Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship/fellowship Program(A Captive Internship Placement for University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas)
Southern Methodist University Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) is a highly regarded internship/fellowship site for University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas clinical psychology doctoral students who desire to gain experience in psychotherapy and in working with college populations. The internship/fellowship is a half-time, twelve-month training program running from August to August each year. Fellows are required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week, and are paid a flat rate stipend with benefits through UT-Southwestern.
Fellows at this rotation work as members of an inter-disciplinary team of psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, and substance abuse counselors. The clinical work of fellows focuses on providing quality evaluation, counseling, treatment and crisis intervention (including rotating after-hour call duty) to SMU students. Issues addressed in counseling include the following: adjustment issues, relationship concerns, sexuality issues, emotional problems, substance abuse, and eating disorders The objective of the internship/fellowship is that each fellow be able to enhance their clinical skills, diversity understanding, and professional development in order to treat diverse individuals with a wide variety of psychological problems, and to conduct appropriate consultations. The primary emphasis is on providing fellows with rich and varied training experiences to assist them through this critical transition period in their growth and development into professional psychologists.
Fellows typically see a caseload of approximately 12-14 clients per week. Most individual clients are seen for short-term therapy.