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APA Accredited Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology (2020-2021)

Program Code: 154711

Program Aims and Competencies

The Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a full-time twelve-month doctoral internship in Health Service Psychology designed to provide high-quality training in the multiple functions carried out within a major university counseling center. The overarching goal of our internship program is the training of “generalists”, highly competent and versatile professionals, who keep abreast of changes in the field and who use this information to inform their clinical practice.  The objective of the internship program is to train psychologists who expertise extends to a variety of clinical domains, including individual and group psychotherapy, intake, urgent evaluation and follow-up, alcohol and other drug counseling, assessment and diagnosis, multicultural counseling, research in an applied setting, consultation/outreach, supervision, and other activities appropriate to the setting (e.g. collaboration with other disciplines). Training also facilitates the development of profession-wide competencies as outlined in the Standards of Accreditation in Health Service Psychology through the American Psychological Association (APA).  These competency areas include: research, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values and attitudes, communication and interpersonal skills, assessment, intervention, supervision, and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills. Professional development is fostered within the context of a service-delivery system, which has a long-standing tradition of dedication to excellence in training.

Accreditation Information

The doctoral internship in Health Service Psychology has been fully accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1983. We had our most recent site visit in the summer of 2013, and we received accreditation for 7 years. Questions pertaining to our program's accreditation status should be directed to:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First St., NE
Washington, D.C., 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

INTERNSHIP ADMISSIONS, SUPPORT, AND INITIAL PLACEMENT DATA

Date Program Tables are updated: 8/31/2019
                                               Internship Program Admissions

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program.  This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:

Penn State CAPS considers applicants from APA or CPA accredited doctoral programs in counseling or clinical psychology.  Applicants must have completed all doctoral coursework prior to internship and be in good standing with their department.  Applicants must have successfully completed their comprehensive exams by the ranking deadline and be certified as ready for internship by their programs.  Please read the policy "Former Clients as Trainees" prior to applying for internship positions.

Several sources are used to assess candidates for internship including: the APPI, letters of recommendation and statement of professional goals. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in counseling center work and be prepared to help clients with a range of clinical issues.  The staff at Penn State CAPS honors diversity and aspires to create a welcoming and affirming space that values and respects individual and cultural differences. We recognize that all people have multiple intersecting identities and we are committed to helping individuals navigate identity development, address experiences of discrimination or bias, and access support and resources.  In order to carry out this part of our mission, trainees and trainers are expected to demonstrate a genuine desire to examine their own attitudes, assumptions, behaviors and values and learn to work effectively with cultural, individual, and role differences. 

Penn State CAPS typically interviews approximately 36 applicants for four positions. Applicants have the option of coming for a 1/2 day in-person interview or doing a two-hour online interview via Zoom.

Prior to beginning employment applicants must successfully complete a Background Check in accordance with Penn State Policies.

Does the program require that applicants have received minimum number of hours of the following at the time of application?  If yes, indicate how many:

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours Yes Amount: 400 Hours
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours No Amount: N/A
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

Penn State CAPS requires at least 600 hours of pre-internship practicum experience (including at least a minimum of 400 direct contact intervention hours and 200 hours of indirect practicum.)  Additionally, given that assessment is a mandatory portion of internship training, we require that all applicants have graduate level coursework in both Cognitive and Personality Assessment. We also require that intern applicants have experience administering/scoring/writing up Cognitive, Achievement, and Personality measures. Multiple integrated reports including the previously mentioned measures are preferred.

 

                                          Financial and Other Benefit Support

                                   for the Upcoming Training Year (2020-2021)

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns

 

$27,864

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns

 

N/A

Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?

 

Yes

If access to medical insurance provided:
Trainee contribution to cost required?

 

Yes

Coverage of family member(s) available?

 

Yes

Coverage of legal married partner available?

 

Yes

Coverage of domestic partner available?

 

No

Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)

 

208 Hours

Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave

 

96 Hours

In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to intern/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?

 

Yes

Other Benefits (please described): University Holidays (12 Days) and Retirement Benefits included

                                             Initial Post-Internship Positions

                  (Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)

 

 

2016-2019

Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts

 

12

Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree

 

0

  PD EP

Community mental health center

0 0

Federally qualified health center

0 0
Independent primary care facility/clinic 0 0

University counseling center

10 1

Veterans Affairs medical center

0 0

Military health center

0 0

Academic health center

0 0

Other medical center or hospital

0 0

Psychiatric hospital

0 0

Academic university/department

0 0

Community college or other teaching setting

0 0

Independent research institution

0 0

Correctional facility

0 0

School district/system

0 0
Independent practice setting 1 0

Not currently employed

0 0

Changed to another field

0 0
Other 0 0

Unknown

0 0

Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time.  For former trainees working in more than one setting, select that setting that represents their primary position.

To request this information in another format, please contact CAPS at 814-863-0395 or sbs23@psu.edu

Former Clients as Trainees

Trainee Policy Regarding Dual Relationships

Occasionally, students interested in clinical training opportunities at CAPS may have a potential dual relationship with a current member of the CAPS staff. Examples of this may include but not be limited to a family member, a past or present romantic partner, a past or present business associate, or a past or present clinical treatment provider. Since all senior staff are involved in various roles in the training programs, CAPS has established the following policies to prevent dual relationships in its training programs. It is expected that interested applicants will evaluate the potential for a dual relationship in considering a training position at CAPS. Below we have provided guidelines to minimize the likelihood of creating dual relationships.

Policies

PREVENTION OF POTENTIAL DUAL RELATIONSHIPS
  1. Since CAPS is a potential training site for graduate students from various mental health training programs at Penn State and other institutions, any potential applicants for CAPS training programs seeking clinical services at CAPS will be made explicitly aware of the impact that a dual relationship would have on future training opportunities at CAPS. Case management services will be offered to help these students connect with alternative treatment in their best interest.
  2. For the reasons cited above, CAPS staff clinicians in private practice are strongly discouraged from providing treatment to potential CAPS trainees. The same policy will apply for potential applicants in regard to business, romantic or family relationships with CAPS senior staff members.
  3.  As a part of the informed consent for services, all potential clients will be informed that seeking services at CAPS may impact their ability to seek future training opportunities at CAPS for the reasons cited above.
POLICIES REGARDING SPECIFIC RELATIONSHIPS

1.)  FORMER CLIENTS 

a.)        In order the minimize the potential for dual relationships, students who received counseling services at CAPS and who subsequently seek training at CAPS as a clinician are encouraged not to apply for a training position (e.g., Extern or Intern or Post Doc) until a period of 3 years has elapsed since their last clinical contact. This does not include a brief screening appointment that resulted in no further treatment. This parallels ethical guidelines of two years following termination of services prior to any possible romantic relationships. We have chosen three years to take a more conservative approach in the hopes that there would be adequate staff turnover and a reasonable interval between the time someone was a client here and known to clinical staff and administrative staff in that context.     

b.)        Students who received counseling services at CAPS more than 3 years ago and who are interested in a training opportunity will submit their materials for the desired position and will be reviewed without consideration of prior clinical treatment. If a former client is accepted as a trainee at CAPS, and they choose to make it known that they are a former client, their electronic mental health record will be locked so it cannot be accessed by anyone but the administrators and system administrators of the electronic medical records.  As is consistent with our Confidentiality Policy, clinical staff should only access electronic records when there is a clinical need.

2.)        FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Family members of current CAPS staff will not be eligible for training positions at the Center.

3.)        BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS 

It is expected that applicants currently in a non-university business relationship with a CAPS staff member will not apply for training positions at CAPS or will terminate their business relationship prior to engaging in training at CAPS. 

4.)        ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS 

Due to inevitable likelihood that current or past romantic relationships can complicate a training situation, current or past romantic partners of current CAPS staff should not apply for training positions at the Center. 

Reviewed by: Shannan Smith-Janik, Assistant Director, Training, Date: August 9, 2019

Signature: Ben Locke, Senior Director, Date: October 4, 2019

Philosophy and Goals

By tradition and emphasis, we are an agency in which excellence in training is held in high regard. We are committed to the promotion of professional excellence and personal maturity in an atmosphere of humanistic concern and respect.

Our doctoral internship program provides intensive supervised experiences in individual and group psychotherapy, intake, urgent evaluation and follow-up, alcohol and other drug counseling, assessment and diagnosis, multicultural counseling, program evaluation, consultation/outreach, supervision, and other activities appropriate to the setting (e.g. collaboration with other disciplines). These experiences also facilitate training in the profession-wide competencies as outlined by the Standards of Accreditation in Health Service Psychology through APA, including research, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values and attitudes, communication and interpersonal skills, assessment, intervention, supervision, and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills.

Over the course of the internship year, interns are developing into generalists and become increasingly well versed in the numerous clinical and professional functions carried out within a large university counseling center.  When interns successfully complete the internship program at Penn State CAPS, they are ready for entry level practice in Health Service Psychology.

During the training year, we provide interns with the opportunity to develop an area of concentration (secondary emphasis) that fits within the scope of our agency. Interns are able to choose from 1 of 4 areas of concentration including Advanced Assessment, Consultation/Outreach, Couples Therapy, or Research in an applied setting. Additionally, interns can express a desire to gain additional clinical experience/competence working with specific populations and/or presenting concerns and efforts will made to facilitate training in a specific area (e.g. eating disorders, trauma, student athletes).  Over the summer months, if desired, interns also have the opportunity to gain experience in career counseling.

Essential to our program is the development of professionalism. During the internship year, interns are learning a process of self-evaluation of their work and its effectiveness, through supervision, didactic seminars, case conferences, and collaborative work with other professionals.

Interns actively participate in all relevant agency services, which provide training opportunities not only for carrying out major professional functions but also for close contact with our staff. As staff members, we view interns as valued colleagues-in-training and interns are treated with a high degree of professional as well as personal respect.

Our Training Program

To facilitate training in the multiple functions carried out within a major university counseling center and to facilitate development of the profession-wide competency areas, we offer a relatively structured program with several mandatory components. In addition, interns are given the opportunity to select areas of concentration as described below. The mandatory components generally fall within the Primary Emphases. 

The optional components, which are the areas of concentration, are listed as Secondary Emphases. Following basic training and exposure in all these areas, interns choose one concentration option in the spring semester from among the following: Advanced Assessment, Consultation/Outreach Couples Therapy, or Research in an applied setting. There is also an optional external rotation during the Summer term at Career Services on campus.

As part of our training program, we value a focus on self-examination. Interns receive two hours of weekly individual psychotherapy supervision, two hours of weekly individual group psychotherapy supervision, and one-hour of bi-weekly individual assessment supervision. Additionally, many of our supervision experiences take place in a group format (e.g. crisis intervention seminar/consultation, multicultural seminar/case conference). Interns are invited and are expected to share personal reactions and to engage in a process of self-examination in a group context as well as in individual supervision. This also involves providing interpersonal feedback to one another.

