Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology
USU CAPS Doctoral Internship started in 1996 and is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The internship provides quality training focused on eight basic areas of psychological practice important in a university counseling center or similar setting:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Psychoeducational and psychological assessment
- Outreach and consultation activities
- Awareness of and responsiveness to diversity issues
- Ethical and professional behavior
- Professional development
Graduate Assistantship for Psychology Doctoral Students
CAPS sponsors half-time (20 hours per week), 8-month assistantships. Graduate Assistants (GA) are recruited from the Combined Clinical/Counseling/School Psychology Ph.D. program at USU. The purpose is to give students, especially those with professional interest in counseling center positions, an opportunity to work with college students.
GA therapists 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, training opportunities, and are able to attend additional educational opportunities with interns and professional staff.More on the GA
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, 10 volunteers are selected each year. The program requires a commitment of approximately six to eight hours per week during fall and spring semesters. Students may be eligible for credit through the Psychology Department or the Family, Consumer and Human Development Department.Reach Program Details
CAPS serves as a practicum site for the USU Psychology Department and accepts three to four practicum students per academic year. CAPS Practica are offered to third-year or beyond students in the combined psychology doctoral program. It aims to:
- Provide supervised experience in psychotherapy, outreach, and prevention with a college student population.
- Promote purposeful therapeutic practice by expanding students’ knowledge and understanding of mainstream principles of therapeutic change and fostering effective application of those principles.
- Provide role models in professional life worthy of student emulation.
- Promote self-evaluation of personal beliefs and behaviors to enhance quality of therapy.
The practicum experience involves seeing clients for individual counseling, engaging 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.
Social Work Practicum
USU CAPS offers a practicum site for the Social Work Department. First and second year master level social work students may apply. Generally, 1-2 students will be selected for a 12-16 hour per week requirement. The goal of the MSW practicum is to provide students with a well-rounded experience in both non-clinical and clinical social work including: facilitating referrals for students in need of on or off campus resources; outreach services such as participating on the USU CARE team, delivering presentations/workshops to students, collaboration with other departments within the university; follow up with students on CAPS wait list; providing initial consultations for therapy services; presenting cases at weekly case staff meetings. Training and supervision will take place weekly and will be an inclusive social work experience.