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Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology 2020-2021

Counseling & Psychological Services offers a 12-month doctoral internship program in health service psychology, with two intern positions. The interns at CAPS receive intensive, supportive training in individual and group psychotherapy, crisis and initial assessment, supervision of doctoral practicum trainees, outreach, and consultation. The program is designed to allow interns to develop a balanced general foundation of clinical knowledge and experience. The program is an APPIC member training site, and adheres to APPIC regulations regarding selection and notification of internship applicants. In addition, all nine APA required profession-wide competencies are provided, though our site is not yet APA-accredited. Please access the 2020-2021 Internship Program Description to learn more about our doctoral psychology internship program. Please read the letter from our Training Director and find out more about the benefits available to interns.

Doctoral Practicum Training 2020-2021

Counseling & Psychological Services invites applications for doctoral practicum training (at some sites, this may be known as pre-internship). We offer two positions, beginning in September prior to the start of Autumn Quarter and continuing to the end of Spring Quarter in June. Ranked among the top 50 ethnically diverse colleges in the U.S., we welcome doctoral students interested in serving a student population that is racially and ethnically diverse, traditional and non-traditional in age, economically disenfranchised, from regional high schools and community colleges, 18% military affiliated, and largely first generation to college. These are bright, dedicated students and our campus takes pride in their accomplishments. Further, with an enrollment of 4,500-5,000, our students enjoy small class sizes and have a wealth of learning and cultural resources available to them. As therapists, we are honored to serve our students, and we hope you find as much fulfillment in working here as we do!

How to Apply: Please submit the following materials via email to Dr. Bonnie Benson-Palmgren, Training Director, at 1) Unofficial transcript; 2) Curriculum Vitae; 3) One letter of recommendation from a clinical supervisor to be emailed directly to the Training Director; 4) Approval from the academic program to be sent directly to the Training Director; and 5) A statement of interest that answers the following question: Given our student population, why are you interested in completing a practicum at UW Tacoma CAPS, and how would a practicum at our site contribute to your educational and training goals? This statement of interest should be attached to an email message as a Word document or PDF; no formal cover letter is required. Feel free to email ( or call Dr. Benson-Palmgren (253-692-4522) with any questions. For more information please see the Practicum Flyer 2020-2021.

Thank you to all the outstanding doctotal students who applied. The practicum positions have been filled for 2020-21.

Clinical Experience Offered: Practicum involves 12-15 hours weekly on-site, including 8 individual client hours, 1 hour of individual supervision, 1 hour of didactic seminar*, and time for charting/notes, case management, and preparation for supervision. There are also opportunities to co-facilitate campus outreach presentations. Practicum trainees record their sessions, utilize Titanium Schedule software to complete notes, and are supervised by Doctoral Psychology Interns, who receive supervision from duly licensed psychologists. A private office is provided for each trainee.

Prior Experience Required: 1) Satisfactory completion of one previous year of practicum involving intervention with adult populations, 2) Successful completion of a course in psychopathology/DSM-5 diagnosis, and 3) Demonstration of multicultural awareness.

More about CAPS: We are staffed by 4 psychologists, 2 doctoral psychology interns, and a program coordinator. We are invested in our training program and welcome trainees with a strong interest in serving our unique student population. We represent a range of theoretical orientations and engage in empirically support treatment interventions. No formal psychological testing or manualized treatments are offered. Trainees receive a thorough orientation to CAPS, including instruction in the use of Titanium Schedule, the electronic health record system. We also orient trainees to campus resources and our campus partners. We work closely with our colleagues in the Division of Student Affairs, which includes First Generation Student Initiatives, Student Advocacy and Support, Disability Resources for Students, Housing & Residence Life, Career Development & Education, and Student Conduct, to name a few - all of which are housed in our building. We also partner with the Center for Equity and Inclusion, Veteran and Military Resource Center, International Student and Scholar Services, Teaching and Learning Center, Office of the Registrar, and Financial Aid.

*If required by at least one trainee’s doctoral program.