Program Information: Counseling Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2382
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: University of Nevada, Reno
Department: Counseling Services
Address: Pennington Student Achievement Center 420
University of Nevada, Reno MS 0080
Reno, Nevada 89557-0080
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 130 miles from Sacramento; 220 miles from San Francisco
Phone: 775-784-4648
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 & Lead / Director: Jodi Thomas
Chief Psychologist: Yani Dickens
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 7
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 36000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 11 university holidays and 10 annual leave days, 10 sick days, and limited flex time at the discretion of the director of training. Professional development leave is included. See the training manual on our website for full details.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The typical work day includes conducting initial consultation evaluations, providing individual counseling, administrative time for notes and/or meetings, and receiving supervision and/or training seminar.
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: 12/1/2021
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
Interview notification date: 12/20/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:
Interviews are conducted only via synchronous audiovisual methods (e.g., Zoom, Skype, FaceTime) or phone as a back-up. The typical interview will be 45-50 minutes in length. About 30 minutes will be allocated for questions from our staff about your interest in working here, your clinical approach, and other questions relevant to intern selection. The remaining time will be allocated for you to ask us a few questions at the end of the interview. This description of a "typical" interview is meant to give you a general sense of what to expect. Your interview team may vary the process slightly. One of our previous interns may be available outside of this interview upon your request to answer questions that you might have about our training program from an intern’s perspective. Please let us know if you have a disability that may impact your ability to participate in the interview process, and we will attempt to provide a reasonable accommodation. 
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: No
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 application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 30
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required:
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-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: A background check is required.
Program Description

The University of Nevada Counseling Services is a growing university counseling center that provides individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, psychological assessment, outreach including educational workshops and presentations, general consultation and sport psychology consultation, and referrals to community health care providers. These services are undertaken in accordance with the following mission – the mission of Counseling Services is to provide psychological services to University of Nevada Reno students to support and facilitate their personal and academic success and development.

The professional staff currently consists of seven full-time licensed psychologists, two part-time licensed psychologists, two full-time licensed clinical social workers, and one part-time licensed clinical social worker. In addition to several administrative staff, each year we have an average of approximately four to six graduate trainees in Psychology or Social Work.

Our doctoral internship is designed to train interns to be competent entry level generalist health service psychologists, especially in college or university counseling settings. We have several specific objectives within this overarching goal: 1) Clinical Competence, 2) Multicultural Competence, and 3) Ethical Practice and Professionalism.

1)    We strive to train entry-level generalists who are committed to providing competent psychological services, including initial evaluation/assessment, individual and group psychotherapy, psychological testing, multicultural practice, supervision of trainees (depending on number of available practicum students), and program evaluation and research in multi-disciplinary environments. In addition, we strive to train generalists with competence to work in an identified emphasis area including, but not limited to, working with LGBTQ+ populations, diversity and multicultural counseling, psychological testing, eating disorder treatment, sport psychology consulting, group counseling, DBT, or outcome evaluation and research.

2)    We strive to train generalists to be multiculturally competent professionals who apply ongoing self-awareness as cultural beings, awareness of others as cultural beings, and awareness of interactions amongst themselves, others, and groups within systems to maintain culturally-informed practice and multicultural humility.

3)    We strive to train generalists to conduct themselves in a socially and ethically responsible manner, understanding and applying the laws and ethical principles of psychology as a profession. We value self-reflection, self-assessment, and self-care.  We strive to train generalists who identify, reflect about, understand, and promote socially-just change at the individual client, group, institutional, community, and systems level, particularly when it impacts client development and functioning.

UNR Counseling Services seeks individuals who are team players, have strong communication skills, effectively balance good self-care with productivity, are open to learning, and value self-reflection as a tool for professional development. 

The internship is an on-site experience. UNR currently has a university-wide COVID-19 vaccination requirement for staff- 

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: 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:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy:
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Abuse:
Substance Use Disorders:
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)

Interns gain exposure to assessment at Counseling Services, conducting a minimum of 4 integrated reports, with 5-7 reports being preferred. Interns can elect a more intense exposure in assessment to gain more supervised assessment experience and training, conducting 8 to 12 integrated reports. 

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: 15 12 14 17 14
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 12 11 13 16 13
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: 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3 1 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 4 2 12 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 14 39 37 50 26
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 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 2 3 3 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 1
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 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: 3 1 2 1 0
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 1 2 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 1 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0