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University Counseling Center

The Doctoral Internship Program

Welcome from the Training Director

The University of Rochester’s University Counseling Center (UCC) offers a 2,000 hour supervised experience in health service psychology. The aim of the doctoral psychology internship is to prepare psychology interns for postdoctoral or entry level positions in college counseling centers. UCC offers a wide range of psychological services to the University of Rochester community that includes the undergraduate and graduate population and students at the Eastman School of Music and the School of Medicine. Interns will encounter a wide range of presenting problems including depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, character pathology, eating disorders, substance abuse, and couples’ problems.

The training experience provides a broad range of clinical opportunities within a university setting and is supported by intensive supervision, seminars, and clinical case conferences. These experiences include: time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy, year-long group psychotherapy, assessment for treatment planning purposes, on-call/emergency services, provision of supervision to psychology graduate students, and campus outreach and consultation.

The Intern Experience: Meet Celeste

The UR UCC internship supports the interns growing in the profession wide competencies required for all APA accredited doctoral internships: intervention, assessment, supervision, consultation, research, individual and cultural diversity, ethics, professional values, and communication skills.  We also place a strong emphasis on our program specific competency of self-reflection, based in a belief of the importance of self-reflection and critical thinking in clinical practice.

A significant strength of the program lies in the trainee’s opportunity to work closely and intensively with licensed psychologists who are committed to training. On a weekly basis interns receive three hours of individual supervision, two hours of group supervision, participation in several case-oriented seminars and a clinical conference where senior staff present their own work. Additional supervision is available when needed.

The Intern Experience: Meet Brianna

UCC has a long-standing commitment to intensive supervision and training. This training is provided to postdoctoral fellows, doctoral psychology interns, doctoral graduate students from the Clinical and Social Psychology program, doctoral students from the Warner School of Education, social work interns, and advanced psychiatric residents from the School of Medicine. The full-time supervising staff is composed of licensed psychologists and licensed social workers. The part-time supervising staff includes psychologists who have private practices in the Rochester community.

Health Service Psychologists

Psychologists are recognized as Health Service Providers if they are “duly trained and experienced in the delivery of preventive, assessment, diagnostic and therapeutic intervention services relative to the psychological and physical health of consumers based on:

  1. Having completed scientific and professional training resulting in a doctoral degree in psychology;
  2. Having completed an internship and supervised experience in health care settings;
  3. Having been licensed as psychologists at the independent practice level” (APA, 2013).

The University of Rochester University Counseling Center adheres to the principles of the Health Service Psychology Education Collaborative (2013).

Doctoral Internship in Psychology