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 chunchuc@uci.edu.

Best of Luck,

Training Director Chun Chung 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: apaaccred@apa.org / Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Program Philosophy & Training Model

Our training model might best be described as a Practitioner-Scholar Model in that we focus on clinical practice informed by scholarly inquiry. Underlying and infused within this model is our program’s value for celebrating and honoring multiculturalism in our relationships, practices, policies, and procedures while also striving to create a multi-culturally 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 justice, including scholarship and professional action designed to change societal values, structures, policies, and practices, such that disadvantaged or marginalized groups gain increased access to these tools of self-determination (Goodman et al, 2004). We have adopted the value statement on training and diversity endorsed by the American Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA), the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP), and the Society for Counseling Psychology (SCP).Our Center’s training program was recognized by the American Psychological Association Suinn Minority Achievement Program Award for our commitment to the training of ethnic minority students.

In keeping with the Practitioner-Scholar Model, training is conducted by staff who are themselves seasoned clinicians. Our staff enriches training seminars by incorporating their sophisticated clinical understandings to topics of interest; likewise, they bring a wealth of practical experience to the close clinical supervision they provide interns. In addition to practical “know how”, our staff integrates scientific thinking into our training seminars and modules. Moreover, our internship promotes the integration of theory and practice through professional development speakers, scholarly reading assignments, and conferences.

Our overarching goal is to help interns incrementally progress from the trainee position into that of functionally competent professional. By the end of the internship, we expect our interns to be able to provide a full range of professional activities for diverse populations. Throughout the training process, we encourage the development and refinement of several core skills including: clinical interventions, the integration of theory and research into clinical practice, multicultural conceptualization and awareness, outreach and consultation, and the provision of training/supervision. Training is organized in a sequential and cumulative fashion. While all interns are expected to meet certain core training requirements and time commitments, there is some room for individualization in order to meet interns’ specific training interests and professional goals.

Lastly, inherent in our program’s philosophy is a belief that education is dynamic and life-long. We value and are committed to an on-going process of self-assessment, education and review of our training program. This process is vital to our continually updating and changing the program in directions that will be of greatest benefit to our interns and the field of professional psychology.

The Counseling Center at UCI is highly invested in providing services that are dedicated to issues of social justice and respectful of the broad diversity of the UCI campus as well as the greater community. Our training program seeks to provide education and training which reflects a sensitivity to, and appreciation of diversity that is conceptualized broadly across many dimensions.

The Counseling Center at UCI is committed to maintaining a diverse staff whose members appreciate and respect diversity in others; therefore, our policies are in alignment with the code of ethics of both the APA (2017) and the ACA (2014). It is our expectation that our trainees will develop competencies to treat diverse populations, including individuals whose worldview, identity, beliefs, or cultural background are different than, or create conflict with, the worldview of the trainee.

In support of the values and goals of our training program we have adopted the American Psychological Association's guidelines and policies related to preparing trainees to effectively provide services with diverse populations: Preparing Professional Psychologist to Serve a Diverse Public.


Program Aims & Competencies

The training program is organized around 4 fundamental aims which represent the major areas of training defined as necessary for entry into professional practice as a health service psychologist. Each aim is subdivided into corresponding skills with the expectation that interns will achieve intermediate to advanced competency in every area by the completion of the program.

