Health Service Psychology Internship

Program Overview

*Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, currently all elements of the training program experience are being conducted remotely with minimal changes (e.g., interns have a full caseload, engage in all training online) and on Zoom Health in line with SJSU policies. As of 10.21.20 this has been determined to continue for the Spring 2021 semester. Our center also acknowledges the massive changes and distress due to the pandemic and continued political unrest in the current sociopolitical climate. We have worked on addressing these in the training program throughout the year such as being intentional of creating spaces in trainings, supervision, and meetings to process, connect, and support trainees and having continued communication prior to the interns' start date to provide support and guidance through challenging times.

The major goal of the SJSU CAPS’ Training Program is to provide high quality, multicultural-focused learning experiences to postdoctoral residents and psychology interns (hereafter referred to as “trainees”) in counseling and clinical psychology in preparation for a career in mental health. To help attain this goal, the counseling faculty has a strong commitment to supervise, teach, and mentor our trainees. Our training is guided by a Practitioner-Scholar model in which we train clinicians to be informed of theory and research in the science of Psychology. Our supervisors represent a broad base of theoretical backgrounds, thus trainees are exposed to various models. We emphasize short-term treatment approaches that meet the needs of a diverse college and graduate student body. We also strongly acknowledge that we live in a diverse world with continued ongoing diversity-related issues and injustices. We thus believe in the utmost importance of being dedicated to multicultural awareness and humility. We believe in the need to engage in this process on a daily basis by being aware of our multiple social identities and interactions of those with others, acknowledging our biases, being aware of societal contexts that impact us on a constant basis, and advocating for various marginalized populations. Thus these beliefs and values are embedded into our training program and multiple elements described below.

We also strive to provide trainees with challenging and developmentally appropriate training experiences. We accomplish this by emphasizing training that is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity. We provide didactic trainings, experiential learning (direct service), mentorship, and role modeling from various staff members. We encourage self-examination and awareness of the impact of self on others.

At CAPS we also believe that different levels of trainees have different developmental needs. We work with postdoctoral residents and health service psychology interns. Thus, some trainees will be separated for various training activities, while for other components of training all trainees will meet together in order to optimize the diverse perspectives that arise when combining various training levels. 

We are proud members of the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA) – a national organization for training programs within university counseling centers. Our internship training is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Our internship has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 2012 and was re-accredited for 10 years in 2019.

CAPS abides by the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Conduct of Conduct. Our internship and postdoctoral programs meet state licensure requirements and provides broad training covering all the major areas of knowledge and skills expected of a psychologist in a university counseling center setting (Standard 7.01), provides an accurate description of the training program, goals and objectives, stipends, benefits and exit criteria (Standard 7.02), provides training as described in the program materials (Standard 7.03), does not require interns to disclose or discuss personal information except as it is related to their developing skills and professional effectiveness (Standard 7.04), does not mandate outside therapy experiences (Standard 7.05), provides evaluations of interns in a timely manner (Standard 7.06), and prohibits sexual relationships between interns and supervisory staff (Standard 7.07).

Aim of Training: To train entry-level psychologists whose professionalism includes self-awareness, culturally-responsive practice, and communication/interpersonal skills, for ethical and effective practice in the field of Health Service Psychology.

We have outlined the following training competencies and elements:

Trainee Training Competencies

Competency A: Research

Competency B: Ethical and Legal Standards

Competency C: Individual and Cultural Diversity

Competency D: Professional Values and Attitudes

Competency E: Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Comptenecy F: Assessment

Competency G: Intervention

Competency H: Supervision

These competencies will be addressed and facilitated through modeling by professionals, supervision, didactic training, experiential learning, and mentoring. These goals will be assessed by providing written and verbal feedback to each intern.

Agency Description

San José State University CAPS is a department within the Division of Student Affairs at San José State University. CAPS offers services designed to help San José State's diverse student body of 30,000 identify and accomplish their academic and career goals, enhance personal development, meet life's challenges, and improve interpersonal relationships. CAPS is established as a comprehensive counseling center offering core clinical services, developmental and life skills interventions, consultations, and outreach to our diverse student population. Short-term counseling and psychotherapy are the primary means of direct service delivery.

