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CAPS Training & Internship Programs

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2022-2023 CAPS Trainees and Training Program Staff (L to R): Calista Colbert, MA, LCMHC-A (Master's Training Coordinator); Jane Argodale, BA (master's trainee - WCU Social Work MSW Program); Erin Kelley, BA (master's trainee - WCU Social Work MSW Program); Alyssa Raggio, MA (psychology doc intern -  Western Carolina University Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program); Sophie Williams, BA (master's trainee - WCU Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA Program); Charlotte Dawson, MS (psychology doc intern - Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program); Jay Manalo, Ph.D., HSP-P, NCC (Training Director); Nina Paupaw (psychology doc intern -  Adler University Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program)

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
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: https://accreditation.apa.org/

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 2023-2024 year (August 1st, 2023– July 31st, 2024). 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: Monday November 21, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST
  • APPIC Internship Matching Program Code Number: 213211
  • Please contact Jay Manalo, Ph.D., HSP-P, NCC (Training Director) for any questions: jay.manalo@wcu.edu 

Application Process and Additional Information

For additional detailed information about our doctoral psychology internship program and how to apply, please refer to the 2022 - 2023 Psychology Internship Brochure.

Resources for Intern Families and Newcomers

WCU CAPS welcomes prospective internship applicants and matched incoming interns who may be considering moving their families to Western North Carolina.  Please refer to our CAPS Resource Guide for Intern Families and Newcomers for a partial list of area resources. A separate list of housing resources in the area is also available upon request.

Video

The following video was created in summer of 2021. Some of the faces in the video have changed, but the video still reflects the spirit of who we are as a department.

Watch the program video

Unfortunately, we will not be accepting applicants for training positions for the doctoral level psychology practicum (pre-internship experience) for the 2022 - 2023 training year.

For further information, contact Jay Manalo, Ph.D., HSP-P, NCC (Training Director) at jay.manalo@wcu.edu.

Prior year materials are available below as a reference.

Reference writers must complete the WCU CAPS reference form below (not a standard letter of recommendation)

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 master's level 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 Calista Colbert, LCMHC-A (Master's Training Coordinator) at ccolbert@wcu.edu or Jay Manalo, Ph.D., HSP-P, NCC (Training Director) at jay.manalo@wcu.edu


Application deadline for master's level training program: Friday March 4th, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. EST

Reference writers must complete the below WCU CAPS reference form (not a standard letter of recommendation)

(2023 - 2024 application materials and information will be posted early spring 2023)

When available, we provide a post-doctoral residency for psychologists who have completed both their doctoral internship and doctoral degree in psychology.  Our residency is designed to meet the requirements set forth in the North Carolina Psychology Practice Act towards licensure as a Health Services Provider Psychologist.

 

Please note, we are not currently accepting applications for our Psychology Post-Doctoral Residency at this time.  However, information about our Psychology Post-Doctoral Residency is available in the 2022 - 2023 Psychology Post-Doctoral Residency brochure.  Please contact the Training Director, Dr. Jay Manalo, if you have additional questions (jay.manalo@wcu.edu).

2022 CAPS Trainees

2022-2023 CAPS Trainees and Training Program Staff (L to R): Calista Colbert, MA, LCMHC-A (Master's Training Coordinator); Jane Argodale, BA (master's trainee - WCU Social Work MSW Program); Erin Kelley, BA (master's trainee - WCU Social Work MSW Program); Alyssa Raggio, MA (psychology doc intern -  Western Carolina University Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program); Sophie Williams, BA (master's trainee - WCU Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA Program); Charlotte Dawson, MS (psychology doc intern - Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program); Jay Manalo, Ph.D., HSP-P, NCC (Training Director); Nina Paupaw (psychology doc intern -  Adler University Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program)

CAPS 2021-2022 Trainee Photo2021-2022 CAPS Trainees and Training Program Staff (L to R): Alex Camargo (psychology doc intern -  Eastern Kentucky University Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program), Bree Riley (psychology doc intern - Marywood University Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program), Mehak Kapoor (psychology doc intern - Tennessee State University Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program), Jay Manalo, Ph.D., HSP-P, NCC (Training Director), Adam Hicks (psychology doc practicum trainee - WCU Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program), Meg Moomaw (master's trainee - WCU Clinical Psychology MA Program), Benny Williams (master's trainee - WCU Social Work MSW Program), Aaron Plantenberg, LCSW, LCAS (Master's Training Coordinator), Chelsea Sokolow (master's trainee - WCU Social Work MSW Program)

 CAPS Trainees 2020 - 2021

2020-2021 CAPS Trainees and Training Program Staff (L to R, top to bottom): Marcia Gralha (master's trainee - WCU Clinical Psychology MA Program), Erin van Gorkom (master's trainee - WCU Clinical Psychology MA Program), Laura Parks (master's trainee - WCU Social Work MSW Program), Olivia Rothman (psychology doc intern - Carlow University, Counseling Psychology Psy.D. Program), Ashley Virella (psychology doc intern - Pacific University, Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program), Savana Williams (psychology doc intern - Nova Southeastern University, Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program), Jay Manalo, Ph.D., HSP-P, NCC (Training Director), Heather Styles-Turbyfill (psychology doc practicum trainee - WCU Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program), Aaron Plantenberg, LCSW, LCAS (Master's Training Coordinator)

CAPS Trainees 2019 - 2020

2019-2020 CAPS Trainees and Training Program Staff (L to R): Megan Myers (master's trainee - WCU Clinical Mental Health Counseling MS Program), Hewitt Rogers (psychology doc intern - Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program), Monica A. (psychology doc intern - Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program), Aaron Plantenberg, LCSW, LCAS (Master's Training Coordinator), Katarina Wittekind (master's trainee - WCU Social Work MSW Program), Kim Taylor (master's trainee - WCU Clinical Psychology MA Program), Katherine Beattie (psychology doc intern - Counseling Psychology Psy.D. Program), Jay Manalo, Ph.D., HSP-P, NCC (Training Director)

CAPS Trainees 2018-2019

2018-2019 CAPS Trainees and Training Program Staff (L to R): Sheree Ash (psychology doc intern - Mercer University Clinical Medical Psychology Psy.D. Program), Elizabeth Bennett (psychology doc intern - Duquesne University Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program), Jesse Chen (WCU Higher Education Student Affairs grad assistant), Emily Myers (master's trainee - WCU Social Work MSW Program), Matt Varley (psychology doc intern - University of Georgia Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program), Gracie McCarroll (master's trainee - WCU Clinical Mental Health Counseling MS Program), Jay Manalo, Ph.D., HSP-P, NCC (Training Director), Rosemary Yelton (master's trainee - WCU Social Work MSW Program), Christy Newell Wyatt, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS (Master's Training Coordinator)

2017-2018 CAPS Trainees

2017-2018 CAPS Trainees and Training Program Staff (L to R): Tamar Bat El (psychology doc intern - Pacifica Graduate Institute Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program), Tari Cox (master's trainee - WCU Clinical Psychology MA program), Arika Morrison, MS, LPCS (Master's Training Coordinator), Kayla Byrd (master's trainee - WCU Clinical Psychology MA program), Sonaly Silva (psychology doc intern - Chicago School of Professional Psychology - Los Angeles Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program), Savannah Marino (master's trainee - WCU Clinical Mental Health Counseling MS Program), Manj Burdekar (psychology doc intern - Springfield College Counseling Psychology Psy.D. Program), Jay Manalo, Ph.D., HSP-P, NCC (Training Director)

CAPS 2016-2017 Trainees2016-2017 CAPS Trainees and Training Program Staff (L to R): Jay Manalo, Ph.D., HSP-P, NCC (Training Director), Alyssa Frye (psychology doc intern - Marshall University Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program), Adisa Haznadar (psychology doc intern - Springfield College Counseling Psychology Psy.D. Program), Freya Kinner (master's trainee - WCU Social Work MSW Program), Joshua Matthews (psychology doc intern - Florida School of Professional Psychology - Argosy Tampa Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program), Gabby Weierbach (master's trainee - WCU Clinical Psychology MA program), Arika Morrison, MS, LPCS (Master's Training Coordinator), Meredith Willis (master's trainee - WCU Clinical Mental Health Counseling MS Program)

CAPS trainees

2015-2016 CAPS Trainees and Training Program Staff (L to R): Clint Matthews (master's trainee - WCU Clinical Mental Health Counseling MS Program), Sara Cole (psychology doc intern - University of the Rockies Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program), T'Shana McClain (master's trainee - WCU Social Work MSW Program), Jay Manalo, Ph.D., HSP-P, NCC (Training Director), Justine Diener (master's trainee - WCU Clinical Psychology MA program), Brendan Carr (psychology doc intern - University of Georgia Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program), Carnice Covert (psychology doc intern - Marshall University Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program) 

2014-2015 CAPS doctoral and master's trainees

2014-2015 CAPS Trainees and Training Program Staff (L to R): Marybeth Karnstedt (psychology doc intern - Midwestern University Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program), Michael Tkach (psychology doc intern - Minnesota School of Professional Psychology - Argosy Twin Cities Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program), Sam Pranger (master's trainee - WCU Clinical Mental Health Counseling MS Program), Annabel Franz (master's trainee - WCU Clinical Psychology MA program), Leah Stephens (master's trainee - WCU Social Work MSW Program), Jay Manalo, Ph.D., HSP-P, NCC (Training Director)

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