Doctoral Internship Training Program

Please information below for a full description of the training experience. 

If you have any questions regarding the Doctoral Internship Training Program at UC CAPS, please call (513) 556-0648 or email Betsy Lehman, Ph.D.

A downloadable pdf of the training handbook is available here


Training Philosophy and Model

The doctoral internship has its foundation in a generalist, practitioner-scholar model, which is a refinement of the traditional scientist-practitioner model and incorporates a developmental learning model. The primary mission of CAPS is direct service to the University of Cincinnati community. The internship is designed to maximize quality service to that community and provide a challenging and supportive learning environment for interns. Our developmental, practitioner-scholar model views learning as cumulative and sequential with an emphasis on providing a level of training to each intern based on their individual learning needs and style. We assist our interns with a progressive advancement and acquisition of clinical skills and professional identity by offering supportive collaboration and modeling with our senior staff clinicians. The goal is to facilitate intern growth from a reliance on supervisors to a position of independent practice and readiness to enter the profession of psychology.

Our practitioner-scholar model views the doctoral intern as an emerging professionalseeking to integrate knowledge,skills, and experiential training in the journey from student to new professional psychologist. We expect that professional tasks of our interns will increase over time in frequency, intensity, and complexity. The internship builds on the combination of experiencesthe trainee brings from her or his previous graduate coursework, practica, research and other professional applied experiences. We stress the importance of consultation and supervision, emphasis on experiential learning, and the integration of scholarly knowledge and research into practice. Interns are encouraged to focus on ongoing growth in counseling skills and abilities via multiple formal and informal learning opportunities during the course of their training. CAPS views development as a life long process over one’s career and assuch, continuing education with allstaff is promoted through case conferences, in-service programs, and staff development activities. At CAPS, we expect our interns will consolidate their professional identity and emerge as culturally sensitive, clinically skilled, and ethical psychologists. 

Commitment to Diversity

Cultural and individual diversity issues are highly valued at CAPS by all staff and are at the core of our training. Knowledge and skills in issues of diversity are essential in providing competent and ethical services to our campus community. Diversity awareness and competency skill-building are an emphasis on our internship program and are infused into all aspects of training. Interns at CAPS will participate in a social justice/multicultural counseling seminar in which they will be asked to reflect on their own identities as diverse individuals and as a psychologists-in-training and how thisimpactstheir work. They will be exposed to ways in which to expand their knowledge,skills, and awareness of cultural diversity, broadly defined. All of our seminars will incorporate aspects of diversity so that our interns leave the internship with skills to help them improve their cultural competency as psychologists and with the understanding that cultural competency is a lifelong process. Additionally, all staff at CAPS will participate in regular discussions and trainings on issues of diversity to demonstrate our commitment to learning and teaching in a competent manner. Supervision will provide a safe environment for interns to process reactions to and reflections of diversity conversations and issues. Finally, interns will evaluate staff and the training program on how well we meet our diversity training goals so we can make continual improvementsto the program.

Each CAPS staff member is committed to providing assistance that is culturally-sensitive and affirming to our diverse clientele. We take a stance against discrimination and oppression in any form and we strive to create an atmosphere of openness, trust, and safety where all attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors can be openly shared and explored. ams'CAPS staff and our trainees adhere to the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs' (CCPTP) Counseling Psychology Model Training Values Statement Addressing Diversity. 

Training Components: Direct Services and Intern Activities


The interdisciplinary staff at CAPS providesinternsthe opportunity to work with mental health and wellness professionalsfrom a wide array of theoretical backgrounds and professional interests. CAPS uses a stepped care model of treatment that presents client with a variety of therapeutic support options to meet the level of their needs. This model includes, but is not limited to, access to biofeedback and meditation resources, participation in workshops, group therapy, and short-term individual therapy. We offer interns opportunitiesto participate in all of these modalities of treatment. We also work closely with psychiatrists at CAPS to help connect clientsto medication when needed. In addition to providing therapeutic interventions, interns are heavily involved in professional activities and programsin the university community via outreach and liaison relationships. 

Individual Counseling

Interns spend approximately 50% of theirtime conducting individual counseling. Individualsessions occur on a biweekly basis, and we follow a brief-therapy model of treatment. With consultation from theirsupervisors, interns will have the opportunity to hone theirinitial assessmentskills, their clinical decision making about a client’s appropriatenessfor our center, and their individual therapy skills. All individual therapy is videotaped as part of the training program.

