2016-2017 trainees with Training Director, Jay Manalo, and Master's Training Coordinator,
CAPS offers university counseling center training positions at both the master's and
doctoral level. In addition to becoming strong mental health generalists in the provision
of individual counseling services, trainees have the opportunity to participate in
group counseling, inter-disciplinary collaboration, outreach, consultation, campus
programs and related projects within the university community.
Counseling and Psychological Services operates within the Division of Student Affairs
and reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health and Wellness. Counseling and
Psychological Services is accredited by the International Association of Counseling
Services (IACS) and is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and
Internship Centers (APPIC), the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies
(ACCTA), and the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH).
CAPS Training Program Mission
The mission of the training program is to promote the development of clinical skills
and professional identity for the next generation of mental health professionals.
This mission is accomplished through the provision of didactic training, clinical
supervision, and direct practice experiences within an interdisciplinary, supportive,
and collaborative team environment.
APA Accreditation Status
Our doctoral psychology internship program is a member of the Association of Psychology
Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) but is not currently accredited by the
American Psychological Association (APA).
We are pleased to announce that as of September 27, 2016 we have completed our APA
site visit towards initial accreditation of our psychology internship program. Please
be advised that despite this recent exciting news, we cannot provide any assurance
at this time that we will be able to successfully achieve accreditation and cannot
at this time provide a definitive timeframe regarding accreditation status for future
Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
- APPIC Application Deadline: extended to Wednesday November 30, 2016 11:59 PM EST
- APPIC Internship Matching Program Code Number: 213211
- Open House (optional): late January 2017 (final date TBD)
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is offering three positions for the 2017-2018
year (August 1st, 2017 – July 31st, 2018). Our 2000-hour internship program includes
opportunities for individual and group counseling, triage, crisis intervention and
initial assessment services, outreach services, consultation, psychological assessment,
and supervision of masters-level mental health trainees.
Our 2014 - 2015 doctoral psychology interns, Michael Tkach and Marybeth Karnstedt,
created a video for prospective internship applicants to learn more about CAPS and
our training program: Psychology Internship Video
The application is completed via the AAPI online and the APPIC Match process. We
use the standard AAPI online and do not require any additional supporting materials
beyond the standard AAPI. Applicants should include as part of their AAPI 3 references,
at least one of whom must have served as a clinical supervisor or directly observed
some of the applicant's clinical work. This internship site agrees to abide by the
APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use
any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. Please visit the APPIC website for more information.
For More Information
For additional detailed information, please refer to the 2017 - 2018 Psychology Internship Brochure.
Along with the variety of services offered to all students at Western Carolina University,
Counseling and Psychological Services serves as a graduate fieldwork placement / training
site for graduate programs in counseling, clinical psychology, social work and related
programs. Students typically apply during the spring for the upcoming academic year
commitment. WCU has served as a masters-level training site for over 25 years and
has a strong commitment for effective clinical supervision, training and professional
development. Please review the flyer and application form for further information
or contact the Training Director or Master's Training Coordinator.
Application deadline for master's level training program: Monday March 13, 2017 5:00
Reference writers must complete the below WCU CAPS reference form (not a standard
letter of recommendation)
2017-18 Master's level practicum and internship positions flyer
2017-18 Master's level practicum and internship application form
2017-18 Master's level practicum and internship reference form
2016-2017 doctoral and master's trainees with Training Director, Jay Manalo, and Master's
Training Coordinator, Arika Morrison
2015-2016 Trainee Cohort
2015-2016 doctoral and master's trainees with Training Director, Dr. Jay Manalo
2014-2015 Trainee Cohort