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Graduate Training

Counseling And Psychological Services Graduate Training Program
The University of Hartford's Counseling and Psychological Services Department (CAPS) has a longstanding commitment to the training and development of mental health professionals who are pursuing advanced degrees. CAPS offers masters and doctoral-level training opportunities for psychology and social work graduate students.

CAPS Mission And Population Served
At CAPS we believe that a student's success in college is directly related to her or his general development as a human being. Toward this end, CAPS staff helps students reach their fullest potential, improves their quality of life, and prepares them to successfully meet the challenges of college.

CAPS is a multidisciplinary university counseling center that serves both the undergraduate and graduate student population at the University of Hartford. Students present with a wide range of clinical issues. Common concerns include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, adjustment issues, bereavement and relational conflicts.

Training Philosophy
CAPS offers a structured and comprehensive training experience. Trainees will be exposed to a variety of theoretical orientations with an emphasis on short-term focused clinical interventions.

Training Expectations
Typically, the training experience at CAPS involves a 16 to 20 hour-per-week placement with a caseload of 8 to 15 clients. Trainees participate in weekly individual supervision as well as weekly  group supervision in clinical case conferences and didactic presentations. Opportunities may also exist to co-lead psychotherapy and psychoeducation groups and provide outreach to the University community.

Application Procedures

Applications will be accepted starting in November for the following academic year.  Qualified applicants will be interviewed starting in December and selections will be made on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis.

A cover letter and curriculum vitae, which includes all relevant coursework and clinical experience, should be emailed to Dr. Nick Pinkerton at

Applications may also be mailed or faxed to CAPS:

Counseling and Psychological Services
Gengras Student Union, Room 313
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117-1599

Fax : 860.768.4561.