CAPS is part of the Student Wellness unit, which embraces balanced, holistic health and wellness. The doctoral internship is designed to train interns to be competent, entry-level generalist psychologists. The internship training program emphasizes professional identity development, ethical decision making, and multicultural competence. CAPS provides a setting in which interns increase and strengthen their abilities to practice psychology throughout their year. Interns successfully complete their internship when they reach a skill level of intermediate to advanced competence practice defined by having sufficient ability to practice core skills without ongoing supervision. Training involves developing both core skills and positive professional identity essential for the work of an entry-level psychologist. Interns work with a multidisciplinary staff who offer diverse backgrounds and various theoretical orientations, including evidence-based treatment. Interns have the opportunity to work within a university counseling center that includes a Behavioral Health Team, which serves as a bridge between the Student Health Center and CAPS to offer collaborative and integrated care. Interns gain experience by participating in a wide range of supervised professional activities within a large, urban, diverse university counseling center, including:
- Individual, couples, and group therapy from a brief treatment model.
- Crisis assessment and intervention.
- Assessment and diagnosis.
- Individual and group supervision.
- Seminars (Multicultural, Case Conference, Clinical and Professional Issues, Supervision of Supervision).
- Provision of supervision.
- Case management and referrals to community mental health care.
- Outreach, educational workshops and presentations, and consultation across the university.
- Research, training, professional development, and other activities.
- Optional rotations including, but not limited to: Behavioral Health, Eating Disorders, Multicultural Competence, Outreach, Trauma and Sport Psychology. Rotations include one hour of individual supervision/week with licensed staff.
- Attendance and participation in staff, Clinical Assessment Team (consultation), joint provider (Student Health Center), and unit (Student Wellness unit) meetings