  1. Development of broad and general range of clinical skills, in the areas of:
    • Initial screening and assessment
    • Case conceptualization
    • Individual psychotherapy
    • Couples therapy (optional)
    • Group therapy
    • Urgent care and crisis intervention
    • Psychological assessment
  2. Development of a broad and general range of outreach, consultation, and training in the areas of:
    • Consultation theory and evaluation
    • Effective consulting relationships
    • Mental health consultation
    • Workshop design, delivery and evaluation
    • Supervision theory and methods
    • Provision of effective supervision to paraprofessional helpers (i.e. Peer Educators, LGBT Mentors, COACHes, or Right To Know Peers—CARE)
    • Goals in Action program
  3. Development of general professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the areas of:
    • Ethical, legal and professional standards, including ethical decision-making
    • Professional judgment and behavior (e.g., knowing one’s limits, when to consult, aware of one’s impact in the services provided)
    • Attitude as a trainee in supervision and training seminars (e.g., open, curious, initiating, respectful, collaborative)
    • Development of a professional identity as a psychologist (e.g., demonstrates increasing autonomy and confidence around own abilities)
    • Relationships with colleagues (e.g., collaborative, and conflict resolving)
    • Projection of a competent image (e.g., visible, respected member of CC within and outside CC)
    • Administrative and written responsibilities (e.g., responsible follow through and timely completion of notes and reports)
  4. Development of broad and general range of skills, knowledge and attitudes for working with diverse populations in the areas of:
    • Self awareness (e.g., awareness of own culture, examines own biases and how these affect their work)
    • Knowledge about cultural and individual diversity (e.g., understands how diversity affects assessment and therapy; understands how oppression, discrimination and stereotyping may affect clients)
    • Sensitivity and awareness in working with and relating to others (e.g., understands how students may have different attitudes toward counseling services; empathic understanding of others’ frames of reference)
    • Culturally effective service delivery

Internship Structure

The Training Program is organized under the central leadership of the Training Director who in turn coordinates closely with the Training Committee and members of the Leadership Team including the Director, the Clinical Director, the Outreach Director, and the Quality Assurance Director of the Counseling Center. The program’s greatest resource is our highly trained, dedicated and diverse training staff (i.e., our entire staff). Every effort is made to maximize an intern’s exposure to as many of our staff members as possible. We hope that interns will benefit from our staff’s diverse areas of interest, specialties, and unique perspectives and styles.

The internship can be divided into three key structural areas: Formal intern training, Direct service delivery, and Administrative activities. These three structural areas are then interwoven into the overall fabric of and blueprint for the training program; they provide the means for realizing the four internship training goals (clinical competence; outreach, consultation & training competence; multi-cultural competence, and development of a professional identity). Each structural area is subdivided into several essential learning activities.

Structural Areas

Formal Intern Training

Approximately 25%* of the intern’s time is spent in formal learning activities:

Orientation period:
Intensive orientation and pre-service training to introduce interns to the Center’s staff, its operations, and to the larger campus context. It is also a time when interns are given general training and formulate their training goals.
Intern Training Seminar:
Weekly seminars and presentations that are developmentally, clinically, and professionally relevant to the intern training needs (e.g., laws and ethics, eating disorders, job search and licensure issues, etc.).
Intern Training Modules Series:
providing in-depth training in a particular area. The topics for Module Series may include: psychological assessment, outreach and consultation, the practical application of theory to clinical work, multiculturalism and social justice, and supervision.
In-service Staff Continuing Education Training:
The Center provides periodic professional development programs for the entire staff on a variety of relevant topics.
Intern Group Supervision:
Interns meet with the TD weekly to discuss clinical cases, group dynamics, and to participate in facilitated peer supervision. This time may also be used to discuss training issues, intern development, and intern self-care.
Individual Supervision:
During orientation interns meet each prospective supervisor. Taking into account the intern’s preferences, the TD assigns each intern to three individual supervisors. Each intern meets at least one hour per week with two individual supervisors.
Case Conference team meeting:
Each intern is assigned to one of four Case Conference Teams. Case Conference Teams meet weekly toprovide supervision to trainee's cases, discuss disposition planning, individual case assigments and referrals. Teams also use a portion of their time for case consultation.
Group Processing With Staff Co-leader:
Every intern is required to co-lead at least one group with a staff member; the co-leaders arrange time for group debriefing, supervision and planning.
Individual Assessment Supervision:
Each intern is required to complete one integrative psychological assessment report and will receive group and individual assessment supervision from the Psychological Assessment Coordinator. 
Relationship Co-therapy and Supervision:
Interns may decide to conduct relationship therapy with a staff co-therapist. Following treatment, the co-facilitators meet to debrief and plan.
Supervision of Supervision of a Peer Educator, COACH, or LGBTQ Mentor:
Interns are assigned to one of three Counseling Center Peer Programs, taking into account the intern’s preferences. The intern will receive “sup of sup” by that Peer Program’s Staff Coordinator.
Psychological Testing Case presentation:
Interns are required to present their full psychological testing case to staff.
Self-review of Client Taping:
Interns are required to digitally record all of their sessions, including initial assessment appointments, individual therapy sessions, and urgent care sessions. These are both self-reviewed and presented to individual supervisors.
Professional Development:
All staff are encouraged to engage in professional development. For interns, this is inclusive of select conferences, job interviews, dissertation defense whereby all professional development must ultimately be approved by the TD.
Intern Evaluation:
On-going feedback and the formal evaluation process are considered integral parts of the intern’s training. Formal evaluations occur at least twice a year.
* Please note that the use of these percentages is for approximation only. They are intended to give prospective interns a basic sense of the typical breakdown of intern activities.

