Predoctoral internship in psychology
The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Mental Health Services offers four full-time predoctoral internships in professional psychology. Our internship site has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1996. We have a multidisciplinary staff of psychologists, social workers, counselors, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists, and specialized staff, including care management and crisis stabilization. While the entire senior staff contributes to training, all primary supervisors of interns and the Training Director are three years post-licensure psychologists and meet the most stringent standards of supervision for the state of Wisconsin.
We are committed to excellence in training at our site and work with you in making this a successful experience. Using a developmental training model, we help you develop competence in all aspects of clinical work (individual, group, triage, and referral), crisis response services, development of self as supervisor, and provision of liaison and consultant services to university agencies. We are a learn-by-doing internship site, using the practitioner-scholar model of training, with a commitment to evidence-based interventions. Across all areas, we focus on the provision of ethical service delivery within a brief treatment model. Also, it is critical to us as an agency to provide culturally relevant services to diverse groups of people and to help interns gain ongoing multicultural competencies. Finally, we believe in inclusiveness in our system and past interns have provided feedback that annually allows us to improve the training program here.
Mental Health Services is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use ranking-related information from the intern applicant. We use the APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI) Online Form.
Our Internship Program has been determined by the University Human Resources Department to be exempt from FLSA. However we strongly believe in work /life balance and encourage a 40 hour work week, and on those rare occasions that is it more than 40 hours we give flex time that can be used later in the year.
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Program at a glance
Mental Health Services is located at 333 East Campus Mall on the seventh floor of the student services tower in the University Square Complex. This multi-use building is the home for all of University Health Services, including Mental Health Services. The building also houses retail stores and other campus offices. In addition, it has the largest green roof in the city of Madison, where our staff often enjoys eating lunch during the glorious fall, spring, and summer seasons.
Each intern has a private office. The intern offices are centrally-located within the Center, and across the hall from the training director’s office. Each office is equipped with a computer, networked software, high-speed Internet connection, and phone with voice mail, as well as with digital video recording equipment to record counseling sessions. Mental Health Services utilizes an electronic medical records system called Point and Click through which scheduling and documentation are managed.
In addition, our agency has several large group rooms that are available for group therapy sessions, case conferences, consultation, staff meetings, and other professional activities. We also have a staff lounge with sink, refrigerator, coffee maker, and microwave, a good place for lunch on cold and rainy days. Interns have access to the UW–Madison libraries, which hold 7.3 million volumes and subscribe to more than 55,000 serials.
The administrative staff are essential and valuable members of the Mental Health Services team. They manage the reception area, which includes the front desk, the waiting room, and the computer stations. Among the many responsibilities of the administrative staff are: welcoming and orienting students to the agency, answering phones and scheduling appointments, and assisting students with the required computerized surveys and assessments. They also collaborate with the Medical Records staff (8th floor), who handle release of information requests, file test results, and fulfill a variety of other documentation-related duties.
We also have four full time postdoctoral residents as part of our training program. Interns are encouraged to apply for these positions and compete in a national search process in obtaining a position.
Philosophy & goals
The predoctoral internship has its foundation in a generalist, practitioner-scholar model, which is a refinement of the traditional scientist-practitioner model. The primary mission of Mental Health Services is direct service to the University student community. The internship is designed to maximize quality service to that community and provide a challenging and supportive learning environment for interns.
A philosophy of holistic and integrated student healthcare drives the work of Mental Health Services staff, and this philosophy is reflected in intern training. The interdisciplinary nature of our staff provides interns with the unique opportunity to consult and work with health professionals from a broad range of backgrounds and approaches. Interns will collaborate with members of our psychiatry team in treatment planning for individual clients. Interns will also consult with primary care physicians, nutritionists, and exercise physiologists. In particular, interns will be exposed to UHS’s innovative behavioral health practice, which was initiated to further increase students’ access to collaborative care.
Because of our goal to provide care that enhances students’ mental health and well-being, we offer many different types of services. Students access our services through a drop-in triage system. Triage appointments last about 20 minutes, during which time the provider makes a recommendation for treatment. Each intern works a four-hour triage shift during the week.
