University of Vermont’s Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS) offers training to Masters- and Doctoral-level students in Mental Health Counseling, Psychology and Social Work programs.

The training program uses a developmental and experiential philosophy, with the goal of fostering the professional and personal development of each trainee in an atmosphere that respects their current knowledge while encouraging them to integrate new concepts and skills. As a trainee within the program you can expect a strong foundation in clinical and professional skills within the context of a university counseling setting.

Graduate Experience

Graduate interns at Counseling and Psychiatry Services are involved in a variety of activities including:

  • Provision of direct clinical services including individual and group therapy
  • Engagement in campus outreach
  • Weekly didactic training on clinical topics relevant to college students and beyond
  • Intensive group and individual supervision tailored to the personal and professional needs of each trainee

Theoretical Approach

The Staff at Counseling and Psychiatry Services reflect a wide range of theoretical orientations to clinical work, drawing from developmental, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, solution-focused, feminist approaches and other approaches.

Commitment to Addressing Inequities

Counseling and Psychiatry Services strives to create an atmosphere of respect and trust that supports the personal and professional development of trainees and staff. CAPS promotes social justice, anti-racism and diversity, in part by supporting in-depth personal and professional exploration of identity and difference as a central component of the training program.

Intern Selection

Applications, on-campus interviews, and the consideration of the trainee cohort as a whole all contribute to intern selection.  Most trainees are at least in their second year of graduate school and have had previous internships or other professional experience in the mental health field.

Interested in Applying?

Interns have been selected for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applications will be available for the 2021-2022 academic year in November 2020.


Jessica Ley Metcalf, PsyD (she/her)
Licensed Psychologist-Doctorate Director of Training Counseling and Psychiatry Services