Note: Our internship training program does not provide any form of distance, online, or electronically mediated education.

Training Program Overview

Primary Emphases (Mandatory)

  • Clinical/counseling interventions
    • Triage and Referral via Phone Screenings
    • Individual counseling/psychotherapy
    • Group counseling/psychotherapy
    • Urgent evaluation, follow-up, and mental health consultation
    • Multicultural competence (including spirituality)
    • Collaboration with psychiatric services
    • Drug and alcohol 
    • Assessment
    • Supervision
    • Program evaluation/research
    • Outreach/consultation

Secondary Emphases (Choose One Concentration in Spring Semester)

  • Advanced Assessment 
  • Consultation/Outreach
  • Couples Therapy
  • Research

Optional External Rotation (Summer Term)

  • Career development rotation

Other Training Opportunities

  • Development of a professional context 
    • Orientation
    • Professional Development Seminar
    • Intern Support 
    • Staff meeting
    • Staff professional development
    • Apprenticeships
    • Areas of clinical concentration: working with athletes, eating disorders, sexual assault, relationship violence, other areas of clinical expertise

The Assistant Director, Training, is in charge of overall program development and implementation to ensure training in the aforementioned competency areas. Additionally, the Assistant Director, Training facilitates the coordination and general supervision of intern activities within the Program Emphases. The Assistant Director maintains a close and active working relationship with interns on a regular basis. Within each Program Emphasis, the Coordinator of the corresponding agency function (e.g., Groups, Assessment, Outreach/Consultation, etc.) is responsible for assessment of intern skills, for general program implementation, and for individualized planning of intern activities. Supervisors are responsible for monitoring, supervising, and collaborating with the Intern in each of their specific activities (e.g., individual counseling/psychotherapy, crisis intervention, consultation activities). The Assistant Director, Training, program coordinators, and supervisors meet periodically to discuss intern progress. In addition, the Center has a Training Committee that meets bi-weekly for an hour to discuss training issues more broadly. The Training Committee acts in an advisory capacity to the Assistant Director, Training with respect to the internship program. All staff serving in a supervisory capacity for interns are appropriately trained and licensed. Supervision is provided in-person, with direct observation of clinical work done electronically (i.e. digital recording of counseling/therapy sessions).

Interns are assisted in developing at least a minimal level of proficiency in each competency area, as well as in each of their areas of emphasis. To successfully complete the Program, interns must be able to perform relevant skills in each area without supervision by the end of the internship year (which translates to an overall minimum rating of 3 on each of their performance evaluations in required areas by the end of the training year). 

Download our Policies and Procedures Manual for information related to the Internship Program. Information includes, but is not limited to, intern recruitment, orientation, structure of the training program, the evaluation system for interns, grievance policies and procedures, etc.

Detailed Description of Program

Primary Emphases

Clinical/Counseling Interventions

Triage and Referral via Phone Screenings

Interviewing skills, accurate diagnosis, appropriate referrals for psychodiagnostic testing, and arranging suitable disposition are all considered by our agency to be necessary skills for initial screenings. These skills are developed in Individual Psychotherapy Supervision as well as through training seminars taught during the orientation period. The 3 client screenings that interns complete each week are supervised throughout the year in Individual Psychotherapy Supervision.

Individual Counseling/Psychotherapy

Individual counseling and psychotherapy are considered a core part of intern training. Interns carry a diverse caseload ranging from 8-13 clients per week, for which they receive intensive individual supervision (two hours per week minimum). While most clients will be seen within our time-limited therapy model (6-9 sessions), at least one of these clients can be seen on a longer-term basis where clinical need and financial need warrant such continued services. Supervision may occur with a different supervisor each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) to provide a variety of therapeutic perspectives. However, at times, interns may continue with the same supervisor. Interns have an opportunity to rank order their preferences for supervisors, and assignments are made by the Assistant Director, Training, who takes these preferences into account whenever possible. Throughout the Fall and Spring semesters, all interns participate in a weekly Psychotherapy Seminar that focuses on a range of topics relevant to psychotherapy at our site.

Group Counseling/Psychotherapy

Interns are active participants in our agency's extensive group program. Penn State CAPS has one of the largest group therapy programs in the country. A Fall and Spring semester seminar on group process, co-facilitation, and principles provides training and consultation in effective group facilitation. Each intern will typically co-lead two groups with a senior staff co-leader in both the Fall and Spring semesters. One of the two groups will be an interpersonal process group. Group assignments will be made by the Group Coordinator in consultation with the Assistant Director, Training. Interns have an opportunity to rank order their preferences for groups. Co-leadership of groups forms a substantial component of the training experience. Each intern will receive supervision from their senior staff co-leader for each group being conducted. Please see our current group therapy list. Each semester we typically offer 25-30 groups.

Crisis Evaluation/Intervention, Follow-Up, and Mental Health Consultation 

Interns are an important part of the Crisis Evaluation/Intervention system at CAPS, devoting two hours a week to offering urgent evaluation. Experience in this system also offers opportunities to learn when and how to make referrals for psychiatric hospitalization. Interns  attend a weekly Crisis Intervention Seminar led by the CAPS Crisis Coordinator.  The formal seminar spans 13-14 weeks.  Examples of topics examined include crisis theory and specific crisis issues such as suicidality, hospitalization, loss, violence, victimization, drug/alcohol abuse, psychosis, offering mental health consultation and considering cultural contexts. After the seminar ends, group supervision for the interns is provided for one hour per week for the duration of the training year by the Crisis Coordinator. Cases are discussed and the group selects relevant topics to explore more deeply. CAPS urgent evaluation system operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. There is not a 24-hour on-call system.

