Counseling, ADAP & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) at Rutgers offers a MSW training program for graduate students who are pursuing a clinical track in their graduate social work program. The purpose of the internship program is to train practitioners who are interested in developing the competence and confidence for work as clinical social workers in a comprehensive university counseling service. The competencies developed in the training program at Rutgers CAPS are also applicable to other community settings, such as outpatient mental health programs, employee assistance programs and private practice. The training experience includes the supervised practice of a broad range of professional skills, including assessment, individual and group counseling, community consultation, crisis management, and program development. The internship also allows for the development and implementation of preventative programs and interventions for issues or populations of the intern’s own choosing. The internship program at Rutgers CAPS has been developed in accordance with the standards of both APPIC and is APA accredited. The multi-disciplinary staff is involved in all aspects of the training experience and views the interactions with trainees as an integral part of keeping CAPS a vibrant place of learning and growing.
In addition to the counseling internship at CAPS, there is also an opportunity for those students who are interested in pursuing a concentration in addiction counseling. Working with the Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program, the intern will be able to develop assessment and diagnostic skills along the substance use continuum, receive training in cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing techniques and work with both mandated and voluntary students who have substance use issues. There are also opportunities for group counseling experiences and outreach in a multidisciplinary environment.