Group Counseling

CAPS offers a wide range of groupsto students. Groupsrun during Fall and Spring semesters, and some groupsrun during the summersemester as well. Interns co-facilitate groups with othersenior staff members, and typically facilitate one group in the Fallsemester and one group in the Spring semester. Interns may have the opportunity to design and facilitate a new group consistent with the needs of the center during the Summersemester and may have the opportunity to facilitate a group with a fellow intern at that time as well. Click here for a current listing of groups. All group therapy is videotaped as part of the training program. 


There is a rotating list of workshops offered at CAPS on a weekly basis. The workshops offer a way for both clients and non-clientsto learn a little more about common mental health struggles and strengthen their coping strategies. Interns will be invited to create a workshop consistent with the needs of the center and facilitate it or co-facilitate it for UC students. Click here for a list of current workshops.

On-Call Coverage

During the second half of their internship, interns are invited to participate in providing on-call crisis care forstudents who walk in to CAPS during the on-call hours. All on-call coverage takes place during regular business hours, and interns will always have seniorstaff members with whom they may consult during this experience. No on-call hours occur outside of business hours because CAPS contracts with an outside counseling agency to address crisesthat are reported during evenings, overnight, and on weekends.


Doctoral interns will provide supervision to a psychology practicum student or to a Masterslevel intern within the counseling program. They will meet with theirsupervisee, review tapes, and help trainees develop and hone their therapy skills and self-efficacy. Interns will receive supervision ofsupervision to help them feel prepared to take on thisrole.


All interns will conduct outreach presentations to the greater UC community as part of their internship program. Interns typically participate in at least three outreach presentations each semester. Common outreach topics have included: overview of CAPS services,stress management or identifying students in distress. Outreach may also include collaborating with campus partnersto facilitate an event, such as Stress Less Fest.

Special Opportunities

Trauma-informed Care

Although CAPS offers a well-rounded training for interns to grow in their skills as generalists, we also provide specialty training in trauma-informed care. The ARISE program supports students who have experienced sexual assault or gender-based violence. The ARISE program reduces barriers to treatment for these students and provides them with specialized care. Interns are welcome to work with ARISE clients as part of their specialized trauma training. Our trauma focused treatment includes two trauma recovery groups that run each semester and ongoing liaisonships with Title IX and advocate resources available to students on campus.

Suicide Prevention

CAPS offers specialized opportunities for interns to participate in suicide prevention and mental health promotion efforts with campus and community partners. Participation entails learning and facilitating Bearcats Care suicide prevention trainings, as well as opportunities to attend Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Task Force meetings, and serve as a liaison to student led mental health groups such as the Bearcat Support Network. 

Required Hours

The CAPS internship is a full-time, paid, 2000-hour experience, of which 25%, or 500 hours, must be direct service or “face-to-face psychological services to patients/clients.” These hours are based on APA recommendations as well as requirements in the State of Ohio for licensure purposes. Be aware that some U.S. states and Canadian provinces require different numbers of face-to-face psychotherapy hours for licensure. Interns are responsible for ascertaining the requirements of specific states in which they may wish to practice in the future, and for meeting those requirements. It is best to plan to accumulate the majority of these clinical hours during Fall and Spring semesters, since CAPS typically sees fewer clients in the summer. Additionally, with August orientation, no-show appointments, semester breaks, University holidays, and vacations, it is important for interns to accumulate the required clinical and total hours in a deliberate, planned manner.

Additionally, interns are encouraged to check the licensure supervisory requirements of the state/province in which they plan practice. Some states require that doctoral clinical hours are completed under the supervision of someone licensed for at least 1-3 years (depending on the state/province). At CAPS, OH licensure requirements are prioritized; there currently is no stipulation about post-licensure years of experience for supervisors. CAPS will try to accommodate special requests for working with a particular supervisor but there are no guarantees. For more information on licensure supervisory requirements, see the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) website.

CAPS hours of operation are M-W-F, 8:00am-5:00pm and T, TR 8:00am-7:00pm. Senior staff members work one late day per week on Tuesday or Thursday in which they arrive at 10 and leave at 7. At UC, interns are classified as full time staff with the designation of intern as his/her professional title while working at UC.

APPIC Membership Status

Our internship program received APPIC membership in Fall 2015 and maintains APPIC memberhsip currently.