Awareness of Differences/Multicultural Competence

While most of the Internship Program Emphases represent relatively discrete areas of service delivery, the Emphasis in Awareness of Differences (Multicultural Competence) cuts across programmatic boundaries. Sensitivity to human differences is a fundamental tenet of our training program and center initiatives.

Multicultural Seminar/Case Conference: Specific attention is paid to fostering interns’ awareness of individual and cultural differences through ongoing reflection and discussion, experiential exercises, literature/articles, case presentations, consultation and supervision. Interns will explore current theoretical models/frameworks and identity development models (racial/bicultural, LGBT, White identity, etc.), and process implications for multicultural counseling. Attention will be given to examining self-awareness/understanding, nurturing cultural sensitivity and humility, considering socio-political forces that affect culturally diverse populations, and exploring/identifying appropriate interventions. Interns will have clients from diverse backgrounds on their caseloads each semester. As part of this seminar, they will be required to give a cross-cultural case presentation to the entire staff. In addition, interns are expected to participate in consultation projects or outreach workshops with multicultural groups on campus. Ongoing supervision is provided for all the aforementioned activities.

As part of the Multicultural Seminar, interns will also have the opportunity to develop and/or further an appreciation of differences that exist along spiritual lines. Because clients vary widely on spiritual and religious dimensions, it is important for clinicians to embrace a wide range of spiritual perspectives. Interns will be introduced to the competencies for integrating spirituality into counseling and will do a personal self-exploration. Attention will be given to personal awareness as it relates to clinical work.

Collaboration with Psychiatric Services

Through a Psychiatric Consultation Seminar/Case Conference with the two CAPS psychiatrists in the Fall semester, interns learn how and when to make referrals for psychiatric evaluation, including consideration for medication. DSM V diagnoses are reviewed, as well as psychiatric treatment of most disorders. Various medications, their intended effects and adverse effects will be introduced. Issues which arise when collaborating with a psychiatrist will be explored: the different perspective of the psychiatrist and psychological impact of medication use. These issues will be reinforced through actual collaboration with the psychiatric providers on staff. With the client’s permission, interns are expected to observe the psychiatric evaluation of at least one client they refer in the Fall semester. 

Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Treatment

Interns will gain experience in drug and alcohol treatment and will have the opportunity to work with our staff who have expertise in AOD. Interns will spend at least one hour per week in the late Fall semester providing counseling to at least one (possibly two) client(s) mandated to seek treatment or voluntarily seeking treatment related to AOD concerns. Interns may also become involved in developing and facilitating outreach programs for this population.

Assessment (Basic Option)

All interns will participate in 12 hours of Assessment training during the first part of the internship program. Training will consist of both didactic information and opportunities to practice administration and scoring of various instruments. All interns will gain exposure to ADHD assessment measures, as well as other instruments including cognitive, achievement, personality and self-report measures. During each semester each intern will complete at least one full assessment battery. Interns will receive one hour biweekly of assessment supervision with one of the assessment supervisors. Specifically, the assessment supervisors will work with the interns on the administration, interpretation, report writing, and communication of assessment results to clients and relevant providers. Interns are taught how to formulate and implement treatment recommendations as part of an assessment. Special topics including multicultural and ethical issues are included.

Supervision

Interns will supervise one of the Center's externs during the Spring semester. One and a half hours of group supervision on the process of supervision is provided throughout the spring with the center's Externship Coordinator and the Assistant Director, Training. Externs include: Masters interns and doctoral students in Counselor Education at Penn State and advanced doctoral students in the APA-accredited Clinical Psychology program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Clinical Psychology Program at Penn State.

Outreach

During the first month of internship, all interns will participate in two 2-hour consultation and outreach seminars, which offer training on workshop design, and development, and review salient factors in consultation/liaisonships that may be a part of a  psychologist’s role  in future career options. All interns will give or take part in at least three outreach events per semester during their internship year, as well as additional events over the summer as needed. A third Outreach seminar takes place after the first of these outreaches as a time to discuss and process how the outreach side of internship is going.  Supervision, assistance with workshop design, and debriefing after events will be provided on an as-needed basis by the Assistant Director, Community Education and Outreach or by the senior staff co-presenter. Interns who are interested in presenting more outreach programs than the number required are always welcome to do so.

Program Evaluation/Research

We view the development of program evaluation/research skills as essential to the preparation of professional psychologists. All interns participate in our program evaluation/research seminar meetings. The program evaluation seminar represents an experiential, hands-on group experience that is designed to further interns' applied knowledge of, and experience with, ethical, political, practical and methodological issues that are central to conducting program evaluation in an applied clinical setting. Successful completion of the Program Evaluation/Research component of training involves regular seminar attendance, the development and execution of a project that evaluates a topic relevant to CAPS services, a presentation of the program evaluation to the CAPS staff, and finally the production of a written document summarizing the project and results.

Secondary Emphases (Concentration Options)

Assessment (Advanced Option)

Interns selecting the Advanced Assessment Option will have an opportunity to spend more time providing assessments, with a particular focus, under the supervision of one of the assessment supervisors. Interns selecting the Advanced Assessment Option would need to have previous exposure to cognitive, achievement, and personality testing so that they can build on prior experiences in assessment. Interns can choose to focus on a specific area of assessment such as providing personality testing to rule out personality difficulties or clarify complex differential diagnoses.

