-3198
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: Leah Tappero
Chief Psychologist: Allison Peters
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 6
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 36000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , 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): 13 University holidays, Library privileges, Private office with computer/internet/session recording equipment, Discounted parking rates, Eligibility to access university fitness center at discounted rate, Faculty/Staff discount at campus bookstore. Dissertation release time for defense of dissertation. Professional development time may be used on-site to work on dissertation as time allows.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The work day is 8am-5pm. An intern may start the day with a two hour block of "phone consultation" slots. These are used as the entry point for services. An intern may then see several individual clients, enjoy their hour for lunch, have an hour of individual supervision, attend a staff meeting, and co-facilitate a group.
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: 11/19/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/19/2023
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

All complete applications received by the deadline will be considered.  There is a minimum of 500 doctoral level intervention hours and 0 assessment hours required to be considered.  Hours accrued as part of a terminal masters program will not count as part of the 500 hours requirement.  Applicants will be notified by email and/or phone about their interview status.  Notification about interviews will be made no later than December 19, 2023 but may be done sooner. Applicants who are not offered an interview will also be notified by this date.

Individual interviews will occur in January 2024 and will be conducted by Zoom with the SHCS CAPS Director, Training Coordinator and members of our Training Committee.  Interview length is typically 50 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.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Training Coordinator via email with any questions that are not answered during the interview portion of the process: Dr. Leah Tappero,

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Alliant San Diego, Alliant Los Angeles, Alliant San Francisco, Palo Alto University, Argosy/CSPP Orange County, Pepperdine, Fuller Theological Seminary, Albizu University -San Juan Campus Puerto Rico, William James College, George Fox University, Hofstra 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: Yes, by start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 0
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable):
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 San Marcos may be required to undergo and successfully complete criminal background 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 8b). 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, CSUSM 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. The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in the CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. An offer of employment is contingent upon execution of and Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status and Legal Duty to Report Child Abuse and Neglect form. Signing the form is a prerequisite to employment and failure to sign will result in any offer of employment being withdrawn. The CSU updated its vaccination policy on April 6, 2023 announcing that COVID-19 vaccines are strongly recommended for all CSU staff, faculty, and students.
Program Description

The CSUSM SHCS internship is based on the practitioner-scholar model. The program values experiential learning with formal supervision as well as informal opportunities to consult with staff as needed. The internship program also values research and critical thinking skills, and interns are encouraged to integrate recent research into their work and to learn about and employ evidenced based treatments. The training program also values collaboration and consultation, and interns are invited and encouraged to foster collaborative relationships with all members of the staff and the university community.

In addition to minimum requirements stated in the online profile, the following preferred qualifications are taken into consideration when reviewing applications:

1) Interest in and experience working in a university/college counseling center setting.

2) Interest in and experience providing short term, couple, group therapy, outreach, and consultation.

3) Interest in and experience providing crisis intervention and management.

4) Strong interest in and commitment to multiculturalism/diversity as well as experience in working with diverse clients.

5) Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively.

6) Strong written and oral communication skills.

While our training program has structure, it maintains enough flexibility to be customized to the needs of individual interns. You will be asked to develop a list of goals that you would like to accomplish during the internship program. Your supervisor will give you feedback as to the practicality of the goals, and will help monitor your progress toward accomplishing the goals each semester.

The CSUSM SCHS 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 Consultation; 6. Professional Development Issues and Processes

The specific program goals include achievement of intermediate to advanced skill level in the following competency areas:

Competency area 1: Research

Competency area 2: Individual and Cultural Diversity

Competency area 3: Legal and Ethical Standards

Competency area 4: Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills

Competency area 5: Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors

Competency area 6: Supervision

Competency area 7: Assessment

Competency area 8: Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Competency area 9: Intervention

Please see our website for a more detailed description of our program:

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: 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: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention: Experience (21% to 30%)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
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: Experience (21% to 30%)
Women's Health: Experience (21% to 30%)
Eating Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: 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: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: Experience (21% to 30%)
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:
Supervision: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
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 2023-2024
Number of Completed Applications: 42 62 62 75 75 95
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 24 17 17 24 25 30
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 1 1 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 2 2 4 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 3 0 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching: 0
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0
Psychiatric facility: 0
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 3
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0