Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology

Training Program Aims and Philosophy

CAPS doctoral internship in Health Service Psychology aims to provide extensive clinical training opportunities to psychologist-in-training with an interest in college mental health. The program focuses on the application of clinical theory and research requiring interns to learn ethical, legal, and professional standards of psychology. This is accomplished by giving interns the opportunity to promote proficiency in the nine profession-wide competencies identified by the American Psychological Association. Two interns are accepted into the program each training year.

CAPS follows a practitioner-scholar training model with attention to the developmental stage of the intern. Staff acknowledge that interns enter the program at various levels of skill and experience. The program is designed to assist trainees in becoming more skilled and autonomous in professional functioning through the use of supervision, teaching, and mentoring. Comprehensive supervision is the foundation to CAPS doctoral internship program and includes individual, group, and peer supervision as well as consultation, professional mentorship, and didactic experiences. Every aspect of the internship encourages interns to engage in critical analysis of the impact of individual differences and the importance of exhibiting sensitivity and cultural humility.

In order to accomplish our aims, CAPS provides experiential and didactic training that focuses on the profession-wide competencies as outlined by The American Psychological Association. CAPS doctoral internship is an intentionally structured set of activities including seminars, instruction in evidenced-based treatments, ethics, cultural humility, professional mentorship, and clinician self-care. The primary modality of training is the through the provision of direct clinical services under careful, video-supported supervision by licensed psychologists.

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) exists to be a center of excellence in the provision of multidisciplinary mental health services to the UGA student population. We strive to provide services that are student-centered, innovative, and based in the latest science and art of professional practice. We seek to infuse our work with a mixture of best-practices and creativity, balancing treatment with training and education of students, staff and faculty. We endeavor to keep pace with the changing needs of the student population while maintaining a working environment that models and parallels care and respect for each other and the students we serve. We celebrate diversity in all its forms both within the UGA community and amongst our staff.

Our dedication to excellence permeates the multitude of services we provide, ensuring that:

  • students receive superlative care rendered in a nurturing and healthy atmosphere,
  • our use of technology interfaces with the needs of our client population, and
  • the integration of care across the continuum encompasses all aspects of health and wellbeing.

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) is committed to promoting inclusion. We strive to provide respectful treatment to students of every background and recognize the impact of oppression and marginalization on mental health. We value and embrace the richness inherent to the intersections of one’s race, ethnicity, nationality, heritage, gender identity and expression, sexual/romantic orientation, ability, religion/spirituality, age, socioeconomic status, body shape/size, as well as other personal and social characteristics. These intersecting factors which comprise an individual’s identity are important in guiding and enhancing the services we provide to our students. We will continue to be a safe and affirming space on campus.

The CAPS doctoral internship is a full-time training experience. Interns engage in 14 to 16 hours of direct clinical service, which includes providing individual and group therapy, screenings, crisis management, outreach, and provision of supervision. Additionally, interns receive 10 to 12 hours of training and supervision. Didactic trainings are competency driven and cover topics such as utilizing DBT interventions with the college student population, body diversity and the impact of weight-based oppression/sizeism, and salient considerations for therapy with clients that identify as trans and gender non-conforming. Interns receive two (2) hours of individual supervision and additional supervision in group and the provision of supervision. The remaining 10 hours consists of administrative tasks including recordkeeping and meeting attendance.

Below is a weekly sample schedule for interns that provides guidance on the intern time distribution.

Direct Service16 hours
Psychotherapy (individual, group, screening, on-call, outreach, specialization rotation)14-16 hours
Supervision of Practicum Student2 hours
Supervision and Training10-12 hours
Individual Supervision2 hours
Group Supervision of Group.5 hour
Peer Supervision2 hours
Supervision of Supervision1 hour (Spring Semester Only)
Self-Care Group2 hours (bi-weekly)
Training Seminars4 hours
Professional Development2 hours (bi-weekly)
Committee Assignment1 hour (optional)
Administrative Requirements12-14 hours
Staff Meeting/Treatment Team1 hour
Recordkeeping (case notes, service preparation)9-11 hours
Dissertation/Licensure Preparation Release2 hours

At this time, CAPS internship program is an APPIC member and is not APA accredited.

All interested applicants can email the Associate Director for Training to request a copy of the Internship Handbook.