In order to offer comprehensive services to the campus community, CAPS supplements its senior staff by providing internship training to graduate students in the field of psychology and counseling.

The CAPS staff provides clinical training to interns from various schools including California School of Professional Psychology, The Wright Institute, Pacific Graduate School as well as other clinical programs in the Bay Area. As a training institution, we are a member of the California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC).

Interns, along with senior staff, serve as consultants to faculty, staff, administration, resident assistants and other students. Typical areas of outreach include education/awareness presentations related to alcohol and drug use, food issues, multi-cultural communication, date/acquaintance rape. In addition, the interns are available to provide direct individual and group counseling to students.

The training for interns consists of clinical seminars, case conference, individual supervision and weekly group supervision. Specific training areas include eating disorders, alcohol and drug use and abuse, brief therapy, multi-cultural counseling, crisis evaluation, diagnosis and formulation and treatment planning among others. A syllabus of training topics is available in the Counseling Center. Periodically, staff and faculty members from psychology and service areas may be invited to attend training seminars.

The intern training program at CAPS is designed to enhance our ability to meet the emotional and psychological needs of our student population. The impact of the interns' contributions to our goals of quality service is profound. The most significant contributions include:

  • Increases in Direct Service Hours - 50% of the interns' hours are devoted to direct client contact (i.e., individual and group therapy)
  • Enrichment and Expansion of Services - Interns bring with them new ideas, and unique specialties and interest that especially enhance our group, workshop, and outreach program
  • Providing permanent staff with advanced training opportunities - Enable staff to develop supervisory and training skill

In exchange for these services, we're committed to provide a demanding and challenging training program. By offering an extensive training experience including didactic seminars, case conference, process seminars and individual supervision, we are able to attract some of the most experienced and promising intern applicants.

Training Program Description For Academic Year 2014-2015:

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