Frequently Asked Questions

Our mission is to provide a comprehensive, developmental training experience, with an emphasis on learning through application of evidence-based practice in psychology. We believe people learn and work best in a supportive, collegial atmosphere; therefore we provide the type of environment that encourages intern development of professional identity, clinical skills, confidence, autonomy, and self-understanding. Interns at UST/CAPS gain experience in individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, psychological assessment, supervision, and outreach and consultation.

UST is committed to the inclusion, welcome, and support of individuals from all groups, encompassing the various characteristics of persons in our community and seeks to create a campus culture where all members of the community can thrive. Counseling and Psychological Services is dedicated to building a diverse staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities, and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive, and understanding ways. Click here for more information on our Culture and Diversity Training Program Philosophy 

We are looking for interns who are curious, engaged, self-reflective, and want to learn what we have to offer at our site. We hope to provide a training experience where interns learn both about the clinical work of a practicing psychologist, and about themselves as clinicians, so interns who are highly committed to supervision and to self-reflection do especially well here. We expect our interns to embrace the many forms of diversity and demonstrate openness and commitment to learning in this area. Finally, we want interns who will really become members of our team by working hard, participating in our training experiences, sharing their ideas, volunteering for different activities, and laughing and learning with us.

The internship contract is a 12 month, 40 hour per week appointment. The internship year begins the second Monday of August each year and ends one year and one day the following August. Interns are required to use PTO for the last week of their internship (typically 2-4 days).

Although supervisory styles vary here, we have in common a value of self-awareness and attention to both the process and content of the clinical experience. It is common in our seminars and various supervision experiences to ask interns to self-reflect, for example to self-examine for biases and countertransference reactions. At the end of the training year, it is common for our interns to note supervision as the best aspect of their training year and to comment how safe and supported they felt in supervision.

We follow Minnesota and Wisconsin law in determining who is eligible to supervise, and we meet or exceed the amount of supervision required by state and accreditation criteria. Prospective applicants should be aware that different states may have different requirements for eligible supervisors, though many states may waive their state requirements for those who complete an APA accredited internship, or simply for an internship abiding by its own state requirements.  We encourage you to look up the supervision requirements for any state where you may be interested in obtaining a license. Though we listen carefully to intern requests regarding supervision, we cannot guarantee the ability to accommodate every request.

UST is a university with an enrollment of 9,878 students (6,199 undergraduates and 3,679 graduate students). About 15% of undergraduates and 22 % of graduate students identify as students of color. We have approximately 567 international students from 65 countries and 30% identify as Catholic. CAPS sees a higher percentage of diverse clients than are represented in the UST student body. About 23% of our clients identify as ethnically non-white, 6% are international students, 11% identify as LGBTQ, 16% are first-generation students, and 70% are non-Catholic. 

Interns spend 2.5 hours per week providing supervision to an advanced graduate practicum student. One hour is spent in face-to-face supervision and the remaining time is for tape review and case management. Interns supervise two students over the course of the academic year; one student in the fall semester and another in the spring semester.  Click here to watch the video about supervision.

We have a thriving group program at CAPS. We generally have no difficulty filling our groups each semester. Interns spend 2 hours per week providing group counseling services. In fall semester, each intern co-facilitates an interpersonal process group with a senior staff member and in spring interns are given the opportunity to co-facilitate a group with a fellow intern or with a senior staff member. CAPS groups intentionally serve a wide variety of student issues and presentations, therefore, our primary focus is on interpersonal process groups. CAPS also offers a rotating three-week psychoeducational group focused on distress reduction and coping skills for students. Interns lead these groups on their own after a period of observation of senior staff in the first part of fall semester. With attention to group professional, diversity and ethical issues, Interns are expected to exhibit an understanding of significant issues of group work and to demonstrate effective group formation and facilitation skills. Click here to watch group counseling video.

Though we do not have one theoretical orientation by intent, many of our staff overlap in theoretical approach. Our staff all integrate multiculturalism and diversity into their work. See our individual staff descriptions for more information about interests and specializations.

Intern Seminar meets each week with the University of Minnesota Student Counseling Center doctoral interns. Topics for intern seminars include, professional development issues, clinical presentations in the general population and among college students, assessment, diversity, specific treatment modalities, and ethical issues. Also, CAPS is part of a consortium of MN APA-accredited internship centers and our interns participate in two, day-long trainings on professional issues related to diversity and supervision sponsored by this consortium.

Interns are expected to maintain satisfactory progress on their dissertations while on internship. Two hours per week of professional development time is provided to interns for work on dissertation, professional reading, or other research activities. Interns are provided two days of professional development to be used for to attend conferences and workshops, or visits to academic departments.

Our interns are very busy during the academic year! While we do have a 40 hour work week, in order to accumulate 2000 hours for the overall internship and 500 clinical contact hours, our interns need to engage in a fairly high direct service caseload. Interns are also highly active in outreach at our site. Although we work hard each day, we place a strong emphasis on work-life balance and encourage trainees to use evenings, weekends, vacation days and holidays as time for the self, family, friends, and interests.

The UST CAPS doctoral internship program began in 1992, was accredited by APA in 1995 and has graduated a total of 26 intern cohorts. We believe our program stands out for a number of reasons: our commitment to furthering our knowledge of issues of diversity and inclusion related to training and service; outstanding supervision from an experienced and supportive training staff; excellent generalist training in psychotherapy, supervision, outreach and consultation and crisis intervention; and an emphasis on the personal development of interns as healthy and balanced professionals. We are fully committed to internship training and are invested in the success of our interns each year. Past and present interns describe our program as a supportive learning environment in which they can realize their personal and professional goals.

Applicants unable to come for an in person interview and who would like to visit us and the Twin Cities may contact the Director of Training to schedule a visit. We prefer applicants to visit after internship interviews are completed and before the ranking decision date. While we will make every effort to have applicants meet all the training staff, we cannot guarantee 100% availability of supervising staff for individual site visits.