Application and Selection Process
Applicants for the internship should be doctoral candidates in good standing from APA-accredited Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or closely related graduate programs. Generally, it is expected that an intern will have completed all required courses for the doctorate (at least 3 years of graduate study; completed all course work and practica), will have passed the doctoral candidacy qualifying exam, and defended dissertation proposal by the start of internship. Applicants do not have to have completed dissertation. Applicants must have a minimum 450 face-to-face clinical intervention hours (we are aware hours may be lower due to pandemic), and at least 50 hours of assessment experience. Applicants should be prepared to work with clients presenting with a wide range of needs and concerns, ranging from developmental or transitional difficulties to serious, chronic psychopathology. Applicants must be comfortable working with a diverse clientele. College counseling experiences is preferred, but not required. Crisis counseling experience is preferred.
A number of sources of information are used to assess applicants for the internship, including, the written application, letters of recommendation, stated training goals, the applicants openness to learning and self-awareness, and prior experience with clients in late adolescence (though not necessarily within college counseling). For selection to our internship site there must be a demonstrated sensitivity during the interview to the unique needs of multicultural populations. Approximately one-third of applicants are invited to participate in the interview process. Selections are made without discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status.
We begin reviewing applications following the due date (11/1). Selected members of the Training Committee read each application to designate those who will be invited to interview. Applicants will be notified by December 11th if they are selected for a video interview via Zoom. Interviews are scheduled in the week prior to the December holidays and during the first and second weeks of January. Applicant interviews are about 3 hours. Each applicant is interviewed individually by the Associate Director of Training for an hour; they also meet for an hour with a team of two clinical staff members. Applicants meet with the current interns for questions and answers, as well as a tour of the facility.
Applicants are welcome to contact current interns or staff members. However, we strongly encourage applicants to wait until they have been selected for an interview before contacting us. All members of the staff participate in interns’ training through formal and informal supervision, team meeting collaboration, consultation, and seminars. As a result, in order to minimize dual role conflicts and ensure that trainees receive the full depth and breadth of experience, current or previous TCS therapy clients are not eligible to apply for training at TCS. Please contact Daniel Dengel if you have any questions.
Daniel Dengel, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Training
Tuttleman Counseling Services
1700 North Broad Street (2nd Floor)
Philadelphia, PA 19121
TCS adheres to the procedures established by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) for the recruitment and selection of pre-doctoral interns. This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information for any intern applicant.