Application Process

Minimum Preparation

  • Must be from an APA-accredited training program in clinical or counseling psychology.
  • Must have at least 400 intervention hours on the APPI.

  • Must have worked with at least 20 adult individual clients. Interns can see upwards of 18-20 clients per week during peak times of the semester.  Given this, applicants need to have solid experience conducting individual therapy with adults in order to handle the caseload on internship.
  • Must have experience providing services to clients with moderate psychopathology (mood and anxiety disorders, interpersonal or personality disorder traits, trauma or abuse recovery, eating disorder or body image disturbance, family of origin dynamics, complicated bereavement, alcohol/drug abuse or dependence, sexual, gender and cultural identity issues, etc).

  • Must be in good standing with home academic department, and deemed ready for internship. You do not (from our perspective) need to have defended your dissertation proposal, although your academic department may require this.

Candidate/Program Fit

Astute clinical skills and sound ethical instincts are of primary interest to us. Comfort with diversity, openness to supervision, mature judgment, warmth and sense of humor are all highly valued at the University Puget Sound internship.

Our program is ideally suited to those who strive to develop the range of a generalist as a psychologist, and the depth of a highly competent clinician within that. By "generalist" we mean a professional who is adept not only at diagnosis and treatment of a particular clinical population, but one who can flexibly lead support and therapy groups, consult with faculty and parents, design and teach outreach workshops, respond to crises, advise groups, train student leaders, give/receive supervision, and triage quickly while establishing rapport. The training staff strive to connect theory and practice as psychologists, regardless of the particular role we're engaged in.

The CHWS internship might be especially satisfying for students who have special interest in any of these areas:

  • Health Psychology – We're an interdisciplinary clinic and work very closely with our medical providers
  • Cross-cultural Psychology – Much attention to diversity in seminars and outreach opportunities
  • Work in higher education or organizational consulting – Interns are well-integrated in the University's Division of Student Affairs
  • Private practice – Interns give and receive close supervision here, with the added benefit of audio and video recordings for closer study.

We do not offer assessment training, experience with an inpatient population, or services to children and geriatrics; we would not be a good fit with interns seeking those opportunities.

We're also a less than ideal match for trainees who rigidly adhere to the use of a single theoretical orientation. Please trust that this does not mean we lean away from students who come from programs that specialize in psychodynamic or cognitive-behavioral or existential training, for example. It simply means that we will be curious about under what clinical conditions you have found this primary approach to be effective and when you believe it falls short. We'll want to know what you hope to learn to complement your primary orientation, so that you can be the most astute and effective psychologist possible. For example, if you favor interpersonal or insight-oriented therapies, how do you work with clients who want to develop skills for changing a specific behavior (and not to understand a larger pattern?) If you favor solution-focused therapies, how might you help an expressive, high-functioning client who needs to grieve at length about a major loss (and not to foreclose on a strategy for change?)

Our training model is purposefully integrative, because most of us completed our graduate coursework having familiarity with just a few of the many treatment approaches. There's not enough time in grad school to learn breadth and depth, so most of us come to internship with breadth or depth of knowledge about theoretical orientations, but not both. At CHWS, we want your internship to be a time to explore and fill in gaps; to ask the basic questions you've not felt comfortable asking about theory and intervention. With this invitation to analyze and experiment, integrative supervision enables interns to call heavily upon the primary approach(es) they feel they do best, while adding complexity to their work by making it more perceptive and responsive.

Application Materials

The application process occurs on-line via the APPI portal (See the APPIC website for more details). All of the application materials should be uploaded electronically and we will not accept any paper materials.We request three letters of recommendation. At least two should be from clinical supervisors. You may choose to include a fourth letter if it provides a unique perspective, but it's not required. We do not request any other supplemental materials.

Selection Timeline

All of your information should be uploaded and sent to Puget Sound by Monday, November 17, 2014.

We will read all your materials, paying special attention to your CV, essays, cover letter and letters of recommendation. We'll notify you by December 15th to communicate whether we would like to arrange an interview.

All formal interviews are conducted by Skype or telephone.  This is to ensure a fair selection process that is not influenced by candidates' financial abilities to travel to Washington State. Applicants may select which interview format they prefer.

Interviews typically occur in early to mid-January and last 45-50 minutes. Applicants interview with four of our staff: a Psychologist, a current Psychology Intern, the Training Director, and a medical provider. If we invite you to interview, we'll e-mail you a list of sample questions that we may ask during the interview. We do ask each candidate to present a brief case and it is important that the case is de-identified.

Shortly after the interview, applicants are notified about their finalist status. Being a “finalist” at Puget Sound means that at this point in the process (post-application, post-interview) we believe your fit for our training and our environment could be very positive, and that you remain an active candidate for our positions. We can't communicate standing, of course, but we do feel that having this news -- one way or the other -- can really assist candidates in making complex decisions. Of course, it's quite natural for both applicants and internships to continue adjusting their preferences based upon other aspects of the process, like in-person visits, conversations between current and prospective interns and phone/e-mail correspondence. Being a finalist with us (or us being one with you) doesn't assure being ranked for the match, but it does mean that we're feeling hopeful. Please let the Training Director know if you'd prefer not to hear about your finalist status.

While our formal interviews are via phone or Skype, you're cordially invited to visit CHWS. We would be happy to show you our clinic and intern offices, to introduce you to available CHWS staff and the Puget Sound campus, and to chat with you about our training program. You may also meet privately with one of our current Psychology Interns. Site visits are in no way expected and we do not penalize applicants who do not visit us in person.

If you are interested in a visit, we will offer a couple informal open houses to facilitate visits. We are aware that many applicants are coming long distances and may be in the Seattle-Tacoma area on other business and have a small window of opportunity in which to visit the University of Puget Sound. If our open house dates do not coincide with your travel plans, please talk to Charee Boulter, our Training Director. We'll try our best to arrange something that fits your itinerary, even if it means that some of us may not be available to meet with you. As long as your proposed visit is before the ranking deadline it is probably workable.

Match Process

The University of Puget Sound participates in the National Match, and in accord with APPIC Policy does not entertain applications other than those through this process. We adhere to APPIC guidelines regarding the offer and acceptance of positions. The University of Puget Sound 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.

Our National Matching Service Program Code is # 175111.

The Training Director will phone students who match with Counseling, Health and Wellness Services for their Doctoral Internship the morning that match results are released!

All questions and concerns should be addressed to Dr. Charee Boulter, Psychologist & Training Director. Her contact info is located in the Contact Information box on the upper right corner of this page.

Background Check

Please be aware that employment at the University of Puget Sound (including Predoctoral Intern positions) is contingent upon passing a criminal background check.  If you have questions regarding the background check, please contact our Human Resources Department at 253.879.3369.

Note to master's-level counselors and doctoral students early in their training:

If you would like psychotherapy training at Counseling, Health & Wellness Services as either (1) a current master's student seeking a field placement; (2) a practicing master's-level clinician needing supervised hours towards licensure; or (3) an early doctoral student doing practica in preparation for internship applications, you may be interested in our Practicum Counselor positions. Prac Counselors see a small number of psychotherapy clients, with the clinical supervision of our Pre-Doctoral Psychology Interns. Please visit our Practicum Counselor website for a full description of this training opportunity.