Application Process

Minimum Preparation

·           Must be from an APA-accredited training program in clinical or counseling psychology.

·           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.

·           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 (ex: 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 comfortable providing therapy to a diverse clientele (ex: differences in race, ethnicity, physical and cognitive abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, socioeconomic status, etc).

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 Service Psychology – We work in a multidisciplinary clinic to provide integrated mental and physical health care to our clients. Our interns work closely with our medical providers, dietician, and psychiatrist.

·         Cross-cultural Psychology – Our center values the diversity that each student and staff member brings to our interactions. Interns will have opportunities to explore issues of power and privilege, social justice, and cultural differences during intern seminars, divisional meetings, and within clinical contacts and supervision.

·         Work in Higher Education – Interns are trained as generalists and are prepared to work within University Counseling Centers. Additionally, our department is well-integrated in the University's Division of Student Affairs, thus our interns learn about the variety of departments within the university that support student growth and leadership.

·         Substance Abuse Prevention – Our interns each participate in a substance abuse prevention rotation. Depending upon the semester this may involve facilitating educational workshops, conducting assessments with mandated students, and/or program development and evaluation.  

·         Supervision – Our interns provide and receive supervision. Interns participate in a supervision of supervision rotation.

We offer training in conducting thorough clinical assessments, including semi structured suicide and self harm risk assessments. We refer clients off campus who need neuropsychological, cognitive, forensic or other assessment batteries.  

We're also a less than ideal match for trainees who rigidly adhere to the use of a single theoretical orientation. As supervisors, we identify our theoretical orientations as integrative. If your academic program or your own approach is based on a single orientation, we will be curious about which clinical conditions you have found this primary approach to be effective and when you believe it falls short. We will also want to know what you hope to learn to complement your primary orientation.

At CHWS, we want your internship to be a time to explore and to ask questions about theories and interventions. With this invitation to analyze and experiment, integrative supervision enables interns to utilize the primary approach(es) they know best, while adding flexibility to their work by making it more responsive and individualized.

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 do 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 to the APPI Portal by Monday, November 24, 2014.

We will review your materials, paying special attention to your CV, essays, cover letter and letters of recommendation. We'll notify you by December 15th if 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. 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 you are invited 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.

We recognize that some applicants may be interested in visiting our center. We will offer one or two informal open houses to facilitate visits. We are aware that some applicants 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.

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 Doctoral 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. You will be required to complete this after the APPIC match and prior to beginning employment.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to recruiting, hiring, and retaining the most qualified persons based on job-related criteria. The university will not engage in or tolerate any discrimination or harassment in the workplace as prohibited by local, state, or federal law. More specifically, no applicant or staff member will be discriminated against or harassed on the basis of his or her race, color, sex/gender, religion, age, disability, marital or familial status, national origin, creed, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law.