The group therapy program at Mental Health Services is quickly becoming a treatment of choice for UW students. We offer interpersonal process groups, support groups, theme groups, and psycho-educational groups. Groups are co-facilitated, and most have a maximum of eight student members. Some groups run for one semester, and others are offered year-round. Students can attend an unlimited number of group sessions.
Students may also be referred for individual therapy. The primary individual treatment modality is intermittent and short-term. Students may be seen for weekly therapy, or up to once every 2-3 weeks. The maximum number of individual sessions is 10 during a 12-month period. Our staff members offer a rich variety of theoretical approaches to brief treatment.
In addition to individual counseling, students may be referred to a member of our psychiatry team for consultation and/or medication. Interns will receive guidance and training around making referrals to the psychiatry team. When medication and therapy are indicated, collaboration between counseling and psychiatry providers is required.
Among our diverse University Health Services staff are specialists in wellness, stress management, exercise, substance use, healthy eating and eating disorders, and tobacco cessation. Students benefit greatly from referrals to these services. Moreover, interns have opportunities for training in these areas.
Students can also access our services around campus through Mental Health Services's program called Let’s Talk. Let’s Talk is a program through which Mental Health Services staff members provide drop-in consultations at locations around campus. This program is for UW-Madison students; it’s free and confidential, no appointments are necessary, and students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Let’s Talk is great for students who are not sure about counseling and wonder what it’s like to talk to a counselor; who aren’t interested in ongoing counseling or therapy, but would like the perspective of a mental health professional; who have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through; or who have a concern about a friend or family member and would like ideas about what to do.
Finally, it is important to note that interns are not the only professionals-in-training at Mental Health Services. Our agency provides comprehensive supervised training experiences for master’s-level counseling graduate students, doctoral-level psychology students, post-doctoral and psychiatry residents. Interns dedicate a portion of their weekly schedule to providing supervision to practicum graduate students. All trainees enjoy the opportunity to share with and learn from each other.
Our internship program is implementing required competencies for psychologists to become Health Service Providers. The Aim of our training program is to prepare psychologists to enter the profession at an entry level of skill to work in outpatient mental health programs with a specific focus on University settings.
The competencies are as follows , and we will have elements, training practices, and outcomes for all competencies embedded in our evaluation forms and all our training practices. This is a work in progress and will be finalized by January, 2017:
Required Profession Wide Competencies
- Ethical and legal Standards
- Individual and Cultural Diversity
- Professional Values, Attitudes and Behaviors
- Communication and Interprofessional Skills
- Consultation and Interpersonal/Interdisciplinary Skills
Ethical & Legal Standards and Communication & Interprofessional Skills: Develop skills and demonstrate competence as entry-level psychologists who engage in ethical behaviors and exhibit professional identities.
Individual and Cultural Diversity: Develop skills and demonstrate multicultural counseling competence (i.e., awareness, knowledge, & skills) as entry-level psychologists and engage in professional practice with students from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Intervention: Develop skills and demonstrate competence as entry-level psychologists in a brief, intermittent treatment model to a diverse client population.
Intervention: Develop skills and demonstrate competence as entry-level psychologists in co-facilitation of interpersonal process groups.
Intervention: Establish and expand knowledge, skills, and abilities as entry-level psychologists in triage and crisis services.
Assessment:Establish and expand knowledge, skills, and abilities as entry-level psychologists in various areas of psychological assessment through clinical interviewing, testing, and other methods.
Consultation and Interpersonal/Interdisciplinary Skills: Establish and expand knowledge, skills, and abilities as entry-level psychologists in liaison relationships and campus-based services.
Supervision: Develop skills and knowledge in providing supervision in a competent and developmental manner, as appropriate for entry-level psychologists.
Consultation and Interpersonal/Interdisciplinary Skills: Develop skills and demonstrate competence as entry-level psychologists in working in a multi-disciplinary, integrated, and collaborative student health care system.
Research: Develop skills and knowledge by using evidence based practices in all areas of service delivery.
