Internship and Health Service Psychology   

Predoctoral Internships 

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Internship and Health Service Psychology

University of California, Riverside
APPIC Member #1726

Counseling and Psychological Services is pleased to offer an APA accredited Internship in Professional Psychology. Our program was awarded APA-Accreditation, with the initial accreditation date of November 8, 2013. We received accreditation for seven years with our next accreditation site visit to be held in 2020.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status of our internship training program may be directed to:


Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 or (202) 336-5979 
TDD/TTY: (202) 336-6123 
Fax: (202) 336-5978



We offer a 12 month, full-time APA accredited internship in professional psychology starting August 1, 2017. Our internship follows all APPIC Match policies and abides by the policy that no staff member will solicit, accept or use ranking information from applicants in our selection process (see "How to Apply"). The internship provides supervised training in individual therapy, group counseling, preventive outreach, and crisis intervention. Strengths of our internship include an emphasis on outreach, multicultural sensitivity and diversity awareness. Our internship facilitates professional development in clinical services, outreach, ethical integrity and respect for differences. Our diverse staff is committed to providing a training experience that is developmental, respectful, and comprehensive.

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Counseling and Psychological Services staff includes licensed psychologists, marriage and family counselors, and pre-doctoral interns.
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  • Degree  candidacy in a doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology (APA accredited preferred).
  • Completed three years of doctoral coursework; 500 APPI intervention hours.
  • Dissertation proposal approved by start of internship.
  • Comprehensive exams passed by APPIC ranking deadline.
  • In adherence to UC policy, matched applicants must be able to pass a criminal background check. The background check will be conducted after the match in accordance with the California Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Applicants who match to our program but do not successfully pass this background check will be dismissed from the internship (see APPIC Match Policy 6b)."

Interns are selected based on their solid grasp of psychological theory, knowledge and applied experience. They are expected to have training experiences and goals that emphasize direct service delivery, college student development, multicultural sensitivity and ethical acuity.

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The practitioner orientation of the program emphasizes the importance of applying existing knowledge and skills. Learning is continual, and accumulates through clinical practice during the internship year.

We believe that the intern's development occurs through didactic and experiential learning activities. In keeping with that philosophy, the program's mentorship emphasizes the supervisor-supervisee relationship throughout the internship.  Further, the training program supports a "mentorship" philosophy that facilitates maximum trainee interactions with staff members through a variety of clinical, training, and outreach/consultative activities.

Initially, the program provides relatively more structure in intern training and experiences, encouraging more autonomous intern functioning as training progresses. The complexity and challenges of these activities increases within a consultative and supportive environment. Moreover, the program recognizes an intern's professional development as a continuing process through the timing of clinical seminars and client assignment, and a developmental approach to supervision.

An awareness of and respect for differences among professionals, as well as appreciation for client diversity is essential. Multiculturalism is a core value that is shared by staff members and interweaved throughout the training program. This value also reflects respect for diversity of the students, faculty and staff, and the university mission.

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Training Model

The predoctoral internship provides training to interns using a practitioner-mentorship-developmental training model. Its guiding principal is that learning is a developmental process that is dependent on support, challenge, feedback, and role modeling. The internship is a crucial experience where the intern is expected to transition from student to an entry-level professional, capable of independent practice.

High importance is placed on providing a setting where an intern's professional identity is explored and further developed. All the clinical staff members are hired with the expectation of contributing to and being actively involved in our training program. The training model is supported by the following principles that are infused into all aspects of the internship curriculum:

  • Developmental perspective on all training activities
  • Focus on clinical service delivery as applied to university setting
  • A graded and sequential learning environment
  • Emphasis on supervision and mentoring/role-modeling Provide a learning environment that is collaborative and collegial
  • Interdependence with the university community
  • Respect for diversity and uniqueness of the individual

Goals and Objectives

When the internship year is completed, the intern should demonstrate skills and attitudes that reflect intermediate-to-advanced levels of competency in the following Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Demonstrate a broad range of clinical skills required for practice of psychology

  • Objective 1.1:Client assessment and treatment planning
  • Objective1.2: Counseling and psychotherapy skills
  • Objective 1.3: Client risk management skills
  • Objective 1.4: Group Counseling

Goal 2: Demonstrate competency in outreach and consultation

  • Objective 2.1:Develop and deliver outreach programs
  • Objective 2.2: Represent the counseling center through consultation

