Department : Counseling and Psychological Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2282
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Florida Atlantic University
Department: Counseling and Psychological Services
Address: 777 Glades Road, Bldg. 8, Rm. 229
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL
Distance from Major City: 21 miles
Phone: 561-297-3540
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: Julio Rivas Ph.D.
Chief Psychologist: Laura DiPasquale Ph.D.
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 17
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2024
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: 41200
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
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): - 5 days of professional development leave - $500 for professional development for conference attendance or other scholarly activities approved by the training director, director, and division - Own office with computer, email, and video recording equipment - Off for all University holidays and when the University is closed - Option to contribute to retirement account - Use of university libraries and databases free of charge - Use of campus recreation facilities for a fee
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Please see FAU Internship Training Website for sample templates of workday. Interns provide individual and group therapy with occasional opportunities for relationship counseling. Interns spend about half of their time training through the provision of services (e.g., therapy, outreach, day time crisis response, assessment, consultation) and half of their time training via supervision, training seminars, meetings, etc.
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: 11/02/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/04/2023
Tentative interview date: Late December
Interview process description:

We will conduct all interviews via videoconference in middle to late December. The interview process will consist of a 1-hour interview with Training Director and a seperate 1-hour interview with a small group of CAPS staff. We will provide an opportunity for interviewees to communicate with staff who have shared interests and a current intern for additional questions to be answered. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: We match with applicants who are a good fit for the values of this program, available to review on our website, and who have skills in the work done in university counseling center settings. The program from which they come is less relevant than their competence, generalizable skills, and fit with FAU CAPS values.
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 ranking deadline
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):
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 Not 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: We recognize it may be difficult to accrue direct hours due to COVID. We will consider applications with fewer than 400 hours. Dissertation proposal should be complete by ranking day, if your program requires proposal completion before the start of internship. It is your responsibility to communicate this to the internship training director. Otherwise, it is possible that you will not be ranked if your application materials say that your program requires a proposal before internship begins but you have not completed that process and communicated that to us before our ranking day.
Program Description

FAU Counseling and Psychological Services is a comprehensive university counseling center that provides services to enrolled students. Interns (e.g., providing therapy to clientswill complete at least 2000 total hours with at least 25% of those hours (500) being direct service. Interns provide individual, relationship and group therapy, day time crisis intervention, referrals for psychiatric consultation, therapeutic assessment, educational workshops and outreach presentations, consultation with students, faculty and staff, and provide supervision to graduate students in training. Interns have the option to pursue specialized training experiences. We currently offer training foci in eating disorders, Latinx mental health, LGBTQ+,  sport psychology, black mental health, trauma, & working with men. We also offer targeted administrative experience to allow interns to gain experience in coordinating programs. Interns work on our Boca Raton campus. Interns recieve supervision from a multitude of supervisors including primary, secondary, group, assessment, supervision of supervision, case conference, and outreach.  They also meet with the Training Director on a regular basis. 

FAU is the most diverse university in the state university system and we are designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution. The clients seen at CAPS represent the diversity of the student body and therefore interns will gain experience working with clients from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Diversity training in the form of didactic training and personal exploration of own identities is an important part of the internship experience at FAU. 

We view awareness of self and interactions with others as essential for continual growth as professionals. Our staff is encouraged to enggage in self-reflection and interpersonal process for this growth to occur and we provide a myriad of opportunities for our interns to engage in processing their experiences during the internship year. FAU CAPS respects the privacy of every individual and recognizes their right to share at a level that is comfortable and growth promoting for them.  

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Clients served are from very diverse backgrounds

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
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: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : Exposure (1% to 20%)
Other: Interns may keep 1-2 long-term clients


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
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%)
Serious Mental Illness: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Abuse: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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: 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: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Administration: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Interns will have an opportunity to work with a wide spectrum of clients. The most common presenting problems are relationship concerns, depression, and anxiety. However, given that all students at FAU have access to CAPS services we see a variety of mental health concerns and like most university counseling centers, are seeing an increase in client severity. Interns will work with diverse clients, including racial and ethic minorities, sexual minorities, religious minorities, varying socioeconomic statuses, first generation college students, varying health and abiliity status, and international students. 

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: 65 77 74 81 101 97 96
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 24 21 30 25 36 38 37
Total number of interns: 2 2 2 2 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 2 2 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 2 2 0 2 3 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 0 0 2 1 0 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1 1 0 0 1 1 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 2 2 2 2 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 11 2 3 0 4 0 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 49 15 8 4 13 12 17
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 2
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: 1
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0