Consultation/Outreach Concentration

Interns who choose to pursue outreach and consultation as an area of concentration in the Spring semester will have the opportunity to develop a consulting relationship with another organization or group on campus. This is a two hour commitment each week on average. The intern is integrally involved in the development of this concentration, which is tailored to an area of interest in which the intern wants to gain expertise, such as with a specific population of students, or a specific topic Interns who choose this focus will participate in weekly supervision with the Assistant Director, Community Education and Outreach, but are also strongly encouraged and supported as professionals in their own right in that domain.

Couple’s Counseling/Therapy

Interns who select the Couples Counseling/Therapy concentration option will have two couples included in their caseloads in the Spring semester. Weekly or biweekly group supervision (depending on the number of interns selecting the concentration) for couple's work is provided during the Spring semester. A six hour didactic seminar at the beginning of Spring semester is provided to all interns.

Research

Interns who opt to pursue research as an area of concentration will collaborate with the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) to develop a comprehensive research experience during the Spring semester. The experience will include regular participation in the CCMH Business/Research Team processes and depending on interests may involve completion of an independent or collaborative research project. Research Specialty work will be conducted in the two hours per week during the Spring semester and Summer of the internship year.

Summer Opportunities

Elective Training in Administration

While no training experiences are required in the area of administration, this elective training opportunity is available during the summer. Interns have the opportunity to meet with members of the administrative team at CAPS to learn more about specific administrative roles and responsibilities.  Should an intern express interest, there may also be an opportunity to assist with an administrative related project in the summer months (see Apprenticeships section below). This elective training totals nine 1-hour meetings.  Interns meet for two sessions each with the Director, Assistant Director for Clinical Services, Assistant Director of Training, and Associate Director of Operations.  There is also a one-hour wrap-up meeting with the Assistant Director of Training at the end of the elective. In addition, exposure to administrative functions is provided to all interns, whether or not they choose the Elective Training in Administration, through attendance at staff meetings during the training year. 

Career Services Rotation (Optional Rotation - Summer Term)

Interns interested in participating have the opportunity to spend approximately 32 hours at Career Services (CS) on campus (since no career counseling is offered at our Center) during the summer months. After an orientation, interns spend four hours per week at CS working under the supervision of the Associate Director of Career Services, for a period of eight weeks. Interns will have an opportunity to be exposed to computer-assisted career guidance, as well as major career assessment instruments.

Please note that involvement in the Career Services Rotation will necessitate cutting out certain other training involvements in the summer.

Other Training Opportunities (Development of a Professional Context)

Orientation

Interns are introduced to our internship program through a two-and-a-half week orientation period. The orientation process serves to acquaint interns with the University, the Center, and the Training Program. In addition, it includes a three-hour workshop on ethical and legal issues related to the practice of psychology, a three-and-a-half-hour workshop on suicide assessment, assessment training, outreach and consultation training, and other areas. In addition, there is training in our scheduling program and record keeping system, and other relevant policies and procedures. The orientation period is also utilized for the initial assessment of intern skills to assist in individualization of our training, as well as to facilitate the monitoring of interns’ progress through our program. Interns have an opportunity to meet with potential individual psychotherapy supervisors and group psychotherapy co-leaders and to rank order supervision and group preferences before assignments are made. Finally, the orientation period affords the opportunity for interns to become acquainted with the Center and staff, to become comfortable in new surroundings and to learn about other important offices on campus.

Professional Development Seminar

The Assistant Director, Training meets with the Interns for a Professional Development seminar throughout the year. These meetings provide interns with an opportunity to discuss reactions to the Internship, provide a forum for discussing professional perspectives gained during the internship year, and provide preparation for entry into the employment and post-doc market. Guest speakers share perspectives on academic careers, private practice, and licensure requirements, etc.

Intern Support Hour

Interns meet as a group on a weekly basis throughout the year. The purposes of these meetings is to allow interns to share and discuss interests and concerns and to facilitate the development of mutual support.

Staff Meetings

Interns attend a weekly All Staff Meeting in the Fall and Spring semester and are given the opportunity to participate actively in staff discussions. This adds to interns' experience with counseling center administration and policy making. 

Staff Development

In addition to training experiences specifically designed for the internship, interns also participate in Staff Professional Development during the academic year. Professional Development trainings take place in the early Fall, again between Fall and Spring semester, and again after Spring semester. Potential trainings/workshops include, but are not limited to, ethical and legal issues, topics related to individual and cultural diversity, and clinical intervention models and strategies.

Apprenticeships

Interns who do not choose the Career Services external Summer rotation may choose an apprenticeship in the summer in one of the following emphasis areas: Direct Service, Consultation and Outreach, Training, or another area of Administration. Working closely with the Coordinator of the selected area, interns can develop a special project related to the coordination of one of these important agency functions

Areas of Clinical Concentration

Interns who are interested in developing certain areas of clinical concentration that fit within the scope of our agency may have the opportunity to do so within the existing structure of the program. These areas include but are not limited to the following:

Sexual Assault/Relationship Violence

Interns interested in working with these issues can volunteer to have a certain number of their counseling hours reserved for work with students presenting with sexual assault or relationship violence concerns. An opportunity also exists to co-lead a Women’s Empowerment Group with a CAPS clinician who specializes in working with survivors of sexual assault/relationship violence.