Goal 3: Demonstrate multicultural competency, skills, awareness and values

  • Objective 3.1: Reflective self-assessment of cultural values, skills, and awareness
  • Objective 3.2:Develop clinical skills and attitudes for working with multicultural populations

Goal 4: Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior necessary for the practice of psychology

  • Objective 4.1: Understand and apply legal and ethical guidelines
  • Objective 4.2: Approach to supervision
  • Objective 4.3: Understand personal qualities and impact of self on others in a professional and collegial setting

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Experiential Learning Activities

  • Intakes: Interns complete 4-5 intakes each week. Intakes are for screening, diagnostic and informational purposes. Interns are expected to assess current problem and risk features, obtain relevant history, and formulate a treatment plan and recommendations. Interns present their intakes at twice-weekly treatment planning and referral meetings.
  • Individual therapy: Interns spend approximately one-third of their time conducting individual counseling. The center utilizes a brief therapy model. Psychology interns may carry up to two long-term clients.
  • Crisis assessment and consultation: Interns receive training in risk assessment, consultation and crisis intervention protocols. Each intern is scheduled 4.5 hours of walk-in coverage (Counselor on Duty) each week. In addition, interns will rotate after-hours telephone consultation with licensed senior staff members.
  • Group therapy: The center offers a variety of therapy and support groups, as well as theme-oriented groups. Interns are required to co-lead groups with a senior staff member, and/or serve as group process observer.
  • Outreach and consultation: Outreach and consultation services to the university community are considered a highly significant aspect of a trainee's work. Interns will meet with the training director and outreach coordinator to discuss expectations and set learning goals for this portion of the training program. The majority of outreach work involves presentations. Evening and weekend outreach is often necessary. Interns are required to complete a minimum of one outreach presentation each quarter. Interns also develop and deliver an "innovative outreach project" based on intern insterests and campus needs. 
  • Psychological Testing: Psychological testing is often integrated into the therapy process itself. Many tests are available, including the MCCI, MMPI-II, MCMI, 16-PF, among others. Interns are required to complete psychological testing with a minimum of one client during the year.
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Training Activities

Individual supervision: Interns receive two hours of face-to-face individual supervision each week. Supervision of all intern work is structured in accordance to California Board of Psychology regulations, which stipulates that supervision provides for 10% of time worked each week. As this is a full-time, 40 hour per week appointment, interns will receive a minimum of 4 hours of supervision each week (this includes 2 hours minimum of individual supervision, and 2 hours of group supervision). All supervision is provided by licensed clinical staff and focuses on psychological services delivered by the intern, as well as on intern professional development. Additional supervision is arranged for psychological testing and outreach. Individual supervisors are assigned during the first 2 weeks of orientation by the training director. Assignments are based on intern preferences and goodness of fit between intern training goals and supervisory styles.

Group supervision: Group supervision focuses on case conceptualization, clinical skills and professional development. Interns meet together with a group supervisor on a weekly basis and discuss their cases and address clinical issues.

Diversity group supervision:
Interns meet together with a group supervisor on a weekly basis and address diversity issues as it pertains to their clinical work.

Supervision of group counseling: Interns who co-lead or serve as a process observer in a group will receive weekly one-hour supervision from the senior staff that co-leads the group.

Clinical seminars: Interns will participate in a two-hour clinical seminar on a weekly basis. Didactic training seminars focus on the development of clinical skills and professional identity in the intern. Weekly 2-hour clinical seminars address various clinical and professional issues, such as ethical decision making, psychological interventions, treatment issues, evidence-based practice, and mental health law. Seminars that cover diversity and multicultural counseling are integrated throughout the seminar calendar. Times are also set aside for monthly case conferences or professional development training in areas that are of interest to the career staff and interns. Further, interns will make presentations at case conference.

Treatment, planning and referral (TP & R) meetings: The staff meets twice every week to review those clients seen recently in intake sessions. Interns present their intakes and receive feedback in regard to treatment planning, which may involve referral to another counselor or an off-campus resource.

Meetings with the training director: Interns meet with the training director one hour a week in the fall quarter and biweekly for the remainder of the internship. This meeting addresses any administrative business related to the training program or to address other concerns regarding intern professional development.

Meetings with the director of Counseling and Psychological Services: Interns will meet with the director of the center once a quarter to address any business related to Counseling and Psychological Services.

