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Graduate Assistantship for Psychology Doctoral Students:


Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) sponsors two half-time (20 hours per week), 8-month assistantships. Graduate Assistants are recruited from the Combined Clinical/Counseling/School Psychology Ph.D. program at USU. The purpose of the assistantship is to afford students, especially those with a professional interest in counseling center positions, an opportunity to work with college students.

GA therapists participate fully in the life of CAPS. They provide intakes, individual therapy, outreach, and if available group therapy and/or supervision of a REACH Peer. GAs receive weekly supervision; participate in weekly case staffing, staff meetings, and training opportunities; as well as attend additional educational opportunities with interns and professional staff.

GA applications for the 2014-2015 year are due on February 7, 2014.

For information on the position and application process please refer to the CAPS Graduate Assistantship Brochure





Counseling/Psychology Practica:


Counseling and Psychological Services is a practicum site for the USU Psychology Department. We accept up to four practicum students per academic year. CAPS Practicum is offered to students in their third year and beyond in the Combined Psychology doctoral program. The aim of the practicum is four-fold:

  1. To provide supervised experience in psychotherapy, outreach, and prevention with a college student population;
  2. To promote purposeful therapeutic practice by expanding students' knowledge and understanding of mainstream principles of therapeutic change and fostering effective application of those principles;
  3. To provide role models in professional life worthy of student emulation; and
  4. To promote self-evaluation of personal beliefs and behaviors to enhance quality of therapy.

The practicum experience involves seeing clients for individual counseling, participating in Center Outreach activities, receiving weekly individual and group supervision, and actively participating in the weekly classroom experience. The practicum is a two semester, 10-15 hour per week commitment. For more information, contact Amy Kleiner, Practicum Coordinator in CAPS: 797-1012, amy.kleiner@usu.edu. Students may also discuss their practicum options with the training coordinator in their perspective departments.




REACH Peer Program:


What is the REACH Peer Program?


The REACH Peer program is a volunteer program designed for undergraduate students who would like to obtain experience working in a counseling center. Generally, ten (10) volunteers are selected each year. The program requires a commitment of approximately four to six hours per week during Fall and Spring semesters. Students may be eligible for credit through the Psychology or Family, Consumer and Human Development departments.


What does REACH stand for?


Resourceful, Educational, Accepting, Coaching, Helpful


What do the REACH peers do?


Clinical work with individual clients:
REACH peers work with students who are already clients of a therapist in the CAPS office (often clients of the peer's clinical supervisor). Generally, peers meet with clients once per week for 30-50 minutes teaching them skills and practicing the skills with the client. These skills can include progressive muscle relaxation and other forms of stress management, mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, time management, and interpersonal effectiveness. Peers will plan specific interventions in consultation with their supervisor. Each session will be documented and placed in the client's file.

Outreach psychoeducational projects:
These projects are major events, often directed at the whole campus, which concerns some aspect of wellness or mental health. These have included Depression Screening, Stress Bust, Body Image Awareness, Healthy Relationships Panel, and Alcohol Screening. Generally, one peer is the lead person to organize the event (with support from CAPS staff or other student services offices) all peers will be expected to take a role supporting that effort.

Persons interested in becoming a REACH Peer should contact CAPS in TSC306 or at 797-1012, for details on the application process.