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.

Download the University of Nevada, Reno Doctoral Internship Brochure

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):

Sample Weekly Intern Hours*

ActivityFall HoursSpring Hours
Direct Service
Individual Therapy / Intake-initial appointments 10 to 13 12 to 17
Assessment 0 to 2 0 to 2
Outreach 0.5 0.5
Group Counseling 1 to 2 1 to 2
Supervision Provided --- 1
Indirect Service
Client Consultation Meeting 1 1
Staff Meeting 1 1
Group Counseling Debriefing Supervision 0.5 to 1 0.5 to 1
Supervision Received - Individual 2 2
Supervision Received - Assessment 1 1
Supervision Received - Group 2 2
Training Seminar 2 2
Professional Development (dissertation, research) 2 2
Documentation, Phone/Emails, Preparation, Report Writing  12 to 16 10 to 14
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: 238211

Leave Benefits

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

Counseling Services Internship Due Process and Grievance Procedures

Nevada System of Higher Education Nondiscrimination Policy

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
775-682-8856
ydickens@unr.edu