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 information below and 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 traditionalscientist-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.

Areas of Concentration

Trauma-informed Care

Although CAPS offers a well-rounded training for interns to grow in theirskills as generalists, we also provide specialty training in trauma-informed care. The ARISE program supportsstudents who have experienced sexual assault or gender-based violence. The ARISE program reduces barriersto treatment for these students and providesthem with specialized care. Interns are welcome to work with ARISE clients after receiving specialized trauma training. Our trauma focused treatment includes two trauma recovery groupsthat run each semester and ongoing liaisonships with Title IX and advocate resources available to students on campus.

Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Promotion

CAPS offers specialized opportunitiesforinternsto participate in suicide prevention and mental health promotion efforts with campus and community partners. Participation in the suicide prevention/mental health promotion track entailslearning and facilitating Bearcats Care suicide prevention trainings, attending Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Task Force meetings, and serving as a liaison to studentled mental health groupsincluding the Mental Health Ambassadors and 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.

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

Doctoral Internship Training Program

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.)

Goals and Expectations for Intern Performance

Goal 1

Prepare interns for practice as generalist psychologists by developing competency in the theory and practice of clinical skills.


  • To develop and expand clinical skills and theoretical knowledge required to intakes and brief therapy in individual counseling.
  • To develop and expand clinical skills and theoretical knowledge required to provide group therapy.
  • To develop and expand clinical skills in triage, crisis intervention and response services. - To develop and expand clinical skills in assessment administration, interpretation, and feedback processes.
  • To develop and expand knowledge of outreach services and organizations on campus required for the development of liaison relationships.

Goal 2

Develop evidence-based practices, theory, and multicultural competencies in providing counseling services to a diverse population.


  • To develop an ongoing commitment to self-awareness regarding values, identity, and worldview as a psychologist-in-training.
  • To develop evidence-based practices and diversity issues in counseling and psychotherapy with multicultural populations.

Goal 3

Increase skill in the provision of supervision and awareness of supervision theory.


  • To expand knowledge of supervision theory required to provide competent supervision
  • To expand and develop clinical supervisory skills required to provide competent supervision
  • To expand knowledge, skill and self-awareness in regard to client and supervisory dynamics as they relate to cultural/individual differences

Goal 4

Develop and promote professional identity as a psychologist.


  • Demonstrate ability to integrate the science and practice of psychology.
  • To engage in the ethical practice of psychology in a professional setting.
  • To begin the process of consolidating a professional identity as a psychologist.

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
  • 12 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.

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 November 26, 2018 at 11:59 pm.