APA Accreditation Status

We are not currently accredited by APA; however, we have submitted our self-study for review.  Submitting our self-study does not guarantee that we will obtain accreditation via APA.  Questions related to the program's accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: 

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 335-5979



Sample Schedule

Direct Service Hours

2 hours Emergency Coverage

4 hours Routine/Urgent Intakes

13.5 hours Individual and group therapy

0.5 hour (approx.) Outreach


Training Seminars/Activities/Didactics

Biweekly Seminars

1 hour Group Therapy Seminar

1 hour Multicultural Seminar Series

1 hour Assessment Seminar Series

Brief Seminars: Periodic

Periodic seminars that are one to three sessions long that are offered at the beginning of Fall and Spring semester, during winter break, during summer break and other open times in the year. Typical topics include: Trauma-Informed Care and Effective AOD counseling.

Subtotal: 3.5

Weekly Supervision

Weekly Supervision (4 hours ofsupervision provided weekly)

2 hours Individual Supervision (with licensed psychologist)

0.5 hours Individual Supervision of Group Therapy (with licensed group co-leader)

1 hour Supervision of Supervision

Subtotal: 3.5

Other Activities

1 hour Staff Meeting

1 Hour Clinical Team Meeting

0.25 hour Case confe rence with all clinical staff

0.25 (1 hour/month) Psychiatry Consultation Meeting (all clinical staff)

0.5 (1 hour biweekly) Group Therapy Program Meeting (all clinical staff)

0.25 (1 hour monthly) Intern Meeting with Training Coordinator – no requirements 1 hour Professional Development/Research/Job Search

5 hours Lunch

1 (2 hours biweekly) Supervision/Provision of Supervision preparation

Spring semester only

8 hours Paperwork


Grand Total

45 (5 hours per week is set aside for a one-hour lunch break each day.)

Competencies Assessed During Internship

Competency 1

Intern will achieve competency in the area of: Research

Competency achieved by:

  • Demonstrating the substantially independent ability to critically evaluate and disseminate research or other scholarly activities via professional publication or presentation at the local, regional, or national level.
  • Utilizing scholarly literature and other resources to inform practice with diverse clients

Competency 2

Intern will achieve competence in the area of: Ethical and Legal Standards

Competency achieved by:

  • Demonstrates knowledge of, and acts in accordance with the following: the current version of the APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct; relevent laws, regulations, rules, and policies governing health services psychology at the organizational, local, state, and federal levels; relevent professional standards and guidelines.
  • Recognizing ethical dilemmas as they arise and applying ethical decision-making processes in order to resolve them
  • Conducting oneself in an ethical manner in all professional activities

Competency 3

Intern will achieve competence in the area of: Individual and Cultural Diversity

Competency achieved by:

  • Demonstrating an understanding of how one's own personal/cultural history, attitudes, and biases may affect how one understands and interacts with people different from oneself
  • Demonstrating knowledge of the current theoretical and empirical knowledge base as it relates to addressing diversity
  • Integrating awareness and knowledge of individual and cultural differences in the conduct of professional roles
  • Demonstrating the ability to independently apply knowledge and approach in working effectively with the range of diverse individuals and groups encountered during internship
  • Establishing therapeutic alliance with diverse clients

Competency 4

Intern will achieve competence in the area of: Professional Values and Attitudes

Competency achieved by:

  • Behaving in ways that reflect the values and attitude of psychology
  • Engaging in self-reflection regarding personal and professional functioning
  • Demonstrating awareness of personal and professional strengths, limitations, and growth edges
  • Engaging in activities to maintain and improve performance, well-being, and professional effectiveness
  • Actively seeking feedback, consultation, and supervision when needed.
  • Demonstrating openness and responsiveness to feedback and supervision
  • Using supervisory feedback effectively with clients
  • Actively participating in and using clinical team meetings effectively
  • Responding professionally in increasingly complex situations with a greater degree of independence while progressing across levels of training

Competency 5

Intern will achieve competence in the area of: Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Competency achieved by

  • Developing and maintaining effective relationships with a wide range of individuals including colleagues, communities, organizations, supervisors, supervisees, and those receiving professional services
  • Effectively expressing oneself verbally and comprehending others' verbal communications
  • Effectively expressing oneself non-verbally and comprehending others' nonverbal communications
  • Producing and comprehending written communications
  • Demonstrating effective interpersonal skills and the ability to manage difficult communication well

