Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology Training Program
Introduction & PHILOSOPHY
Thank you for your interest in our internship training program!
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) offers an extensive, APA-accredited Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology for doctoral-level graduate students in clinical and counseling psychology programs. Since CAPS provides services to all registered students at CSUF, we are able to provide interns with a wide variety of experiences within the clinical and educational services of the center. Training and competence in providing developmentally appropriate clinical assessment and individual therapy services to a culturally diverse, adult college student population is emphasized. In addition to individual therapy, interns have the opportunity to participate in the co-facilitation or process observation of group psychotherapy with a staff counselor. Interns participate in outreach activities such as classroom presentations, workshops, resource fairs and consultation with faculty, staff and student groups. Interns provide triage and crisis services, as well as attend meetings and undertake special projects that are typical of university counseling center settings. CAPS’ training program focuses on the following areas of professional skill development and competence:
- Generalist Clinical Practice
- Providing Brief, Time-limited Therapy
- Multicultural Counseling and Working with Diverse Populations
- Crisis Intervention
- Providing Outreach and Consultation
- Professional Development Issues and Processes
The doctoral internship is designed to be a structured, graded, supervised experience, with a focus on preparing the interns to move toward independent practice as psychologists. The emphasis will be on ensuring competent, ethical practice, as well as development of a professional identity that is consistent with the expectations of the field. As such, interns will be exposed to a variety of therapeutic modalities and styles, and will gain experience working with a wide range of psychological disorders. Throughout the training year, interns will address a range of developmental, ethical, and professional issues that are common to mental health practice in university counseling center settings. CAPS’ training program typically includes opportunities for the following activities:
- Providing individual, couples, and group counseling within the brief therapy model
- Conducting walk-in and triage crisis assessments
- Conducting intake evaluations
- On-site individual and group supervision
- Administrative tasks such as clinical documentation and case management
- Consultation with CAPS staff and health professionals at Health Services
- Consultation with in-house psychiatric staff
- Didactic seminars focused on a variety of clinical and professional topics
- Participation in weekly staff meetings and clinical team meetings
- Providing psychoeducational programming, outreach, and consultation services to the CSUF campus
- Participation in special projects that benefit CAPS’ clients and the university community
- Numerous opportunities for increased self-reflection, self-awareness, and overall professional development
The doctoral psychology internship at CAPS is designed to be a forum for advanced learning of and practice in the art and the science of psychology in a setting where the open-ended nature of development is recognized and valued. We assist our interns in refining their practice as formed through both the processes of experiential practice and engagement of scholarly knowledge. Our program is grounded in a strong emphasis on the development of practitioners who have a working knowledge of accepted ethical and legal standards of practice, and who conduct themselves and their practice within these guidelines.
The Training Staff are proud of the comprehensive training experience we offer our interns. We are highly invested in providing a good training experience, and we enjoy the opportunity to work with bourgeoning professionals. If you are a prospective intern applicant, we hope that the information provided on our website helps you to determine whether or not our site would be a good fit for your training and career goals. If any questions remain after your review of our site, please feel free to contact the Training Coordinator for more information. On behalf of the staff at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), we wish you the best in your internship application and selection process!
Internship Accreditation Status
The internship program at CAPS is currently accredited by the American Psychological Association. Our next accreditation review will occur in 2022.
Questions related to our program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: