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Counseling and Psychological Services Internship Program

Internship Philosophy, Aim, and Competencies

The CAPS Doctoral Internship Training Program in Health Service Psychology is based upon a Practitioner Scholar Model. As such, the purpose of our program is to train interns whose work is informed by practice, theory, and research, and who take into account individual, cultural, and societal considerations in their clinical work and service delivery.

The aim of the CAPS Internship Program is to provide the professional training and experience necessary for independent entry-level work as a health service psychologist in a wide variety of settings, including university counseling centers. We are invested in helping interns develop a range of competencies through which they may implement a broad set of skills, theoretical and clinical knowledge, and methods of inquiry in the practice of psychology. Common to all of these competencies is the further refinement of ethical decision-making and the proficiency to professionally engage in multicultural and diverse settings.

In accordance with the APA Standards of Accreditation, there are nine profession-wide competencies in which interns are trained and evaluated:

  • Research
  • Ethical and Legal Standards
  • Individual and Cultural Diversity
  • Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Supervision
  • Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills

Interns receive ongoing feedback regarding their professional strengths and areas/skills in need of improvement in the profession-wide competencies. The Training Committee meets quarterly to discuss and provide verbal feedback to the individual clinical supervisor and Training Director about each intern’s performance. The individual clinical supervisor completes the related evaluation form and discusses it with the intern. Assuming that there are no “below expected level of competence” ratings, the supervisor and intern sign the completed form indicating that it has been reviewed by both parties. Quarterly evaluations are forwarded to the Training Director, and the 6-month and 12-month evaluations are additionally forwarded to the intern’s Director of Clinical Training in their academic department.