CAPS Training & Internship Programs

2016-2017 CAPS Trainees

 2016-2017 trainees with Training Director, Jay Manalo, and Master's Training Coordinator, Arika Morrison

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.

About CAPS

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 internship classes.

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

  • 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

Application Process 
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 PM EST
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 TraineeS

CAPS 2016-2017 Trainees 2016-2017 doctoral and master's trainees with Training Director, Jay Manalo, and Master's Training Coordinator, Arika Morrison

2015-2016 Trainee Cohort

CAPS trainees

2015-2016 doctoral and master's trainees with Training Director, Dr. Jay Manalo

2014-2015 Trainee Cohort

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