Part of the internship experience here involves working in a multidisciplinary and integrated University Health Services. Mental Health Services reserves the right to modify elements of the training program whenever changes in staffing, needs of interns, or needs of customers requires it. Below is the vision and fundamental principle of our University Health Services:
UHS will be a national student health leader in the 21st century, providing the highest quality care in a fully integrated medical, mental health, and prevention service model that promotes the health and well-being of the campus community. UHS will pursue resources and maximize their use in an accountable, sustainable, and fiscally resonsible manner to acheive optimal outcomes for the university community while adapting to the demands of evolving healthcare, societal and economic conditions.
UHS plays a significant role in promoting academic success on campus. Using an integrative approach, UHS addresses students' physical, emotional and psychosocial health throughout this important transition in their lives. UHS is dedicated to creating a healthy and safe enviroment for all community members.
- A commitment to excellence.
- A commitment to student-focused service.
- A commitment to providing culturally competent and respectful services to all students.
- A commitment to creativity and innovation.
- A commitment to employee health and wellness.
- A commitment to maintaining a supportive and respectful workplace.
- A commitment to professional development.
- A commitment to responsible stewardship of our resources.
Intern service areas
Group therapy is an essential aspect of clinical service provided at UHS. Interns initially co-lead groups with senior staff members or post-doctoral fellows, and may have an opportunity to co-lead a group with another intern or a doctoral-level counseling trainee. All groups are co-facilitated and supervised by a senior staff member. Interns are expected to co-facilitate two groups per semester.
We offer individual therapy for students. Students may receive up to 10 sessions of individual or couples therapy in a 12-month period. Interns are scheduled to provide an average of 10 individual sessions per week. For students needing longer-term individual care, we provide community referrals. Our model of care routinely includes case management and consultation with crisis stabilization and psychiatry.
All interns participate in our triage/access program by providing a 4-hour weekly consultation service to students seeking services at UHS Mental Health Services. The Access drop-in consultation provides an explanation of UHS to students who are seeking mental health services, a brief review of what brings the students in to seek services, and a determination of goodness of fit and referral for the services best suited to assist the student in meeting their needs. All interns go through an extensive training in triage procedures in August as part of their Orientation, and all interns are on triage with a licensed provider. The Training Director supervises triage work.
Comprehensive crisis training is provided in August before interns begin providing clinical services. Interns participate in crisis management through our triage system and through regular clinical work, as needed. Our four-hour triage slots are shared between an intern and at least one senior staff member. Interns learn and enhance skills in the areas of suicide and crisis assessment; triage, referral, and follow-up; consultation and case management; community networking; and documentation.
Crisis management that occurs through ongoing clinical work is supervised by intern supervisors. Responding to a campus crisis is always done in conjunction with licensed staff and supervised by the Clinical Director and Director of Mental Health Services.
Ongoing consultation from senior staff members is always available.
Liaison Relationships & Campus-based Services
During orientation in August, interns will meet with Mental Health Services’s Coordinator for Campus-based Services to learn about our agency’s efforts towards reaching the 90 percent of students who do not seek help in our offices. Each intern is expected to establish a liaisonship to one UW-Madison campus organization. In this role, interns are encouraged to serve as consultants and provide presentations/workshops on mental health topics for students or staff within the organization for which they are a liaison. In addition, interns have ample opportunity to provide programming for other campus organizations. Interns must develop and present a minimum of four campus programs during the course of the training year. Their first presentations will be observed and evaluated by senior staff. Later, interns may conduct presentations with each other and/or on their own, if appropriate.
Interns may also choose to participate in Let’s Talk, a program that provides drop-in consultations at locations around campus. It’s free, no appointments are necessary, and students are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis. Consultations are informal, confidential, and can be anonymous. If elected, an intern would spend two hours per week at a pre-determined location on campus, offering one-time, brief consultation to students who drop-in.
