Counseling and Psychological Services

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https://caps.unl.edu/caps-internship-information

Clinical Match Code – 141611

 

Welcome

Welcome to Counseling and Psychological Service’s (CAPS). CAPS is proud to be a site within the APA-Accredited Nebraska Internship Consortium of professional Psychology (NICPP).

Our staff is committed to the comprehensive training experience we offer our interns. We invest a great deal of time and energy in training to provide the highest quality internship experience we possibly can.

A completed application for a doctoral internship in health service psychology through the NICPP at CAPS (APPIC program code # 141611) must be received no later than November 1, 2021 at 11:59pm CST for the 2022-2023 training year.

For details on the steps for completing the NICPP application, please go to the NICPP website https://cehs.unl.edu/nicpp/steps-applying-consortium/). The NICPP requires the following for your application to be completed:

  • ONE Cover Letter addressed to Dr. Beth Doll, specifying which sites you are applying to in the first paragraph. Please explain why you are applying to CAPS.
  • Include three letters of recommendation and your CV
  • Send official copies of ALL GRADUATE transcripts.

 

NICPP uses the APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI). Mailed applications or e-mailed applications are not accepted. Please go to the APPIC Website (https://appic.org/) to find out more about the AAPI online. To complete your application, please click on the following link à  https://www.appic.org/Internships/AAPI.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. We wish you the best of luck in your search for the program that best fits you and your training needs. We understand that the internship selection process can be stressful. Take your time and review our materials as we want our interns to have a good match based on their training goals and interests. If you believe our site within NICPP is a great fit for your training needs, we welcome your application.

This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

Training Year August 1, 2022 to July 31, 2023

Training Director

Tricia Besett-Alesch, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Counseling and Psychological Services
University Health Center, Suite 223
550 N. 19th St.
Lincoln, NE 68588-0618

(402) 472-7450
Email: tbesett-alesch2@unl.edu

Type of Facility

Counseling and Psychological Services is a university counseling center that is located within the University Health Center and College of Nursing Building (UHCN). We serve approximately 25,000 students. Our professional staff includes 8 psychologists (from clinical and counseling psychology backgrounds), 11 counselors, and 3 interns. We also typically have 2-3 doctoral-level students who work with us part-time for their practicum experience.

 

Agency Overview

Mission:

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to providing quality mental health services that meet the needs of a diverse student body by providing a safe, welcoming and affirming environment during students’ educational journey.

The CAPS mission enacts the Student Affairs mission by fostering students’ personal growth and skill development within a diverse community. CAPS creates a supportive environment for learning and achievement that complements the University's academic mission.

Vision:

To be a leading counseling center that eliminates barriers and provides access to services by meeting the mental health needs of our diverse student body.

Training Philosophy:

  • to offer supervised experiences to doctoral interns who come from APA-accredited counseling or clinical psychology programs
  • to support the development of intermediate to advanced clinical and professional skills
  • to infuse sensitivity to issues of diversity throughout the training program
  • to allow for an unfolding exploration of one’s professional identity

 

The doctoral internship benefits the intern as well as the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Department. Most importantly, each intern has the opportunity to receive a minimum of four hours of intensive supervision per week by a qualified staff member where skills are refined and the intern’s professional development is enhanced.

We believe that personal and professional growth is best achieved when feedback is ongoing and reciprocal, and the training environment is supportive. The doctoral internship benefits the CAPS Department through the services offered to the UNL student body, as well as through the development of innovative outreach and group programming offered by the interns. In addition, each intern’s area of expertise is acknowledged and welcomed. We strongly encourage the application of these specialized skills during the internship year.

 

Model of Professional Training

CAPS embraces the NICPP’s scientist-practitioner model. At our site we provide an experiential component (“learning by doing”), while integrating empirical literature into the practice of psychology. We believe becoming a skilled professional in psychology is a lifelong process that requires self-awareness, a desire for personal growth, openness to feedback and change, and a passion for learning.

During orientation, interns attend seminars that utilize evidence-based practices and draw upon the empirical literature. As interns begin to take on a clinical caseload, they are able to incorporate what they have learned during orientation into their clinical practice.

Interns meet with the Training Director during orientation to determine appropriate and attainable goals for the internship year. Based on the mutually agreed upon goals between the interns and training director, the interns have the opportunity to engage in the various activities of a counseling center psychologist throughout the internship year. Examples include: individual, couples, and group counseling; initial evaluations; crisis counseling; outreach/consultation; and provision of supervision.

As interns begin to immerse themselves in these direct service opportunities, they will consistently receive two hours of weekly supervision from their primary supervisor. The expectation during weekly individual supervision is that interns will seek out the empirical literature and apply evidenced-based practice in their clinical interventions, goals, and treatment planning. Finally, to meet the individual needs and goals of our interns, we grant them the choice to pursue a concentrated training in potentially one of the following areas: crisis counseling; disordered eating concerns/body image; diversity; outreach, and substance abuse. After interns receive training in these concentration areas, they begin to take on a clinical caseload while receiving weekly supervision from a secondary supervisor in their area of concentration.

By the end of the internship year, interns will be prepared with the knowledge, awareness, and skills of a generalist. Our interns are well prepared for careers in either university/college counseling centers or private practice.

 

Training Program Goals & Evaluation

 

Goals:

 

Our overall our goal is to train competent, ethical and reflective psychologists who have acquired the awareness, knowledge and skills fundamental to the practice of professional psychology. We believe becoming a skilled professional in psychology is a lifelong process that requires self-awareness, desire for personal growth, openness to feedback and change, and a passion for learning.

CAPS supports the training goals of the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology. When completing an internship through the NICPP, we expect prospective psychologists to gain experiences and competencies in:

  • applying ethical decision making to complex clinical and research activities
  • developing knowledge and skills in delivering services within primary care settings and collaborating across settings and care-providers
  • developing and demonstrating a commitment to evidence- based intervention procedures
  • receiving exposure to a diversity of psychological and mental health services within broad community contexts and across a breadth of treatment facilities
  • demonstrating a commitment to diversity and individual differences
  • developing an appreciation for and commitment to research, including scientific practices and/or research activities
  • developing research questions related to their work with clients and answering those questions
  • developing competencies to evaluate the efficacy of their work with diverse clients and systems

 

Interns meet with the Training Director during orientation to determine appropriate and attainable goals for the internship year. CAPS uses the NICPP Intern Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) grid for these goals (GAS Form.pdf (unl.edu)). Based on the mutually agreed upon goals between the interns, their primary supervisors, and the training director, our interns have the opportunity to engage in the various activities of a counseling center psychologist throughout the internship year. Examples include: individual, couples, and group counseling; initial evaluations, crisis care coverage; outreach/consultation; use of assessment screenings; and provision of supervision.

 

Evaluation:

We continually assess each intern’s performance on a regular basis to provide ongoing input and feedback regarding the intern’s performance. This also allows us to support the continual development of interns' skills and competencies. Formal evaluation forms are completed twice during the internship year. A mid-year evaluation is conducted where the intern’s performance and goals are reviewed. And, an end-of-year evaluation is completed to provide an appraisal of the intern's competencies at the completion of their internship experience.

Evaluations are based on observation of the intern’s work and/or verbal feedback supervisors receive from CAPS team members, clients, and the University community. The format includes eight basic competency areas which in Intervention/Therapy Treatment; Consultation/Collaboration; Assessment/Evaluation/Testing; Teaching/Presenting/ Supervising Others; Research/Program Evaluation; Ethical/Legal/Cultural Awareness; Professional/Interpersonal Conduct; Supervision/Professional Development) and a general summary section.

 

Internship Activities

Most of the direct services activities required of interns mirror the typical direct service schedules of the full-time professional staff CAPS. In addition, interns participate in weekly supervision, educational, and support meetings. The activities which constitute the internship experience at CAPS are described below. Interns typically spend 22 to 24 hours per week in direct service activities. 

Direct Service

 

Initial Evaluations: The purpose of an initial evaluation is to: (a) provide a brief risk assessment, (b) gathering key presenting information and (c) disposition the client for the services that best meets the client’s needs. Key areas of information gathered are: (a) presenting problem(s), (b) identifying information, (c) brief review of psychosocial history (noting any medical history, psychiatric history, and substance use history shared on data forms), and (d) brief mental status exam assessment. Furthermore, the interns are expected to utilize the DSM-V for obtaining a diagnosis and determine a collaborative treatment plan with their client. During the Fall Semester, interns have four initial evaluations slots per week. During the Spring and Summer Semesters, interns have five initial evaluations slots per week like the rest of the professional staff.

Interns are trained to provide thorough in-person initial evaluations during orientation.

Individual/Couples Counseling: The provision of counseling is a core activity of CAPS. Most clients seek individual counseling though there are limited opportunities to work with clients who are presenting for couples counseling. CAPS espouses a short-term service delivery model. Consequently, most clients are seen in 4-8 sessions. CAPS has consistently seen a high volume of clients each fiscal year. Interns can expect to carry a steady caseload of clients, seeing approximately 15-17 individual and/or couples counseling appointments per week.

Crisis/Urgent Counseling: Training in crisis/urgent counseling begins during orientation. Interns receive training on risk assessment and crisis intervention prior to seeing clients. In the Fall Semester, interns will have at one crisis care hour blocked each week. Holding one hour per week of a crisis appointment gives the interns an opportunity to experience being a part of the CAPS Crisis Team. During the spring and summer, interns can increase these hours and/or work with the assistant director of clinical service (in collaboration with the training director) to add additional crisis care appointments to their schedule. Interns work closely with their primary supervisor, the CAPS care manager, and the Assistant Director of Crisis Care in the delivery of crisis care appointments.

Group Counseling: Each intern is required to be involved in the CAPS group program. This can be through either co-leading a process group with a senior staff member or providing drop in groups during the internship year. It is expected that the intern selects a group opportunity that matches their training needs. Interns are trained to provide group screenings when they are required for therapy groups.

Outreach and Consultation: Interns provide consultation with faculty, staff, and family members of students. Outreach consists of topical presentations to various campus groups. Interns are required to conduct at least 10 outreach programs during the internship year.

Assessment: During orientation, the intern receives training on initial evaluations, risk assessments, and clinical diagnosis. In addition, interns receive training on the Counseling Center Assessment of Psychological Symptoms (CCAPS) as well as other general screening instruments used during the course of therapy (e.g., BDI, BAI).

Provision of Supervision: Interns will provide either individual supervision or group supervision to field placement students at CAPS during the spring semester. CAPS believes having training in the provision of supervision is central to the identity as a psychologist. Supervision of Supervision is provided to the interns.

Concentration Area:
During the internship year, interns will have the opportunity to pursue a concentrated training in one of the following areas: crisis counseling; disordered eating concerns/body image; diversity; outreach; or substance abuse. A concentrated training experience allows interns to have an immersed experience in their area of choice. Interns receive one hour of weekly supervision with their secondary supervisor (supervisor of concentration area).

Supervision/Training

 

Primary Supervision: A licensed psychologist provides the primary supervision of an intern during the internship year. For two hours each week, the intern meets with their supervision to focus on case conceptualization, risk assessment, dispositional decision-making, case management, and treatment planning.  Professional development and ethical decision-making is also a focus of primary supervision.

Secondary Supervision: Each intern is supervised by a licensed clinician in their Concentration Area for one hour per week. Supervision will focus on clinical services and outreach in the concentration area.

Supervision of Group Work: Interns receive group supervision with their group co-leader who is a licensed CAPS clinician. Group Supervision is an opportunity for interns to discuss group dynamics and consultation with their co-facilitator. A half hour of supervision is provided each week a group is held. This typically occurs either 30 minutes before or after group.

Supervision of Supervision: Interns meet as a group for 1 hour each week for supervision of supervision of field placement trainees. The interns are supervised by one of the CAPS licensed psychologists.

Intern Case Conference: The Intern Case Conference focuses on the development of conceptual and intervention skills through collaborative case presentations. Interns present digital recordings of counseling sessions. A licensed CAPS staff member serves as a supervisor during the Fall Semester. Interns join the CAPS’ staff case conference for the Spring and Summer Semesters.

 

Intern Professional Development: 

Interns receive one hour per week as a group with the Training Director. Interns openly discuss all aspects of the internship such as quality of intern seminars, case management concerns, staff/intern relationships, supervision, and professional development issues. The Training Director serves as an advocate for intern growth and development.

Intern Seminars/Didactics: Intern will receive didactic seminar trainings during orientation and as needed during the internship year. Formal didactic trainings are provided by the NICPP at their monthly seminars which are typically help on the 3rd Friday of each month.

Diversity Retreats: Interns will meet during orientation, winter break and the summer semester to experience their own diversity retreats. During the diversity retreats, interns will have the opportunity to hear the diversity life stories of the facilitators. These stories are used as a model of self-disclosure. Interns are then invited to share their own stories of personal diversity. Interns will also experience a variety of experiential activities to enhance knowledge, awareness and skills in the area of individual and cultural diversity.

Meetings/Additional Training

 

CAPS Diversity Meetings: Interns will attend CAPS Diversity Meetings. These meetings meet approximately twice per month. Trainings are organized by the CAPS Committee on Inclusive Excellence. Meetings focus on a variety topics related to cultural humility and diversity.

Concentration Meetings: NEDN Meetings -- Interns who choose the concentration area of eating disorders will attend NEDN Meetings with the eating disorder coordinator. NEDN is the student group at UNL focused on advocacy and awareness of disordered eating and eating disorders on campus. 

Staff Meeting: Interns will attend CAPS Staff three of the four weeks per month. During these meetings, interns will be exposed to departmental policies, CAPS clinical demands, and professional development issues.

Committee on Inclusive Excellence: Interns who choose a concentration area in diversity will have the option to attend the CAPS Committee on Inclusive Excellence monthly meeting when it fits their training goals/needs. This meeting typically covers various topics related to diversity issues and inclusivity.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Meetings: Interns will attend CAPS Diversity Trainings. This meeting are typically twice per month. Trainings are organized by the Committee on Inclusive Excellence and are focused on variety of topics related to diversity, inclusivity, and current national/regional/local issues.

Staff Professional Development: Interns will attend Staff Professional Development meetings in the spring when the intern professional development ends in the fall. Interns will meet in the summer for staff professional development.

Staff Case Conference: Interns will attend the CAPS case conference during the spring and summer session. These meetings provide an open forum for interns and professional staff members to discuss current counseling cases. Through case conference interns gain insight into how other professional staff members conceptualize client issues.

Administrative Time

 

Paperwork: Interns are allotted six hours for documentation of their clinical work. The following are examples of ways paperwork can be utilized.

  • Note Completion: Interns typically spend 30-40 minutes completing IEs and 10-15 minutes on Progress Notes after a few months at CAPS. 

 

  • Supervision Preparation: Interns are allotted one hour per week to prepare for the provision of supervision.

 

  • Readings and Research: Interns are given one hour per week to read articles and materials provided for the Intern Seminars. Interns are also encouraged to use their time to read literature related to their professional development as well as research empirically supported treatments related to their clinical caseload. Interns are given two hours per week during the summer months in order to adequately research literature related to their summer project.

 

  • Case Management: Interns are given time each week for managing their clinical caseload. During this time, interns are encouraged to consult family, faculty, staff, and CAPS providers when necessary.

Summer Administrative Project: The interns will be involved in a summer project that corresponds to a CAPS agency need. During the summer, all CAPS professional staff members are involved in summer committees. Interns are encouraged to be involved in one of the committees that is of interest to them. Interns will spend 40 hours during the Summer Semester in this area. The CAPs staff member chairing this committee will oversee the intern’s summer project. Each intern will present their final project to the CAPS staff during the second or third week of July typically during a staff meeting.

 

Internship Position and Time Requirements

 

Each doctoral intern is required to train at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in the position of “Psychology Intern” full-time (40 hours per week) for 12 months.

Interns are expected to complete 500 hours of direct service and 2000 hours of total service. CAPS internship year currently begins on August 1 and ends July 31. Interns average 40-42 hours per week as some weeks may require longer hours due to regular fluctuations in university schedules.

 

Estimated Weekly Schedule

 

                     Hours per Week

 

 

Fall

Spring

Summer

 

Direct Service Hours

 

 

 

     Initial Evaluations

4

5

5

     Individual/Couples Counseling

16

15

15

     Crisis Care Counseling

1

2

2

     Group Counseling

1.5

 1.5 

 1.5

     Outreach/Consultation

0.5

0.5

.5

     Assessment

*

*

*

     Provision of Supervision

N/A

1.0

N/A

Subtotal

23

25

24

*Assessment hours are not included in this subtotal as they are part of direct hours

provided during other clinical service hours (e.g., individual counseling, outreach, crisis).

 

 

 

 

Supervision/Training

 

 

 

     Primary Supervision

2

2

2

     Secondary Supervision  (Concentration Area)

1

1

1

     Supervision of Group Work

.5

 .5

.5

     Supervision of Supervision

N/A

1

N/A

     Intern Case Conference

1

0

0

     Intern Professional Development

1

0

0

     Intern Seminars/Didactics

2

2

2

     Diversity Retreats

.5

.25

.5

     Subtotal

8

6.75

6

 

 

 

 

Meetings/Additional Training

 

 

 

     Staff Meeting

.75

.5

.5

     Cultural Competency Training

.5

.5

.5

Staff Professional Development

0

0

.25

     Staff Case Conference

0

1

1

     Subtotal

1.0

2.0

2.25

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Time

 

 

 

Paperwork, Readings, & Case Management

8

7

6

*Supervision Preparation

0

*

0

Summer Administrative Project

0

0

2

Subtotal

8.0

7

8

*Supervision prep time is included in paperwork

TOTAL

40

40.25-40.75

40.25

Supervision

CAPS interns participate in a minimum of two hours of primary individual supervision each week with a licensed psychologist, 1 hour per week of secondary supervision in their area of concentration, and 1 hour of intern case conference. As a group, interns receive 1 hour of supervision of supervision when they are providing supervision to a doctoral level trainees. Interns also receive .5 hours of group supervision with a licensed clinician who is co-facilitating the group with the intern. Finally, interns have 1 hour of Intern Professional Development with the Training Director.

Interns attain greater independence throughout the internship year as the achieve competencies within clinical areas. In addition to individual supervision, interns are encouraged to consult with staff as needed. We have an open-door policy where we welcome case consultation.

 

Post Internship Employment

Interns have been employed in postdoctoral and/or psychologist lines after their internship year. Many go on to work in college mental health and private practice while others have opted to work in a mental health agency or academia.

 

CAPS Staff

Tricia Besett-Alesch, PhD

CAPS Director, Training Director

Licensed Psychologist

Specializes in:  Supervision & Training, Women's Issues, Depression, Relationship and/or Family of Origin Issues, LGBTQA+ Concerns, Diversity & Inclusion, Eating Disorders/Body Image, Grief, Trauma, Solution Focused and DBT Therapy.

 

Alice Mitwaruciu, PhD

CAPS Assistant Director

Licensed Psychologist

Specializes in: International & Immigrant Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorders, Anger Management, Trauma/PTSD, Suicidal Prevention/Assessment/Management, Crisis Intervention.

 

Joseph Walloch, Psy.D.

CAPS Assistant Director

Licensed Psychologist

Specializes in: Suicide Risk Assessment and Management, Non-Suicidal Self-Injurious Behaviors, Eating Disorders (Bulimia and Binge Eating, Trauma LGBTQ Issues, Men's Issues Middle Eastern Cultural Issues, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

 

Mun Yuk Chin, PhD

Provisionally Licensed Psychologist

Specializes in: Identity Exploration (e.g., social class, faith/spirituality, gender, sexual identity, race/ethnicity), Life Transitions, Trauma, Family-of-Origin Concerns, Intimacy and Sexuality,

Group Counseling, and Supervision and Training.

 

Duke Engel, MA, LADC

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

Specializes in: Alcohol/Drug Abuse, Adult Children of Alcoholics/Addicts, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Trauma/PTSD, & Crisis Intervention.

 

 John Goldrich, MSW

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

Specializes in: Depression, Relationship Issues, Couples Therapy, Trauma, and Anger Management.

  

Mandy Hansen, MA

Care Manager, Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

Specializes in: Crisis Intervention, Suicide Risk Assessment & Management, Self-Injurious Behaviors, Trauma, Anger Management/Behavior Disorders, Phase of Life Issues, Family of Origin Issues, and Military/Veterans.

 

Jennifer Holt, MA

Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner

Specializes in: Recovery from Violence/Trauma, Anger Management, Coping Skills and Techniques, Depression/Anxiety, and Family Issues.

 

Kristin Jagels, MA

Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner

Specializes in: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Relationship Issues, Family of Origin Issues, &

Difficult Transitions.

 

Mark Lukin, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Specializes in:  Crisis Management, Risk/Threat Assessment/Management, Serious Mental Illness, Group Therapy, & Anger Management.

 

Jenifer Manstedt, MS

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

Specializes in: Depression, Anxiety Trauma, Body Image, and Disordered Eating.

 

Danielle Parrish, MS

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

Specializes in: Relationship issues, Couples Therapy, Life Transitions, Identify Development,

Family of Origin Issues, Spirituality, Anxiety, & Depression.

Mariah Petersen, MS

Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

Specializes in: Relationship Issues, Family of Origin Issues, Couples Therapy, Anxiety, Depression, and Life Transitions.

 

Xiping (Kylie) Qiu, MS

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

Specializes in: Chinese Cultural Issues, Intimate Relationships, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Personality Issues, & Attachment.

 

Brigham Scott, PsyD

Alcohol and Other Drug Services Coordinator, Licensed Psychologist

Specializes in:  Alcohol & Drug Counseling

 

Kylie Surmeier, MS

Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

Specializes in:  Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions Self-esteem, Family Issues, & Trauma.

 

Scott Winrow, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Specializes in:  Gay/ Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Issues, Coming Out Issues, Native American Issues, Diversity Issues, Self-Esteem, & Test Anxiety.

 

 

 CAPS will hold virtual open houses and interviews in December and January. 

 

For more information about the open house click on the link below:
CAPS  Virtual Open House