Western Kentucky University

Doctoral Internships

Doctoral Internships Professional Psychology 2014-2015

 The Counseling Center and Testing Center at WKU offers two full-time, doctoral internships to graduate students in counseling and clinical psychology.   The internship year extends from August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015.


Stipend and Benefits

The stipend for the internship placement is $22,500. Benefits include health insurance, accrual of one vacation and one sick day per month (24 total days), access to the campus libraries and document delivery service, and private office with computer. Accrued leave are to be used for vacation time, sick time, days of professional release, conferences, or job search related activities.



Located 60 miles north of Nashville and 110 miles south of Louisville off Interstate 65, Bowling Green is the third-most populous city in the state of Kentucky after Louisville and Lexington. The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau total for Bowling Green is 58,067, and the population of Warren County is 113,792. In 2003, Bowling Green and its surrounding communities were designated as a "metropolitan area" but separate city and county governments remain.

 Significant companies in Bowling Green include the GM Corvette Assembly PlantFruit of the Loom/ Russell AthleticsHouchens IndustriesHolley Performance Products, and Camping World.

 The third largest Kentucky public university, Western Kentucky University, is situated upon a hill in central Bowling Green. Its athletic teams are called Hilltoppers, and the Men's Basketball program is the 14th winningest Division 1 program in the country.



Warren County consists of 546 square miles and was named for General Joseph Warren, a hero of the famous American Revolution Battle of Bunker Hill. The area was first settled in 1785 when Andrew McFadden built McFadden's Station on Barren River.  Shortly afterward, another explorer, Robert Moore, paused for a few days at the station before deciding to build in the area.

Brothers George and Robert Moore may not have realized how forward looking they were when they selected a site on the Barren River in south central Kentucky for a new settlement in 1796.  In laying out the town, which would be called Bowling Green, the Moores designed two acres for the construction of public buildings.  Those same two acres today make up Fountain Square Park in the heart of downtown.

This is symbolic of the city of Bowling Green whose central location allowed it quickly to become a major agricultural community and river port, and later, an important commercial and educational center.  Today Bowling Green is a regional entertainment hub for more than 250,000 people in 11 surrounding counties. 


*information taken from the Bowling Green, KY Visitor's Center



Western Kentucky University began as a teachers' training institution in 1906 when the legislature decided that Bowling Green would be the site of one of its two "normal" schools. It became known as Western Kentucky State Normal School. Today WKU is home to many highly ranked and nationally-recognized academic programs such as Journalism and Broadcasting, Education, Engineering, Business and our award winning speech and debate team. The fastest growing university in Kentucky for 13 years straight, more than 21,000 students grace our campuses in Bowling Green, Glasgow, Owensboro and the Elizabethtown area. We also send students each term to Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.

 Through the years, WKU students have enjoyed an intimate scholarly environment on a vibrant campus and are encouraged to become involved in community service, applied research and study abroad. These are among the reasons why WKU is becoming the University of choice in the Commonwealth and "A Leading American University with International Reach."


**Information taken from the university's website



 The Counseling and Testing Center is part of the Student Affairs Division of Western Kentucky University. The center and its staff report to the Vice President of Student Affairs.

 The center is IASC (International Association of Counseling Services) accredited. The staff is comprised of: the director of counseling; three doctoral level counseling psychologists; one master's level psychologist; two licensed professional counselors; and two support staff members. The center also utilizes the services of the doctors and psychiatric nurse practitioners assigned to Health Services.



 A Practitioner Model Informed by Theory and Research guides the Training Program. Interns are trained to ground their practice of psychology in theory and research. This model is principally accomplished in an intensive, supervised university counseling center experience working with a multicultural group of interdisciplinary professionals. Imbued in this model are service provision, didactic and experiential instruction, and the use of psychological theory/research.

The CTC provides a setting in which interns increase and strengthen their abilities to practice psychology throughout their year with the agency. Interns successfully complete their internship when they reach a skill level of intermediate to advanced competence practice defined by having sufficient ability to practice core skills without ongoing supervision. Training involves developing both core skills and positive professional identity essential for the work of an entry-level psychologist providing services in:

    1. Brief model counseling
    2. Crisis intervention
    3. Programming/outreach/consultation
    4. Training/supervision

The Counseling and Testing Center recruits students from scientist-practitioner and scholar-practitioner departments so that they come with a foundation of theoretical and research-based knowledge, with the capacity to engage in theoretical and research-based inquiry, and with a readiness for intensive training in practice. The Counseling and Testing Center continues training in integrating practice and theory and research as these provide the underpinnings of the practice of psychology. A part of competent practice also includes being informed about the seminal and current theoretical and research-bases of psychology and social work. The CTC accomplishes integration through:

    1. Developing critical thinking to guide the use of research to inform clinical practice
    2. Generating clinical hypotheses to explore in supervision
    3. Learning the empirical bases that guide the use of comprehensive assessment
    4. Attending and presenting at professional conferences
    5. Participating in in-service training programs on best current practices in clinical practice, (e.g., training, supervision, crisis response, clinical ethics, and so on).

The environment in which this model of training occurs is designed to provide a collaborative milieu for training. To accomplish this, CTC provides a Mentor/Apprenticeship Environment. This is operationalized in a variety of ways including:

Staff provides clinical and professional identity role modeling.Staff collaborates with interns.Staff creates a milieu respectful of interns: honoring their cultural identities, valuing their positive self-growth, and establishing a strong work ethic.

This is the basic model and setting for the Counseling and Testing Center Training Program. This model and setting are further guided by seven philosophical tenets which describe in more detail the basic values of the CTC Training Program.



Trainees Are Primarily In Training.

The primary purpose of the internship is to train interns to practice psychology. Intensive supervision and didactic instruction are the primary vehicles for training and evaluating interns.

Mentorship Is The Cornerstone Of Professional Development.

Interns are always under the direct supervision and guidance of several staff members. The CTC Training Program is founded on the belief that individuals grow primarily as the product of significant relationships. The Intern-Supervisor relationship provides the foundation for growth in core skill areas and in professional identity development.


Interns Are in Training to Develop Professional Identities.

CTC staff provides opportunities for interns to work with culturally diverse professionals from various disciplines (e.g., clinical and counseling psychology, social work, student services, marriage and family therapy, medicine, and nursing). Interns are provided time to process and reflect on their experiences in order to promote growth and integration of their professional confidence.


The Growth Of A Professional Identity Occurs Developmentally.

The Training Program provides higher levels of direction and structure initially, with movement towards greater autonomy and responsibility. High levels of structure assist transition into a new system by providing guidance and direction. Interns have multiple opportunities to be increasingly autonomous in all aspects of their functioning at the CTC.


Training Needs Are Met Through the Expertise of CTC Staff and Other Campus and Community Professionals.

The CTC provides exposure to a broad range of experiences and theoretical perspectives during the year, both internally and externally. This allows interns to seek their own areas of interest within different venues such as clinical intervention, programming, consultation, psycho-pharmacology, alcohol and other drug usage, assessment, multiculturalism, didactics, case presentation, and scholarly inquiry.


Individuals Learn In Individual Ways.

The Training Program uses various learning methods including practical experiences, modeling, process-based activities, group, didactic, experiential, and self-guided learning. The CTC provides an environment that is supportive and challenging and based in part on interns' self-assessments. Time is spent initially working with interns to assist them in defining their goals and desires for training.


Psychologists Are Informed Through the Integration of Science And Practice.

Theory, research, and practice mutually inform each other. Interns are guided and encouraged in their pursuit of observing, inferring, formulating, and evaluating clinical hypotheses. Interns generate clinical hypotheses based on theory and research.



Predoctoral interns are expected to achieve the follow goals over the course of their internship experience at the CTC:

  • Interns become competent general clinical practitioners
  • Interns increase their awareness of areas of diversity and become multiculturally competent at the entry to practice level.
  • Interns become competent in crisis evaluation and intervention both with clients and the campus community.
  • Interns become competent supervisors of master's level students.
  • Interns develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience to competently provide outreach and consultation.
  • Interns become knowledgeable about and sensitive to the ethical and legal standards affecting the professional practice of psychology and act in a professional manner.
  • Interns develop competence in psychological assessment via diagnostic interviewing.
  • Interns develop skills to successfully bridge the science with the practice of psychology.
  • Interns engage in and become increasingly competent in program evaluation.





Individual and Couples Counseling
Most clients are served through brief therapy although our center does not have a session limit. Interns work with a diverse student population since our student body is comprised of non-traditional aged students, international students, racial, cultural and sexual minorities, and students with disabilities. In addition to individual therapy the Center also provides relationship counseling for gay, lesbian, and heterosexual couples. A typical intern case load is about 15 client contact hours per week, including new client slots.

Intake Service
Interns conduct clinical intake interviews. On average each staff member conducts three new intakes per week. That number may increase during peak times of the semester. Interns will conduct the initial interview, write up the intake reports and conduct ongoing assessment as they formulate conceptualizations of the clients' concerns. Interns will also provide crisis services as necessary.

Consultation and Outreach
The Counseling and Testing Center staff often serves as guest speakers for academic classrooms, university offices, and university organizations. Topics range from anxiety, depression, eating concerns, responsible bystander behavior (a.k.a., Green Dot™), MBTI, GLBTQI topics and SAFE Zone. Interns are an integral part of our outreach program.

In addition, our staff is sometimes consulted by offices and departments within the university for student-related problems. Consultation and outreach are important aspects of the Center's many services and interns actively participate in both the planning and delivery of these services.

