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Training Opportunites


Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) sponsors half-time (20 hours per week), 8-month assistantship(s). Graduate Assistants are recruited from the Combined Clinical/Counseling/School Psychology Ph.D. program at USU. The purpose of the assistantship is to afford students, especially those with a professional interest in counseling center positions, an opportunity to work with college students.

GA therapists participate fully in the life of CAPS. They provide intakes, individual therapy, outreach, and if available group therapy and/or supervision of a REACH Peer. GAs receive weekly supervision; participate in weekly case staffing, staff meetings, and training opportunities; as well as attend additional educational opportunities with interns and professional staff.

GA applications for the 2017-2018 year are due on Monday February 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

For information on the position and application process please refer to the CAPS Graduate Assistantship Brochure

Counseling and Psychological Services is a practicum site for the USU Psychology Department. We accept up to four practicum students per academic year. CAPS Practicum is offered to students in their third year and beyond in the Combined Psychology doctoral program. The aim of the practicum is four-fold:

  • To provide supervised experience in psychotherapy, outreach, and prevention with a college student population;
  • To promote purposeful therapeutic practice by expanding students' knowledge and understanding of mainstream principles of therapeutic change and fostering effective application of those principles;
  • To provide role models in professional life worthy of student emulation; and
  • To promote self-evaluation of personal beliefs and behaviors to enhance quality of therapy.

The practicum experience involves seeing clients for individual counseling, participating in Center Outreach activities, receiving weekly individual and group supervision, and actively participating in the weekly classroom experience. The practicum is a two semester, 10-15 hour per week commitment. For more information, contact Amy Kleiner, Practicum Coordinator in CAPS: 797-1012, amy.kleiner@usu.edu. Students may also discuss their practicum options with the training coordinator in their perspective departments.

REACH Program:

Resourceful, Educational, Accepting, Coaching, Helpful
Undergraduates coaching their peers to improved mental health!

Since 1995, the REACH Peer program has been in place at USU to assist the Utah State University Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS) in their work with the campus community. From the program’s inception, graduates from the Peer program have moved on to success in graduate programs and helping professions of all kinds, enriched by the unique opportunities provided by the program.

Peers work with CAPS in helping to serve our clients and to enhance our outreach efforts in the campus community. Peers divide their time between clinical hours (working with clients on skills training) and work on outreach projects. Peers go through an intensive training program, beginning shortly after they are selected and continuing during the first two weeks of the academic year. They work through the entire academic year and under the direction of CAPS. Additional training continues as part of the weekly class meetings and weekly individual supervision with a licensed mental health professional or supervised intern or graduate student. Working as a REACH Peer provides practical training in skills, allows Peers to have an introduction to the therapy environment, and gives an opportunity to learn about event planning and outreach.

REACH Peers volunteer an average of 6-8 hours per week, including 2 hours in a weekly training/planning meeting, 1 hour in individual supervision, 2-3 hours with individual clients working on relaxation, stress management, social skills and/or assertiveness training, and 1.5 hours per week on planning and providing outreach.

What do the REACH peers do?

Clinical work with individual clients:

REACH Peers work with students who are already clients of a therapist in the CAPS office. Generally, peers meet with clients once per week for 30-50 minutes teaching and practicing the skills with the client. These skills can include progressive muscle relaxation and other forms of stress management, mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, time management, and interpersonal effectiveness. Peers will plan specific interventions in consultation with their supervisor.

Outreach projects:

These projects are major events, often directed at the whole campus, which concern some aspect of wellness or mental health. These have included Depression Screening, Stress Bust, Body Acceptance Fair, Healthy Relationships Panel, and Alcohol Screening. Generally, two-three peers choose to team up to organize the event (with support from CAPS staff and other student services offices) and all peers take a role supporting every outreach project.

Individuals interested in becoming a REACH Peer should complete the following application 2019 REACH Peer Application by the last Friday in March. If there are questions about the application process, please email the REACH Peer Coordinator, Monique Frazier, Ph.D., at: monique.frazier@usu.edu