Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

Training Programs

CAPS offers training experiences for pre-doctoral psychology interns, psychiatry residents, and social work interns. 

CAPS utilizes an integrated multidisciplinary model in the delivery of a comprehensive range of psychological services to the University student community.  CAPS provides training within a context that values the uniqueness of each human being and remains sensitive to cultural and individual diversity in the immediate and extended community.  Our training programs are service oriented and individually tailored to provide a broad range of training opportunities, with particular consideration to the unique goals of each discipline.

APA Accredited Psychology Internship

Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers an APA accredited 2000-hour internship in Professional Psychology. The program is based on a practitioner-scholar model of training within a multidisciplinary setting. This training occurs within an environment that remains sensitive to cultural and individual diversity.

Psychiatry Residency

Psychiatry Residents Elective at CAPS
The Residents’ Elective at CAPS provides experience in brief psychotherapy and other interventions with a university student population.

The Program
Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is a University-supported agency that serves Duke's undergraduate, graduate and professional student body by providing psychological and psychiatric services, career counseling, and outreach programs for students, as well as consultation services for the entire University community. CAPS uses an integrated multidisciplinary model in the delivery of a comprehensive range of services to a primarily late adolescent, early adult population. In addition to depression, anxiety disorders, and normal developmental issues, CAPS clients frequently present for eating disorders or body image concerns, issues around coming out as LGBT, and the intersection of clinical and cross-cultural concerns, reflecting an increasingly diverse and international Duke community. CAPS provides a unique opportunity for residents to gain experience working with some of these problems. The senior staff includes psychiatrists, clinical and counseling psychologists, and clinical social workers, most of whom have faculty appointments in the Department of Psychiatry. Trainees in all three disciplines rotate annually on the service.

Social Work Internship

Social Work Training Program
Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is the primary outpatient counseling service for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the University.  CAPS provides psychological and psychiatric services, career counseling, consultation to the university community, outreach and developmental programming services. CAPS is a multidisciplinary staff comprised of clinical social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists.

The Duke Counseling and Psychological Services Internship for social work students is designed with the understanding that social workers in the mental health setting must be competent in applying knowledge and skills in areas such as clinical assessment, case conceptualization, and intervention within diverse populations. Students are provided with an opportunity to apply the biopsychosocial model as they critically examine cases through various theoretical lenses such as brief therapy, psychodynamic, strengths-perspective, and feminist theories. Opportunities for clinical training are varied in nature as students collaborate with an interdisciplinary team to address the needs of the client populations they serve. Training also includes but is not limited to the following: clinical assessment, individual, couples and group therapy, campus consultation, case management, and preventive educational programming.  Interns will be provided with opportunities to explore the implications of mental health policy on a given population and participate in community outreach and advocacy in order to gain skills in working towards social justice and issues of equality.