A Letter from the Training Director

Counseling Services

Creighton University
Harper 1034, Ground floor
Omaha, Nebraska 68178
Phone: (402) 280-2735

8:00-4:30 Monday
10:00-6:30 Tuesday
8:00-6:30 Wednesday
8:00-4:30 Thursday - Friday

Summer Hours

8:00-4:30 Monday - Friday

A Letter from the Training Director

Dear applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the psychology internship training program at Creighton University's Center for Health & Counseling. I believe that we have much to offer to support your professional development. I am delighted that you are considering our center for this very important year of training.

I encourage you to explore our website, as well as the website for the NICPP consortium, to learn more about the details of our training program. I would like to highlight some of the things that make us unique, as well as tell you a bit about the atmosphere in our center.

Our site is one of six agencies in the state of Nebraska that collaborates in a consortium model. As such, you will receive both a breadth and depth of training. You will be exposed to the practice of psychology among many populations and many modalities. You will have the chance to learn how psychologists serve clients in other agencies, to be trained in didactic topics that expand beyond a university counseling center, and to network with a broad range of psychology interns and training directors. At the same time, you will be deeply immersed in the workings of a university counseling center, developing the competencies necessary for a psychologist in this setting (e.g., psychotherapy, supervision, outreach, consultation).

We are a small center with a very collaborative and supportive staff. Because we are small, we all work closely together. All of the staff and the trainees feel a strong sense of investment and identity in the center and in the decisions that get made to make it run well. Interns will find that they quickly become a part of this high-functioning team. It is important to us that each person, from the director to the practicum student, bring an attitude of openness to learning. We recognize that becoming a strong clinician is a life-long process. We are seeking candidates who share a similar commitment to self-awareness, transparency, and curiosity about the human condition.

Our staff values training very highly. Even though we are a small staff in a busy center, we have made the commitment to train growing psychologists at all levels (postdoctoral, internship, practicum). We believe that the training relationship is mutually valuable. Trainees learn through our strong supervision, diversity of clinical perspectives, and continuous consultation model, while the staff benefit from the passion, knowledge, and questions that trainees bring to the table. The exchange of wisdom and ideas is a dynamic process that we find invigorating.

Interns will find that they have the opportunity to work with a very diverse client population. Given the nature of the institution, they are often surprised at the diversity of their caseloads with regard to ethnic/racial identity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. Interns will also have the chance to work with a few clients over the course of the year in a long-term therapy model. Although most of our work is accomplished in a brief model of treatment delivery, our center does not have session limits, so we can serve students who have the need for more services. This is becoming increasingly unique in the counseling center world.

Finally, it's important for you to know that we have a lot of fun together. Former interns have been pleasantly surprised by the staff's ability to find so much joy and humor in our everyday world to balance out the very serious work we do.

We are very excited to be a part of the immense growth that can happen during an intern's last formal training year, and we are looking for applicants who are seeking that growth in their personal and professional development. I hope that the materials you find here can help you decide if Creighton's CHC is a good fit for you. If you have any questions about our program, please do not hesitate to contact me (RebeckaTompkins@creighton.edu), and thank you for your interest in our program.

Rebecka Tompkins, Psy.D., Director of Training