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A Letter from the Training Director

Dear Prospective Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the Health Service Psychology APA Accredited Internship Program offered at UC Irvine’s Counseling Center. As the Training Director, I want to congratulate you on starting this exciting journey in your professional development. I also want to acknowledge that selecting an internship program can feel overwhelming. I hope that the information provided on our website can help make this process easier by answering some of your questions about our program. While I hope you find the information helpful on the website, I also want to highlight a few aspects of the training program to help inform your decision making process.

The UC Irvine Counseling Center Internship has a long history of excellence in training. As the oldest accredited internship in the University of California system, training is a key and central component of our work at the UCI Counseling Center. The staff are dedicated to training and committed to fostering the continued development of our interns.

Underlying and infused within our Practitioner-Scholar training model is our program’s value for celebrating and honoring multiculturalism in our relationships, practices, policies, and procedures. In addition, we strive to create a multiculturally sensitive and supportive environment in which to work and to train. Intertwined in our training is the Center’s commitment to practice as agents of social change. The UC Irvine Counseling Center staff is not only invested in addressing aspects of diversity and social justice; they embody these values in their day to day lives.

I am proud of the training program that we have to offer. The staff is highly invested in providing quality training and honoring the call to support the development of interns that will go on to positively contribute to the field of psychology. I understand that the decision ahead of you is an important one. As you look through the information on our website, keep in mind your training needs and goals for the coming year. We hope that ultimately you determine that what we have to offer is an ideal match!

If any questions remain after your review, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at (949) 824-6457 or

Best of Luck,

Dr Choi

Chun-Chung Choi, Ph.D.
Training Director/ Associate Director

Our full-time, twelve-month internship program is an integral part of the Counseling Center’s mission. For more than thirty years we have taken pride in, and have invested time, energy and heart into our APA accredited internship program. We wholeheartedly invest our evolving best towards providing comprehensive training in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. Please note the Counseling Center does not use any distance education technologies for training or supervision.

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 2002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: / Web:

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