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.
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 corresponds with the UVM undergraduate academic calendar (late August- early May; 20-30 hrs/wk depending on the program/degree requirements). Psychology practica are considered for those students in their second, third or fourth year of a Psychology Doctoral Program and follow the same application process and academic year schedule. The application process begins in late November for all placements which begin in late August (at the start of the following academic year).
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
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.
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.