Working with Athletes

Penn State is a member of the Big Ten Conference and has many NCAA Division I teams at the University Park Campus where CAPS is located. Penn State is a consistent contender for national titles in many sports. CAPS provides direct clinical services to many student athletes. Interns with an interest in this area can choose to work with student athletes. In addition to clinical services, CAPS staff may consult with coaches, trainers and team physicians in the course of their work with a student athlete. Finally, CAPS provides outreach programming to student athletes on topics such as sexual assault/date rape, alcohol/drug issues, and post-ventions around critical incidents.

Eating Disorders

Interns interested in working with eating disorders can volunteer to have a certain number of their individual counseling hours reserved for work with clients presenting with eating concerns. In addition, an opportunity exists to co-lead an Eating Disorder Recovery Group or Skills Clinic for Eating Disorder Recovery with one of our staff members who specializes in treatment of eating concerns.

Other Areas of Clinical Expertise

Other areas of clinical expertise may be developed through consultation with the Assistant Director, Training. Individual therapy caseloads, types of group co-led and types of outreach programs may possibly be tailored to develop an area of clinical concentration.

How to Apply

Eligibility

Doctoral students who are in APA or CPA accredited Clinical and Counseling Psychology programs at the time they apply for the internship are eligible to apply. At least 600 hours of pre-internship practicum experience (including at least 400 hours of direct client contact and at least 200 hours of indirect practicum) are required. All coursework and qualifying exams required for the doctorate should be completed prior to internship. Qualifying exams must be completed prior to rank order submission. Please read the policy regarding former CAPS clients applying for internship positions.

Given that assessment will be a mandatory portion of your internship training, we require that all applicants have graduate-level coursework in both Cognitive and Personality Assessment. We also require that intern applicants have experience administering/scoring/writing up Cognitive, Achievement, and Personality measures. Multiple integrated reports including the previously mentioned measures are preferred.

The Training Year

August 6, 2020 through August 5, 2021.

Stipends and Benefits

The stipend for the training year currently is $28,421.

Interns are entitled to full university employee benefits, including health insurance and vacation. Interns will need to document completion of at least 2,000 hours as a part of satisfactorily completing the internship program. At least 500 hours must be in direct clinical service.

Penn State is very generous with the amount of holiday (12 days), vacation (2 days for each month worked), personal (2 days) and sick leave provided (1 day for each month worked) to interns during the training year.  This totals 10 weeks of time.  Because the internship year is a training year, interns are encouraged to take time off when needed, and are informed that holidays, vacation time, personal time, and sick leave do not count toward the total 2000 hours. All hours worked from Mon.-Fri. between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. should be included in the 2000 total hours. Interns are informed that time worked outside of the standard 40-hour work week reading articles/texts relevant to training or client care at CAPS, assessment scoring, note/report writing, conducting outreaches or post-ventions count toward the 2000 total hours. Additionally, any participation in professional development activities count toward the total 2000 hours (e.g. dissertation defense, job interviews, conference attendance). 

Over the course of the internship year, interns will be given three professional development days to be used for activities such as their dissertation defense, job interviews and attendance at conferences/trainings.  Any desire to use professional development for activities other than those just outlined should be discussed with the Assistant Director, Training.  Since time to work on dissertation is not provided to interns, interns are free to take vacation time periodically to work on their dissertations. 

Number of Interns

Positions are available for four full-time interns.

Application Procedure

PROGRAM CODE: 154711

For selection of the 2020-2021 internship class, CAPS will use the AAPI Online Application as are all APPIC member internship programs. Hard-copy, mailed-in applications will no longer be accepted. To find out more about the AAPI online procedure and to access the applicant portal, please go to the APPIC website https://portal.appicas.org/.

To be considered for an internship at CAPS, your online application must include the following components:

  • Completed APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI) form.
  • A cover letter or letter of interest with the body of the letter up to 500 words that describes your qualifications and professional experience that you believe make you a good match with our site. Please be sure to elaborate your specific goals for the internship.
  • Current vita.
  • Official transcripts for all graduate work.
  • Three letters of recommendation. At least two should be from supervisors familiar with your most recent clinical work. At least one letter of reference must be from someone in your academic program.

Please note: Penn State appointments conform to a variety of requirements, including legal eligibility for employment in the U.S. (sometimes called the I-9 requirement) and a background check that verifies that educational credentials are valid and that candidates have no criminal or other record that would preclude employment in the University’s judgment. Please refer to Policy HR99 (Background Check Process). These are conducted following the APPIC Match, but the outcome of these background checks have the potential to preclude appointment.

Application Deadline

To be considered for internship for the academic year 2020-2021, all application materials must be uploaded on to the AAPI Online by November 4, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. We plan to notify applicants whether or not they are receiving an offer for an interview on or before December 4, 2019.  Invited applicants may come for an interview in-person or an interview can be arranged via Zoom.  Interviews will be scheduled using an online scheduling system.  Applicants who receive an offer for an interview will be notified of this scheduling system by the Assistant Director, Training via email.

APPIC Internship Matching Program

The Center will be participating in the APPIC Internship Matching Program and will abide by APPIC Match Policies established by the Association for Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Please note: 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. See the APPIC website to obtain additional information about the APPIC Match. You can also view information on the National Matching Services website. Contact information for Assistance with the APPIC Match and for Assistance with the APPI Online Application Service can be found on the APPIC website.

