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Letter from Director of Training

May 8, 2017

Dear Psychology Internship Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in the University Counseling Center (UCC) at the University of Utah as a training site for your psychology internship.  Our internship has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1979; our next re-accreditation Site Visit will be in 2020.  Our internship nicely fits APA's definition of training in Health Service Psychology:  We provide training experiences in the "delivery of preventive, assessment, diagnostic, and therapeutic intervention services relative to psychological and physical health" in preparation for our interns to become "licensed as psychologists at the independent practice level" (APA, 1996; APA, 2011).

As posted in our APPIC Directory, our application deadline will be November 1, 2017.

We will have 4 full-time (40-42 hours per week) internship positions available August 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019 with a stipend of at least $26,059 plus full staff benefits (e.g., health and dental insurance, vacation, sick leave) in accordance with University of Utah policy.

Details of the internship training program can be found in our Training Program Description.  However, to assist you in becoming better acquainted with UCC, I want to briefly highlight some of the strengths of our program:

Multidisciplinary Agency. Professional staff consists of psychologists who have been trained in counseling psychology or clinical psychology, as well as licensed clinical social workers and a part-time psychiatrist.

Multidisciplinary Trainees. We currently have 4 psychology interns and 4 social work interns.  In addition, each year we have 8-12 practicum counselors from the University of Utah doctoral programs in Counseling Psychology and Clinical Psychology who complete their second-year core practica at UCC.

Diverse Clients.  UCC clientele includes University students, staff and faculty. The majority of our clients (81%) live off campus. A significant number of our clients (43%) are nontraditional aged (25 or older) and a fairly large percentage (41%) report they are in a committed relationship or married. The percentages of ethnic minority and international clients at UCC are generally similar to their representation in the University population, as designated within brackets:

African American/Black = 1.7% [1.3%];
Asian American/Asian = 4.4% [4.6%];
American Indian/Alaskan Native = 0.6% [0.6%] 
Hispanic/Latino(a) = 6.1% [6.7%];
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander = 0.5% [0.6%]
Multiracial = 2.6% [1.9%] 
International Students = 5.1% [7.0%].

More than 1 in 10 UCC clients (10.3%) identifies as a sexual minority.  More than 1 in 5 clients (20.5%) indicate they are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). Nearly half of UCC clients (45.7%) report no religious affiliation.

Group Therapy.  Interns co-lead at least one therapy group with a permanent clinical staff member.

Couples. Interns have the opportunity to provide couples counseling as co-therapists with permanent clinical staff members, or on their own under supervision once initial couples training is completed.

Mindfulness Center. Interns may be trained to offer mindfulness skills or offer groups and workshops designed to reduce stress, manage anxiety, and regulate emotions in the agency's Mindfulness Center.

Teaching.  Interns normally have the opportunity to co-teach an undergraduate course: ED PS 3010, Multicultural Issues.

Supervision. Interns supervise the clinical work of doctoral students in the University's counseling psychology program. They participate in a weekly Supervision of Supervision Training Seminar.

Collaborative Outreach & Consultation. Interns have numerous opportunities to provide outreach and consultation services to academic departments and campus organizations. Interns also develop and carry out a Diversity Initiative across the year, reaching out to a traditionally underserved population of interest.

Research Support. Membership on the UCC Research Team is offered, as well as time allocated to work on your dissertation or other research, initiate new projects, and prepare paper presentations and manuscripts for publication.

The staff members at UCC are committed to training and will invest in you and your experiences. Please explore our web site fully so that you can become familiar with the available training opportunities. You may want to obtain an overview of the University of Utah by reading about recent University events online at You also may want to explore diverse aspects of Salt Lake City by visiting the main Diversity Page at our web site. Finally, please check out our UCC Facebook page, linked below.

To apply for an internship position for the 2018-2019 year, please complete the AAPI Online.  The details are available at the APPIC web site at www.appic.orgThis 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.

If I can be of further assistance, please e-mail me at or call me at (801) 581-6826.   For questions about receipt or status of your application materials, please e-mail Ms. Becky Robinson, the Training Secretary, at or call her at (801) 581-6826.

Best regards,

Steven M. Lucero, PhD

Associate Director & Director of Training

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American Psychological Association. (2011). Model act for state licensure of psychologists. American Psychologist, 66, 214-226. doi:10.1037/a0022655.


The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and seeks to provide access to its programs, services, and activities for people with disabilities. Reasonable prior notice is needed to arrange accommodations.

All interested persons are encouraged to apply.

Last Updated: 9/18/17