Admissions Information

Internship program admissions information

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:

Indiana University’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a 12-month APA accredited Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology. Our internship employs a developmental model to provide interns the experiences and education to become proficient at offering professional-level psychological services to a wide range of clients. Our primary focus is to develop professional psychologists who offer high-level individual therapy and group counseling services. Additionally, we expect our doctoral interns to demonstrate proficiency in providing supervision of professionals-in-training, outreach services, emergent clinical interventions, and consultation. As such, our selection committee is committed to interviewing intern applicants who demonstrate an interest in these core areas. IU CAPS training staff expect our interns to continue developing professional skills and knowledge applicable to a diverse population. We encourage interns to be curious about themselves as agents of change with any therapeutic context and therefore expect interns to explore their own processes as they relate to all clinical interventions. IU CAPS can be a high-paced working environment. Colleagues are always available for consultation and support, but we also expect interns to be responsive and responsible for themselves and their work. We have demonstrated a history of providing supervision, support, and mentoring for interns to thrive in a university counseling center environment. Our internship prepares interns for success in all types of entry-level positions in health service psychology.

Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application?  If Yes, indicate how many:

  • Total direct contact intervention hours: Yes, 450
  • Total direct contact assessment hours: No

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

  • Current enrollment in a doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology
  • Have completed all formal course work, practicum, comprehensive examinations, and dissertation proposal defense by the November 1 deadline for application
  • Completion of a minimum of three years of graduate training
  • Completion of a minimum of 800 practicum hours, of which at least 450 were in direct provision of clinical services

We utilize a complex amalgam of number of adult clinical hours, including number of intakes, individual intervention hours, couples intervention hours, group therapy hours, and substance abuse intervention hours. University Counseling Center hours are privileged over other settings (and we have matched with many superb interns who have had NO UCC hours). Strict adherence to our required clinical practicum hours will likely be relaxed due to the disruptions to training the pandemic has caused.

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