Doctoral Internship

COVID-19 Impact on Training

Due to COVID-19 changes, the University of San Diego Counseling Center Internship training experience will include teletherapy services, telesupervision, and other forms of training through video-conferencing platforms. In following the recommendations of APPIC and APA, our training program aims to ensure that interns have acquired the necessary competencies in order to be best prepared to progress to postdoctoral level of training. 

During 2020-2021 academic year the University of San Diego Counseling Center interns will provide supervision to USD student Peer Coaches in lieu of practicum students. Supervision of supervision will continue to focus on training supervision competencies through direct supervision to Peer Coaches, Supervision of Supervision and Individual Supervision.  

Please refer to the link below for the Torero Blueprint website for information related to a wide scope of questions about COVIE-19 impacting the USD community:

COVID-19 Impact on Recruitment Process

To continue to ensure equity and accessibility, University of San Diego Counseling Center will utilize video-conferencing and/or telephone to conduct internship interviews as we have done so for the past several years. 

In following the recommendations of APPIC, we may not be able to offer an in-person Open House in January, 2021. A final decision will be made according to updated CDC guidelines to ensure safety and health of our prospective interns and staff. 

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.