Agency Objective

CAPS provides quality culturally-responsive services to students so they can achieve their goals of becoming successful graduates of San José State University, both academically and socially. To fulfill this objective, we look at the whole student based on their sociocultural background and provide guidance and tools to become productive and well-rounded. To do that, professionally trained psychologists, social workers, and counselors are available for students on an individual or group basis for counseling on a myriad of psychological and academic issues. In addition, we provide services such as outreach presentations for students, student groups, staff/faculty, and staff consultations on issues of student mental health and campus climate; and professional training, teaching, and supervision for future mental health personnel, consistent with the educational mission of the university.

Population Served

CAPS provides services for all enrolled students of San José State University. The student population of SJSU is a highly diverse group. For example, there is no one clear majority group (more than 50%) in terms of ethnicity on the campus and ages range from late teens to many students in their fifties. In addition, there is diversity around ability/disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, social class, nationality, and more. Please see here for more information on SJSU's population: https://www.sjsu.edu/diversity/diversity-equity-inclusion/demographics/index.html

Theoretical Orientation

CAPS' staff utilize a variety of theoretical positions including integrative, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, feminist, multicultural, gestalt, humanistic, and systems perspectives. Generally, an integrated approach to counseling and psychotherapy is shared by the staff.

Diversity and Social Justice Training

Training in multiculturally oriented therapy and counseling is integrated into all training activities. As noted, SJSU CAPS serves a highly diverse population. Psychology interns participate in a weekly Diversity Discussion Group (Fall/Spring) and Social Justice and Outreach Training Seminars (in Fall) where social justice and outreach issues are integrated and discussed in depth. Psychology interns also participate in a monthly Staff Diversition Discussion Group with the rest of the staff members in which we continue to learn and share about our social identities. Psychology interns also provide various outreach and workshops and are guided to provide these in a culturally sensitive manner to diverse populations. Lastly, CAPS hosts an annual conference: Multicultural Training Day. Trainees and Training Directors from university counseling centers in the Bay Area are invited to attend and share in a day of multicultural learning and dialogue (e.g., Topics include addressing racial trauma, working with LGBTQ populations, working with undocumented students etc).

Components of the Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program

Cultural Diversity

This component is considered to be the most important of the training program for interns and is woven throughout all other components. Cultural diversity themes appear in individual and group sessions, supervision, in the outreach programming in which interns take part, in the training seminar presentations, in clinical meetings, and all elements of the training program. In addition, there are many seminar and training experiences that focus on developing self-awareness of cultural identities (see above paragraph).

Training

Seminars

Didactic Training Seminar
  • The Training Seminar meets weekly and is primarily led by the Intern Training Coordinator. The weekly seminar encompasses 3 large components: clinical topics, psychological testing topics, and professional development topics. First, various clinical topics are presented and discussed by a variety of presenters at CAPS and outside presenters. Common training topics include: how to work with trauma survivors, cultural-double-bind, working with specific cultural populations (e.g., ethnic groups, international students, LGBTQ populations), conducting various modes of therapy, learning how to do supervision and more. Second, the seminar includes training on clinical assessments (e.g., CCAPS, CAMS, trauma assessment) in which interns will be trained on (in Fall) and asked to use with a client and conduct a testing report on (in Spring). This is a small component of the training experience. Formal psychological testing will not be offered as part of our training experience. Furthermore, the seminar will also include training coordinated by a licensed psychologist on professional development topics (e.g., applying for next training positions, preparation for licensure in psychology, job interviews) throughout the year. During the summer months psychology interns will continue this seminar and will receive training on supervision before they complete the program.
Diversity Discussion Group
  • This group/seminar is an opportunity for trainees to develop their awareness and knowledge in diversity through discussion and is led by a licensed psychologist. It is conducted for 1.5 hours per week in the Fall Semester and every other week in the Spring Semester. Our agency believes that self-awareness is vital to the development of a competent practitioner. Thus, trainees will be invited to deeply examine their own cultural identities and assumptions, discuss diversity issues that arise in the everyday setting and larger society, and reflect on how these impact interpersonal and relational dynamics in providing therapy and healing, and within interpersonal and systemic dynamics. The purpose of this is to help trainees advance their multicultural awareness and cultural humility in order to improve mental health for their clients and the community. Although this group serves clinical work, it is not supervision or about specific cases.  To ensure the emotional safety of trainees, information discussed in this group is entirely confidential and is not part of the evaluation process.  
Social Justice and Outreach Seminar
  • The Social Justice and Outreach Seminar occurs during the Fall semester for 1hr per week and is led by a licensed psychologist. Both interns and post-docs will be a part of this seminar. Trainees will discuss the role of psychologists in addressing social justice issues that may prevent or alleviate mental health struggles; explore the relationship between social justice and the development of outreach services and programs; and may develop specialization areas in which they focus their outreach efforts (e.g., LGBT student services, cross-cultural center, international students, substance abuse, eating disorders and body image, suicide prevention). It is the Training Committee's philosophy that including a diverse group of individuals (including diversity in training levels) enriches the discussion. Psychology interns benefit from learning of the outreach experiences of the Multicultural Postdoctoral Residents and may have opportunities to collaborate with the Residents on projects. 
Supervision of  Groups & Workshops
  • The Group seminar is led by a licensed psychologist. This seminar counts toward clinical supervision hours. The seminar focuses on assisting and supervising trainees as they develop, market, and co-lead therapy groups and psychoeducational workshops. Psychology interns are required to co-lead therapy groups with a staff member or a Multicultural Postdoctoral Resident (tends to usually be a staff member in the Fall semester). Information regarding performance in this seminar, as well as performance when leading groups and workshops, may be provided to the individual supervisor for inclusion in the semester evaluation process.

Supervision/Case Consultation

Individual (1:1) Supervision:
  • CAPS meets or exceeds the supervision requirement in the CA Board of Psychology’s Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) regulation. Each psychology intern will be provided with supervision for at least 10% of the total time worked each week. At least two hours per week of individual face-to-face supervision are provided each week. Supervisor assignments for the Fall semester are made by the Training Committee. Psychology interns are required to change supervisors during the Spring semester to obtain a breadth of orientations, techniques, and styles. For the Spring semester, trainees’ preferences for supervisors are solicited and considered in assignments made by the Training Committee. Every effort is made to match requests.
Group Supervision:
  • Group supervision occurs one hour per week. Group supervision is co-led by a licensed Psychologist and one of the postdoctoral residents (the post-doctoral residents rotate each Fall and Spring semester). Group supervision provides a forum for discussing clinical work and improving clinical skills. Group supervision also provides the format for presenting formal case presentations (see “Other Training Opportunities”).

Clinical Consultation Meeting

  • This one hour weekly meeting is for counselor faculty, educational counselors, psychiatrist at SHC, and trainees. It is an opportunity to present cases to one another and engage in consultation. The emphasis in this meeting is to view our work as a team effort to provide the best possible and most clinically appropriate and ethical service to our SJSU students.

Audio/Video Recording

  • In order to provide specific and in-depth feedback, supervisors require psychology interns to video-record all client sessions. Recorded sessions are provided to the trainees’ supervisor and may be reviewed with the trainee during supervision or outside of supervision times. Trainees inform clients of the recording requirements at the same time they inform clients of their supervision, which is usually during the first session. Should a client not want to be recorded, the client will be reassigned to a non-recording counselor within the agency. Sessions are digitally recorded and stored on a secure server for at least 1 month. Recorded sessions are for training purposes only and are not available for use outside of CAPS. If a client wishes to obtain recorded sessions, the trainee must consult with their primary supervisor. Any recording taken out of CAPS is a violation of this policy and subject to disciplinary actions. Recording is still required during telehealth and interns will receive training on how to do so during orientation.

Direct Service

Direct service hours are provided through individual, couple, and group counseling sessions; outreach presentations; consultations, assessment and crisis service. The provision of direct service hours are done through consultation with your primary supervisor. Psychology interns are expected to accrue 22.5 hours of direct service per week.

