Training Program

Training Opportunities at CAPS

*** We are no longer accepting applications for training positions ***


The overall goal of the CAPS training program is to facilitate development of competent and well-rounded mental health professionals through training in clinical service delivery and outreach, as well as through high-quality supervision, didactic training and mentoring. The focus of the program is on developing counseling and psychotherapy skills with a range of psychological and presenting issues in the college student population. CAPS provides services to enrolled undergraduate students and trainees will gain experience in providing both individual and group counseling services, outreach, and professional development in a university counseling center environment.

CAPS accepts applications from graduate students enrolled in counselor education, mental health counseling, clinical or counseling psychology masters or doctoral level programs. Students may complete a practicum, advanced practicum, or internship at CAPS under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional. The training program of the student must be accredited in order to apply to UMW.  Preference is given to trainees who can work both in the fall and spring semesters of an academic year. Unfortunately, training opportunities are not available during the summer months.  CAPS is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  Clinical hours are not available outside of these times.

Trainees are typically on site 16-20 hours per week and receive 1-2 hours of individual supervision per week as per their graduate program requirements and applicable state licensing laws. In addition, trainees participate in a weekly training group seminar where formal case presentations and trainings on various topics (e.g., crisis management, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse) are offered. All trainees are supervised by licensed mental health professionals, including Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Clinical Psychologists. Our program is equipped with webcams and requires that trainees tape  all counseling sessions to review with a supervisor.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in a training opportunity, please send the Director via email ( an unofficial copy of your graduate school transcripts, a cover letter and updated curriculum vita. Applications are due by: April 4, 2014 in order for decisions to be made for the following academic year. Placements are not available during the summer months (mid May to mid August).