Santa Clara University


Internships and Training

Background Information

CAPS is part of a residential Jesuit University of 8,300 students, both undergraduate and graduate. Trainees will work with a variety of issues prevalent in a primarily young adult population. Presenting problems span a range of developmental issues including identity formation, relationship problems, alcohol and drug use as well as other clinical issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, sexual assault, and trauma.

Our mission at CAPS is to support and enhance the personal, educational, and professional growth of the Santa Clara community. We do this by providing direct psychological services as well as outreach, programming, screening, and consultation. Our services are coordinated with Student Health Services and housed in the Cowell Building.

We currently have a diverse staff of licensed mental health practitioners (clinical psychologists as well as marriage and family therapists) working with a variety of theoretical orientations. We mainly work within a short-term therapy model. A limited number of clients can be seen on a longer-term basis for optimal training and professional growth opportunities.

Available Opportunities

We have both pre-doctoral intern and advanced practicum placements available for the 2015-16 training year. Our training site is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC, Site #2133).

The pre-doctoral internship is a full-time, 12-month training commitment.

For our practicum trainees, we require an academic year commitment beginning in September and ending in June. Our practicum program is a member of the Bay Area Practicum Information Collaborative (BAPIC) and follows BAPIC training and application guidelines.

Staff Profiles

Rosemary Ellmer, Ph.D., M.Div.
Staff Psychologist & Training Director
Date of Original License: March 1990 (PSY 15683)
Theoretical Orientation: integrative (psychodynamic control mastery/CBT)

Marie Herbert, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist & Assistant Director
Date of Original License: July 1976 (PSY 4743)
Theoretical Orientation: integrative

Mohammad Oveissi, Ed.D.
Staff Psychologist
Date of Original License: April 2002 (PSY 18166) & September 1985 (MFC 21042)
Theoretical Orientation: CBT, humanistic, system-oriented approach

Michelle Bebb, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist
Date of Original License: May 2012 (PSY 25020)
Theoretical Orientation: integrative, psychodyamic

Cynthia Oei, Psy.D.
Theoretical Orientation: integrative.
Licensure: Pending

Micheal Wood, Ph.D.
Theoretical Orientation: integrative, psychodyamic
Licensure: Pending

Pre-Doctoral Internships

The CAPS Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship Program at Santa Clara University provides comprehensive training in college mental health including experience with intakes, assessments, crisis intervention, suicide assessment and management, individual and couples counseling, group psychotherapy, consultation, case management, and outreach activities. CAPS primarily works within a brief psychotherapy model; however, interns are given the opportunity to carry a few longer term clients for an enhanced training experience. CAPS is part of the Cowell Center, which includes the Student Health Center, and interns work as part of a multidisciplinary staff.

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Advanced Practicums

The CAPS advanced practicum training program is for doctoral-level students seeking supervised experience and training primarily in short-term individual psychotherapy with a young adult university population. There are limited opportunities for longer-term work to enhance training and professional growth opportunities. Other supervised experiences include conducting intake assessments and providing outreach programming.

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