  • Individual/Couple Psychotherapy:  Psychology interns are expected to accrue the majority of the direct service hours through work with individual clients. The size of the caseload varies considerably depending on whether clients are seen weekly or less often. Clinical load may also vary during slower times of the year, such as winter break and the beginning of fall semester, and higher during peak times such as midterms and finals.
  • Group Therapy: Psychology interns provide group counseling with another staff or post-doctoral resident (tends to usually be a staff member in the Fall semester). Formation of groups will be discussed during orientation, individual supervision, and the Group on Groups and Workshops Seminar. Psychology interns are required to co-lead counseling groups with a counselor faculty in the Fall with the possibility of co-leading with a Multicultural Postdoctoral Resident in the Spring. Interns should receive 30 min supervision with their co-leader who will be a licensed clinician and group supervision in the Group on Groups seminar.
  • Outreach and Workshops: Psychology interns are expected to be involved in various CAPS programming. Psychology interns are encouraged to gain presentation skills by observing and then co-presenting/presenting psycho-educational workshops. Interns are required to deliver and be evaluated on a minimum of one workshop per semester (Fall and Spring), although our expectation is that interns will exceed this requirement. The observer, a counselor faculty or postdoctoral resident, will complete a feedback form which will be reviewed with the intern and provided to the individual supervisor. Trainees are encouraged to present psycho-educational workshops as part of the “Spartan Success Series” that is managed by Educational Counselors at CAPS. Topics may include: stress management, internet addiction, time management, cross-cultural communication skills. Trainees may also be part of programs presented during re-occurring campus events such as Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Sexual Assault Awareness Week, or African American History month. Trainees may establish consultation relationships with any number of student organizations or offices, including: Gender Equity Center, MOSAIC Cross-Cultural Center, Athletics Department, Residence Life, Accessible Education Center, The Greek System, Mental Health Ambassadors (student group de-stigmatizing mental health services), and Peers In Pride (LGBTQ mentoring program) or the larger Pride Center. Time spent on these projects varies widely. Psychology interns are welcome to suggest programs based on their interest areas.
  • Outcome Assessment of Clinical Work: CAPS offers some but not comprehensive training in collecting quantitative outcome data on the psychological services provided to clients. This work is conducted as part of their didactic seminar where they receive training on different types of psychological assessments and they are expected to conduct an assessment with a client and present a testing report in the Spring semester. Trainees will consult with the Intern Training Coordinator who is in charge of the didactic seminar, their supervisors, and psychologists providing training on the outcome assessments for their assessment project. Trainees will also assume the responsibility of consulting with their academic training programs to determine if at all they need to deliver outcome measures during the training year and may need to acquire those measures through the doctorate program. Any measures administered at CAPS will remain part of the client’s file and that data cannot leave CAPS.
  • Initial Consultation (ICON)/Triage and Crisis Coverage: Psychology Interns will be required to have 2 ICON appointments (4 triages) per week; ICON appointments are generally the entry point for our students and are scheduled appointments that last approximately 45-50 minutes (triages are 20-30 minutes) and are designed to “assess” the student’s reason for wanting counseling services and assess for risk. After the assessment, if determined to be appropriate for our services, the student is either scheduled an intake or personal returning or placed on the waitlist to be assigned to an appropriate counselor (this depends on schedules and time of the semester).

Indirect Service

  • Meeting with Training Coordinator: Psychology interns have bi-weekly 30 minute (during shelter-in-place this has been changed to once/week) meetings with their training coordinator. This time is used to check-in, go over administrative tasks, and to help the interns adjust to the agency and to their internship program.
  • Peer Support Lunches: Psychology interns are encouraged to attend a weekly lunch meeting to support each other and process their unique developmental experiences. Meetings may focus on supporting each other through transitions, increasing accountability regarding progress on dissertations, discussing issues that come up around working in CAPS, and processing the dynamics within the cohort. These are scheduled into their weekly schedule.
  • Case Management: Psychology interns schedule time into their weekly schedules to complete their case records, review session recordings, and attend to other administrative tasks. In addition, certain blocks of free time for this will present themselves from time to time (e.g., cancellations, no-shows).
  • Other Consultation, Club, or Committee Work: In the past, trainees have become involved with other organizations that correspond to their own interests. These have included the Career Services; Health Services; MOSAIC Cross-cultural Center; Cesar Chavez Community Action Center; Pride Center; Gender Equity Center; Athletic Department, etc.
  • Attendance at Division or Departmental Meetings and Functions: Our program values exposure to the larger picture of university functions and collaboration with other campus units. Thus, psychology interns attend various meetings throughout the year that involve the larger staff and faculty of San José State University. These include: Division of Student Affairs Professional Development Day, Division of Student Affairs Meetings, and various university social functions or celebrations.

Other Training Opportunities

  • Case Presentations: Psychology interns are required to give one formal case presentation each semester (Fall and Spring). Case presentations are delivered during the Group Supervision meetings. Supervisors may assist trainees in any manner they wish with case presentations (e.g., review write-up, attend presentation). The psychology intern will receive written feedback from the group supervision leaders and this information may be provided to the primary supervisor for inclusion in semester evaluations.
  • All Staff Trainings: CAPS values ongoing trainings for all levels of trainees and faculty and staff. Thus, CAPS provides trainings for all clinical staff, including trainees, each academic year. These presentations may be provided by staff/faculty within the Department or by outside presenters.
Hours:

Our training program for psychology interns is for 2000 hours of Supervised Professional Experience (SPE), accrued over 12 months completing 1900 hours is our minimum requirement. Training generally begins around mid-August. We will solicit 4 psychology interns. Psychology interns are expected to be available during CAPS business hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.


