OSU-CAPS subscribes to a developmental model of training.  We strive to understand the experiences, strengths, and growth areas of trainees and support them accordingly.  Our clinical and training experiences are designed to have greater structure and oversight early on in internship, moving toward increased autonomy as the year unfolds.  We also find that this progression and the quality of internship experience equally depend on interns who are curious, willing to take risks, and are able to manage normative discomfort in the process of discovery. Interns will be prepared for professional practice upon completion of internship and display advanced to intermediate skill level across our competencies.  


While CAPS adheres to a brief therapy model, we emphasize evidence-based practice and critical thinking as clinicians.  Through supervision and seminars we draw on extant research while considering the unique, multicultural identities of our population.  We also strive to be aware of how our own identities and values affect our assumptions and reactions. We recognize that our work is intimately related to the needs of our college population and occurs in partnership with departments throughout Student and Academic Affairs. As such, we provide training and experiences that will enable interns to excel in prevention initiatives, conducting psycho-educational workshops and consultation as well as clinical work. 


Interns are selected to have a solid foundation in the clinical, professional and interpersonal skills that will be critical to their success in a college counseling center.  Our intent is to provide a training trajectory that allows for success, struggle, and connection. 


OSU-CAPS Internship Values

Self-Reflection: Continuously thoughtful and curious about practice.  Consideration of how one’s personal  experiences and values influence professional life. 

Integration of Science into practice:  Utilizes current research to inform all areas of service;    Considers  how research can be adapted to brief model/characteristics of site.  Displays critical thinking in decision-making.  

Professionalism: Open to examination of unique professional style and values and how these interact with the environment of OSU-CAPS.

Multiculturalism: Consideration of one’s  own cultural identity and how it shapes interactions.  Acquires necessary awareness, knowledge, and skills.  Awareness of how power dynamics affect relationships.  Advocates for social justice.  

Challenge: Being willing to move out of one’s comfort zone.  Able to take risks and make mistakes.    Accepts and learns from constructive feedback. 

Relational:  Values and cares about professional community.  Willing to invest time and energy in colleagues.  Able to engage in productive conflict as needed.    

Balance:  Aspires to create some equilibrium between workload and personal life.  Able to manage demands of work and care for self.  Seeks support.