A message from the associate director, director of training

Dear prospective trainee,

Thank you for taking time to review information about the training programs at the University of Iowa’s University Counseling Service (UCS). The UCS training programs are a central part of our identity. We invest time and thought into our training roles, and we take great pride in helping our trainees grow and develop.

About our doctoral internship

Our doctoral internship in psychology has been APA-accredited since 1979. We have trained practicum students from UI doctoral programs for four decades. We have expanded to include social workers in our multi-disciplinary staff, and we are excited about adding social work training.

Opportunities and training programs

As of the start of the 2022-2023 academic year, we will have numerous staff psychologists and social workers who will provide supervision and/or contribute to our various training programs.

Read the full list of practicum opportunities here.

Scientist-practitioners and evidence-based services

We are identified as scientist-practitioners, with a clear commitment to deliver evidence-based services to diverse consumers. We strive to help our trainees practice with cultural humility and deliver culturally-responsive, effective services. We as trainers are committed to engage with our trainees to examine the assumptions that inform our work; these are inextricably linked to our life experiences and intersecting sets of privileged and oppressed identities.

Fairness and transparency

We respect informed consent and evaluation processes; we strive for fairness and transparency in our supervisory and training roles. We work to be responsive to our trainees’ input, so that we can provide a positive learning environment.

Requirements and applications

If a rigorous and engaged training and supervisory process appeals to you, please consider making your application. Prospective psychology interns must be enrolled in APA-accredited doctoral programs; they should apply through the APPIC process.

Our APPIC Program Number is 124711. Prospective practicum students must be enrolled in a University of Iowa doctoral program or the University of Iowa's MSW program.

Contact information

Please contact me at patrick-galligan@uiowa.edu if you would like to apply for a practicum position.

Patrick Galligan, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Director of Training
University Counseling Service
3223 Westlawn S.


Questions related to the internship program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org

Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation