Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Internship Program Admissions

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:

 TWU CAPS considers applicants from APA or CPA accredited doctoral programs in counseling or clinical psychology. Applicants must be in good standing with their academic department and have completed all doctoral coursework prior to the beginning of the internship. They must have successfully defended their comprehensive examinations by the time of application to the internship and be certified as ready for internship by their doctoral programs. Preference is given to applicants who have completed their dissertation proposals by the time of application. Applicants must demonstrate a strong and genuine interest in university counseling center work and should be prepared to assist clients with a wide range of clinical issues and severity of conditions. Applicants are expected to value multicultural development and open to exploring biases related to marginalized and privileged groups. Applicants are expected to have an affirming stance toward all sexual orientations and gender identities. Applicants are expected to engage in efforts to deepen multicultural awareness, sensitivity, and competence related to diversity in every form.

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: No, Amount N/A

Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours: No, Amount N/A

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

  • A minimum equivalent of four semesters of supervised therapy practicum (not assessment practicum)
  • A course in counseling theories/psychotherapy
  • A course in group counseling/theory and/or at least two semesters of group therapy direct service experience
  • All other course work
  • All qualifying/comprehensive examinations

Due to the potential for role conflicts, former clients of CAPS are not eligible for intern or practicum training. Any former clients who wish to inquire about this policy should contact the Director of Training.

University regulations require that if you are matched with our site, the Human Resources department will conduct a criminal background check as well as previous employer check. Applicants must be able to pass both (a) a criminal background check that is conducted by the University, and (b) a background check that will be conducted after the Match in accordance with Chapter 81 of the Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code concerning the sexual exploitation of clients. This statute requires us to contact employers from at least the last five years to determine whether any sexual exploitation of clients has occurred. Applicants who match to our program but do not successfully pass these background checks may be dismissed from the internship (per APPIC Match Policy 7b). Please contact the Training Director if you have questions about these background checks.
(Updated 08/31/20)

Desirable Applicant Characteristics

The Training Committee encourages applications from individuals who:  

  • view the development of competence as a life long process and are committed to that process
  • view personal and professional development as parallel processes
  • are disposed to examine the role which their own development plays in their client-therapist relationships and other professional responsibilities
  • are aware of their strengths and weaknesses, and are sensitive to the limits of their professional competence
  • are open and willing to take risks
  • have an interest in working in a university counseling center or other applied setting after internship and
  • have developed a sensitivity to issues of human diversity through their academic, practicum, work, and life experiences and recognize that multicultural competence is a lifelong exploration and learning process.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year

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Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns 35,568
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns N/A
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes
Trainee contribution to cost required? No
Coverage of family member(s) available? Yes
Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes
Coverage of domestic partner available? No
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation) 12 days (96 hours)
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave 12 days (96 hours)
In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?  Yes

Other Benefits

For detailed information about intern benefits, please see Stipend and Benefits page

Initial Post-Internship Positions

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Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 9
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 0

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Residency Position
Community mental health center 0 0
Federally qualified health center 0 0
Independent primary care facility/clinic 1 0
University counseling center 2 2
Veterans Affairs medical center 0 0
Military health center 0 0
Academic health center 0 0
Other medical center or hospital 0 0
Psychiatric hospital 0 0
Academic university/department 1 1
Community college or other teaching setting 0 0
Independent research institution 0 0
Correctional facility 0 0
School district/system 0 0
Independent practice setting 2 0
Not currently employed 0 0
Changed to another field 0 0
Other 0 0
Unknown 0 0

Page last updated 3:41 PM, August 31, 2020