During the University’s academic semesters, each intern typically supervises one Masters or Doctoral Practicum Intern from UW Madison. Interns meet with their supervisee for a minimum of 1.5 hours of supervision sessions per week. During this time, interns and supervisees discuss the supervisee’s clinical work, professional development, and experience within the agency. Additional options in supervision may include in-vivo supervision and co-leading or supervising group work.
A critical part of the interns’ experience as supervisors is the weekly group supervision-of-supervision, which is facilitated by a senior staff member. Before practicum students arrive, interns spend this supervision seminar learning about and discussing basic theoretical models of supervision and principles/techniques for conducting supervision. As interns begin practicing as supervisors, supervision seminar time is devoted to discussing interns’ experiences as developing supervisors and consulting on supervisees’ clinical and professional development concerns.
Group Therapy Seminar & Supervision
Group therapy training begins in August with extensive didactic instruction on referring students to group, conducting group screenings, and co-facilitating interpersonal process groups. During the academic semesters, group therapy supervision and seminar meets for 90 minutes weekly. Approximately 1 hour of this time is allocated for consultation and supervision on currently running groups. This includes review of digital recordings of group sessions. The other 30 minutes may be dedicated to further didactic instruction and/or professional development topics. This seminar and supervision is co-facilitated byJen Moulton, PhD.
Supervision of Supervision Seminar
To inform the interns’ supervision of graduate practicum students, they attend a weekly, 60-minute seminar facilitated by Jeff Hird, PhD. During the early part of the Fall semester, interns read scholarly articles and gain knowledge of supervision theories and approaches. They learn about supervision contracts and discuss the preparation required to begin their work as supervisors. Interns work to apply supervision theory to their practice. As the training year goes on, the seminar time is devoted to didactics, supervision, administrative issues, video review of supervision sessions, and professional development, all in service to the interns’ roles as supervisors.
Multicultural Practice Seminar
This seminar meets throughout the year, every other week for two hours. Interns will engage in personal and professional development through didactic and experiential exercises, individual presentations, and case consultation. This seminar is co-facilitated by Travis Fox, PhD and Simone Collins, PhD.
This modular seminar is multidisciplinary and is facilitated by senior staff. The goal is to enhance and refine interns’ judgments regarding how and when to employ various assessment instruments and techniques. Topics in this seminar include clinical interviewing, DSM V diagnosis, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, eating disorders, substance abuse, and lethality assessment. This seminar is facilitated by Bjorn Hanson, PhD.
Campus Based Services Seminar
The focus is on building competence in each of the University Health Services Campus Based Services. The content includes developing one-on-one consultation skills, organizational consultation, program design and implementation skills, and the use of evaluation to assess outcomes. The seminar is facilitated by Alyssa Levy-Hussen, MS and Simone Collins, PhD.
Brief Treatment Workshops
These workshops are modular, with a combination of didactic and experiential training. Within each approach, perspectives on diagnosis, suitability for brief treatment, case conceptualization, identification of clinical foci, therapeutic technique, and termination are explored. Each of the sections are facilitated by a senior staff member:
Tamar Kelson, Ph.D., Brief Dynamic Therapy
Felix Savino, Ph.D., The Art and Science of Brief Intermittent Therapy
Behavioral Health Workshop
The Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model effectively integrates mental health and medical services into a single system. In this workshop, interns will identify common behavioral health problems in medical settings, understand the benefits of integrating behavioral health services into medical settings, and gain familiarity with core features of the PCBH model. Additionally, interns will gain exposure to clinical approaches, such as motivational interviewing, that are particularly valuable in medical settings. This workshop is facilitated by Hannah Delong, APNP.
Interns receive 2.5 hours of individual supervision each week; 2.0 hours with a primary clinical supervisor and .5 hours with the Training Director. All primary supervisors are three-years post-licensure psychologists. Assignments of primary supervisors are made based primarily on theoretical orientation and clinical areas of interest. Interns will have the opportunity to work with two different primary supervisors during the internship year, as new assignments are made half way through the training year; this is done in order to provide a diversity of experience in supervision. Interns are required to use digital-recording for a minimum of 20 client sessions, and these recordings are reviewed in supervision.
