Counseling & Psychological Services

Clinical Training & Internships
Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology

Overview

IUPUI’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a doctoral internship program in Health Service Psychology that provides supervised training experiences in an urban university counseling center.  The aim of our internship training program is to adequately prepare doctoral interns to demonstrate competence in all areas of Health Service Psychology with young adults and adults within a university counseling center or community mental health center (CMHC) setting. CAPS designs its training program with the intention that all interns, by the end of their placement, will be prepared to enter the workforce as a postdoctoral resident or entry-level professional within a university counseling center or CMHC. Opportunities for research, comprehensive testing, and provision of supervision are provided on internship, but the training program offers greater experiential learning and training activities in the remaining competency areas within psychology.

IUPUI, a partnership between Indiana and Purdue Universities, is Indiana’s urban research and academic health sciences campus, which supports over 200 degree programs through its innovative collaborations, external partnerships, and commitment to diversity. Consequently, CAPS interns receive extensive exposure to and training with diverse and complex clients, including those with chronic mental health concerns.

IUPUI is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, the 14th largest city in the United States.  Current student enrollment (2015) is 30,105 (21,984 undergraduate and 8,120 graduate/professional students).  Students of color represent 17% of enrolled students, and 12% are international students.

As represented in the table below, CAPS clients are as diverse as the campus itself.

IUPUI

2014

CAPS

2014-15

American Indian/Alaskan

0.1%

0

Asian American

4.4%

4%

Black/African American

10.1%

10%

Hispanic/Latino(a)

5.2%

7%

International

6.6%

4%

Multi-Racial

3.2%

5%

Native Hawaiian/PI

0.1%

<1%

White

69.3%

67%

Other

1.0%

2%

 

 

 

Female

55.5%

64%

Male

44.5%

36%

Transgender

Not Available

1%

CAPS interns participate in individual and group psychotherapy, relationship counseling, psychoeducational assessments (ADHD, LD, and ASD), outreach and consultation, on-call/crisis intervention, intakes, and supervision of practicum students.  Training activities include clinical supervision, group supervision, testing/assessment supervision, supervision of supervision, case consultation, training seminars, and rotating development meetings in the areas of multiculturalism, outreach, an intern project, and training.