Psychology internship training program

The University of Nevada, Reno 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.

Doctoral internship openings

The University of Nevada, Reno Counseling Services is pleased to announce we are currently accepting applications for three full-time, one-year (2,000 hour) positions for the 2021-2022 internship year.

  • Our stipend is $35,308 plus benefits
  • All materials must be submitted for review online by December 3, 2020 by 5 p.m. PST
  • We will notify applicants of selection for an interview by December 21, 2020 by 5 PST
  • Interviews will be conducted via synchronous videoconference technology (e.g,. Zoom) and will be set up and conducted in early-mid January, 2021.
  • Match Day is Friday, February 19, 2021 (Phase I)
  • Our APPIC Match Code is 2382

Internship overview

Application procedures

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Candidate qualifications

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Responsibilities & expectations

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Internship outcome data

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The Center, staff, diversity mission and program philosophy

  • Philosophy and goals of the training program

    Our overarching internship aim is to train interns to be competent entry level generalist health service psychologists, especially in college or university counseling settings. We have several specific objectives within this overarching goal:

    1. Clinical competence

    We strive to train entry-level generalists who are committed to providing competent psychological services, including initial evaluation/assessment, individual and group psychotherapy, psychological testing, multicultural practice, supervision of trainees (depending on number of available practicum students), and program evaluation and research in multi-disciplinary environments. In addition, we strive to train generalists with competence to work in an identified emphasis area including, but not limited to, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Assessment, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Diversity and Multicultural Issues, Eating Disorders, Grief and Loss, Interpersonal Process Group, Mindfulness, and Sport Psychology.

    2. Multicultural competence

    We strive to train generalists to be multiculturally competent professionals who apply ongoing self-awareness as cultural beings, awareness of others as cultural beings, and awareness of interactions amongst themselves, others, and groups within systems to maintain culturally-informed practice and multicultural humility.

    3. Ethical practice and professionalism

    We strive to train generalists to conduct themselves in a socially and ethically responsible manner, understanding and applying the laws and ethical principles of psychology as a profession. We value self-reflection, self-assessment, and self-care. We strive to train generalists who identify, reflect about, understand, and promote socially-just change at the individual client, group, institutional, community, and systems level, particularly when it impacts client development and functioning.

  • About the Center

    The University of Nevada, Reno Counseling Services is a growing university counseling center that provides individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, psychological assessment, outreach including educational workshops and presentations, general consultation and sport psychology consultation, and referrals to community health care providers.

    These services are undertaken in accordance with the following mission — to provide psychological services to University of Nevada Reno students to support and facilitate their personal and academic success and development.

    Our student clients consistently report high satisfaction with our services, and our client outcomes were better than 81% of counseling centers in 2018 to 2019. During Spring 2020, 97% of our clients respondents reported being satisfied with our tele-mental health services.

  • Counseling Services staff

    The professional staff currently consists of eight full-time licensed psychologists, one part-time licensed psychologist, one full-time licensed clinical social worker and one part-time licensed clinical social worker. In addition to several administrative staff, each year we have between six and ten graduate trainees in psychology or social work.

  • Counseling Services diversity mission statement

    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 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.

    We believe staff diversity improves teamwork, promotes innovation,enriches the training experience, enhances learning, and helps us best meet the needs of our student clients. For these reasons, we encourage applicants from a variety of diverse backgrounds and lived experience with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion to apply to our psychology internship.

Commitment to diversity

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to recruiting a high-achieving, diverse student body and providing access and a clear path to graduation. This includes the goal to move from an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) to a designated HSI.