Counseling Services Training

If you’re studying social work, psychology or mental health counseling, our training programs can help you reach your goals.

About the Training Programs

A Training Philosophy Focused on You

Your training will be tailored to your experience, your skills and your needs. Here, you can develop your own individual therapeutic style as you are exposed to a wide variety of theoretical orientations (including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, interpersonal, developmental, systems, feminist, multicultural, gestalt, humanistic, existential, eclectic and integrative). While we advocate broad exposure to a variety of professional activities, the foundation of our philosophy is a genuine commitment to intensive supervision, and to your personal and professional growth. Here, we seek to create an atmosphere of respect and trust within a multifaceted, service-oriented agency.

Located in the Heart of the Residence Halls

The Counseling Services main offices are located on UB’s North Campus, inside the university’s largest residence hall complex (Ellicott Complex). These facilities include office space and group space, as well as technology designed to support our activities. In addition, Counseling Services maintains a second location in Michael Hall — a residence hall on UB’s South Campus.

Partnering with Others Throughout UB

Counseling Services works closely with other units, departments and programs throughout the university, including areas that deal with student health, wellness and housing.

Committed to Diversity Issues

UB is one of the most diverse universities in the United States, with many traditionally underrepresented groups, as well as a large population of international students. Through our training programs, you will likely have exposure to clients of differing ethnicities, cultures, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds, religious backgrounds, ages, genders, abilities and other diversity factors. This diversity is also reflected in the Counseling Services staff. Diversity issues are addressed through the didactic training experiences, as well as in clinical practice. In addition, seminars and workshops throughout the year celebrate diversity throughout the university, address relevant topics, and continually reinforce our commitment and dedication to issues of diversity.

Doctoral Internship Masters Internship Practicum / Externship

Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology

The APA accredited doctoral internship (APA Office of Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First St. NE Washington, D.C. 20002-4242, Telephone: 202-336-5979, APA Accreditation Information: gives you an opportunity to grow and develop your knowledge and skills in a manner consistent with the foundational and functional competencies established by the American Psychological Association (APA).

This internship is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Learn more about APA accreditation

Program Goals and Expected Competencies

The doctoral program is designed to help interns develop an advanced level of skill in providing clinical and professional services at a university counseling center (or comparable setting). Interns will gain knowledge and refine their skills in a variety of areas, including:

  • Individual and group psychotherapy
  • Clinical and diagnostic interviewing
  • Utilizing psychological testing as it informs clinical conceptualization and practice
  • Crisis assessment and intervention
  • Outreach
  • Consultation
  • Providing clinical supervision to counselors in training
  • Integrating science and scholarly activity into clinical and professional practice
  • Developing a sense of professional identity that is consistent with professional ethical standards, incorporates diversity/multicultural awareness and appreciation, and is congruent with your personal sense of self, values, strengths and interests

Internship Brochure

Get an overview about the program, its benefits and the application process.

Training Manual

Learn about our training philosophy, developmental approach and individualized training.

Apply for a Doctoral Internship

Applications are accepted annually through APPIC; please apply directly through their website.

Our APPIC Internship Program number is 145411.

Please note minimum eligibility requirements:

  • 700 AAPI Grand Total Practicum Hours
  • 350 AAPI Total Intervention Hours
  • Three years of graduate training in a clinical or counseling psychology doctoral program
  • Comprehensive Exams passed by application deadline
  • Graduate program that is APA-accredited; CPA-accredited is also acceptable
  • Endorsement by your department chair regarding your readiness for internship


Learn More About Us

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University at Buffalo
120 Richmond Quadrangle, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14261

Phone: (716) 645-2720; Fax: (716) 645-2175