Practicum Traineeship

The USF Counseling and Psychological Services is no longer accepting applications for the Practicum Traineeship for the 2024-2025 training year.

USF Counseling and Psychological Services continues with a hybrid of on-site and remote service for the 2023-2024 Training Year. The Advanced Practicum trainees are located in the Bay Area, provide teletherapy from their homes and on-site from the CAPS offices, and participate in supervision and training seminars. 

Traineeship Introduction

We are pleased to offer the Supplemental/Advanced Practicum Traineeship at the University of San Francisco Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) for the 2024–2025 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. 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, and have the option to attend the Northern CA Training Directors Conference, 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 2024 clinical placement.
  • Preference will be given to those candidates who have an interest in college mental health.

Date(s) of Training Year

Approximately September 3, 2024–May 16, 2025; 15 to 20 hours per week (in accordance with graduate school requirements), unpaid; additional hours and days required during orientation weeks.

Application and Selection Procedures

To apply for the traineeship, please submit the following materials to Nancy Glenn, Ph.D., Training Director ( by Monday, March 4th:

  • 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 in March and an Offer will be given by the last week of March.


While faculty and staff are not required to be vaccinated for COVID-19, it is highly encouraged to be fully up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible.  Vaccination including the booster dose is a vital tool to reduce the presence and severity of COVID-19 cases in the workplace and in our communities as a whole. For all current employees who have stated that they are fully vaccinated, the university requires proof of vaccination through a vaccine attestation form.  This includes employees working remotely. All submitted information is confidential and managed under the university’s data security systems.


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