Letter from the Training Director
Dear Potential Intern Applicant,
Let me start with both a big welcome to our training website and a heartfelt thank
you for considering Counseling Services at the University of Houston-Clear Lake for
your doctoral internship in health service psychology. I hope that between the written
materials about our APA-accredited training program, the welcome video, general information
about Counseling Services, and the opportunity to call or email myself or any of our
staff that you may find the answers you seek.
We serve a non-traditional student population on a largely commuter campus in the
suburbs of Houston. UHCL is one of four distinct institutions in the University of
Houston System and houses both undergraduate and graduate programs. Many of our students
have roots in the local communities and join us from a variety of cultural, academic,
and vocational backgrounds. As a counseling center, we aim to help UHCL students connect,
become empowered, and thrive through the therapeutic, outreach, and consultative services
we offer. Our center is highly valued by university administration and appreciated
by faculty and staff.
We are a smaller center, consisting of five licensed psychologists, one consulting
psychiatrist, three interns, and three part-time practicum students. Because of the
size of our center, interns have unique opportunities to be engaged in meaningful
ways with our staff and across campus. In addition to being incorporated into the
daily activities and operations of the center, interns are able to interact with various
constituents and partners on campus and thereby can develop professional skills in
networking and collaboration with non-psychologists on a university campus. A past
intern even had the opportunity to serve on the selection committee of a hiring process
in another department.
We consistently receive feedback from psychology trainees that our investment in training,
developmentally oriented, high quality supervision, and safe learning environment
make our program stand out. We seek to provide interns a final year of graduate training
in which they can refine clinical skills to a level appropriate for early career practice.
Moreover, we aim to provide an environment that is both nurturing and challenging,
grounded in an appreciation of diversity and multiculturalism, and which facilitates
personal and professional identity development and integration in preparation for
a satisfying career. We hope that our commitment to excellent training is as evident
in our training program materials as we believe that it is when trainees meet us.
As a center, we are extremely invested in continuing to cultivate and refine a topnotch
We hope that you will find us to be a good match for your training needs and that
you will consider joining us next year. Our application deadline is November 9, 2017
at 5 p.m. CST. We wish you the best of luck during this important process. Please
don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Jonathan Schmalz-Benson, Ph.D.Schmalz@uhcl.edu
Duration: 3:30 min
(YouTube) is available.
APPIC Program Code
APPIC Program Code: 218811
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5 p.m. CST
Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission
on Accreditation. Contact the CoA at Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation,
American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002; Phone:
202-336-5979; Email: email@example.com; Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation.
Our 2017-2018 Interns