CAPS Training & Internship Programs

CAPS Counselors


CAPS offers university counseling center training positions at both the master's and doctoral level. In addition to becoming strong mental health generalists in the provision of individual counseling services, trainees have the opportunity to participate in group counseling, inter-disciplinary collaboration, outreach, consultation, campus programs and related projects within the university community.

About CAPS

Counseling and Psychological Services operates within the Division of Student Affairs and reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health and Wellness. Counseling and Psychological Services is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) and is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA), and the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH).

CAPS Training Program Mission

The mission of the training program is to promote the development of clinical skills and professional identity for the next generation of mental health professionals. This mission is accomplished through the provision of didactic training, clinical supervision, and direct practice experiences within an interdisciplinary, supportive, and collaborative team environment. 

APA Accreditation Status

We are pleased to announce that our doctoral internship in health service psychology is Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) with a date of initial accreditation as September 27, 2016.  Our next accreditation site visit will occur in 2023.

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 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979

Our doctoral psychology internship program is also a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC member number 2132). 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is offering three positions for the 2018-2019 year (August 1st, 2018 – July 31st, 2019). Our 2000-hour internship program includes opportunities for individual and group counseling, initial consultations and intakes, crisis intervention, outreach & consultation services, psychological assessment, and supervision of masters-level mental health trainees.

  • APPIC Application Deadline: Friday, November 10, 2017, 11:59 PM EST
  • APPIC Internship Matching Program Code Number: 213211

Application Process 

The application is completed via the AAPI online and the APPIC Match process. We use the standard AAPI online and do not require any additional supporting materials beyond the standard AAPI. Applicants should include as part of their AAPI 3 references, at least one of whom must have served as a clinical supervisor or directly observed some of the applicant's clinical work. This 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. Please visit the APPIC website for more information.

For More Information

For additional detailed information, please refer to the 2018 - 2019 Psychology Internship Brochure.


To learn more about CAPS and our training program, please view our video.

Along with the variety of services offered to all students at Western Carolina University, Counseling and Psychological Services serves as a graduate fieldwork placement/training site for graduate programs in counseling, clinical psychology, social work and related programs. Students typically apply during the spring for the upcoming academic year commitment.

WCU has served as a masters-level training site for over 25 years and has a strong commitment for effective clinical supervision, training and professional development. Please review the flyer and application form for further information or contact the Training Director or Master's Training Coordinator.

Application deadline for master's level training program: Monday March 12, 2018 5:00 PM EST
Reference writers must complete the below WCU CAPS reference form (not a standard letter of recommendation)


(2019 - 2020 application materials and information will be posted early spring 2019)

2017-2018 TRAINEES

2017-2018 CAPS Trainees

2017-2018 doctoral and master's trainees with Training Director, Jay Manalo, and Master's Training Coordinator, Arika Morrison

2016-2017 TraineeS

CAPS 2016-2017 Trainees 2016-2017 doctoral and master's trainees with Training Director, Jay Manalo, and Master's Training Coordinator, Arika Morrison

2015-2016 Trainee Cohort

CAPS trainees

2015-2016 doctoral and master's trainees with Training Director, Jay Manalo

2014-2015 Trainee Cohort

2014-2015 CAPS doctoral and master's trainees

2014-2015 doctoral and master's trainees with Training Director, Jay Manalo

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