CPS Staff

CAPS Training & Internships

CAPS Doc and Master's Trainees 2015 - 2016 

CAPS 2015 - 2016 Doctoral and Master's Level Trainees with Training Director Dr. Jay Manalo

 Links to:

Doctoral Psychology Internship Program

Master's Level Practicum/Internship/Field Placement Program

 CAPS Training Program

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 and group counseling services, trainees will participate in inter-professional collaboration, outreach, consultation, campus programs and related projects within the university community. We offer rotations and special projects which are service-oriented and individually tailored to provide a broad range of learning opportunities.

Counseling and Psychological Services operates within the division of Student Affairs and reports directly to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. 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 Mission

The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is to empower students to engage in and be successful in a full range of academic, social, and cultural opportunities through fostering psychological wellness. This aim is achieved through promotion, facilitation, recommendation and provision of mental health services for the University community.


CAPS Values

At CAPS, we value:

  • Intentional responsiveness within ourselves and with others created by collaboration, communicated and conducted authentically
  • Relationships that are rooted in trust and nurtured by open communication
  • Knowledge obtained through lifelong learning and shared through mentoring
  • Wellness modeled on an individual and organizational level fostered by respect and intentionality


CAPS Training Program Mission

CAPS' Training Program mission 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.


2016-2017 Doctoral Psychology Internship Program – August 1st, 2016 – July 31st, 2017

  • Application Deadline has been extended to November 18, 2015 (was originally November 8, 2015)
  • APPIC Internship Matching Program Code Number: 213211
  • Open House (optional): late January 2015 (final date TBD)

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is offering three positions for the 2016-2017 year (August 1st, 2016 – July 31st, 2017). Our 2000-hour internship program includes opportunities for individual and group counseling, walk-in triage, crisis intervention and initial assessment services, specialized assessments and services, outreach services, consultation, and specialized rotations in psychological assessments and supervision and training of masters-level trainees.


Our 2014 - 2015 doctoral psychology interns, Michael Tkach and Marybeth Karnstedt, created the following videos for prospective internship applicants to learn more about CAPS and our training program.


 Full video:


Additional Information:

Application Process – For the 2016-2017 Internship year, the application deadline has been extended to November 18th, 2015 (was November 8, 2015) and the process will be completed via the APPIC Match, which is scheduled for February 2016.  We use the standard AAPI online and do not require any additional supporting materials beyond the standard AAPI. 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.

APA Accreditation Status

Our doctoral 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.  We cannot at this time provide a definitive timeframe regarding accreditation status for future internship classes.

While we are not currently accredited by APA, we are pleased to announce that we were selected along with 35 other programs in December 2014 to be part of the Accreditation Assistance Project that is funded by APPIC and administered by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE). This accreditation assistance project is helping programs such as ours move on a path towards accreditation. More about this project appears in APA's January 2015 edition of the Monitor (  

Additionally, in the fall of 2015 our internship program was awarded grant funding from the APA Grants for Internship Programs initiative through the American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs.  These grants were designed to provide seed money to programs like ours to help increase the number of APA-accredited internships.  You can read more about the grant on APA’s website:

However, please be advised that despite these recent exciting developments, we cannot provide any assurance at this time that we will be able to successfully achieve accreditation.  We encourage applicants to become familiar with the pros and cons of considering a non-accredited internship program; you can read more about this discussion on APPIC's website:

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

All other questions about the CAPS internship program may be directed to:

Michael Jay Manalo, Ph.D., HSP-P, NCC
Psychologist/Training Director
Phone: 828-227-7469


2015-2016 Master's-Level Practicum/Internship/Field Placement

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.

Information about the current year's internship program is available here:

2016-17  Master's level practicum and advanced practicum positions flyer (PDF) - COMING SOON! 

2016-17 Master's Level Practicum Application Form (PDF) - COMING SOON! 


CAPS Training Director:
Jay Manalo, Ph.D., HSP-P, NCC
Psychologist/Training Director

CAPS Staff


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