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Training Opportunities

USU CAPS offers a variety of training opportunities that help prepare students for careers in university counseling centers or similar settings.

Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology - APA Accredited

The USU CAPS Doctoral Internship has been in existence since 1996 and is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation

CAPS doctoral 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; psycho-educational and psychological assessment; outreach and consultation activities; providing clinical supervision; awareness of and responsiveness to diversity issues; ethical and professional behavior; and professional development. While interns at CAPS are expected to function semi-autonomously, they can also expect to work and learn in an atmosphere characterized by respect and support. Overall, the goal of our internship is to create mentoring relationships and a learning environment in which interns can hone their skills and grow professionally in a safe and supervised setting. In addition to a number of required core experiences, our training allows an intern flexibility in choosing elective experiences consistent with his or her professional goals.

Application deadline for Phase 1 is Friday November 13, 2020.

We do not offer onsite interviews or formal open house during the selection process. We are, however, happy to offer you a tour of our center at your convenience. If you are interested, please contact the Internship Training Director, Dr. Amy Kleiner, to make an arrangement. Please note visiting us on site will not increase your chance of being ranked, and we do not judge candidates negatively for not visiting us.

If you have questions please feel free to contact the Internship Training Director, Dr. Amy Kleiner at

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Graduate Assistantship for Psychology Doctoral Students

CAPS sponsors half-time (20 hours per week), 8-month assistantship(s). 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.

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Counseling and Psychology Practica

CAPS is a practicum site for the USU Psychology Department. We accept 3-4 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 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; and
  • 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 Dr. Charley Bentley, Practicum Coordinator in CAPS: 797-1012, Students may also discuss their practicum options with the training coordinator in their perspective departments.

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 6 to 8 hours per week during Fall and Spring semesters. Students may be eligible for credit through the Psychology or Family, Consumer and Human Development departments.

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