Psychology Doctoral Internship
The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Counseling Services provides psychology doctoral internship training in several areas of competency. Our training focuses on developing our interns' basic generalist skills in providing individual counseling, group counseling, assessment, consultation, outreach, and providing supervision. We emphasize professionalism, ethical self-reflective practice, self-care, diversity and multicultural competency, and social awareness including social justice and advocacy.
UNR Counseling Services Mission & Training
The mission of UNR Counseling Services is to provide psychological services to UNR students to support and facilitate their personal and academic success and development. We also strive to assist the institution, overall, in cultivating a healthy and effective learning environment. Our doctoral internship training program is central to our mission.
UNR Counseling Services Diversity Mission
The University of Nevada, Reno Counseling Services acknowledges, accepts, and embraces diversity in its multiple forms, including but not limited to ability, age, cultural identity, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, race, and religion. We are committed to providing a safe, affirming, accepting, and empowering environment in our relationships amongst our staff and trainees as well as our clients, the university, and the community as a whole.
Counseling Services provides education and training in multicultural competency to practicum students, doctoral interns, postdoctoral fellows, and our professional staff. Counseling Services also provides services and training opportunities that encourage and educate the university community on the importance and value of multiculturalism and diversity in mental health and psychological practice.
General Weekly Schedule of Activities/Task Expectations
UNR Counseling Services provides year-long, full-time, 40 hour per week psychology doctoral internship positions. The internship is a 2000 hour experience, with the requirement of 500 hours of direct service activities. The following activities and tasks are expected to be accomplished on a weekly basis (average hours):
|Activity||Fall Hours||Spring Hours|
|Individual Therapy / Intake-initial consultations||9 to 12||11 to 14|
|Walk-in Consultation (aka Urgent Care) (Crisis Walk-ins)||1||1|
|Assessment||0 to 2||0 to 2|
|Group Counseling||1 to 2||1 to 2|
|Client Consultation Meeting||1||1|
|Group Counseling Debriefing Supervision||0.5 to 1||0.5 to 1|
|Supervision Received - Individual||3||3|
|Supervision Received - Assessment||1||1|
|Supervision Received - Group||2||2|
|Supervision Received - Sup of Sup||---||1.5|
|Professional Development (dissertation, research)||2||2|
|Documentation, Phone/Emails, Preparation, Report Writing||11 to 15||9 to 13|
|Total Direct Service||12.5 to 17.5||15.5 to 21.5|
|Total Indirect Service||23 to 28||21 to 24.5|
|TOTAL HOURS||39 to 40.5||39 to 41.5|
* minimum and maximum hours within each category and actual schedule may vary week to week; interns generally will not work over 42 hours per week (this is why minimum and maximum hours do not equal 35-45.5 and 36-48.5 per week, respectively)
Counseling Services Location and Work Environment
Counseling Services has relocated to the newest building on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.
The Pennington Student Achievement Center had opened in February 2016.
View the Counseling Services office space
APPIC Membership & APA Accreditation Status
The UNR Counseling Services psychology doctoral internship is currently an APPIC member, not APA-accredited*, and we abide by APPICs 2016 policy on public statements about accreditation and APPIC membership. We adhere to the procedures established by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) for the recruitment and selection of doctoral interns. 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.
APPIC Match Program Code Number: 2382
*Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 336-5979
This full-time doctoral internship offers the benefit of leave for the following:
- 10 Annual leave days
- 10 Sick leave days
- 11 Observed state holidays
Policies and Due Process
For questions regarding the University of Nevada, Reno Psychology Doctoral Internship Program, please contact:
Yani L. Dickens, Ph.D., CMPC
Director of Training, Assistant Director
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
University of Nevada, Reno
Pennington Student Achievement Center, Suite 420 / Mail Stop 0080
Reno, NV 89557