Competency 6

Intern will achieve competence in the area of: Assessment

Competency achieved by

  • Demonstrating current knowledge of diagnostic classification systems and functional and dysfunctional behaviors
  • Demonstrating understanding of human behavior within its context
  • Applying knowledge of functional and dysfunctional behaviors including context to the assessment and/or diagnostic process
  • Selecting and applying assessment methods that draw from the best available empirical literature
  • Demonstrating ability to explain the purpose and utility of different types of assessments, including cognitive, objective, personality, projectives, and other assessments
  • Effectively interviewing assessment clients and gathering relevant history
  • Demonstrating appropriate analysis of behavioral observations
  • Effectively administering a variety of psychological tests, including cognitive, objective personality, and projective tests
  • Interpreting assessment results and client history according to current research, professional standards, and professional guidelines to inform case conceptualization, classification, and recommendations
  • Incorporating aspects of multicultural identity and upbringing when interpreting results
  • Communicating orally and in written documents the findings and implications of assessment in an accurate and effective manner

Competency 7

Intern will achieve competence in the area of: Intervention 

Competency achieved by

  • Establishing and maintaining effective relationships with recipients of psychological services
  • Identifying presenting concerns, obtaining thorough history, and identifying appropriate disposition for clients
  • Developing evidence-based intervention plans specific to the service delivery skills
  • Implementing interventions informed by the current scientific literature, assessment findings, diversity characteristics, and contextual variables
  • Demonstrating the ability to apply the relevant research literature to clinical decision making
  • Modifying and adapting evidence-based approaches appropriately
  • Evaluating intervention effectiveness, and adapting intervention goals and methods consistent with ongoing evaluation
  • Effectively refering clients to community-based services when they cannot be adequately supported within the CAPS scope

Competency 8

Intern will achieve competence in the area of: Group Therapy

Competency achieved by

  •  Assessing clients for group readiness and fit during group screenings
  • Facilitating group establishment of norms to promote a safe climate and group interaction
  • Opening group sessions in a manner that promotes interaction and disclosure
  • Timing interventions to promote group development
  • Effectively dealing with silence
  • Intervening in a manner appropriate to the topic and overall group themes
  • Effectively refering clients to community-based services when they cannot be adequately supported within the CAPS scope
  • Tailoring developmental approach for individual clients within the group
  • Tending to individual and group process dynamics
  • Intervening effectively to stop counterproductive behavior in the group 
  • Facilitating deeper levels of group interaction and emotion
  •  Retaining the appropriate level of objectivity and distance; keeping good boundaries
  • Increasing involvement and leadership over time as a co-facilitator in the group
  • Closing groups in a manner that helps members summarize and integrate their learning
  • Identifying and working effectively with diversity issues as part of the group process

Competency 9

Intern will achieve competence in the area of: Supervision

Competency achieved by

  • Demonstrating knowledge of supervision models and practices
  • Applying knowledge of supervision in direct or simulated practice with psychology trainees or other health professionals
  • Effectively identifying supervisee's strengths and growth areas
  • Effectively providing feedback to a supervisee in formal (evaluation forms) and informal (ongoing throughout supervision experience) ways

Competency 10

Intern will achieve competence in the area of: Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills

Competency achieved by

  • Demonstrating knowledge and respect for the roles and perspectives of other professions
  • Applying knowledge about consultation in direct or simulated (e.g. role played) consultation

Evaluation and Intern Rights

Interns have the right to expect a fair and regularly scheduled evaluation process. Interns are evaluated throughout the entire internship and will receive formal, written evaluations twice per year. Copies of the evaluation are sent to the Director of Clinical Training at the intern’s home institution. Additionally, you will receive informal, verbal feedback from all staff and your supervisor throughout the year. Interns are expected to provide a written evaluation of their supervisor twice per year and will be asked to complete written evaluations of all seminars as well as the entire internship experience at the completion of the internship. CAPS staff are expected to interact with interns with the upmost respect and professionalism and, in turn, interns are asked to treat CAPS staff in that same manner. However, if concerns about an intern’s clinical performance or interpersonal interactions arise or if interns raise concerns about interactions with CAPS staff, CAPS has developed formal steps regarding Due Process and Grievance Procedures to attempt to resolve these concerns. 

