Professional Training

CAPS offers professional training in psychology, social work, and psychiatry


  • Psychology Post-Doctorate
    Viewed as emerging professionals, psychology post-doctoral fellows receive the support and training needed to specialize in university mental health.  As full-time junior staff members, post-docs engage in a full range of clinical, administrative, training, and outreach/prevention activities.
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  • Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology
    The APA-accredited internship program at CAPS is based on a practitioner/scholar approach to training in which we emphasize learning through closely supervised clinical practice. Interns receive intensive training and experience in performing the central responsibilities of a psychologist in a multidisciplinary counseling center setting.
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  • Elective for Psychiatric Residents
    Training experiences are available for 2-3 psychiatric residents in their PGY3 and PGY4 training years. This elective consists of a 10-14 hour per week commitment between September and June.
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  • Psychology Externship Program
    CAPS offers a 9-month extern program for students in a doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology.
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  • Social Work Internship Training Program
    Counseling and Psychological Services offers a 9-month training program for students in the second year of a master's program in clinical social work.
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CAPS at Penn

Client Population

The full spectrum of diagnostic disorders is evident in our intake and regular caseload. The most frequent personal-social concerns as presented by clients are depression, low self-esteem, academic concerns, time management, stress reactions, and relationship conflicts. The University population is comprised of bright students, who come from very diverse ethnic, racial, geographic and socio-economic backgrounds. Other demographics describing the clinical population at CAPS are that approximately 65% are female, 50% are undergraduates, 30% are students of color and 10% are international students.

Setting

The University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is a privately endowed Ivy League institution founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. The University is comprised of four undergraduate schools and twelve graduate and professional schools and has a total of about 25,000 students. About 13% of the student body make use of our clinical services, another 30% have been in attendance at planned workshops led by CAPS staff. The University of Pennsylvania campus is conveniently located near Center City Philadelphia.

Philadelphia

Philadelphia, one of the nation's largest cities, holds a wealth of history and culture for its residents. If your interests are the performing arts, Philadelphia is the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Ballet. In addition to the Festival of World Cinema held at nearby International House, the Annenberg Theatre, located on Penn's campus, is a respected addition to the city's dramatic arts. Philadelphia is the home of four professional teams: The Phillies,Eagles, 76ers, and the Flyers. Philadelphia's geographical location between New York City and Washington, DC makes it easily accessible to the New Jersey Shore as well as the Pocono Mountains.

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Viewed as emerging professionals, psychology post-doctoral fellows receivethe support and training needed to specialize in university mental health.  As full-time junior staff members, post-docs engagein a full range of clinical, administrative, training, and outreach/prevention activities