Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) offers a full time (40 hours/week),
12 month internship program for graduate students working toward doctoral degrees
in clinical and counseling psychology. We are a member of the Association of Psychology
Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). The overall objective of the internship
program is to provide a diversified and comprehensive training experience in professional
The internship is not APA Accredited. *
The aim of Student Health and Counseling Services’ (SHCS) doctoral internship is to assist in the development of clinical psychologists based on the practitioner-scholar model. The program is tailored to further refine trainees as generalist psychologists, providing them a breadth of experiential training opportunities, didactic seminars, a broad clinical population, and opportunities to refine intervention skills with a diverse student body and a diverse clinical population. The students served are from culturally and clinically diverse backgrounds. Because of this diversity, the training program is designed to prepare trainees to competently provide psychological services to a broad and diverse variety of clinical presentations.
We provide training that emphasizes both depth and breadth of knowledge. In terms of depth, interns will become familiar with the diverse needs and issues faced by university students, the university community at large, and the appropriate role of a university counseling center in helping to address these issues and concerns.
In terms of breadth, interns are expected to develop clinical competence and skill in a variety of domains that will prepare them for entry into practice. They receive training and supervised experience in individual, couple, and group psychotherapy, psychological assessment, outreach, and crisis intervention. They have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of clients, staff, and faculty. CSUSM students include people of all ages, sexual orientations, ethnicities, religions, and educational and professional backgrounds, and present with a wide range of concerns.
Supervisors and interns are diverse in terms of their personal and professional backgrounds, areas of expertise, and professional activities. Thus, the intern is exposed to a range of theoretical orientations and therapeutic approaches. In addition to direct clinical services, interns are also provided with the opportunity to broaden the scope of their professional activities, engaging in program development, training, consultation, and outreach.