2017 - 2018 Supervisors:
Name: Travis Fox
Degree: PsyD in Clinical Psychology
Year Licensed and state licensed: 2010-2015 Missouri; 2015-present Wisconsin
Theoretical Orientations: Gestalt; Integrative
Clinical Areas of Interest: Men’s Issues, Helping the helper, couples/groups, systemic intervention, multicultural counseling, training/supervision
Name: Jeff Hird
Degree: PhD in counseling psychology
Year Licensed and state licensed: 1996 WI
Theoretical Orientations: relational, multicultural
Clinical Areas of Interest: training and supervision, multicultural counseling
Name: Tamar Kelson
Degree: PhD in Clinical Psychology
Year Licensed and state licensed: 1989-1993 Illinois, 1993 – present Wisconsin
Theoretical Orientations: Psychodynamic/Relational and Mindfulness-based approaches
Clinical Areas of Interest: Women’s health psychology, eating disorders, meditation/mindfulness, behavioral health, relationship concerns/couples counseling
Name: Sarah Kohlstedt
Degree: PhD Clinical Psychology
Year Licensed and state licensed: 2013 – present, WI
Theoretical Orientations: Psychodynamic, interpersonal, Feminist/strengths-based, mindfulness-based approaches
Clinical areas of interest: Anxiety, depression, Family of origin and relationship concerns, multi-cultural counseling, life transitions, holistic health and wellness
Name: Felix Savino
Degree: PhD Counseling Psychology
Year Licensed and state licensed: 1988 - present, WI
Theoretical Orientations: Solution Focused, Humanistic
Clinical Areas of Interest: Substance use issues, Anxiety, Depression, Work-Life Balance
Interns also participate in individual supervision with their group co-facilitators. The co-facilitator has the unique opportunity to observe the intern’s work directly during the group therapy session. In the half-hour after group, the intern and co-facilitator engage in supervision and debriefing around the group content and process.
As a cohort, the interns meet with the Training Director for one hour weekly. This group supervision involves discussion about many topics including, but not limited to: our agency’s administrative procedures, interns’ internship experience, clinical care in our setting, and professional development. Interns are also encouraged to present at and/or attend our one-hour case conference. This time is reserved for staff to meet and discuss complicated clinical cases. An intern may also use this time to seek out a one-on-one consultation with a provider who is sharing a client with the intern.
Furthermore, there is a supervisory component to each of the seminars including Group Therapy, Triage, Supervision of Supervision, and Liaison work. Finally, our staff’s open door policy makes it easy to obtain supervision and consultation as needed. Throughout your training year, we encourage your questions and welcome your feedback.
Other professional activities
Interns attend and participate in weekly all-staff meetings. Meetings begin with a brief wellness activity; each week, a different staff member leads an activity of his/her choosing. Interns are welcomed, but not required, to lead staff wellness at some point during the year. These weekly meetings are also a place for staff members to make announcements and to express appreciation for each other’s work. Other administrative items and topics with relevance to all staff are discussed at this time as well.
Professional Development Series
On the fourth Thursday of the month, directly after staff meeting, all staff attend a professional development seminar.
Intern Peer Support
Interns are allotted 1.5 hours each week for peer support. This time is intended as time for the intern cohort to bond and explore their development personally and professionally as the year advances. Year after year, our interns report intern peer support as a highlight of the UW-Madison Internship.
Interns will have the opportunity to meet with professionals of various disciplines to consult about difficult experiences with clients that they are working with, or to learn more about different areas of clinical focus presented by colleagues. Some areas include, but are not limited to: general case consultation, healthy eating service, psychiatry, Let's Talk, and behavioral health.
