Application and Interview Procedure
Direct services are provided to UNL students only. The student population reflects a broad age range (most being between the ages of 17-35). UNL has a culturally diverse population with a substantial international student population. Students come from various racial, national, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. There are undergraduate and graduate students as well as students from professional schools such as law, dentistry, and nursing. Students experience many types of problems and concerns, ranging from developmental issues and adjustment disorders through character disorders and more florid psychoses. Diagnoses run the gamut of Axis I and Axis II with the exception of mental retardation.
Major Concentration Areas
CAPS provides a comprehensive training program that is tailored to the intern's training needs. Long-term and brief therapy models are used in individual psychotherapy. Interns will also have the opportunity to become involved in group counseling as well as outreach.
Opportunities for concentration areas include: eating disorders, supervision, assessment, diversity and crisis intervention. Our eating disorders program is extensive. Interns are involved in weekly meetings with the multidisciplinary eating disorders treatment team.
The supervision experience typically includes individual supervision of doctoral-level field placement students during the internship year. There are also opportunities to provide group supervision.
Interns interested in the assessment concentration typically work with individuals struggling with ADHD/LD. Assessments frequently given are the WAIS-IV and WJ-III. We have a variety of personality assessments including the MMPI-2, MBTI, MCMI, and projective tests that can be utilized in one's individual therapy.
Another concentration is in the area of diversity. Opportunities to work with students of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and orientations are available through individual counseling, group counseling, outreach programming, and general consultation.
Finally, opportunities for crisis intervention are available through the use of crisis hours, responding to unexpected campus concerns, or on-call emergencies.
Counseling and Psychological Services
University Health Center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
15th & U Streets
Lincoln NE 68588-0618
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is a university counseling center that is located within the University Health Center. We are situated in the heart of the university campus, serving approximately 24,000 students. Our professional staff includes six psychologists (from clinical and counseling psychology backgrounds), three psychiatrists, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, two licensed social workers, two licensed mental health practitioners, and two interns. We also have two doctoral-level students who train with us part-time for their field placement experience.
CAPS strives to identify and meet the needs of a diverse student population. More specifically, our mission is to educate and counsel students so that they might better address their developmental concerns; and, when germane, identify, clarify, and resolve psychosocial and other related issues. In these ways, we strive to enhance the learning process and the ability of all UNL students to realize their academic, personal and professional potential.
The UHC has maintained accreditation since 1978. Services of the UHC include ambulatory medical services, allergy clinic, dermatology clinic, other specialty medical services, pharmacy services, physical therapy, laboratory services, radiology, dental, psychological and psychiatric services (CAPS), and community health education.
CAPS is a part of the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology (NICPP) which is comprised of several cooperating agencies that together offer a broad range of professional experiences for qualified doctoral students in psychology. As a CAPS intern, you would do your entire clinical work at CAPS and meet for monthly seminars through NICPP. The internship program is one full year (12 months, 2000 hours) in duration. We welcome applicants from counseling and clinical psychology doctoral programs.
Internship Duties, Benefits, etc
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln joined the Big Ten Conference in 2010. The Big Ten is known for its tradition of academic and research excellence. UNL also has a long tradition of academic excellence and equal opportunity for all. UNL is listed by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, with important ongoing research in many areas of inquiry. The Cornhusker athletic teams exemplify the tradition of high classroom achievement; more Huskers have been awarded the title "Academic All-American" (football alone and all sports combined) than student-athletes of any other university.
Lincoln, the capital city of Nebraska, is home to state government and the largest campus of the state's four campus University system. Lincoln has an excellent educational system and according to Zero Population Growth, is in the top 20 least stressful cities in the nation for children. The city has a thriving economy, with unemployment hovering near 2 percent for several years. Cost of living compares well to other cities, about 10 to 12 percent below the national average. Lincoln is ranked among the top 25 cities in the nation for affordable housing. Lincoln has the most city park land per capita in the United States, with 10 lakes and over 98 miles of bike paths and trails. Lincoln's 200 acres of city park land and 15,000 acres of recreational areas nearby make the outdoors an enjoyable attraction. Lincoln has been cited for its excellent transportation and commitment to the arts and culture, as well as for its low crime rate, good educational facilities, and recreational opportunities. With a population of approximately 232,000, Lincoln offers the benefits of metropolitan living and the advantages of small-town lifestyle. Additionally, Lincoln is the 18th largest refugee relocation community in the United States. Since 1983, more than 5,500 individuals from over 40 countries have settled in Lincoln, from places such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Mexico, Sudan, Vietnam, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and China. Lincoln psychologist and reknowned author Mary Pipher described the Lincoln community as changing from "the middle of nowhere" to "a cultural crossroads."
Nature of Services
CAPS provides an initial evaluation (with a Mental Status Examination), psychological assessment, individual psychotherapy (brief and long-term), couples therapy, process and psychoeducational groups, crisis intervention, psychiatric hospitalization (voluntary and involuntary) and outreach on a variety of topics. Several staff members are involved with the eating disorders treatment team and diversity committee as well as providing consultation and education to faculty and staff (especially Residence Life). We provide in-service training as well as campus-wide screening events. CAPS has several liaison relationships with the Office of Academic Support and Intercultural Services (OASIS), the Office of TRIO Programs (federal outreach programs for students from disadvantaged backgrounds), The Women's Center, Services for Students with Disabilities, The Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Student Association, Eating Disorders Educational and Prevention (EDEP) Student Organization, International Affairs, Athletic Department, Residence Life, Campus Recreation, Judicial Affairs, and the UNL Police Department.
Presenting problems are largely social/emotional and behavioral concerns, commonly with underlying developmental issues. Psychiatric and medical issues are also commonly addressed.Students experience a variety of problems and concerns. Examples include personal issues such as poor self-image and low self-esteem, poor communication skills, school and academic adjustment, identity concerns, and attentional problems; problematic relationships such as those between couples, within families, and in other interpersonal, academic and social settings; and psychological/psychiatric problems and disorders such as anxiety, depression, panic disorders, obsessions/compulsions, and psychosis, sometimes requiring hospitalization. Clients can be seen for brief treatment or longer-term psychotherapy, based upon the needs of the individual student.
- Jim Haley
- Vivian L. Tamkin
- Amy Chatelain
General Theoretical Orientation
A variety of theoretical orientations is represented among CAPS' staff. The developmental perspective is an important focus for our work with the student population. Theoretical approaches include cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, interpersonal and integrative.