Letter from the Associate Director, Training Services

Welcome from the Associate Director, Training Services

Dear Prospective Internship Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at George Mason University!

The CAPS Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology is a full-time, 12-month internship based in the practitioner-scholar model. The training program provides a supportive and collaborative learning environment for trainees. Our hope is for interns to develop a professional identity grounded in multicultural competency and ethical principles. Our approach to training is developmental and individualized, supporting interns in strengthening their sense of professional identity based on their personal and professional goals.

During the course of the training year, interns are expected to develop strong clinical skills working with clients from diverse backgrounds presenting with a range of concerns. Interns participate in the full range of clinical services to work toward these goals, including brief screening and assessment, crisis assessment and intervention, individual therapy, group therapy, and consultation. Interns receive supervision and participate in didactic training seminars to supplement and support their learning. Interns also have the opportunity to provide supervision to doctoral externs as part of their training experience. A highlight of the training program is the infusion of outreach throughout the training year, consistent with our center’s emphasis on prevention. Interns have the opportunity to develop their own outreach presentation and advocacy project during which they partner with another organization on campus to support the student population.

Interns who thrive at our training program are invested in enhancing their ongoing multicultural competency, committed to strengthening their clinical skills, developing generalist skills working at a university counseling center, appreciate being part of a multidisciplinary staff, and value ongoing professional development. As a center, we are committed to attracting a diverse group of staff and interns to foster an environment where everyone feels valued. We participate in the APPIC Match, and additional information about our application process and relevant deadlines can be found on our website or the APPIC site.

We invite you to explore our website (caps.gmu.edu) and the general mason website to learn more about the training program, our clinical system, resources on Mason’s campus, and our team. If you have questions about the program, feel free to reach out via email (aminieri@gmu.edu) or phone (703-993-2380).

Sincerely,

Alexandra (Allie) Minieri, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Training Services

The George Mason University internship program is accredited by the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation. The counseling center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), and the center is a member of the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA) and the Association of Psychology Post Doctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).

NMS Program Code: 205711
An APPIC Member Program
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation American Psychological Association

*Questions related to the program’s accredited 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) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

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