Sample Fall/Spring Semester schedule
Direct Service – 20 hours
- Individual: 10 contact hours
- Group Therapy: 4 contact hours (2 groups)
- Triage: 4 hour shift
- Behavioral Health: 2 hour shift (optional)
- Let’s Talk: 2 hour shift (optional)
Training and Administrative – 20 hours
- Receiving Individual Clinical Supervision: 2.5 hours
- Receiving Group Supervision: 1.0 hours
- Providing Individual Supervision: 1.5 hours
- Group Therapy Supervision: 1.5 hours
- Supervision of Supervision: 1 hour
- Attending Seminars: 4 hours (i.e., Multicultural, Group, Supervision of Supervision, Assessment, Campus Based Services)
- Liaison Work: 1 hour
- Attending Staff Meetings: 1 hour
- Attending Case Consultation/Steering Committee: 1 hour
- Intern Lunch/Peer Support: 1.5 hours
- Administrative Time: 4 hours
Mental Health Services reserves the right to modify elements of the training program whenever changes in staffing, needs of interns, or needs of customers demand it.
The internship program is designed to provide an intensive, yet sufficiently broad, range of professional experiences. Professional growth (and, inevitably, personal growth) occurs when these experiences are accompanied by thoughtful, accurate, and straightforward evaluation and feedback. There are numerous ways in which interns are evaluated during their training year.
Weekly supervision by the intern’s primary supervisor and by the Training Director are forms of ongoing evaluation and feedback, and are also the foundation upon which more formalized and thematic feedback is built. All intern supervisors meet regularly to develop an integrated picture of each intern’s performance within the agency and evolving competencies and growth areas. Every three months, staff members complete written evaluations of each intern’s work and progress, which is then compiled and presented to the intern. Twice-yearly, this evaluation and feedback is also provided by the Training Director to the intern’s graduate program director. In addition, interns may receive quarterly evaluations from their supervisees, and they may be evaluated by clients who are welcomed to provide feedback following treatment.
In a complementary process, interns provide written feedback to their primary supervisor and to the Training Director twice during the year (at the midpoint and end of the internship year). The Training Director receives copies of these written evaluations. The Training Director meets regularly with the interns throughout the internship year to receive feedback on the training experience. At the midpoint, and again at the end of the internship year, interns provide written feedback on the internship training experience as a whole.
Stipend & benefits
Stipend: $27,500 per year
- Interns are eligible to enroll in health insurance through the UW Madison Benefit Plan.
- Technologically-equipped office
- University library privileges
- Professional development funds: $500
- 10 vacation days + university-approved holidays
- Batched research time: two hours a week/up to 100 hours over course of year
- Flex-time accrued for required after-hours work
- Five days of approved conference attendance
Application & selection
Application materials must be submitted through the online application. Completed APPIC Application for Psychology Internship: AAPI Online Application: Match website at http://www.natmatch.com/psychint.
This is a 2000 hour, full time internship with a minimum of 500 hours of direct clinical service. All intern primary clinical supervisors are three years post licensure psychologists.
Our selection committee looks for applicants who have both college and community mental health experiences, have three years of graduate training, and have a combined minimum of 350 Assessment/Intervention Hours at the doctoral level. An applicant needs to have had their comprehensive exams completed and dissertation proposal approved by the application deadline. We also look for applicants who demonstrate a desire to learn skills in brief individual therapy, group therapy, behavioral health, triage, campus-based services, providing supervision, and multidisciplinary consultation. Only candidates from APA or CPA accredited programs in Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology will be considered for interviews. We do not require any supplemental information or material.
All completed applications are reviewed following the application deadline. Teams of two or three staff members evaluate the application materials before individuals are invited to interview. Applicants may choose an on-site, Skype, or phone interview. We have no preference. On-site interviews typically last for two hours, and they are generally conducted by the Training Director, a group of intern supervisors, and other Mental Health Services staff. Applicants also have the opportunity to meet with two current interns. Phone interviews last approximately one-and-a-half hours. As with on-site interviews, applicants who interview by Skype or phone generally speak with a variety of staff, including the Training Director, intern supervisors, and two current interns. Interviews take place during January, and all candidates will be notified of their selection status by email during the second week of December.
For information regarding APPIC Match Policies and to obtain Match Policy information, please visit the APPIC website at http://www.appic.org/.
The APPIC Internship Matching Program Code Number for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Counseling and Consultation Services Internship in Professional Psychology is 1629.