Intern support group: Interns meet one hour every week for peer support and discussion of issues that relate to the internship.

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Service Responsibilities

Professional involvement takes place throughout all internship activities. This includes, but is not limited to, clinical services, outreach and consultation services, training seminars, staff meetings and administrative tasks. In addition, interns audio record or videotape all intake and therapy sessions.

The following list outlines the amount of time each week, on average, an intern devotes to specific services and training activities

  • Intakes: 4 - 5 hours
  • Individual Therapy: 10 - 15 hours
  • Counselor on Duty: 4.5 
  • Group Therapy: Up to 2 hours
  • Outreach and Consultation: Up to 4 hours
  • Individual Supervision: 2 hours
  • Group Supervision: 2 hours
  • Group Therapy Supervision: 1 hour
  • Training Seminars: 2 hours
  • Treatment Planning Meetings: 2 hours
  • Staff and administrative meetings: 2 hours
  • Intern Support Time: 1 hour
  • Testing, Report Writing: Variable
  • Paperwork, charting: 5 hours
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Licensure Hours

The 2016 – 2017 psychology internship at UCR is a full-time (40 hours per week), 12-month internship. The psychology intern can expect to accrue between 1800 to 2000 hours of supervised professional experience. Twenty-five percent (25%) of these hours must be in direct, face-to-face service.

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Evaluation Procedures

The internship program views evaluation as a collaborative and interactive process designed to assess the strengths and limitations of both the intern and the training program. During initial orientation, interns complete written self-assessments of their skills, which are discussed with their supervisors and linked to goal setting. Intern progress is evaluated biannually by their supervisors and is provided in written and oral format. The training director forwards a copy of these evaluations and a summary progress letter to the academic home program. All evaluations of intern progress are jointly determined via input from supervisors, training director, Counseling and Psychological Services director, and relevant clinical staff.

Interns will also have opportunities to evaluate our internship. Feedback from interns is a crucial factor in monitoring and enhancing the quality of our training program. Interns complete biannual evaluations of their supervisors, fill out quarterly evaluations of clinical seminars, and evaluate the training program as well as the training director.

Policy on Evaluations and Training Contracts: Internship evaluations are completed twice yearly using both Likert-scale and qualitative items. Our in-house evaluations are competency based and reflect benchmarks established by the profession. Counseling and Psychological Services staff do not complete additional departmental evaluations or sign/enter into training contracts. Please check with your DCT to see if you are eligible to apply to our program.

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The 12-month funded internship positions will carry a stipend of $24,133. Interns accrue vacation and sick leave, and receive up to 40 hours of professional development time. Medical insurance and other university benefits are provided (e.g., access to library). Interns may be eligible for dental and vision coverage after working 1,000 hours.   

In addition, each intern has a private office in Counseling and Psychological Services. Intern offices are equipped with a computer, printer, and telephone. Computers have access to email and the internet. Each intern office has a desk, comfortable chairs, end table, book case and lamp. Each office is also equipped with Logitech Webcams for supervision purposes. Administrative support staff provides assistance in scheduling appointments, filing, and other office related duties.

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How to Apply

Applications are accepted and reviewed via an online application process (See the APPIC website for more details). Please note that we do not offer a part-time or half-time internship. The internship adheres to APPIC Guidelines, and abides by the policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any rank-related information from any intern applicant in our selection process. Applicants to our program must be enrolled in the national internship matching program. The applicant agreement form and materials describing the Internship Matching Program can be found by contacting:

National Matching Service, Inc.
595 Bay Street
Suite 301, Box 29
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G2C2
Phone: (416) 977-3432
Fax: (416) 977-5020

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We welcome and encourage applications from diverse individuals. Please see the APPIC website for the online application process. We will not accept any paper materials. Applicants should submit an APPI application. A complete application for our internship program includes the following standard materials:

  • Completed AAPI. We do not require additional essays.
  • Curriculum vita
  • Cover letter outlining how your training goals, experience, and qualifications fit with our internship
  • Three letters of recommendation. At least two should be from clinical supervisors. Letters should address strengths and areas for growth.
  • Graduate school transcripts
  • Completed applications must be received by Nov. 9, 2016. We cannot accept late applications.
  • APPIC Match Code: 172612

This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

Please direct all materials and questions to:

Theodore E. Swigart, Ph.D.
Training Director, Assistant Director
Counseling and Psychological Services
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521
(951) 827-5531

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Selection Process

On-site interviews are not offered. Telephone interviews last about 45 minutes and consist of a standardized set of questions. The training director, 2 - 3 senior staff and one current intern conduct interviews.

We look for applicants who demonstrate a good fit between their training goals and our internship. All applicant data are evaluated using the following criteria: interest and goals of applicant appropriate to the internship program; ethical judgment and conduct; strong theoretical and academic foundation for effective clinical intervention, and demonstrated sensitivity to diversity and multicultural issues. Rankings for preferred applicants are submitted to the National Matching Service in accordance to APPIC guidelines, deadlines, and recommendations.

Counseling and Psychological Services adheres to the University's Personnel Policies for Staff Members, Policy 12 on Nondiscrimination in Employment. Furthermore, Counseling and Psychological Services does not discriminate against clients on the basis of race; color; religion; marital status; national origin; ancestry; sex; sexual orientation; physical or mental handicap; medical condition; status as a veteran or disabled veteran or citizenship.

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Professional Training Staff

  • Theodore E. Swigart, Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Memphis                                                          Assistant Director/Training Director
  • Loretta Mead, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, CSPP/Alliant, Los Angeles 
    Interim Director 
  • Lee Stillerman, Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, New Mexico State University
    Interim Assistant Director/Clinical Coordinator/Crisis Coordination
  • Elika Abtahi, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, CSPP/Alliant, Los Angeles, CA
    Staff Psychologist/Interim Outreach Coordination
  • Farid Azhir, M.S., LMFT California State University, Fullerton
  • Larry W. Carter, II, Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Texas Woman's University
  • Makisha Lawrence, Psy.D. Clinical Community Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology
  • Andrea Saavedra-Metoyer, M.S., LMFT Univerisity of La Verne
  • Shawn Silverstein, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, CSPP/Alliant, Los Angeles
  • Laura G. Valdovinos, M.D., M.P.H
    M.D., University of California, San Francisco, CA M.P.H. from University of California, Berkeley, CA
    Residency Training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Board Eligible in Psychiatry

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2016-2017 Psychology Interns

  • Jorge Chavez, M.A., Psychology Intern
    Completing his internship in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Long Island University, Brooklyn
  • Noël Clark, M.S., Psychology Intern
    Completing her internship in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Seattle Pacific University
  • Huan-Hsiang Ueng, M.S., Psychology Intern
    Completing his internship in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Memphis
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About UC Riverside

The University of California, Riverside is located approximately 50 miles east of Los Angeles, driving distance to most of Southern California. Enrollment at UCR is about 16,996 undergraduate and 2,433 graduate students. In 2009, approximately 17% of UCR students identified as White, followed by 39.9% Asian American, 28.9% Chicano and Latino, and 7.9% African American.
Find out more about UCR students.  

About UC Riverside Diversity 

The University of California, Riverside recognizes the importance of a diverse student body and making appropriate services available for our students. Some highlights of our commitment to diversity include UCR being listed in the top ten colleges for LGBTQ resources and being one of the five most diverse research universities in the United States.

UCR values center on creating a culture of open inquiry, pluralism, mutual respect and engagement. The educational benefit of diversity for students, faculty, and staff has long been recognized by UCR’s Chancellor, who created the Associate Vice Chancellor, Diversity, Excellence and Equity (AVCDEE). The AVCDEE has created a 2014-2015 affirmative action plan for equal employment opportunities and nondiscrimination for women and minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. In addition, there are many campus-wide initiatives that promote diversity as a means to academic excellence, multicultural understanding and professional competence.  According to UCR’s Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Excellence and Equity UCR has made a significant increase in both women and minority academic staff, plus steady progress in diversifying administrative staff.

Counseling and Psychological Services and the psychology internship program are committed to supporting these goals of the university.

Through outreach and consultation counseling center staff have developed and maintained liaison relationships with campus offices and programs that support the diverse student body and underserved populations. Interns are invited to participate in these liaison relationships, and expand on and develop campus connections based on their interests.  
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About Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services offers programs and services to assist UC Riverside students in psychosocial adjustment and emotional well-being. The Center places strong emphasis on identifying and assisting distressed students, consultation, and outreach. It is dedicated to creating a positive, healthy atmosphere for undergraduate and graduate students, promoting academic, career, personal and social development, and supporting a culturally diverse campus.