Practicum Traineeship

COVID-19 Update

Per San Francisco and University of San Francisco COVID safety recommendations, our practicum traineeship transitioned to a remote program on March 17, 2020.   Similar to all staff, the Practicum Trainees are located in the Bay Area and are providing clinical services remotely from their homes in accordance with the laws and regulations of the California Board of Psychology. The number of hours devoted to weekly training remains unchanged, and trainees are receiving the required number of supervision hours through telesupervision and participating in seminars and trainings through videoconferencing. The program will make future adjustments in accordance with the San Francisco County, State of California, and University policies.

Traineeship Introduction

We are pleased to offer two Supplemental/Advanced Practicum Traineeships at the University of San Francisco Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) for the 2022–2023 training year.  The Advanced Practicum Trainee has the opportunity to enhance their skills in brief integrative therapy, single session therapy, group therapy, evidence-based skills workshops, substance use assessment and intervention, triage assessment and disposition planning, consultation, psychoeducational outreach, and evidence-based behavioral health interventions. Our approach provides the trainee with an exposure to working in a university counseling center with a diverse licensed and training staff.



The University of San Francisco is an independent, private, nonprofit institution of higher education and one of 28 Jesuit Catholic colleges and universities in the United States. Counseling & Psychological Service (CAPS) is located on our beautiful 55-acre hilltop campus, which sits next to Golden Gate Park, overlooking downtown San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. The University of San Francisco enrolls more than 10,000 students in its five schools and colleges and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation.  In the latest U.S. News & World Report, the University is rated first in the nation for campus ethnic diversity and in the top 30 for campuses with the most international students. CAPS provides high-quality, time-effective, and culturally sensitive counseling, consultation, outreach, and training that honors the diversity of perspectives, experiences, and traditions inherent in our population and central to the University’s core values. 

Advanced Practicum Traineeship

In addition to individual supervision, advanced practicum trainees attend weekly all-staff case conference, receive weekly didactic training, attend the Northern CA Training Directors Conference and the San Jose State Multicultural Training Day, and have opportunities to attend CAPS continuing education workshops (APA sponsor) and other University-sponsored professional development opportunities.


Direct service activities include:

Single Session Therapy—A specialty service being offered nationwide at university counseling centers. Work with clients on a one-time basis to address a specific concern, utilize solution-focused interventions, and provide resources.

Brief Integrative Therapy—Individual, time-limited therapy with undergraduate and graduate students, working from an integrative theoretical orientation.

Group Therapy—Co-facilitate skills-based, interpersonal relationship development, or support groups for the student population.

Behavioral Health Interventions—Training in evidence-based interventions and provision of consultation sessions to CAPS clients in support of their treatment plan.

Triage Assessment and Disposition Planning — Phone based triage assessment of mental health needs, determine fit for CAPS scope of services, and provision of campus and community referrals.

Consultation—Face-to-face interview-based consultation with university students; referral to University-based and community referrals.

Substance Use Assessment and Intervention—Extended evaluations of students sanctioned for drug- and alcohol-related incidents.

Outreach—Event attendance, networking, and tabling representing CAPS and its services and facilitation/presentation of outreach activities and workshops. 


Additional responsibilities will be designated commensurate with experience and interest.


Please see the USF-CAPS Practicum Manual for more information.


  • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited graduate program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology (Ph.D., Psy.D.).
  • Ideal candidates are currently in the third year (or beyond) of their doctoral program seeking a fall 2022 clinical placement.
  • Preference will be given to those candidates who have an interest in college mental health.

Date(s) of Training Year

Approximately September 6, 2022–May 17, 2023; 16 to 20 hours per week (in accordance with graduate school requirements), unpaid.


Application and Selection Procedures

To apply for the traineeship, please submit the following materials to Nancy Glenn, Ph.D., Training Director ( by Friday, February 25, 2022:

  • Cover letter (please include a statement of interest and goals for the traineeship)
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation (including a letter from your current or most recent practicum primary supervisor)

Interviews will occur the weeks of March 14 and March 21, 2022. Offers will be given by March 29, 2022.


Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy

The University is an equal opportunity institution of higher education. As a matter of policy, the University does not discriminate in employment, educational services, and academic programs on the basis of an individual's race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related) and disability, and other bases prohibited by law. The University reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities under the law.