Professional Training

Welcome from the CAPS Training Director

jod taywaditepDear Graduate Students in Psychology,

Welcome to our pages containing information about the training programs offered at Northwestern University’s CAPS. I am glad that you are interested in learning more about the opportunities for training with us. CAPS provides a developmental/mentoring method of training, with three distinct training programs for trainees at different professional development levels.

All of the senior staff at CAPS are very proud of our training programs, and we are tremendously invested in the various aspects of training activities and supervision. We highly value the role of supervision and training in the development of a trainee’s clinical competencies. We appreciate that optimal supervision is crucial in helping trainees develop clinical skills, and we also understand the importance of mentorship and helping trainees with their socialization into the profession. Each training year, in addition to being energized by the enthusiasm and vitality that trainees bring to CAPS, we are also inspired by the prospect of contributing to the development of future colleagues in our professional field.

CAPS staff highly values diversity among trainees and staff in terms of academic, theoretical, ethnic/racial, cultural, sexual orientation, physical abilities, experiential backgrounds, and other characteristics. We hope that interns and externs will contribute significantly towards enriching the ongoing development of other trainees and staff.

You are encouraged to explore the contents of these web pages as much as you can. I hope that the information you find here will help you make an informed decision about how training at CAPS might suit your professional goals. Best wishes with your academic and professional pursuits.

Jod Taywaditep, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Training


Practicum Programs  

We will not accept practicum students for the 2015-16 academic year.  CAPS is committed to an ongoing effort to ensure that our stewardship of resources aligns with the mission of our agency and institution.  We hope to explore how the practicum program impacts our agency’s demands for resources, and the extent to which it meets the clinical demands of the population of students that we serve.  Directors of Clinical Training of local academic programs will be duly notified of our decision regarding future practicum for the subsequent academic years.

Video of CAPS Doctoral Internship

The CAPS Internship Video was the 2012-13 Intern Project coordinated by Mandy Freeman, Lauren A. Lee, and Elizabeth Peters.  Funding for the production was from the Wendy R. Cutler Memorial Fund in honor of the former Training Director, Dr. Wendy Cutler.  We are grateful for the participation of the following CAPS interns and externs, past and present (in alphabetical order of last names): Sallie Boulos-Sophy, Alisia Caban, Nick Calingaert, Leila Ellis-Nelson, Nancy L. Easton, David Le, Roberto Luna, Liz Miller, Nick Pinkerton, Giovanna Rivano Gomez, Blaine Washington, and Tali Yuz.

Multicultural and Diversity Competencies

Multicultural competence is one of the keystones in the mental-health services and clinical practice at CAPS.  For more about our commitment to diversity, please refer to our Diversity Value Statement.  Accordingly, the training of our Doctoral Interns and Postdoctoral Fellows adheres to APA’s position that professional psychologists must be prepared to serve a diverse public (see below).  We expect that our Interns and Postdoctoral Fellows will develop and demonstrate effectiveness when working with diverse populations, including clients whose cultural identity, characteristics, and beliefs differ from those of the counselors.  While we respect trainees’ right to maintain their personal belief systems, the training of professional psychologists who can serve a diverse public necessitates both the trainees’ and trainers’ openness to learning, introspection, cognitive flexibility, and exploration of personal beliefs, attitudes, and values.

APA’s statement on preparing psychologists to serve a diverse public was developed by the Education Directorate's Working Group and approved by the APA’s Board of Educational Affairs.

Virtual Tour of CAPS

Our internship interviews are conducted only by phone because we believe in making the internship selection process as equitable as possible for all candidates across the country. For internship candidates, we hope that the virtual tour of CAPS below will suffice in helping you get a better sense of our atmosphere, environment, and resources. 

The series of photographs shows the interiors of CAPS in Evanston, including the waiting room, and conference room. There are also assorted views of our building (Searle Hall), a recently renovated building certified for its environmental responsibility; NU Health Services is also in this building. We also show you the lovely, quiet NU neighborhood that surrounds our building. (Can you can detect our Intercampus Shuttle bus?  That has been a no-charge means of daily transportation for some of our interns.) Finally, because our interns work at the Chicago office one day a week for three academic quarters, we close with a few images from NU Chicago campus.