Application and Selection Process

We participate in the APPIC match and use the APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI Online). To access application, please go to the APPIC website. The website provides instructions for how to complete and submit your APPI online application. If you have not requested an applicant agreement form and materials describing the APPIC Internship Matching Program, please contact the National Matching Service (NMS) at https://natmatch.com/psychint/. ***Please note that due to the new AAPI system, we will accept applications until 11:59pm EST (Eastern Time) on 11/2/20. Previously this was based on PST (Pacific Time) but we were notified that the new system only lets us do it based on EST.

Requirements:

  • A completed APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI) form accessed at the APPIC website.
  • In your cover letter, please describe your qualifications and professional experience that would make you a good match with our site, and elaborate on your specific goals for internship.
  • Current curriculum vita.
  • Official transcripts of all graduate work.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two from supervisors who are familiar with your more recent clinical work.

Our information for NMS is as follows: San José State University, Counseling and Psychological Services *APPIC Member Number: 2143 *APPIC Match Number for NMS: 214311

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Internship Program Admissions

Date Program Tables are updated: 9.1.2020

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:

 *Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, currently all elements of the training program experience will be conducted remotely and on Zoom Health.

The major goal of the SJSU CAPS’ Training Program is to provide high quality learning experiences to postdoctoral residents and psychology interns (hereafter referred to as “trainees”) in counseling and clinical psychology in preparation for a career in mental health. To help attain this goal, the counseling faculty has a strong commitment to supervise, teach, and mentor our trainees. Our training is guided by a Practitioner-Scholar model in which we train clinicians to be informed of theory and research in the science of Psychology. Our supervisors represent a broad base of theoretical backgrounds, thus trainees are exposed to various models. We emphasize short-term treatment approaches that meet the needs of a diverse student body. We are committed to training for work in a diverse world.  While the field of psychology as a whole has embraced the importance of multicultural awareness and competence, this is a commitment that we reaffirm daily. We live and work in the midst of one of the most diverse communities in the world and provide trainees experiences to engage in social justice work. We strive to provide trainees with challenging and developmentally appropriate training experiences. We accomplish this by emphasizing training that is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity. We provide didactic trainings, experiential learning (direct service), mentorship, and role modeling from various staff members. We encourage self-examination and awareness of the impact of self on others. At CAPS we believe that different levels of trainees have different developmental needs. We work with postdoctoral residents and health service psychology interns. Thus, some trainees will be separated for various training activities, while for other components of training all trainees will meet together in order to optimize the diverse perspectives that arise when combining various training levels.   

 

Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours

 yes

 

Amount: 400

Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours

 

 no

Amount: 0

 

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

 

We require that applicants come from APA accredited counseling psychology, clinical psychology, or school psychology Ph.D. or Psy.D. programs, have 2 years of graduate training, as well as have passed their comprehensive exams, completed their coursework, and their dissertation proposals approved by the beginning of internship.

We do not require but highly recommend that applicants have experience with working with college students.

 

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns

$34,956 

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns

 n/a

Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?

Yes

No

If access to medical insurance is provided:

 

Trainee contribution to cost required?

Yes

No

Coverage of family member(s) available?

Yes

No

Coverage of legally married partner available?

Yes

No

Coverage of domestic partner available?

Yes

No

Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)

 192 vacation hours and 16 hours of personal holiday

Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave

 96

In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?

Yes

No

Other Benefits (please describe):

*Note. Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table

 

Initial Post-Internship Positions (Provide an aggregated tally for the preceding 3 cohorts)

 

2016-2019

Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts

 12

Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree

  0

 

PD

EP

Community mental health center

 

 

Federally qualified health center

 

 

Independent primary care facility/clinic

 

 

University counseling center

 4

 

Veterans Affairs medical center

 

 

Military health center

 

 

Academic health center

 

 

Other medical center or hospital

 7

 

Psychiatric hospital

 

 

Academic university/department

 

 

Community college or other teaching setting

 

 

Independent research institution

 

 

Correctional facility

 

 

School district/system

 

 

Independent practice setting

 

 

Not currently employed

 1

 

Changed to another field

 

 

Other

 

 

Unknown

 

 

Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time.  For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.

If you find that your questions are not answered by our website information, please contact the Intern Training Coordinator, Minji Yang, Ph.D. (minji.yang@sjsu.edu).

Our internship program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.  Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:   

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979
E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation