Doctoral Internship

Mission of Program

The Counseling Center staff share the philosophy that training for psychologists is a developmental process, with continued personal and professional growth throughout one's career. Thus, all staff members -- whether licensed psychologists, unlicensed psychologists, or doctoral interns -- are continuing to learn and grow. The training will vary according to specific needs for professional growth and the psychologist's level of education and experience.

Within this philosophy of psychologists' professional development, the Doctoral Internship in Health Services Psychology is the formalized internship training program of the University of San Diego Counseling Center. Congruent with the university's overall dedication to holistic student development and education, the doctoral internship is committed to the personal and professional growth of its trainees. A healthy balance of clinical and psychoeducational work, supervision and personal/professional development characterizes our internship. Through applied experience, diversified supervision and professional development training, interns learn the multifaceted nature of psychologists' roles in a university/college setting. To facilitate intern development, we emphasize clear communication, personal responsibility, and trainee empowerment.

Setting and Clientele

The USDCC functions as an integral part of the University. Our clientele are students, the majority of whom are young adults undergoing life transitions and developmental change. Our role as a University Counseling Center is to attend to the academic, psychological and developmental aspects of students' concerns. Consequently, developmental factors are stressed in our training.

 The USDCC serves as part of the USD Wellness Area, which also includes the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion, the Disability and Learning Differences Resource Center, and the Student Health Center. We work together as a multidisciplinary team to serve the general wellness needs of the USD student body.