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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:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979


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 or 239-590-7950.


We look forward to your application and wish you the best in the match!


Laura Wright, Ph.D.

Training Director




Page Bookmarks:

Description of the Center

Counseling Center Values and Diversity Statement

Goals, Objectives and Model of the Training Program

Internship Responsibilities and Expectations


Training Year and Benefits

Selection Criteria

Application Procedure


Sample Schedule

Living in Southwest Florida





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: .


Counseling Center Values and Diversity Statement

We value and affirm the role of CAPS as an agent of positive change in the university community, at the individual, group, and system level. We believe that it is necessary to be active listeners in our community and to continually assess the needs of the academic community.  We believe that counseling, health, and educational services directly and positively impact the retention and graduation for students.
We are committed to the continued development of awareness and appreciation for individual differences within our diverse university community and to the reduction of social stigma surrounding use of counseling services and mental health support. We believe in actively pursuing and advocating for social justice to prevent and decrease oppression in society. 
We are aware of the total human being, and work from an underlying wellness perspective.  We believe in the potential of every human being to change and to continue learning throughout the lifespan. We believe in preserving and respecting self-determination and the integrity and responsibility of individual choice. We respect the dignity, worth, uniqueness, and potential of every individual.
We believe that by providing a confidential, emotionally safe, and non-judgmental atmosphere that students can develop a healthy, balanced lifestyle characterized by maturity, independence, healthy coping skills, resilience, and effective decision-making.
We respect the diversity of individuals, their cultures, languages, lifestyles, identities, ideologies, intellectual capacities, and personalities.  We strive to create an atmosphere of openness, trust, and safety where all attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors can be openly shared and explored.


Goals, Objectives, and Model of Training Program

The doctoral internship at FGCU CAPS is designed for qualified doctoral students whose professional goals include:

  • Working in a college counseling center
  • Treating adults on an outpatient basis
  • Becoming a generalist psychologist
  • Supervising therapists in training
  • Conducting outreach and consultation

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:

  1. Gaining clinical competence in conducting clinical interviews, providing brief individual psychotherapy, co-leading psychotherapy groups, providing crisis and triage assessment and conducting testing and assessment to inform treatment.
  2. Becoming increasingly competent in the theory, utilization, and practice of clinical supervision.
  3. Designing and facilitating outreach presentations and consultation for the campus community.
  4. Demonstrating multicultural competence in work with clients and colleagues.
  5. Gaining a sense of professionalism and professional identify as a psychologist and functioning within the ethical guidelines of conduct and practice as set forth by the APA.


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:

Direct Service:

  • Individual Brief Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Triage Duty
  • Supervision of Master’s level trainee
  • On-Call Rotation
  • Consultation
  • Assessment and Testing

Training Activities:

  • Training Seminar
  • Case Meeting
  • Individual Supervision
  • Supervision of Supervision
  • Individual Supervision of Group Therapy
  • Meeting with the Training Director
  • Staff Meeting
  • Diversity seminar/project


  • Provide at least 10 outreach presentations throughout the year (ex. Safe Zone, Eating Disorders Awareness Week or Eagles AWARE (suicide prevention). These can also include tabling and screening days.
  • Participate in facilitating our annual Continuing Education Presentation (past speakers include: Dr. Donald Meichenbaum, Dr. Edna Foa, Dr. Claudia Black, Dr. John Norcross, and this year Dr. Kelly Wilson).

Other Activities

  • Prep time/ Admin time
  • Intern project (could be consultation, research or specialty area project)
  • Specialty summer rotation depending on intern interests and center needs. Examples include: Counseling Center Administration, Assessment, Research, Eating Disorders etc.



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.


Selection Criteria

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.


Application Procedure

FGCU will follow the recruiting practices outlined by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Our APPIC code is: 223911.   We will evaluate the following components of the online APPIC application:

  • Completed APPI (Online application for Psychology internship) from
  • Cover letter which outlines your interests, goals and why you would be a “good fit” with our internship program.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Official transcripts of all graduate work.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including two from recent clinical supervisors.
  • The Academic Program’s Verification of Internship Eligibility and Readiness.
  • A criminal history background check, including fingerprinting, will be performed for each intern matched to our program. Final internship offers for matched applicants are contingent upon successfully passing these background checks.




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.



Sample Schedule

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)

  • Individual Counseling 14-16
  • Group Counseling 1.5
  • Triage Duty 4.0
  • Supervision of Master’s Trainee 1.0
  • On-Call  0-2
  • Consultation and Assessment 0-2


Training Activities (Total = approximately 9)

  • Training Seminar (General/ Multicultural) 2
  • Case Meeting 1
  • Individual Supervision 2
  • Supervision of Supervision 1
  • Supervision preparation 1
  • Individual Supervision of Group Therapy .5
  • Meeting with the Training Director .5 (monthly)
  • Staff Meeting 1
  • Diversity seminar/project 0-2


Administrative and Professional Development (Total =approximately 8)

  • Admin/ Prep time 5
  • Intern Project 0-2
  • Outreach 0-2
  • Specialty rotation (summer only) 0-2
  • Professional Development/ dissertation time 0-2


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: