U-M Counseling and Psychological Services

CAPS training programs are designed to prepare ethical and multiculturally sensitive professionals who can move with competence, creativity and flexibility into a variety of positions providing clinical, consultation and outreach services to adults in outpatient settings.

We value our multicultural, multi-disciplinary and multi-theoretical environment, which we believe enriches us both personally and professionally. We strive to create a micro-community at CAPS that reflects the university and mental health fields at large. Our “3M” (or “multi-, multi-, multi-“) approach influences how we pair trainees and supervisors, how co-facilitators are selected for seminars, and what kinds of direct services experiences we create for our trainees.

Our training philosophy is influenced by theories of empowerment, social justice, and evidence-based practice models. The foundation of our programs is experiential learning supported by supervision, mentoring, seminars and knowledge of the social science theory and practices of social work, psychology and psychiatry.

Trainees and staff are expected to value and respect collaboration, teamwork, effective conflict processes, self-awareness, and openness to learning. Self-reflection and interpersonal dialogue are highly valued aspects of our training. Supervisors and seminar facilitators encourage, but never require, self-disclosure of personal information.

Our staff includes clinical psychologists, counseling psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatrists, and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. The diverse theoretical approaches utilized by staff enrich our work while our shared awareness of developmental issues and of brief therapy provide common ground.

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