Letter to Applicants

Dear 2022-23 internship applicant, 

Thank you for taking the time to explore our internship in Health Service Psychology at Case Western Reserve University. As you browse our website for links to the training program and to University Health & Counseling Services (UH&CS), please take note of any questions and contact me for further explanation. 

Our internship program became fully accredited by the American Psychological Association in 2018. We have a set of dedicated training staff members who all prize our developmental and integrated training curriculum. We emphasize evidence-based practice in mental health, as well as mutlidisciplinary behavioral healthcare integration. We believe that mental health providers, both early career trainees and seasoned professionals, learn best in a mutually respectful environment. Toward that end, we seek to cultivate an atmosphere that promotes clinical competence, self-understanding, increasing professional autonomy, within- and across-discipline consultation, identity and purpose as a therapist, and professional integrity. UH&CS interns obtain experience with individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, brief assessment, clinical supervision, and mental health outreach and consultation.

I write this letter in June of 2021. Over the last 15 months, we have confronted a global pandemic, we observed an attempted insurrection in our nation's capitol, and we bore witness to multiple atrocities of unarmed People of Color being violently attacked and even killed. I have seen these national crises cause pain and struggle for my colleagues, my trainees, and my clients. As an agency, UH&CS had to rapidly respond by changing how we operate in unanticipated ways. 

At the present time, as the nation emerges from social distancing, the way we practice our model of care is likely to change yet again; we expect to return to in-person services, take advantage of virtual platforms, and creatively hybridize the two to meet emerging mental health needs of our students. We have already adapted like champions, and we will continue to do so. The quality of our training remains high, and trainees at our site will emerge with skills to prepare them for the evolving industry of mental healthcare. Here are some things that applicants should know about how we have evolved as an agency this year: 

  • We have incorporated telehealth services more intentionally into our practice, including individual and group counseling and outreach activities; 
  • While remaining consistent with the standards of HIPAA, we continue to use live observation and video-recording of trainee sessions in the service of clinical supervision; 
  • We continually seek to improve our efforts to provide services to Clients of Color, and our nascent interdisciplinary Diversity Committee has begun to organize coherent plans to serve our diverse clients, as well as UH&CS staff; 
  • In recognition that many Psychology intern applicants had their practicum options altered during the pandemic, we are NOT strictly adhering to a standard of 500 intervention hours. 

It is too soon to predict how we might change yet again for 2022-23. Yet I am personally impressed by and humbled to work alongside my colleagues at UH&CS. Ours is a nimble organization, and the presence of our trainees contributes greatly to our ability to adapt. 

CWRU and UH&CS cherish our diversity; we are pledged to welcome, include, and support all individuals from all groups and identities. We strive to promote a campus culture where students, faculty, and staff flourish and prosper: UH&CS is dedicated to building a diverse team of professionals and pre-professionals who each offer expertise and desire to meet the healthcare needs of every student; we are curios and enthusiastic to learn how you might contribute to these goals with us. 

In summary, UH&CS has a great deal to offer potential interns. Our campus is located very close to the southern shore of Lake Erie, and we are graced by nearby nature preserves and recreational parks. We are also close to affordable neighborhoods, communities rich in history and culture, and abundant food, music, and art scenes. If UH&CS has sparked your interest, please feel free to contact me at adk76@case.edu with any questions about our training program or our application process. 

Best wishes with your internship applications, interviews, and match results. 

Andrew D. Katz, Ph.D.

Training Director

Questions about our program's accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: 

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 1st Street, NE

Washington, D.C. 20002

Voice: (202) 336-6979

Email: apaaccred@apa.org

Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation