Program Description and Components

The doctoral internship program is a 12 month, 40 to 42 hour a week, exempt position. The year begins and ends in the end of July/early August. Hours are generally between 8am and 5pm and interns are expected to stay until 6pm one night per week during Fall and Spring semesters (a comp hour is given for this time). CAPS staff occasionally participates in afterhours outreach and events. As part of the CAPS team, Interns may be asked to participate as well. Per Florida licensure laws, Interns are expected to accrue a minimum of 2,000 hours, with at least 500 of those hours being direct service. Click here for Sample Weekly Schedule.

The doctoral internship program aims to train generalists in Health Service Psychology to function independently in a variety of clinical mental health settings. We provide training in the following competencies:

  • Research
  • Ethical and legal standards
  • Individual and cultural diversity
  • Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Supervision
  • Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills

Training in these profession-wide competencies is achieved through a myriad of training activities.


Direct Service Activities
Activity Description
Initial Appointments Interns are scheduled for 1-4 initial appointments weekly, depending on time in the semester. During these sessions interns make a disposition plans which could include individual therapy, group therapy, or referral.
Individual or Couple’s Counseling Interns have 10-12 individual or couples sessions per week, depending on other direct service provided
Group Therapy Interns run a minimum of two unique groups during the internship year. One will be an interpersonal process group and the intern can request a second group based on interest and/or growth area.
Crisis/Emergency 3 hours each week is blocked off for crisis. During this time interns are available to see clients who walk in in crisis, speak with anyone who may call needing to speak to a clinician, or consult with students. Interns and CAPS clinicians are NOT on call after hours.
Therapeutic Assessment Interns administer 5 therapeutic personality assessments. Therapeutic personality assessment is a brief intervention that uses psychological assessment to help clients to better understand themselves and their experiences in the world. These assessments are done with CAPS clients to aid in the process of therapy.
Provision of Supervision During the Fall interns provide consultative supervision to one practicum student on one client, focused on in depth case conceptualization. During the spring semester interns provide weekly supervision to half of a practicum student's caseload. Interns review notes and serve as the primary supervisor to the practicum student for these cases. This model allows for interns to gain experience in breadth and depth of supervision.
Outreach Interns are required to participate in at least 10 outreach and consultation events during the course of the internship year. While there are requirements of the types of activities that interns must participate in, they can choose events consistent with their interests (e.g., sexual assault prevention, eating disorder awareness)

*All individual clinical work done within CAPS is video recorded for supervision purposes.


Regularly Scheduled Indirect Service Activities
Activity Description
Supervision
  • Primary supervision- 2 hours weekly
  • Secondary supervision- 1 hour weekly
  • Group therapy supervision- ½ hour per group weekly
  • Case conference- 1 hour weekly
  • Supervision of supervision- 1 hour every other week (Fall) and 1 hour weekly (Spring).
  • Assessment- 1 hour weekly while testing; 1 hour monthly during Assessment Development Meeting
  • Outreach- supervision as needed to develop and provide outreach programming; 1 hour monthly during Outreach Development Meeting
Training Seminar Staff present on rotating topics 2 hours weekly
Rotating Intern Development Meetings These meetings are 1 hour weekly and rotate between the following topics:
  • Diversity- held bimonthly. Interns engage in open dialogue about diversity related topics that impact clinical and professional work. The meeting provides a space for personal growth and self-reflection.
  • Assessment- held monthly. Provides education and supervision on therapeutic assessment.
  • Outreach- held monthly. Provides education and supervision on outreach and consultation.
Meeting with Training Director/Cohort Interns have weekly meetings with the Training Director, however as the year progresses interns and training director discuss how to structure this time to best meet needs of Interns
Practicum Training Seminar Interns provide training seminars and group supervision to practicum students at least once a semester
Consultation Hour All clinical staff keep a common hour free each week to allow for easy consultation with other clinicians and psychiatric staff
Research Interns are granted 2 hours of research time per week. This can be used to work on dissertation, complete scholarly readings, or prepare for clients.

In addition to the regularly scheduled indirect service hours listed above, interns also participate in two training retreats (these often include a trip to the beach), two staff retreats (past retreats have included kayaking, ROPES course, exposure to equine therapy), two day long professional development trainings at CAPS, a thorough 3-week orientation process, complete required readings (e.g., CAPS Policies and Procedures manual, Jed Documents, Title IX documents), and complete required trainings (e.g., Safe Zone, HIPPA). Interns also provide a formal case presentation to staff to help prepare for job interviews, and provide at least two training seminars for practicum students.

Optional Training Focus

CAPS trains Interns to be generalists, however we also value depth and developing areas of expertise. Therefore, we offer the option to participate in a Training Focus. Current foci include eating disorders, sport psychology, participatory approaches that facilitate growth, working with LGBTQ+ population, and trauma. Participation in a focus area often includes working with clients representing that population or concern, facilitation of a group related to the topic, liaison relationships with applicable departments, and/or topic specific outreach.

 Last Modified 10/10/17