Stipend and Benefits

Stipend: $27,500 Benefits:

  • Medical health insurance
  • 10 Vacation days, in addition to university holidays **
  • 5 days Professional Development (see below)
  • Negotiate leave time for dissertation work, job search and graduation
  • Technologically-equipped office
  • University library privileges
  • Research time: approximately 4 hours/month based on CAPS clinical flow
  • * Reduced rate for UC Metro Program (transit system) 


* Subject to change

** Not eligible for cash payout on non-used vacation 

Vacation Policy, Leave, & Holidays

You need to request vacation time in advance by sending your supervisor an e-mail listing the particular dates for approval. In addition, you will need to email your approved request to the Program Manager to track your leave. Once approved, you are responsible for marking yourself out in Titanium and for managing your client schedule, so that clinical needs of clients can be covered in your absence.

If you are ill, you are strongly encouraged to call off. However, it is to your advantage to work as many days as possible in order to accumulate the hours of clinical and training experience that you need to complete the 2000-hour internship.

You are required to take all 14 official University holidays. Official University holidays this academic year include:

As mentioned above, in order to compensate for vacation time and official University holidays, and to complete the required 2000 hours, you can and should:

  1. Document time that you happen to be working on internship-related tasks outside of your regular work hours;
  2. Count professional development time (e.g., APA, other professional conferences or workshops, dissertation defense, job interviewing) toward your total internship hours;
  3. Count your 4 hours/month research time toward your total hours.

Remember that of the required 2000 hours, you must be sure that at least 500 of these hours are direct service.

Internship Admissions Support and Initial Placement Data: Updated 1/22/2020

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:

UC CAPS currently offers 2 full-time internship positions.  UC CAPS bases its selection process on the entire application package submitted through the AAPI; however, applicants who have met the following qualifications are considered "preferred."                   

1.  A minimum of 300 intervention hours

2.  Experience working within a university counseling center

3. A strong commitment to working with diverse clients

4. Experience in providing group therapy

5. Experience conducting assessment 

6. Experience providing supervision to a practicum student or other trainee

7. Evidence of self-awareness, flexibility, and growth-mindedness



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 minimum required 

Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours: No minimum required

Describe any other minimum criteria used to screen applicants: None

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants: None

Internship Program Support

Fiscal and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns:  $13.22/hr = $27,500 (based on 40 hour week, 52 weeks)

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns: N/A

Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes

If access to medical insurance is provided: It is provided

  • 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?: Yes
  • Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation): 80 hours (10 days)
  • Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave: 80 hours (10 days)
  • 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 (please describe): 5 days professional development, approximately  4 hours/month of research time, based on clinical flow, technologically equipped office, university library privileges, reduced rate for UC Metro 


Initial Post-Internship Positions

Total # of interns who were in the preceeding 3 cohorts of interns: 3

Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing their doctoral degree: 0

Indicated below are the number of interns who sought employment in a variety of work settings either for their Postdoctoral residency position (PD) or for their employed position (EP).  Each intern is only represented one time below, and no interns are counted twice.  For individuals who have worked in multiple settings, only their primary setting is counted.     

Community mental health center: PD = 0, EP = 0

Federally qualified health center: PD = 0, EP = 0

Independent primary care facility/clinic: PD = 0, EP = 0 

University counseling center: PD = 1, EP = 0

Veterans Affairs medical center: PD = 0, EP = 0

Military health center: PD = 0, EP = 0

Academic health center: PD = 0, EP = 0

Other medical center or hospital: PD = 0, EP = 1

Psychiatric hospital: PD = 0, EP = 0

Academic university/department: PD = 0, EP = 0

Community college or other teaching setting: PD = 0, EP = 0

Independent research institution: PD = 0, EP = 0

Correctional facility: PD = 0, EP = 0

School district/system: PD = 0, EP = 0

Independent practice setting: PD = 0, EP = 1

Not currently employed: PD = 0, EP = 0

Changed to another field: PD = 0, EP = 0

Other: PD = 0, EP = 0

Unknown: PD = 0, EP = 0

Application Instructions

CAPS will be participating in the APPIC internship Match System and will abide by APPIC Match Policies.  In addition to these policies, CAPS will abide by the University of Cincinnati’s hiring procedures.  In accordance with those policies, all applicants who are interviewed for our internship program will be required to complete a short, additional application through the human resource department.  This process helps ensure that we are interviewing diverse applicants and are consistent with UC’s policies on equity and inclusion.  Furthermore, any interns who match here must complete a background check and be fingerprinted prior to starting their internship.  Participation in the CAPS internship program is contingent upon passing these checks.


The deadline for application materials is December 8, 2019 at 11:59 pm.