Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology
Florida Gulf Coast University Counseling and Psychological Services
APPIC Member: 223911
Letter from the Training Director
On behalf of Florida Gulf Coast University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) I would like to welcome you! We are glad you are interested in learning more about our Doctoral Internship in Psychology located in Fort Myers, Florida. Please feel free to look at the website information and then email or call me with any questions you may have. Since we are currently in our second year of having an intern cohort we are not APA accredited; we intend to apply for APA accreditation in 2015 and have developed the training program with regards to these standards, but there is no guarantee that we will be accredited.
Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
FGCU CAPS Doctoral Internship is a participating member of APPIC.
Any other questions about the internship program or to request a copy of our handbook please contact Laura Wright, Ph.D., Florida Gulf Coast University Doctoral Internship Training Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-590-7950.
We look forward to your application and wish you the best in the match!
Laura Wright, Ph.D.
Description of the Center
Florida Gulf Coast University Counseling and Psychological Services is a department within the Division of Student Affairs. Our services are designed to provide confidential, quality, short- term counseling and therapy, consultation, instruction, education, and assessment for the university community. Our services are based on acceptance, understanding, respect and care for all who seek services. All currently registered FGCU students are eligible for free services in the counseling center.
The staff is comprised of full-time and part-time professional counselors and therapists. Licensed psychologists, masters level counselors, a psychiatrist and supervised trainees provide therapeutic services. Our staff works well together and we respect and value our various theoretical orientations and interests. We function within a brief-therapy and wellness oriented model, although we do not have specific session limits. Our Counseling Center is accredited by IACS (International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.). Please visit our CAPS webpage for more general information: http://www.fgcu.edu/CAPS .
Goals, Objectives, and Model of Training Program
The doctoral internship at FGCU CAPS is designed for qualified doctoral students whose professional goals include:
Our training program functions in a practitioner-scientist-developmental model which means that we focus on clinically competent practice that is grounded in the science and evidence based practice of psychology. We adhere to a developmental model of supervision and provide interns increasing levels of autonomy based on their skill level and needs. We also place emphasis on providing a mindful and respectful place for interns to grow professionally.
Goals and objectives of the FGCU doctoral internship include:
Internship Responsibilities and Expectations
The FGCU CAPS Doctoral Internship is a year-long, full-time, 2000 hour experience with an expectation of 500 hours of direct service activities. Interns will be able to gain experience through a wide range of activities some of which will be negotiated individually by each trainee based on their interest areas and the needs of the Center. The doctoral internship in professional psychology includes these components:
Over the course of the internship year each intern works with two individual primary supervisors (switching at 6 months) and receives 2 hours of individual supervision each week. Other opportunities for supervision occur within supervision of supervision (1 hour weekly), supervision of group (30 minutes weekly), case consultation/ group supervision (1 hour weekly), and seminars. Senior staff is also available for consultation and supervision outside of these scheduled times as needed.
Training Year and Benefits
Our training year will begin on August 3, 2015 and end on July 22, 2016. The internship is a full-time, 40 hour a week experience. The intern salary will be $27,000 for the year paid bi-weekly. Interns will also have access to our health insurance benefit. Interns receive 13 university holidays as well as 11 days of combined annual, sick and professional development leave for dissertation defense, job interviews, and conferences. The timing of this leave is subject to approval of the Training Director. All interns will have a private office with video equipment, a personal computer, and library privileges.
We prefer applicants from APA approved programs in Counseling or Clinical Psychology. Applicants should have also completed comprehensive exams prior to the application date of Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 9am. We also prefer applicants that have a minimum of 500 hours of intervention, who have defended their dissertation proposal, and who demonstrate experience or interest in working in a college counseling center environment.
FGCU will follow the recruiting practices outlined by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) http://www.appic.org/. Our APPIC code is: 223911. We will evaluate the following components of the online APPIC application:
We will offer 3 positions for the 2015-2016 year. All applications are due by Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 9am (EST). We will notify applicants of selection for an interview by December 16th. Interviews will all be conducted by video internet conference (skype) and will be set up and conducted in December and January. MATCH DAY is Friday, February 20, 2015. Our APPIC Code is 223911.
Each Doctoral Intern will complete a specialized training agreement after arriving at CAPS. This agreement is based on the needs and interests of the intern and the service needs of the Center. In general, interns will spend approximately 23 hours a week providing direct service to students including individual and group therapy, triage assessment, supervision of trainees, and being part of the on-call rotation. Interns will spend 2 hours per week in individual supervision with a licensed psychologist. In addition to the 40 hours, an additional 2 hours a week of professional reading can be logged to fulfill the 2000 hour internship requirement to make up for leave, professional development, and sick time.
Activity Hours per week:
Direct Service (Total = 23)
Training Activities (Total = approximately 9)
Administrative and Professional Development (Total =approximately 8)
Total Weekly Hours =40
Living in Southwest Florida
Southwest Florida is probably best known for our beaches and marine life, warm tropical winters, and seasonal population. The area is fairly quiet with very little traffic during the late spring, summer and beginning of fall and then gets more lively and busy when the temperatures get colder up north. Popular outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, and relaxing revolve around the Gulf of Mexico; campus is about 25 minutes from the beach. We have many local restaurants and a burgeoning arts scene as well as shopping and several local farmers markets. We are located about 2 hours south of Tampa, 2 hours west of Fort Lauderdale and have an easily accessible international airport. FGCU is located in between Fort Myers and Naples and many of our faculty and staff live close by in Estero, San Carlos, or in the Fort Myers or Naples areas. Here are some general Fast Facts about FGCU: http://www.fgcu.edu/CRM/fastfacts.html.