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Counseling and Psychological Services

Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology: Applicant Information for 2017-18 Internship Year

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American Psychological Association
Commission on Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 2002
202-336-5979

This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC Policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant prior to Uniform Notification Day.

APPIC Number 1618 Internship Program

General Description

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a wide variety of services for students, including individual and group counseling, specialized workshops, psychological assessment, substance abuse assessment and intervention, consultation and outreach, and graduate and undergraduate training. As a unit in the Office of Student Affairs, the services provided address the mental health needs of students and contribute to the quality of life of the campus community.

The University and the Area

Washington State University, the state’s land-grant university, is located in Pullman, a college town of 9,000. The University enrolls approximately 20,000 students, including 2,000 graduate students, and has about 1,200 faculty members. In addition, WSU has 1500-2000 students at three branch campuses. Fifty-two departments in seven colleges offer degrees in nearly 100 fields with master’s and doctoral degrees available in most. Together with the University of Idaho, located 8 miles east in Moscow, ID, WSU provides cultural and intellectual opportunities for a combined community of 50,000. WSU is situated in rolling wheat fields, with nearby mountains, lakes and rivers of Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Check out WSU’s Home Page at www.wsu.edu and the home page for Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment at www.osae.wsu.edu. For further information on the area check http://the.palouse.net.

Commitment to Diversity

Counseling and Psychological Services shares Washington State University’s commitment to diversity, as described on the University’s Human Resources Services website, hrs.wsu.edu: “WSU endeavors to model, for the state and nation, a community of individuals who seek what is best for each other. The University respects and significantly benefits from diversity such as may be expressed through racial/ethnic, gender, cultural, disability, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic differences among the faculty, staff, and students. The University takes seriously its responsibility to offer educational and professional opportunities equitably to all qualified persons it can accommodate. The University, through its curriculum, programs, and services, provides understanding and supportive interaction among diverse population groups and respects individuals’ personal values and ideas. It is incumbent upon each member of the WSU administration, faculty, and staff to make every good faith effort to fulfill this commitment.”

 

The Internship

The doctoral internship is a full-time, 12-month professional position. The stipend is $27,938.11 with additional benefits, including health coverage, life insurance and accrual of sick leave and vacation days. The internship begins July 1, and concludes on June 30. The training program is designed to support ongoing self-appraisal while developing specialized skills in a range of interventions for a variety of client types and systems. Interns provide supervised individual and group counseling (and possibly couples counseling), crisis intervention, psychological testing and consultation, and outreach, as well as supervision of practicum students. Additional opportunities include co-teaching practicum seminars and serving as liaison to such offices as International Programs, Multicultural Student Services, and the GIESO Resource Center. An optional three-week inpatient treatment rotation is also available.

Qualifications

Applicants for the internship must complete their final and at least third year of graduate study in Clinical or Counseling Psychology by July 1, 2017, and have previous, well documented, supervised counseling experience. Included in this experience must be a minimum of 350 total intervention hours; 150 individual adult therapy hours; experience writing at least 1 integrated assessment report; and administration of at least 1 WAIS, WISC or WJ Cognitive assessment and 1 WIAT or WJ Achievement assessment. This assessment administration requirement may be fulfilled through practice test administrations within a class; either child or adult assessments are acceptable. Applicants should explicitly address fulfillment of this requirement in their cover letter or AAPI hours. It is expected that applicants will have completed their comprehensive exams and be certified by their DCT at the time of application. Dissertation proposals must be approved by application deadline. We cannot consider applicants who have not fulfilled these requirements.

Application Procedures

We use the AAPI online process.
  • Three recommendation letters from those familiar with your recent professional development are required and at least two of these letters must be from recent direct therapy supervisors who are familiar with your counseling and therapy practice. These should thoroughly address your clinical/counseling abilities and needs. One of these three letters may be from your director of clinical training, who is required, as part of the APPIC application form, also to certify your eligibility and readiness for internship and detail your progress toward completing doctoral requirements. The APPIC form, itself, does not substitute for a third letter. The recommendation letters will be submitted using the AAPI online process.
  • The internship application deadline is midnight PST, November 6, 2016.
  • The stipend for the internship position is $27,938.11 plus benefits.
  • Please download the APPIC Match Policy and the Matching Program information. We are participating in the APPIC Internship Matching Program. Applicants must obtain an Applicant Agreement Package from the above site and register for the Matching Program in order to be eligible for a match to our program.

Our professional staff can be found at: Faculty and Staff.

Pre-Employment Screening

Washington State University (WSU) Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) conducts pre-employment screening for doctoral interns, which involves completion of criminal background checks within the State of Washington and nation-wide.  Intern applicants who match for the doctoral internship at CAPS will be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment. Background checks will be conducted following the APPIC Match, and offers will be contingent upon successfully completing the background check. Successful completion of the background check would require that the intern has no record of criminal history that would prohibit them from providing psychological counseling according to the laws of the State of Washington (see RCWs 43.43.830 – 43.43.842).

Interview Procedures

All interviews will be conducted by telephone. We will inform applicants of their interview status by December 15, 2016. Interviews are generally scheduled from mid December through mid January.
If you have further questions please email the Training Director, Dr. Jane Barga, Ph.D., at jbarga@wsu.edu or call 509-335-4511.