Counselor Internship

Application Procedures




Candidates must have completed all coursework as indicated in the application materials (see below) from Ohio University’s Counseling Psychology program.  A complete description of entrance criteria is provided in the Training Policies and Procedures.


Application Materials


CPS Counseling Internship application available here.


How to Apply


Applications will be accepted starting on January 5, 2012. Please send any application materials and requests for information to:


Sheila Y. Williams, Ph.D., LPCC

Ohio University

Counseling and Psychological Services

Hudson Health Center, 3rd Floor

Athens, Ohio  45701

(740) 593-6347

E-mail: willas2@ohio.edu


Strong candidates will be called for interviews with Sheila Williams (Liaison to the Counselor Education department) and Susan Young (Training Director) on a rolling basis.  Applications will be reviewed until our limited positions are filled.


Applicants may also be admitted to this internship in conjunction with the BASICS Counselors Program.  In this instance, the applicant would need to apply to and interview with both programs.


Time Commitments




Typically, applicants do not fulfill their counseling practicum at CPS – only in very rare circumstances can applicants do both practicum and internship at our site. Internship obligations begins in the Winter quarter.  Students start by completing an intake training seminar. This seminar teaches potential counseling interns how to manage skilled intake interviewing in a counseling center environment.  Intakes at CPS are not structured and depend on a series of skilled decisions flowing from the series of questions generated by the clinician.  The clinician must also build rapport and make decisions about disposition within the same 50-minute session.  This fall seminar also orients counseling interns to CPS procedures and staff.  Starting in January and ending in mid-June, counseling interns complete their formal 600 hour internship according to the schedule below.  The training seminar started in the fall continues through winter and spring semesters, but transitions from covering intake interviewing to a variety of clinical topics that arise from seminar participants, comprised of psychology doctoral trainees and counseling interns.


The Counseling Intern Weekly Schedule given here is a prototype, offered as a typical example.  An actual week may vary somewhat depending on intern activities (e.g., workshops or special trainings) and commitments.


Direct Clinical Services

Hours Committed

Ongoing Clients










Receiving Supervision


Individual Supervision by Staff


Supervision Preparation






Graduate Training/Clinical Issues






Professional Development


Paperwork/Administrative Time


Total Time:

Approx.  32



Policy and Procedures


Please see Training Policy and Procedures for all information regarding taping, documentation of clients and supervision, etc.




Individual Clinical Supervision (2 hours/wk, through winter and spring quarter)


Intern supervision is a priority of the program and is geared to the intern’s level of professional development.  Each counseling intern receives a minimum of 2 hours of individual supervision weekly. Supervisors are licensed clinical counselors.  In addition, other staff members contribute supplementary supervision on an as needed basis. Interns will be evaluated quarterly by each of their ongoing supervisors.  At the end of the academic year, a summary evaluation will be shared with the counseling department and the State Board in accordance with the law.  Evaluation will be discussed in more detail in the section on Evaluation in the Training Policies and Procedures.


Philosophy of Training


Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) at Ohio University offers a Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship, based on a Developmental Mentorship training philosophy. Our program is designed to build upon previously acquired skills and knowledge, fostering the competencies for delivering professional psychological services. We provide graduated learning opportunities with increased responsibility as the year progresses, and focus on the developmental process and transitions of interns as they move from student/learner in the classroom, to learner/practitioner in the field, to entry-level professional psychologist.

The basic components of our training program are: 1) a strong emphasis on the growth process of the interns throughout their experience of socialization into the field of professional psychology, and  2) the amount and quality of supervision and mentoring the intern receives from experienced clinicians.


For prospective applicants from the counselor education program who do elect to pursue an internship at our clinic, this means they will have an opportunity to grow as practitioners through intensive hands-on experience, with a great deal of supervision, mentoring, and consultation, in a supportive environment, with a seminar that integrates shared clinical experiences with scholarly readings and group discussion.  This is within the context of a university counseling center that puts a high premium on valuing diversity among people.  Any trainee coming to CPS would work within this value:


The multicultural staff at CPS recognizes that many factors including race, ethnicity, range of ability, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, culture, socioeconomic status and other unique challenges are salient in students' lives. It is our commitment to welcome all people with respect and sensitivity. CPS values all identities and we value students in all their individuality.


Counseling and Psychological Services
Hudson Health Center, 3rd Floor
2 Health Center Drive
Athens, Ohio 45701
T: (740) 593-1616 | F: (740) 593-0091 | E: Counseling.Services@ohio.edu

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