Weekly Activities



Supervision and Individual Therapy
Supervision at the Center is designed so that interns have exposure to a number of different staff members during their internship year. Each intern has two individual supervisors throughout the year; each provides an hour of supervision weekly, covering half the intern's caseload.

Crisis Intervention Seminar
Interns receive intensive training on crisis intervention skills including suicidality assessments. This 90-minute seminar is offered during the fall semester.

Professional/General Topics Seminar
Ninety-minute professional practice seminars are held throughout the fall and spring semesters. Senior staff and guest mental health professionals present seminars on topics of interest to clinicians.

Group Supervision
This twice monthly seminar provides an opportunity for interns to discuss their clinical work with each other and the seminar facilitator. Goals are to conceptualize cases from various theoretical perspectives, to consider new ideas regarding intervention options, to heighten awareness of therapist reactions and experiences, and to offer and receive support from the intern cohort. An additional focus of the seminar is to discuss and practice case presentation skills culminating in case presentation to the enter Center staff.

Multicultural Seminar
Multicultural sensitivity and competence is an expectation at the Counseling and Testing Center. As a result multicultural concerns and issues are infused into every aspect of the training experience. Formal multicultural supervision is provided in group format beginning spring of the internship year. The aim of this seminar is to develop interns' skills, sensitivity, and awareness regarding individual differences, diversity and multicultural issues in group process. This is provided through a combination of didactic training, self-exploration and case discussion.

Professional Identity Seminar
This seminar meets twice monthly, is led by the Training Coordinator, and provides an opportunity for interns to explore their professional identities. The seminar is semi-structured. Some meetings are devoted to processing the interns' experiences in various stages of the internship. Other meetings would involve specific topics such as the job search, interviewing skills, ethics training, Kentucky mental health law, etc. Topics will be decided upon by the interns and Training Coordinator.

Supervision Seminar and Practice
The center is also a training facility for master's students from multidisciplinary settings. As a result interns are involved in providing supervision. Fall semester is spent exploring various theoretical orientations to supervision while serving as a member of the master's student's supervision team. Spring semester is spent with the intern as the lead supervisor of the student's supervision team. The didactic portion of this seminar will meet twice monthly in the fall. The supervision teams will meet weekly in the spring to discussion supervision issues.


***Please note that seminar offerings are subject to change based on emerging needs of the interns.




Applicants must complete all formal requirements towards Ph.D. or Psy.D. candidacy in Counseling or Clinical Psychology, including:

  • All course work necessary for the title of doctoral candidate including comprehensive exams.
  • Acceptance of dissertation proposal by dissertation committee no later than the APPIC ranking date.
  • Clinical experience with college student population preferred.
  • A minimum of 600 cumulative supervised hours in direct clinical service as defined by APPIC criteria.
  • At least 400 direct therapy hours with adult clients; with no less than 300 accrued during the doctoral program.

Hours must be accumulated no later than the APPIC ranking date.



The stipend for the internship placement is $22,500. Benefits include health insurance, accrual of one vacation and one sick day per month (24 total days), access to the campus libraries and document delivery service, and private office with computer. Accrued leave are to be used for vacation time, sick time, days of professional release, conferences, or job search related activities.


APPIC Program Code: 222611

Refer to the APPIC website for more details and complete application instructions for applying online. All application materials listed below are uploaded via the APPIC applicant portal. We do not accept any paper materials. Interested candidates should submit:

Completed AAPI online.Cover letter.Current curriculum vitae.Official graduate transcript(s).Three letters of recommendation, with at least two from clinical supervisors who will speak directly about the quality of your clinical work and your engagement in clinical supervision.

Application materials should be uploaded no later than end of business on November 22, 2013.


Application Instructions Specific to WK U Counseling and Testing Center

The CTC requests all of the aforementioned information for the purpose of processing applications for internship. This information is kept confidential and is not provided to anyone without the applicant's prior written consent. Responses to all items are required to have any application considered complete. Failure to complete any items will mean the application is not complete and it will not be considered by the Internship Selection Team.



Completed applications arriving by the deadline are carefully reviewed for degree of fit with our internship program. Applicants being given serious consideration are contacted in mid-December to schedule an early January Interview.

Intern selection is based on a combination of the following factors:

    • Degree of fit between applicant's stated goals for training with the CTC's training mission/goals/philosophy.
    • Fulfillment of minimum eligibility and qualifications for candidates.
    • Degree of support for candidate qualifications and fit with internship training program from recommendation letters.
    • Demonstrated clinical acumen based on the interview.
    • Previous university counseling center experience.
    • Knowledge of the research and theoretical underpinnings of counseling center practices.
    • Demonstrated sensitivity during interview to the unique needs of multicultural populations.


Debra Crisp, Ph.D.
Training Coordinator
(270) 745-3159 or Ctctraining





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