Penn State Policies

The University is committed to equal access to programs, facilities, admission and employment for all persons.  It is the policy of the University to maintain an environment free of harassment and free of discrimination against any person because of age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, physical or mental disability, gender, perceived gender, gender identity, genetic information or political ideas.  Discriminatory conduct and harassment, as well as sexual misconduct and relationship violence, violates the dignity of individuals, impedes the realization of the University’s educational mission, and will not be tolerated. Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to:

Affirmative Action Office

The Pennsylvania State University

328 Boucke Building

University Park, PA 16802

Tel. (814) 863-0471

Email: aao@psu.edu

Link: http://www.affirmativeaction.psu.edu/

 

Campus Security Crime Statistics

The “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and Pennsylvania Act of 1988”, commonly referred to as the “Clery Act”, requires institutions of higher education receiving federal financial aid to report specified crime statistics on college campuses and areas within the same reasonable contiguous geographic area of college campuses, and to provide other safety and crime information to members of the campus community.  Additional information about Clery can be found at the University Police and Public Safety website. Crime statistics for Pennsylvania colleges and universities be to be made available to applicants upon request. Penn State University complies with the Jeanne Clery Act and publishes crime statistics spanning the past 3 years. Penn State's combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by the University, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You may obtain this information by accessing the Annual Security Report website. You may also contact:

Attn: Compliance Manager

University Police & Public Safety

The Pennsylvania State University

University Support Building I

University Park PA 16802

Tel. (814)-863-1273

Email: cleryform@psu.edu or tib2@psu.edu

 

 

 

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Is The Law

Weekly Time Breakdown

Fall Semester 

Please note that the first two-and-a-half weeks will be devoted to an orientation to the University, the agency, and the program. Sample topics covered during this orientation period include: ethical and legal issues related to the practice of psychology, suicide assessment, prevention, and hospitalization procedures, assessment training, outreach and consultation training, and group therapy. What follows is a breakdown of time for the Fall semester following the two-and-a-half-week orientation.

Fall Semester Weekly Time Breakdown - Direct Service
Activity Time Commitment 
Triage & Referral via Phone Screenings 1.5 hours weekly - 3 Screenings
Urgent Evaluation 2 hours weekly
Assessment 2 hours weekly 
Flex Time 3.5 hours weekly
Short-Term Psychotherapy 7 hours weekly
Long-Term Psychotherapy 1 hour weekly
Group Psychotherapy 3 hours weekly
Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) 1 hour weekly (Replaces one short-term client hour starting in October)
Total Direct Service

 

~20 hours weekly

Fall Semester Weekly Time Breakdown - Training
Activity Time Commitment 
Individual Psychotherapy Supervision 2 hours weekly
Group Psychotherapy Supervision 2 hours weekly
Assessment Seminar/Supervision 12 hours of seminar during orientation period and in early semester plus 1 hour of bi-weekly assessment supervision
Crisis Intervention Seminar/Supervision 1 hour weekly
Multicultural Seminar/Case Conference 9 hours of seminar time for the semester
Drug and Alcohol Training 7 hours of seminar and supervision time for the semester
Psychiatric Consultation Seminar/Case Conference 6 hours of seminar time for the semester
Group Therapy Seminar 7 hours of seminar time for the semester
Outreach/Consultation 4 hours of seminar training during orientation, 1.5-hour mid-semester check-in, and supervision as needed
Psychotherapy Seminar ~15 hours of seminar time over the semester
Professional Development Seminar 5 hours of seminar time over the semester (1 hour is during the orientation period)
Program Evaluation/Research 1 hour weekly
Intern Support Group 1 hour weekly
All Staff Development 1 hour biweekly
Total Training Received ~11-12 hours weekly
Fall Semester Weekly Time Breakdown - Other
Activity Time Commitment 
Staff Meetings 1 hour weekly
Notes and Recordkeeping. Admin, etc. 6-7 hours weekly
Total Other ~7-8 hours weekly

Contracted Total: 40 hours weekly

Note: Some evening time will also be involved for these activities. Interns are expected to do at least three workshops per semester, including at least one per year, which will involve multicultural student outreach.

While the internship is designed to be approximately a 40-hour work week in the office, there is the expectation that interns will do some reading on their own time related to the seminars that are offered as part of the training program throughout the internship year and on other preparation for presentations. Interns can log these hours in their professional activity logs so that these hours count towards their 2,000 hours to complete the internship program.

Spring Semester

Spring Semester Weekly Time Breakdown - Direct Service
Activity Time Commitment 
Triage & Referral via Phone Screenings 1 hour weekly - 3 Screenings
Urgent Evaluations 2 hours weekly
Assessment 2-3 hours weekly (3 for those choosing the Advanced Assessment Concentration in spring)
Flex Time 3 hours weekly
Short-Term Psychotherapy ~7-8 hours weekly
Long-Term Psychotherapy 1 hour weekly
Group Psychotherapy 3 hours weekly (two groups)
Couples Therapy 1-2 hours weekly for those choosing the Couples Concentration
Total Direct  ~20 hours weekly depending on areas of concentration chosen

 

Spring Semester Weekly Time Breakdown - Training

Activity Time Commitment 
Individual Psychotherapy Supervision 2 hours weekly
Group Psychotherapy Supervision 2 hours weekly
Assessment Supervision 1 hour biweekly
Crisis Intervention Supervision 1 hour weekly
Multicultural Seminar/Case Conference ~7 hours of seminar time for the semester
Group Therapy Seminar 8 hours of seminar time for the semester
Consultation/Outreach Supervision 1/2 hour weekly or 1 hour biweekly for those choosing the Consultation/Outreach Concentration
Psychotherapy Seminar ~13 hours of seminar time over the semester
Couples Supervision 1 hour biweekly or 1 hour weekly for those choosing the Couples Therapy Concentration (depending on the number of interns in this concentration)
Research Supervision 1 hour biweekly for those choosing the Research Concentration
Supervision of Supervision 1 hour weekly
Providing Supervision to an Extern 1.5 hours weekly
Professional Development Seminar 6 hours of seminar time over the semester
Intern Support Hour 1 hour weekly
All Staff Development 1 hour biweekly

Total Training Received

~11.5-12.5 hours

 

Spring Semester Weekly Time Breakdown - Other

Activity Time Commitment 
Consultation & Outreach 2 hours weekly for those choosing the Consultation/Outreach Concentration
CAPS Research Project 2 hours weekly for those choosing the Research Concentration
Supervision of Trainees 1.5 hours weekly (1 hour providing supervision, .5 hour administrative time)
Staff Meetings 1 hour weekly
Notes, Record Keeping, Admin, etc. 5-6 hours weekly
CAPS Program Evaluation Project 1 hour biweekly as-needed until complete
Total Other Approximately 8-9 hours weekly

Contracted Total: 40 hours weekly

Summer Session 

Interns selecting the optional rotation at Career Services will have a somewhat different summer schedule than those not opting to do this rotation.

 

Summer Session Weekly Time Breakdown - Direct Service
Activity Time Commitment 
Triage & Referral via Phone Screenings 1 hour weekly - 3 Screenings
Assessment as needed to complete requirements
Urgent Evaluations 2 hours weekly
Flex Time 3 hours weekly
Short-Term Psychotherapy 8-10 hours weekly
Long-Term Psychotherapy 1 hour weekly
Group Psychotherapy 1.5-3 hours weekly - depending on which groups run in the summer
Couples Therapy 1-2 hours weekly for those having chosen this Concentration
Total Direct Service ~19-21 hours weekly
Summer Session Weekly Time Breakdown - Rotations
Activity Time Commitment 
Career Services 4 hours per week for 8 weeks (for those choosing this optional Summer rotation)
Summer Session Weekly Time Breakdown - Training
Activity Time Commitment 
Individual Psychotherapy Supervision 2 hours weekly
Group Psychotherapy Supervision 1 hour weekly per group
Assessment Supervision 1 hour biweekly as needed
Crisis Intervention Supervision 1 hour weekly
Research Supervision 1 hour biweekly for those choosing the Research Concentration
Professional Development Seminar 5 hours over the course of summer
Intern Support Hour 1 hour weekly
Couples Supervision 1 hour weekly or biweekly as needed
Total Training Received Approximately 7 hours weekly
Summer Session Weekly Time Breakdown - Other
Activity Time Commitment 
Apprenticeships (optional) 1 hour weekly for those not choosing the Career Services rotation
Notes, Record Keeping, Admin, etc 5-6 hours weekly
Staff Meetings 1 hour weekly
Total Other ~8-9 hours weekly

Contracted Total: 40 hours weekly

Please note that a certain amount of flexibility exists within direct service requirements over the summer months and that the total number of hours may be distributed differently according to individual intern's needs.  Continuing involvement with an interns chosen area of concentration would alter short-term client hours slightly or possibly eliminate apprenticeship.

Past Intern Information

Previous Interns & First Position Following Internship

2018-2019

Name & Education First Position Following Internship

Dylan Corp

Counseling Psychology
University at Albany-SUNY

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Counseling and Psychological Services
Penn State University

John Loughlin-Presnal

Clinical Psychology
Pennsylvania State University


Post-Doctoral Fellow
Counseling and Psychiatric Services
Georgetown University

John Wesley Scala
Clinical Psychology
Pennsylvania State University

 

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Counseling and Psychological Services
Penn State University

Erica Wiley
Counseling Psychology
Cleveland State University

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Counseling and Psychological Services
Penn State University

2017-2018

Name & Education First Position Following Internship

Lindsay Furlong-O'Hara

Clinical Psychology
Antioch University

Associate Staff Position
Counseling and Psychiatry Services
University of Vermont

Sangsun Kim

Clinical Psychology
University of Missouri - Columbia

 

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Counseling and Psychological Services
Penn State University

Daveon McMullen

Clinical Psychology
University of Hartford

 

Multicultural Counseling Post-Doctoral Fellow
Student Counseling Service
Connecticut College

Julie Scott

Counseling Psychology
Pennsylvania State University

 

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Counseling and Psychological Services
Penn State University

2016-2017

Name & Education First Position Following Internship

Mirelle Bloch

Clinical Psychology
Roosevelt University

 

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy

Abby Costello

Clinical Psychology
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

 

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Counseling and Psychological Services
Penn State University

Sultan Magruder

Counseling Psychology
Oklahoma State University

 

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Counseling and Psychological Services
Penn State University

Lauren Mazur

Clinical Psychology
Florida Institute of Technology

 

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Counseling and Psychological Services
University of Central Florida

 

Learn More
To learn more about Penn State CAPS clinical system and administrative structure as well as the University setting and diversity at Penn State, please go to our general training page.
Link to General Training Page
Penn State Student Affairs
Counseling & Psychological Services
Main Location

501 Student Health Center
University Park, PA 16802

Additional Locations

3rd Floor Bank of America Career Services Building
University Park, PA 16802

Allenway Building (Downtown)
315 S Allen Street
State College, PA 16801