Training Opportunites

Thank you for your interest in training at RISD CAPS. We have a lively and unique training program for graduate students in counseling, clinical psychology, social work, and art therapy looking to get experience with a diverse and creative college student population. We currently have 5 interns who are working towards their doctoral degrees in clinical psychology.

Founded in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design (or “RIZ-dee” for the acronym RISD) is one of the oldest and best-known colleges of art and design. Each year, approximately 2,400 students from around the world pursue a studio-based education at RISD, which offers rigorous bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in 19 fine arts, design, architecture, and art education majors. The college is located in Providence, Rhode Island, which offers its own vibrant art scene and is conveniently located between two other major cultural centers: Boston and New York.

At RISD Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), we see approximately 20% of the total student body each year. Clinical trainees typically carry a case load of between 10-15 individual students each week (for those on-site for 3 full days, which is 24 hours). We provide trainees with high-quality clinical supervision and a variety of formal learning experiences through regular staff meetings, trainings, in-services, and case presentations.

Trainees at RISD with us three days a week participate in the following:

-Weekly case presentations, with each trainee presenting cases 1-2 times each semester

-Weekly formal clinical trainings (some past trainings topics include: trauma in college students, thorough suicide assessment, working with Muslim students, CBT and cognitive interventions, psychodynamic symbolism in therapy, and standards of care for working with transgender students.)

-One hour of individual supervision weekly, with a possibility of participating in weekly group supervision

-Trainees participate in weekly meetings with our psychiatrist to discuss students receiving both therapy and psychiatric care.

-Trainees also have the option to co-lead therapy or support groups with senior staff, design and implement outreach programming on topics of interest to them, and assist senior staff with outreach programs and student/staff trainings, etc.

For more information about training opportunities, please call us at 401.454.6637 or email