Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology Training Program
Introduction & TRAINING PHILOSOPHY
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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 can offer interns with a wide variety of experiences within the clinical and educational functions of the center. Training and competence in providing developmentally appropriate clinical assessment and individual therapy services to a culturally diverse, adult college student population are emphasized. In addition to individual therapy, interns have the opportunity to participate in the co-facilitation of group psychotherapy with a counselor faculty. 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
- Supervision Training
- Outreach Services
- 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 liaison services to the CSUF campus
- Supervision training
- Participation in special projects that benefit CAPS’ clients and the university community
- Numerous opportunities for increased self-reflection, self-awareness, and overall professional development
CAPS doctoral internship is designed to be a forum for advanced learning of and practice in the art and the science of. We assist our interns in refining their practice as formed through both the processes of experiential training and engagement of scholarly knowledge. We emphasize the development of practitioners who have a working knowledge of accepted ethical and legal standards of practice, and who conduct themselves within these guidelines.
The training faculty is proud of the comprehensive training experience we offer our interns. We appreciate the opportunity to work with developing professionals and share the commitment to providing a meaningful training experience. For prospective intern applicants, we hope that the information on our website helps you determine the fit of our program and your training and career goals. If any questions remain after your review of our internship program, 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 2024.
Please direct questions related to our program's accredited status to the Commission on Accreditation: