Pre-Doctoral Trainee

Training Program 2015-2016

Our Center & Staff

CAPS serves the student population at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  CAPS offers counseling, consultation, and outreach designed to enhance students’ academic success, personal well-being, and social competence.  We are staffed by licensed clinical and counseling psychologists, clinical social workers, and professional counselors, in addition to support staff and trainees.  CAPS is committed to a community model.  We view the entire university as our client, just as we regard the students who seek our direct services as clients.  In its delivery of services and its training, CAPS incorporates multicultural values and practices.  Our primary areas of service include brief individual psychotherapy, groups, workshops, crisis intervention, case consultation, teaching, multicultural training and advocacy, as well as community and organizational consultation.  A range of psychotherapeutic orientations is represented among our staff; these include psychodynamic, emotion-focused, humanistic, existential, narrative, interpersonal, systemic, feminist, solution-focused, social-constructionist, Ericksonian, mindfulness-based, ACT, constructivist, and cognitive-behavioral as well as integrative and eclectic approaches.  For more information about our staff and center, please visit us online at

Who May Apply

Pre-doctoral training program applicants must be currently enrolled in a doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology or have recently completed a Masters program in one of these areas. In either case, applicants must have completed at least two years of half-time supervised practicum experience by the beginning of the fall semester when practicum commences.  Demonstrated commitment to the values of social justice and multiculturalism, as evidenced by coursework, community involvement or life experience is required.  We are committed to seeking a diverse group of applicants.

Training Program Requirements


 Wednesday & Thursday, August 12-13, 2015

Practicum placement hours begin Monday, August 24, 2015 and will end on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

Additional summer hours may be arranged during the summer of 2016, following the successful completion of pre-doctoral therapist training program.

Training, supervision and Center activities

Staff In-Service (1.5 hours) and Training Seminar and Group Supervision (2 hours) are all mandatory.  Currently these meetings occur on Mondays between 8:30 and 12 noon.  1-2 hours of individual clinical supervision, to be arranged with supervisor

On-site work at center at least 20 hours a week, including weekly caseload of 8-12 clients, 1-2 walk-in shifts, and 2-3 hours of outreach and/or group therapy.

Vacations may be scheduled, with supervisor's approval, during university holidays and break periods.  See CU’s academic calendar at

Adherence to ethical and legal standards as well as Center and University policies.

Participation in an on-going evaluation process and appropriate self-disclosure as required in various seminars and supervision.

Finalists will be expected to successfully complete a criminal background check.

Information Session

 The CAPS staff and current trainees invite prospective applicants to attend an information session on Monday, January 26, 2015, 9 - 11 AM located in CAPS, Room S440, Center for Community (C4C) on the CU-Boulder campus.

To Apply, Please Submit

(1) A cover letter including:

a) reasons for seeking a practicum at Counseling and Psychological Services;

b) description of supervised clinical experience; (Include actual number of hours already completed and hours anticipated prior to August, 2014.  Please include a breakdown which indicates number of hours providing individual, couple, family, and group therapy; assessment; crisis intervention; workshops, presentations, or other outreach; and hours of supervision received.  You also may include description & hours of other relevant experience.;

c) name of graduate program, including whether this program is accredited by CACREP, APA or similar body.

(2) a current vitae or resume;

(3) two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with applicant’s work in providing psychotherapy and/or graduate coursework.  One (1) letter must be from a previous clinical supervisor or someone knowledgeable of applicant’s clinical skills.

All materials must be received in our office by 5 p.m. on February 20, 2015.

For full consideration, get all application materials in by February 20.  Late applications may be considered if space is available and on a case by case basis.

Individual interviews will be scheduled from March 2-13, 2015.  Final selection of applicants will be made no later than March 20, 2015.

Mail applications to

Frank Kim, PhD
Director of Training 
Counseling & Psychological Services
104 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0104

OR submit electronically to:

For more information, please contact Frank Kim, or call CAPS (303-492-6766).