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).
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.
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.
- Application Deadline is November 9, 2014
- APPIC Internship Matching Program Code Number: 213211
- Open House (optional): Monday, January 26th, 2015
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is offering three positions for the 2015-2016 year (August 1st, 2015 – July 31st, 2016). 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.
- 2015-2016 Doctoral Psychology Internship Program Brochure (PDF)
- Training Video – (created by former Doctoral Intern during 2010-11 year)
Application Process – For the 2015-2016 Internship year, the application deadline is November 9th, 2014 and the process will be completed via the APPIC Match, which is scheduled for February 2015. 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.
More information will be posted towards the end of fall 2014/early spring 2015 about master's level positions for 2015 - 2016. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact the Training Director at the information below.
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 Director of Training.
Information about the current year's internship program is available here:
CAPS Training Director:
Jay Manalo, Ph.D., HSP-P, NCC
WCU Psychology Department's Psychological Services Clinic (Psychological Testing)