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Training Program Opportunities


Background Information

CAPS is part of a residential Jesuit University of 8,000 students, both undergraduate and graduate. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University blends high-tech innovation with a social consciousness grounded in the Jesuit educational traditionSanta Clara's undergraduate and graduate programs span areas ranging from psychology to sustainable-energy engineering and from theatre arts to business analytics.

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 working with a variety of theoretical orientations. We mainly work within a brief therapy model. A limited number of clients can be seen on a longer-term basis for optimal training and professional growth opportunities.

Our Doctoral Internship is APA-Accredited and is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC, Site #2133).

Questions related to the program's accredited status can be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

The Doctoral Internship is a full-time, 12-month training commitment.

For our advanced practicum trainees, we require an academic year commitment mid-August through mid-June.  Our practicum program is a member of the Bay Area Practicum Information Collaborative (BAPIC) and follows BAPIC training and application guidelines.

Staff Profiles 

Estrella Ramirez, Ph.D.
Training Director/Staff Psychologist
Date of Original License: December 2016 (PSY 28820)
Theoretical Orientation: integrative
Sarah Rotsinger - Stemen, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist
Date of Original License: July 2016 (PSY 284790)
Theoretical Orientation: integrative
Lauren Cope, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist
Theoretical Orientation: integrative
To see all the staff members in CAPS, please visit Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Staff.