Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology
Dear Psychology Internship Applicants,
Welcome to Stanford University’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Psychology Internship Program’s website! I appreciate your interest in our training program and I hope that the information on this website will provide you with helpful information about the training opportunities in Health Service Psychology (HSP) that CAPS offers.
Stanford University is nestled among California’s rolling hills, just 30 miles south of San Francisco, a remarkably diverse and vibrant urban city. This backdrop sets a larger context for the diversity of the Stanford community and CAPS commitment to social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion. CAPS resolutely believes that #BlackLivesMatter* and against “Anti-Asian Hatred” and that racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, xenophobia, ableism and other systems of oppression are a threat to public health. Our guiding principles include cultural humility and solidarity with marginalized community members at an individual level—and striving toward equity, liberation and justice at a systemic level.
CAPS provides mental health services through Vaden Health Center and has liaison relationships throughout the university. Consistent with the overall mission of the university, CAPS creates a caring, supportive, educational environment for trainees to support their acquisition of Profession Wide Competencies to practice independently and operate as culturally humble, ethical, and professional Early Career Psychologists (ECP) within an integrated university health center.
CAPS provides training that supports an intern’s professional development through experiential learning, supervision, and mentorship that is informed by the science of psychology. The training staff is committed to providing interns with quality supervision and training seminars that support their professional and personal development. Interns learn a range of knowledge, skills, and attitudes throughout the year. We value not only the broadening of clinical competence and learning to manage the demands of the work, but the ability to work collaboratively with other mental health professionals in a dynamic university counseling center. The multidisciplinary staff at CAPS values diversity, social justice, and inclusion and actively contributes to foster professional respect and cohesion within CAPS and across disciplines. Our training program provides many opportunities for interns to consult, learn, and work in partnership with staff to build meaningful relationships and mentorship.
We are continually inspired by the enthusiasm, passion, and dedication that our interns bring to CAPS. The diversity of intersecting identities, cultural backgrounds, and personal and professional experience represented in each of our interns serves as the foundation for which mutual professional development occurs over the course of the training year.
We hope that the information on our website will provide helpful information to guide your decision making. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions.
Best wishes for a successful completion to your internship search.
Senior Psychology Training Director
Philosophy & Goals
The CAPS internship training program incorporates current psychological theory and science with experiential learning. It is intended to help interns grow and develop as generalist psychologists. At CAPS, interns gain extensive clinical experience with a diverse range of students and presenting problems.Throughout the training year, experiential learning is informed by the theory and science of psychology in supervision and didactic training seminars. The internship follows a sequential, developmental training process, building upon the knowledge and skills that each Intern already possesses and offering opportunities for developing and refining additional clinical skills. The goal for our interns is to facilitate their professional development from graduate student to skilled early career psychologist.
Components of the Training Program
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Internship Program provides comprehensive training in health service psychology including experience with access coordination, initial consultations, intakes, day call, crisis intervention, risk assessment, management, and safety planning, brief counseling, individual counseling, consultation, case management, outreach programming with a social justice focus, and working with a diverse and gifted student population. Interns work as part of a multidisciplinary staff and gain profession wide competencies.
Application Qualifications & Process
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Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology FAQ
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