Counseling and Psychological Services
The Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship Program
The CAPS American Psychological Association accredited (see contact information below) pre-doctoral psychology internship program offers three full-time 12-month positions. The internship program provides a structured and progressive training experience to foster the development of core clinical and consultative skills, as well as individual interests and specialties. It is the intention of the training program to prepare interns for practice in a wide range of clinical settings in which the focus is primarily psychotherapy treatment and psychological assessment.
Our training is conceptualized as a developmental-practitioner model, which builds on the knowledge and skills that interns acquire during doctoral training and prepares them for entry level positions as generalist psychologists. Training activities integrate didactic and experiential components to facilitate learning in the provision of clinical services to students, consultation to University personnel, and skills in offering psychoeducational programs across the University community. Interns develop and refine skills in the areas of individual and group psychotherapy, brief screening, intake assessment and diagnostic evaluation, risk assessment and crisis intervention. Additionally, interns learn to provide consultation to other health providers, deans, and faculty, and gain experience in presenting psychoeducational outreach programs to the University community. The internship program also provides interns with the opportunity to develop supervision and assessment skills through optional rotations and didactic experiences.
Our training focuses upon the application of brief and longer-term models of psychodynamic and cognitive theories to the understanding of psychological development, as well as the provision of clinical and consultative services. Training at CAPS also emphasizes the application of related empirical findings to the provision of these services.
Noted strengths of our program include supervision in psychodynamic psychotherapy, group therapy, risk assessment, and brief intervention. In addition, as members of multidisciplinary treatment teams, interns benefit from the opportunity to hone formulation skills in a collegial atmosphere that recognizes the complexity of human experience and values multiple clinical perspectives.
The activities listed are the core training activities required of all interns. Interns are expected to work 40-50 hours per week.
(The American Psychological Association can be contacted by mail at 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, and by phone at (202) 336-5979.)