Dear Prospective Applicant,
Thank you for your interest in the graduate training programs offered at UCLA Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS). We offer the following four training programs:
- An APA doctoral internship in Health Service Psychology
- A postdoctoral fellowship for psychologists who have completed their degrees and an APA internship
- A practicum for UCLA Ph.D. students in Clinical Psychology
- An internship for UCLA Masters' students in Social Welfare
At CAPS, we are committed to supporting the development of multiculturally-competent and ethical professionals with specific expertise in addressing diverse college or university populations. Situated on a campus that reflects the myriad identities represented in our global community, we are invested in having a staff that represents the demographics of the campus, and aware of the unique needs and challenges of our campus community. Our department infuses ongoing reflection on and education in cultural humility, inclusion, and equity in all of our training and professional activities throughout the year.
UCLA students present to our center with a broad range of clinical presentations, developmental issues, and relationship concerns. Professional training at CAPS prepares trainees for assessment and treatment of the full spectrum of clinical acuity present in an outpatient population. CAPS focuses on short-term treatment, which includes delivery of brief evidence-based interventions, crisis management and stabilization. Training in this fast-paced environment will prepare clinicians to be generalists, working in a rigorous way with a large volume of diverse clients.
Supervision is understood as the primary conduit to facilitate development of ethical decision-making, sound clinical judgment, and professional identity development. For this reason, our trainees participate in supervision for all of their different activities at CAPS, providing diverse learning opportunities from a broad range of staff.
In addition to supervision, our program foregrounds participation in a number of training seminars that focus primarily on multicultural competence, clinical skill development in brief treatment, evidence-based treatments in a variety of modalities, law and ethics, and professional development.
Our trainees are intentionally integrated into our staff community. Given our large size, this avails them to learn from a diversity of perspectives, become exposed to professional life on a college campus, and participate in a multitude of training experiences. Our staff are dedicated to the campus community and the work we do to support health, healing, and hope at UCLA. Here, you will become a member of a community that embraces innovation, professional community, and fun!
I hope this information provided below provides you with useful information regarding our programs' components, goals, and application process. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com.
With best wishes,
Tanya Brown, PhD
Training Director, UCLA CAPS
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