Program Information: Counseling & Psychological Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2524
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: San Diego State University
Department: Counseling & Psychological Services
Address: 5700 Hardy Ave.
San Diego, California 92182-4730
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
Distance from Major City: 0
Phone: 619-594-2492
Fax: 619-594-4392
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • University Counseling Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Doug Thomson
Chief Psychologist: Doug Thomson
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 13
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2023
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: 36000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Faculty status with full library privileges.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site There isn't one, so it's never boring! Individual therapy, group therapy, biofeedback, short-term AOD interventions, outreach, teaching, training and supervision activities, and consultation.
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: 11/18/2022
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/5/2022
Tentative interview date: 12/12/2022-1221/2022, 1/2/2023-1/20/2023
Interview process description:

Applicants will be notified of their interview status by 12/5/22, and interviews will be conducted between mid-December and mid-January.  Our interview process will be virtual via Zoom.  Applicants will meet with the members of the selection committee for approximately 1 hour to answer questions, and to respond to two vignette situations.  The vignettes will be sent to candidates approximately 15 minutes before the start of the interview.  Time is also set aside to answer interviewee questions regarding our site and training opportunities, and we schedule a virtual open house in mid-January to ensure that all candidates get a sense of 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: Nova Southeastern, William James College, California Northstate University, University of San Francisco, Fielding.
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 application deadline
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): 300
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): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not Accepted
PCSAS-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:
Program Description

The full-time internship at Counseling & Psychological Services (C&PS) at San Diego State University is located on a beautiful campus in the heart of San Diego.  Home to more than 35,000 undergraduate and graduate students, SDSU is a proud, Hispanic-serving institution with a diverse student body, faculty, and staff.

The internship program at C&PS is designed to prepare interns to excel at the responsibilities of a counseling center professional with appropriate support from licensed faculty.  The primary focus of the training program is to develop generalist skills in the following areas: individual and group therapy, biofeedback, alcohol and other drug interventions, assessment and triage, crisis intervention, teaching, and outreach/prevention activities.  All of these tasks are undertaken within a short-term model that is strengths-based, and which seeks to affirm the uniqueness, resiliency, and adaptability of each student we see in the Center.  Our training and supervision activities are thoughtfully designed to scaffold intern learning, while encouraging growth toward the independent functioning expected of a professional at the end of the internship year.

We value the diversity and uniqueness of our faculty, staff, students, and interns.  It is expected that interns, like our faculty and staff, will continually engage in the process of learning and self-reflection with respect to the development of cultural competence.  Connecting to this process from a place of authenticity and openness is essential to our training approach.

Our workplace is collegial, and we value the relationships we cultivate with each other, including our interns, while in the service of supporting our students.  While we acknowledge the power differential and professional boundaries and expectations inherent in a training environment, we also consider interns to be valued colleagues with much to teach us.  We offer the opportunity to connect with and to be mentored by a diverse and passionate faculty who have varying personal and professional styles, but who are all dedicated to providing a quality training experience.  Diverse theoretical backgrounds are represented on our faculty, and are encouraged in our interns.

Our site is not currently APA-accredited, and we are currently working on our self-study.  That being said, we have a rich history of providing training and mentorship to Psychology doctoral students in the San Diego area, having been a local training site since 1968.

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
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Individual Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy:
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy:
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other: Teaching


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 0 38 54
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 0 23 15
Total number of interns: 0 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 0 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 3 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 0 0 0
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 1
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0