Letter to Prospective Applicants

Dear Prospective Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in the Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology at the University of San Diego Counseling Center. Our internship program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 2002. We have an enthusiastic and committed training staff who take great pride in our internship program. Please consider the detailed information that is provided in the pages that follow and let us know if you have any questions.

Located on a hill overlooking San Diego's Mission Bay, the University of San Diego is a beautiful and pleasant setting at which to complete your training. Training staff is highly committed to offering a quality training experience that will encourage the development of professional identity, skills, confidence, autonomy, and self-understanding. Physical facilities have recently been remodeled, and are greatly supportive of training, with comfortable offices, webcams, and access to terrific library resources. Off-site time is allocated for professional development. We emphasize personal and professional development as a central part of the growth of the psychologist.

The University of San Diego is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment and to the principles that promote inclusive practices. The Counseling Center fully supports the university's commitment and is dedicated to building a diverse staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities, and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive, and understanding ways.

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: http://www.apa.org/edu/accreditation/about/index.aspx

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 or (800) 374-2721
Email: apaaccred@apa.org

Your completed internship application will be submitted through the AAPI online. Please follow the directions located in our Application Information section. Applications are due on or before midnight, PST (Pacific Time), November 1, 2020.

Relevant information about the Match, including procedures and important dates, may be found at http://www.natmatch.com/psychint/. Please follow all instructions for application through the online AAPI which may be accessed through the APPIC website: www.appic.org. 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.

The internship application process can be exciting, but it can also be quite stressful. In dealing with the challenges of application, please remember your strengths, skills, and goals along with your growth edges, and think about the way sites may fit (or not) with your specific goals.  You’re not only marketing yourself, but you are also selecting a professional home for a year—so try to make it a good fit for you!  

After you read our materials, if I can clarify or provide further information to assist in your decision-making process, don’t hesitate to let me know. I can be reached via e-mail (lthackray@SanDiego.edu) or phone (619-260-4655). All of us here are excited about our program, and we look forward to receiving your application.


Sincerely yours,

Laura Thackray, PsyD

Assistant Clinical Director & Coordinator of Training