The training of graduate students in various counseling and mental health disciplines is a professional activity CAPS has supported since its beginning. Our program is passionate about training and always looking for ways to improve the overall internship experience.
CAPS training programs help graduate-level students develop personally and professionally, and gain hands-on experience in a supportive clinical environment.
We know the process of finding the right internship or training program can be stressful, so we hope the following information and program brochures offer a detailed look at the CAPS Training Program and internship opportunities.
For questions, please reach out to Elizabeth Stout, Ph.D., CAPS Training Director.
Pat Walker Health Center advocates for inclusion, diversity, multiculturalism and social justice by striving to attend to the impact of oppression and privilege.
Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology
I am honored and excited by your interest in the University of Arkansas’ Doctoral Internship Program with Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), at the Pat Walker Health Center. We are looking for interns who embody diverse identities, experiences, and ideologies that enrich the journey of scientific inquiry and emotional healing. We are passionate about training and enjoy working with interns who are curious, committed, flexible and committed to equity and justice. We strive to create a collegial environment in which interns feel supported and challenged to broaden their awareness, knowledge, and skills.
Our training model is based on a practitioner-apprenticeship, which is informed by science. We know your training program will have worked hard to prepare you for internship, and it is our hope to extend that training by attending to your unique developmental needs in the formation of your professional identity. We are strongly committed to addressing the needs of diverse students and to providing the therapeutic environment necessary for them to work on a variety of presenting concerns. This environment is not always in the counseling center, as we value outreach and often take our services to our clients. Our client population represents the diversity of human experience in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic class, physical ability, and religious affiliations. Our multi-disciplinary staff represents diversity along many of these same identities. The staff is committed to providing excellent training by addressing the individual professional interests of interns through foundational training and customizable rotations that emphasize your own interests and needs.
The CAPS training program is Accredited on Contingency by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the department is accredited by IACS (International Association of Counseling Services) and it is a member of ACCTA (Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies) and APPIC (Association of Psychology Post Doctoral and Internship Centers).
We will be participating in the APPIC Match. Candidates’ application materials will be reviewed for compatibility between background, training goals, and available training opportunities. Applicants assessed to be most closely compatible with the opportunities available in our program will be invited to participate in a video interview designed to provide both parties with a clear idea of what the other will bring to the internship year.
Once again, thank you for your interest in CAPS Doctoral Internship Training Program. Congratulations on reaching this exciting phase of your graduate training. Please do not hesitate to contact me either by telephone at (479) 575-5276 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about our site. I wish you the best during your internship year.
Elizabeth Stout, Ph.D.,
Director of Training, CAPS, Pat Walker Health Center
*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
The CAPS Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology at the University of Arkansas is a full-time, 12-month, funded (benefits included), supervised experiential training program. CAPS currently has funding for internships per academic year.
Interns will have the opportunity to gain hands-on training and experience at a co-located university health center that provides extensive mental health services including: individual and group therapy, outreach, consultation, assessment, provision of supervision and crisis services.
Interns have the opportunity to craft their own rotations (areas of emphasis) and collaborate with senior staff and students from various disciplines.
The CAPS Doctoral Internship makes individual and cultural diversity a priority throughout training, and focuses on building knowledge, skills, self-reflection and personal exploration.
To successfully complete the CAPS Doctoral Internship, interns are required to complete a minimum of 2,000 hours (500 must be direct service).
CAPS is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) and the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC #2481).
The CAPS Doctoral Internship Program is accredited, on contingency, by the American Psychological Association (APA).
*For questions about our APA accreditation status, contact:
APA Commission on Accreditation - Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
P: 202-336-5979 • TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123 • F: 202-336-5978
CAPS Half-Time Training Program
CAPS offers a half-time training program for University of Arkansas graduate students specializing in a mental health field.
This challenging and supportive program provides high-quality clinical and professional experience for a variety of presenting concerns including behavioral adjustment, serious mental illness and substance abuse.
The program also emphasizes outreach and community programming on campus, as well as learning from each other through close, thoughtful multidisciplinary supervision.
The following is a typical breakdown of a half-time GC trainee's week at CAPS:
Clinical Activities | 10 hours/week
Administrative Activities | 3.5 hours/week
Training Activities | 6.5 hours/week
Participating graduate programs will be notified Spring semester of available positions for Graduate Clinicians and Counseling Interns.
Interested students should email the following materials to Elizabeth Stout, Ph.D, Assistant Director/Training Director:
Resume or Curriculum vitae
Cover Letter (include description of clinical experience)
Letter of clinical readiness from graduate program chair.
Applicants may express interest in a specific CAPS clinical team in their cover letter, however CAPS may not be able to accommodate preferences.
Applications are due by the deadline announced to graduate program (usually end of February). Interviews will be scheduled for early March, and accepted candidates will be notified by end of March.
Note: Available positions may vary from year-to-year.
CAPS collaborates with University Housing to provide supervision and clinical experience opportunities for Counselors-In-Residence (CIRs). CIRs are Ph.D.-level graduate students in Counseling, and possibly other related mental health programs, that are also paid graduate assistants with Housing/CAPS.CIRs are expected to participate in the following services:
Crisis intervention (residential students and staff)
Attend staff meetings/didactic trainings
One to three hours of clinical supervision
The following is a typical breakdown of a CIRs week:
Clinical Activities | 11 hours/week
Administrative Activities | 3.5 hours/week
Training Activities | 5.5 hours/week
Interested applicants should email the following to Sarah Kaminski with University Housing:
Current curriculum vitae (CV)
Two (2) letters pf reference completed by individuals familiar with clinical experience.
Applications are typically due in February. For more information, contact CAPS at 479-575-5276.
Elizabeth Stout, Ph.D.
CAPS Training Director