Intern Training Program

CCA's Counseling Center offers postdoctoral clinical psychology interns excellent training and experience working with a diverse college student population.

About the Counseling Center

Counseling Services encourages student success and wellness by providing brief and longer-term psychodynamic therapy, crisis intervention, consultation, referrals, workshops on mental health topics, and outreach.

Using a contemporary psychoanalytic orientation (while integrating other theories and techniques as needed), interns respond to the immediate problems and deeper concerns of students working in a creative academic environment.

Respect for diversity is a central value of the CCA Counseling Services department. We believe communication, compassion, and the application of psychological knowledge can improve the lives and professional goals of students and enhance the community as a whole.

Postdoctoral Internships

The CAPIC-approved, full-time postdoctoral internship requires 40 hours per week, totaling 1,500 hours for the academic year. Interns carry a caseload of 20 clients, attend weekly didactic trainings, participate in group supervision, and conduct workshops for students, staff, and faculty as needed.

In addition to working with individual adults, occasional opportunities also exist for couples work and group therapy.

Interns receive three hours of individual supervision per week during the nine-and-a-half-month-long training program (beginning in August and ending in May). Interns receive a $20,000 stipend.

Additional Duties

In addition to working with individual adults, other duties required of postdoctoral interns involve planning and implementing special projects, mentorship in professional development, and experience working within the campus community.

We prefer applicants with prior experience in outpatient psychotherapy, interest in contemporary psychoanalytic orientations, and who possess a desire to work with art students in a college setting.

Four postdoctoral positions are available for the 2017–18 academic year. 

Please visit the CAPIC website for more information.


To apply as a postdoctoral internship candidate, please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and two to three letters of recommendation via US mail (preferred) or via email ( to:

Dr. Tara Rech, Director of Counseling
California College of the Arts
5212 Broadway
Oakland CA 94618

Postdoctoral applications will be reviewed beginning in December and can be submitted until positions are filled. Postdoctoral applications received by January 4 are given priority consideration.