Counseling and Psychological Services
Clinical Training Program
Applications for practicum and internship positions for the academic year 2018-2019 may be submitted on or after December 1, 2017. Please see further instructions below.
We DO NOT offer SUMMER practicum or internship positions.
Some Additional Items To Consider Before Applying:
Submit the following documents together in a single envelope, or attached to a single email:
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED
Forward All Materials To:
Jonathan Murakami, Psy.D., Coordinator of Clinical Training
We will notify you via email that we have received your application and that it is under review.
Within 30 days of receipt we will notify you of the outcome of our review. At such time, you may be requested to attend a personal interview with our staff.
Review of applications and scheduling of interviews is conducted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
Features of Our Site and Our Training Program
The Mission of Our Training Program
Our mission is to contribute to the development and training of new practitioners entering the fields of professional counseling and psychology and to support and enhance the effectiveness of CAPS by providing interns and practicum students with a continuous, multi-faceted learning experience that addresses the knowledge, concepts, and skills needed to function effectively in the performance of their responsibilities at CAPS, and in other positions in the future.
The training program seeks to foster the development of interns and practicum students as persons, and as professionals, while also helping them to function effectively as members of the CAPS team. Many of the experiences included in the training program are designed to help prepare students for other types of positions within the broader fields of professional counseling and psychology.
More about Our Training Program
Training has been an integral part of our identity for over 30 years. Our training program continues to enjoy an excellent reputation with administrators and faculty from Counselor Education and Graduate Psychology programs in the tri-state area. It is known for providing a quality training experience for their counseling and psychology interns and practicum students.
Training and supervision are provided by a staff of seasoned professionals that includes four licensed psychologists, and four licensed professional counselors. All are experienced supervisors who are knowledgeable about the challenging roles of the mental health professional, particularly within the college setting. Supervisors are mindful of the developmental needs of students as they progress in their training experience and provide guidance and support based on the students’ individual needs.
The training program is planned and implemented by the Coordinator of Clinical Training.
CAPS believes that the professional counselor must continually seek new knowledge and skills in order to provide the best possible support to clients being served.
Within the counseling profession, there are myriad theoretical perspectives and a wide array of counseling interventions that professional practitioners need to be aware of and/or master. The training program is intended to promote such learning, on a continuous basis, by exposing interns to various theoretical approaches and introducing them to related skills and interventions.
The training program also recognizes that counselors provide services through a combination of personal, intellectual, social, and professional attributes that affect the quality of the counseling received by clients. The training program is intended to address each of these aspects, as well.
CAPS also understands that counselors are affected by a full range of human emotions and experiences; insofar as these emotions and experiences are likely to impinge on the counselor’s perceptions and responses in working with clients, CAPS believes that it is vital for the individual intern to engage in a continuous process of self-exploration and growth. The training program attempts to foster this intra-personal development as an integral part of a total professional improvement process.
Another important and integral part of the training program is to help interns increase their awareness of issues related to diversity and to recognize the importance of these within the counseling relationship. To this end, the training program seeks to facilitate interns’ exploration of their own backgrounds and experiences, with a perspective of understanding how these impact the counseling process for the client, as well as for the counselor. The facilitation of the interns’ learning and growth toward multicultural competency is a highly valued focus of the training program.
CAPS also recognizes that the effectiveness of services rendered by the counselors is enhanced and energized by the degree to which individuals in the team are able to interact effectively and supportively. The social attributes and skills of the interns are expected to contribute positively to this dynamic; the training program is designed to facilitate this, with interns being considered vital members of CAPS and college community.