Counseling and Psychological Services

Philosophy of Training

CAPS training philosophy is a developmental-mentorship-practitioner training model. We believe that learning is a developmental process that depends on support, challenge, feedback, and role modeling. The training model is supported by the following principles that serve as a foundation for all aspects of training:

  • Developmental perspective on all training activities
  • Focus on clinical service delivery within a university setting
  • A sequential learning environment that encourages professional growth and development
  • Emphasis on supervision and mentoring/role-modeling
  • A learning environment that is warm and collaborative
  • Strong relationships with other university offices
  • Respect for diversity and uniqueness of the individual

The practitioner orientation of the training program emphasizes the importance of applying existing knowledge and skills. Learning is continual, and accumulates through clinical practice during the training year. CAPS provides opportunities for intern development through both didactic and experiential learning activities. The training program's mentorship focus emphasizes the supervisor-supervisee relationship throughout the training year. CAPS also supports a mentorship philosophy that provides a variety of opportunities to interact with senior staff through clinical, training, and outreach activities.