Direct Service Delivery Experiences

Approximately 50%* of the intern’s time is spent in providing direct service delivery:

Initial appointments:
Each intern completes two weekly initial appointments.
Individual therapy:
Each intern maintains a caseload of approximately 7-10 hours of individual client contact per week during fall quarter and 10-13 hours afterward.
Relationship therapy:
Optional and a training opportunity for interns to pair up with a staff member and provide conjoint therapy.
Group therapy:
Interns are required to co-lead at least 1 group.
Urgent Care and crisis response:
Each intern is assigned to a weekly Urgent Care shift. The intern is closely supervised by their assigned supervisor or by the assigned back-up therapist.
Psychological testing:
Each intern is required to complete one integrative psychological assessment report which is integrated into to the intern’s learning experience in the rotating module of Psychological Assessment.
Consultation and outreach services:
As reflected in our Center’s mission, we believe in providing prevention oriented outreach services. Utilizing a psycho-educational model, we train our interns in consultation, workshop design and delivery, and training.
Training and supervision of peers:
Each intern is assigned to one of our three peer programs with consideration of intern preferences. Within their assigned peer program, interns then provide training and assist Coordinators with the administration of the Peer program. Interns provide some supervision for that program's team of peers (Peer Educators, COACHES, or LGBTQ Mentors). Interns receive supervision of their supervision. 
* Please note that the use of these percentages is for approximation only. They are intended to give prospective interns a basic sense of the typical breakdown of intern activities.

Administrative Activities

Approximately 25%* of the intern’s time is spent administratively:

Staff meeting:
Interns are an integral part of the staff and are required to attend weekly staff meetings.
Committee work:
Interns are assigned to one of three primary committees, taking into account the interns’ preferences:
  1. Training
  2. Clinical Services
  3. Outreach and Consultation
The Center has other optional committees that interns may also join.
Intern self-support group:
Optional and highly recommended and supported for interns to initiate a weekly intern-driven support group.
Clinical administration:
Includes case notes, initial assessment and urgent care notes, and case management.
Other administration:
Professionally-related emails, phone calls, letters, etc.
* Please note that the use of these percentages is for approximation only. They are intended to give prospective interns a basic sense of the typical breakdown of intern activities.

Internship Stipend & Benefits

The internship stipend for the 2021-2022 Internship year will be $36,300. Interns will also receive paid vacation days and University holidays. Interns will receive sick time and are eligible for the University’s health insurance. As a staff member of UCI, an intern has library privileges and access to many other university campus services and events.

Application & Selection Info

The 2019-2020 Training Committee

We hope that you will decide to apply to UC Irvine!

Qualifications of candidates

Candidates should have completed all course work toward their doctorate in an APA or CPA accredited program (in counseling or clinical psychology). To be competitive, candidates must have completed a minimum of 500 Doctoral Intervention and Assessment hours prior to the internship start date. Due to COVID-19 pandemic candidates who have completed 450 Doctoral Intervention and Assessment hours on the APPI can also apply. Candidates should also have completed course work related to, and have working experience with culturally diverse populations.

Application Procedures

A complete application for our site includes the following standard materials automatically included with the application submitted via the APPI Online Service:

  • A completed APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI) form which can be accessed through the APPIC website by going to www.appic.org/ and then clicking the "APPI Online" link
  • A cover letter: including any interest and experience in outreach
  • Current Curriculum Vita
  • Copies of all graduate school transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (Letters of Recommendations must be submitted using the APPIC Standardized Reference Form)

Our application deadline is November 12th, 2021at 11:59pm (Eastern Standard Time). Please note that your file will not be reviewed by our Selection Committee unless all application materials are entered through AAPIC Online. It is your responsibility to see that all of the above materials, including letters of recommendations, are entered correctly. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Additionally, the UC Irvine Counseling Center adheres to all APPIC intern selection policies. In keeping with the policy we do not solicit, accept or use ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

The APPIC Policy on Internship Offers, Acceptances and Match Policy is available at www.appic.org. If you do not have access to the Internet, a copy of the AAPI and Match Policy can be obtained by writing to the address listed below:

APPIC Central Office
17225 El Camino Real
Onyx One - Suite #170
Houston, TX 77058-2748

Final acceptance for interns to the UC Irvine Counseling Center psychology internship program is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation (i.e. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice fingerprint scans) prior to the commencement of the internship.

If you have any additional questions about the application process, please contact Chun-Chung Choi, Ph.D. Training Director/ Associate Director at (949) 824-6457 or chunchuc@uci.edu.

Final Selection Process

All interviews with final candidates will be conducted in December via a scheduled video or telephone conference call. Information obtained via the video or phone interview and the written application materials will be used to determine final rankings.

A visit to the UCI Counseling Center can be made in coordination with the Training Director upon request. 

Our internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. We also abide by all APPIC match policy. The entire APPIC match policy can be viewed at the APPIC website. Final acceptance for interns to the internship program is contingent upon meeting the University and internship program background and reference check criteria.

You can obtain instructions and download the Applicant Agreement required to register for the national match from the Matching Program website, or by contacting the National Matching Service directly at (716) 282-4013 or writing to:

National Matching Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 1208
Lewiston, NY USA, 14092-8208.

Our APPIC Program Number is 1123
Our National Matching Service (NMS) Program Code Number is 112311

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Data Table 1


Data Table 3

To be competitive, candidates must have completed 450 AAPI Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours prior to the start of internship.

For more information about our doctoral internship program, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section of this website.

For more information about the American Psychological Association (APA), Accreditation and to access further information and/or reports regarding the accreditation status of UCI’s Counseling Center Doctoral Psychology Internship Training Program, please contact the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation.

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / Email: apaaccred@apa.org / Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Former Interns & their First Positions

NameAcademic ProgramFirst Position
Yuanhong (Nicole) Huang University of Florida   Postdoc, UC Santa Barbara
Nava Sedaghat Indiana University of Pennsylvania   Postdoc, UC San Diego
Yixun Zhu Louisiana Tech University   Staff Psychologist, Purdue
Greg Arbo Pacific University Postdoc, Private Practice 
Mar Chung Southern Illinois University Postdoc, UC Berkley 
Assia Ghoul Bowling Green State University Postdoc, Private Practice 
Julie Whipple Fuller Graduate School of Psychology Postdoc, Private Practice 
Xiao He Texas A&M University Postdoc, UC Berkeley
Matt Kridel University of South Alabama Postdoc, Augusta University, Health Psychology, HIV/LGBTQ Focus
Rebecca LeCroix Georgia State University Postdoc, Private Practice 
Shawndeeia L. Drinkard California School of Professional Psychology Postdoc, University of California San Diego
Ricky J. Pope Western Michigan University Postdoc, Alvarado Parkway Institute Behavioral Health System
Laura Preciado Washington State University Postdoc, Private Practice 
Lisette Sancehz University of Oregon Postdoc, Monsour Counseling & Psychological Services at The Claremont Colleges
Mekeisha S. Buffaloe Alliant IU/ CSPP - Los Angeles Postdoc, UC Santa Cruz Counseling and Psychological Services
Tiffany Chang Indiana University - Bloomington Postdoc, UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services
Tim Chen University of Denver Postdoc, Private Practice
Nathaniel Fernandez Fuller Theological Seminary Postdoc, Loyola Marymount University Student Psychological Services
Jeff Creely
Miao Li University of Kentucky Postdoc, San Jose State University Counseling and Psychological Services
Niyatee Sukumaran University of Missouri - Kansas City Postdoc, UC San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services
Kanwarjit Pahwa University of Tennessee-Knoxville Postdoc, UC Irvine Counseling Center
Julia I. Renedo University of Denver GSPP Therapist at Private Practice & Postdoc, UC Irvine Counseling Center

Saimir Thano

Alliant IU/CSPP-Los Angeles Staff Psychologist, CSUN Counseling Services
Adam Wiswell University of La Verne Postdoc, Cal Poly Pomona
Bonny Chang Texas A&M University A&M Christian Counseling Center in Bryan, TX
Milo Dodson University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Postdoc, UC Irvine Counseling Center
Lissa Lim Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Adjunct Faculty at Santiago Canyon College & Therapist at Private Practice (Orange County and Psychological Services)
Meg Stein Alliant IU/CSPP/CSFS – San Francisco Postdoc, UC San Diego CAPS
Dianna M. Gonzalez New Mexico State University-Las Cruces Postdoc, UC Irvine Counseling Center
Lauren Jensen Southern Illinoise University, Carbondale Postdoc, LMU Counseling Center
Krystle Rivera Suffolk University Postdoc, UC San Diego CAPS
Gurminder Sandhu University of North Texas Postdoc, UC Irvine Counseling Center
Rodolfo Victoria Teachers College - Columbia University Postdoc, UC Irvine Counseling Center
Kyujin Yon University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Counseling Researcher, Phang University of Science and Technology, Korea
1 University of California, Santa Barbara Postdoc, UC San Diego Counseling Center
2 Washington State University Postdoc, UC Irvine Counseling Center
3 Alliant International University Staff Psychologist, Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services, Claremont University Consortium
1 Alliant International University Postdoc, Monsour Counseling and Psycological Services, Claremont University Consortium
2 Southern Illinois University Postdoc, UC Irvine Counseling Center
3 Washington State University Postdoc, UC Irvine Counseling Center
4 Alliant International University Postdoc, UC San Diego Counseling Center
1 Howard University Barnard College Counseling Center
2 University of Missouri University Texas, College Park
3 University of Miami Postdoc, UC Irvine Counseling Center
3 Teachers College, Columbia University Sarah Lawrence College Counseling Center
1 The Ohio State University Adjunct Professor, Spokane Falls Community College
2 University of Iowa Postdoc, UC Santa Cruz Counseling Center
3 University of Missouri, Columbia Assistant Professor, University of La Verne
4 Boston College Postdoc, UC Irvine Counseling Center
1 University of California, Santa Barbara University of California San Diego, Counseling Center
2 California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University University of California Riverside, Counseling Center
3 University of Notre Dame Lecturer, Columbia University, Teachers College
4 McGill University  
1 McGill University Psychological Assistant
2 George Washington University Dissertation Completion
3 Arizona State University Postdoctoral Fellow, Student Psychological Services, Loyola Marymount University
4 University of Oregon California State University Long Beach, Counseling Center
1 Bowling Green State University California State University Long Beach, Counseling Center
2 UC Santa Barbara California State University Long Beach, Counseling Center/Argosy University
3 DePaul University NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington University
4 University of Maryland, College Park Univ. of California, Irvine, Campus Assault Resource and Education Director
1 Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical School
2 UC Santa Barbara Alliant International University-San Diego Campus, PsyD Clinical Psychology Program
3 University of Miami Florida International University
4 University of Southern California Argosy University, Orange County
1 University of Southern California UCI - Judicial Affairs
2 University of Oregon Research and Evaluation Associate
3 Washington State University Washington State University
4 University of Southern California San Jose State University Counseling Services
1 University of Southern California California State University, Long Beach Counseling & Psych. Services
2 University of Utah Scotts Comm College, AZ
3 University of Oregon UCI Student Health Center
4 University of Texas, Austin Pacific Clinics
2 Univ. of Maryland Cal State Fullerton
3 Univ. of Oregon UC Riverside Counseling Center
4 Fuller Theological Seminary Azusa Pacific University Counseling Center

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the university and the city of Irvine like?
UC Irvine is one of 10 campuses in the University of California system, located in the City of Irvine, near Newport Beach, and 40 miles south of Los Angeles. Irvine is the number one master planned community in America and perennially ranks in the top three safest cities in America with a population of over 100,000. UCI is among the fastest-growing campuses in the UC system with approximately 37,629 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs.
What opportunities are offered in the areas of outreach and consultation?
The UCI counseling center offers many exciting opportunities to develop and deliver workshops. Our Center receives close to 100 workshop requests throughout the year. We deliver workshops to UCI students, faculty and staff. Common workshop requests include stress management, diversity issues, learning styles, relationships, etc. The Center's staff also work in various consultative roles throughout the University. Interns will work to develop both outreach and consultation skills during the year.
Could you describe the diversity of your staff?
Our Counseling Center prides itself with the diversity of the staff. Our staff is diverse with respect to age, gender, ethnicity, ableness and sexual orientation. In addition, theoretical orientations and areas of expertise vary among staff members.
What populations do you tend to serve at UCI?
The Counseling Center provides direct services and outreach to an ethnically diverse group of students. The UCI campus is fairly diverse and is represented by about 36% Asian Americans, 13% Caucasians, 26% Chicano/Latinos, 2% African Americans and 17% International Students. We also work with gay, lesbian, and bisexual clients and students. Last year over 50% of the UCI undergraduate graduating class identified as First-Generation college students! The Counseling Center offers services to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Will I be able to work on my dissertation while on internship?
The Counseling Center is extremely supportive of interns who are working on their dissertations or research projects. Some of our staff have active research interests and may be of assistance to interns. The training program provides interns with professional development time for interns to dedicate to their research or other professional development activities. Access to the UC Library system is also available to interns.
What is the surrounding city of Irvine like? Is ther affordable housing?
The city of Irvine is centrally located in Orange County. Irvine is about 50 minutes south of Los Angeles and about 90 minutes north of San Diego. Beach communities are about 10 minutes away and ski resorts are about 2 hours away. Most interns have lived within 15-20 minutes away from Campus in the surrounding communities such as Tustin, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. Generally, affordable housing may be found in these and other nearby communities.
How are supervisors assigned and selected?
During orientation, interns have the opportunity to meet with the different supervising staff. This gives interns the opportunity to get to know the different supervisors and supervising styles. Subsequently, the interns rank the supervisors and discuss their preferences with the training director. The training director will make final assignments, taking into account the preferences of interns.
What opportunities are there for interns to provide supervision?
Currently, interns are involved in the supervision of peers in our COACH program, Peer Educator Program, and LGBTQ Mentor Program.
What will my supervision experience be like during my internship?
There are multiple opportunities for supervision in addition to working with your two individual supervisors. The interns participate weekly in group supervision, and can also work with other staff psychologists by co-facilitating a group, and providing joint couples or family therapy. There will also be consultation and supervision from the back-up supervisor during the interns’ urgent care/crisis intervention shifts. In short, all members of our clinical staff are involved with the training program.
What is a typical day for an intern?
Initially, interns may spend the greater part of the day in training seminars and meetings. The training director also spends time in orientating interns to the Counseling Center and the University. Eventually, the interns are involved in providing direct services and workshops. Although there is some degree of overlap between the interns schedules, much of the day depends on the interns individual interests and commitments (i.e., type of workshops, groups, etc.).
Does the Center provide any support for professional development?
The Counseling Center encourages and supports the professional activities of interns. For example, the interns have attend the Couples Conference in San Mateo, CA and National Multicultural Conference and Summit in Houston, TX. In the past, the Center has provided some financial support for conferences and other professional activities. The interns also have the opportunity to attend professional development activities that are presented to the Center's professional staff.
What types of groups does the Counseling Center offer?
The Counseling Center offers a variety of groups to UCI students. The center offers therapy, support, and psychoeducational groups. For example, our staff offers support groups such as International Coffee Hour, Wabruda, and Estamos Unidas. In addition, the Center offers therapy groups such as Overcoming Social Anxiety, Family of Origins group, Graduate Student Therapy group, and Interpersonal process groups.
What is the stipend, & other benefits offered by your internship site?
Currently the stipend for our 12 month full-time internship, for the 2020-2021 year is $36,300. Medical coverage is offered to our interns. In addition, interns will have receive vacation and sick time as well as holidays.
Can I do a part-time or half-time internship?
Currently, the internship is set up as a full-time internship and we do not have the accommodations for part-time or half-time interns.