Master's and Doctoral Training

CAPS is excited to offer Master's and Doctoral level training in college counseling. CAPS adheres to a practitioner-scholar model with an emphasis on the ongoing professional development of trainees to become autonomous clinicians. This model involves the practical application of scholarly knowledge through the delivery of psychological services taking into account individual, cultural, and societal factors. The primary goal of all CAPS training programs is to provide a generalist training for graduate students as a platform in future training and, ultimately, in their professional career. {Adapted William & Mary}

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  • Letter from Training Coordinator

    Dear Applicant,

    Thank you for your interest in the University of Richmond Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) training for graduate students. We invite applications from students enrolled in Master of Counseling (or equivalent) programs or Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology degree programs who have or will have already completed one practicum experience. Our training site endorses a developmental competency model of supervision and training, reflecting a focus on development of competencies consistent with a trainee’s experience. Our program is committed to incorporating multicultural and diversity perspectives throughout all aspects of training. We are looking for trainees who demonstrate a commitment to antiracism and racial justice and are eager to further develop their actions and skills in these areas. Our staff is committed to integrating development of clinical competencies and ethical practice with professional growth in the context of a supportive environment.

    In 2020, CAPS became integrated with several other student development offices that form a Well-Being Unit, reflecting a commitment to UR students’ emotional, physical and mental holistic wellness. While CAPS operates as an independent center, we are closely aligned with our partners in the Student Health Center, Health Promotions and Recreation offices. While the training experience is predominantly with CAPS, trainees have opportunities to learn about and from these student development offices (as well as others) in gaining an understanding of college counseling center work within Student Development.

    Staff at UR CAPS include clinicians with backgrounds in clinical and counseling psychology, (licensed clinical psychologists in VA), counselor education and masters in counseling (licensed professional counselors). Most staff are part of the Training Committee, which is highly committed to training and supervision. CAPS staff deeply value diversity and integrate a multicultural lens across all aspects of training. The practicum offers experience with diverse students in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socio-economic class, physical ability, and religious affiliations, who are dealing with various presenting concerns on different levels of severity. The staff represents diversity along many of the same characteristics.

    The selection committee seeks applicants who are a) looking for clinical experience in a fast-paced, dynamic setting, b) interested in intense training in brief consultation, individual counseling, skill-building programs and seminars, and c) learning and growing through support and challenge in a context that is committed to diversity and inclusion.

    We know the application and decision-making process can be challenging. Providing you with information to make a well-informed choice is important to us. We are glad to answer your questions about our training program. Please feel free to contact us by email at

    We appreciate your interest in our graduate training program!

  • Doctoral Advanced Practicum

    The CAPS doctoral (advanced) practicum training model is developmental in nature, considering the experiences obtained from academic programs and during previous training experiences. Trainees are assisted in learning, applying, and refining their counseling and therapy skills, theoretical orientation, and conceptualization of clients through individual supervision, group supervision, instruction and on-going feedback using an apprenticeship model. Formal and informal feedback about the advanced practicum experience and the individual trainee’s development is completed and exchanged throughout the year. To apply, please click the link to complete our application and submit your CV and Cover Letter: CAPS Training Application.

  • Master’s Level Training

    The CAPS master’s level training is developmental and tailored to a trainee’s specific needs given previous training and future goals. While different elements may be emphasized given a trainee’s career goals, core components of the training experience include continuing to develop therapy skills through individual and group counseling experiences under close supervision, working on an evolving theoretical orientation for case conceptualization and engaging in skill building practices through presentation of psychoeducation material in small group settings. Outreach to specific campus groups also is considered a core component of the training with some ability to tailor the experience to a trainee’s interests. To apply, please click the link to complete our application and submit your CV and Cover Letter: CAPS Training Application.

  • Training Philosophy

    While the primary focus of UR CAPS training is clinical work with traditionally aged college students, the experience also provides broader training in college student development in a multicultural context. CAPS, as part of the Well Being Unit, is at the forefront of providing proactive programming and wellness-based outreach to the campus community. CAPS staff facilitate programs and seminars on such topics as stress management, mindfulness, emotional regulation, effective communication, self-care, and self/time management. CAPS also partners with other campus departments to provide additional offerings related to affinity groups, sexual assault advocacy, career exploration, and other foci.

    Trainees are given the opportunity to co-facilitate these workshops as well as lead them independently. [Adapted from Georgia Tech]

    An important value held by our staff is that the implementation of therapeutic skills must be adapted within different groups to meet unique needs. Students at University of Richmond have diverse identities and experiences. We recognize and appreciate the potential impact of

    diversity in terms of culture, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, level of ability, and other factors. We believe that effectiveness in our profession is not simply the result of skill acquisition but, rather, is the successful synthesis of competence and personal maturity, which results in self-aware and ethical behavior. UR’s CAPS strives to develop its staff and trainees to this end. Opportunities in the training program reflect these values.

    The training staff believes that psychological theory and research provide a foundation for conceptualization and intervention. Counselors and psychologists should strive to understand major counseling and psychotherapeutic theoretical models and the relevant research on these models and use these models in practice. Members of the staff represent and draw on many different theoretical orientations in their approaches to therapy, supervision, and consultation. The Center staff welcomes discussions of professional issues with trainees.

    While the Center’s staff utilizes different theoretical frameworks, there is a shared commitment to create an atmosphere conducive to professional and personal growth. The staff strives to provide practice and training experiences that create a challenging, intellectually stimulating, and open environment in which new ideas can be explored and nurtured. The staff encourages trainees to assess their professional strengths and weaknesses. The training committee makes every effort to honor requests to develop individual learning experiences in areas of desired professional growth. [Modified from Appalachian State University]

Undergraduate Training

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  • CAPS Outreach Internship

    Outreach Intern duties and responsibilities center on various outreach and educational programs (for UR students) on issues related to college student mental health and wellbeing, under the supervision of Dr. Charlynn Small. These issues may include positive psychology, stress management, relationship issues, CAPS services, online mental health screening tests, and wellness issues (e.g., exercise, sleep). CAPS interns are encouraged to collaborate and co-program with other groups and organizations (e.g. Active Minds, Images, Web Bandits, PSMAs). The CAPS interns are involved in planning a "Stress Out" event near the end of each semester (usually in partnership with Chaplaincy staff). About a half dozen students are typically selected for this internship.


  • CAPS Peer Support Specialist Internship

    The peer support specialist internship is open to all students who are interested in being a point of contact for students who may be in need of immediate mental health assistance through a text warm line. This position will provide hands-on experience to students who may be interested in pursuing future careers in mental health, counseling, healthcare, and/or any person-centered, help-related fields. Peer support specialists will receive appropriate training in Fall 2020, and commit to at least six hours per week of shifts as a peer support specialist for the new campus text-in warm line. The warm-line is a non-urgent text option for UR students, and will be available to receive texts during designated evening and weekend hours (at least one late-hour shift will be required each week). Specialists will be expected to offer confidential, empathetic support to students who reach out for assistance, under the supervision of Dr. Kris Day. Training will prepare the peer support specialists to handle the situations they may come in contact with, so no prior experience is required to be considered. A half dozen or more students may be selected for this new internship.

  • CAPS Research Internship

    The Research Intern will work with the CAPS Director, Dr. Peter LeViness, to create and analyze appropriate datasets available to CAPS that pertain to college student mental health. The work may include data entry, converting Excel files into SPSS, merging SPSS files, running analyses in SPSS (e.g., means, frequencies, Chi-square), creating charts, tables, and Excel files of the results of various analyses. There may be opportunities to co-present aspects of data analyzed to appropriate audiences on campus. An interest in statistics and data analysis is required for this internship. Some experience using Excel and SPSS is also very valuable. 1 student will be selected for this internship.