Application Process

The University Counseling Center accepts applications in December for the upcoming academic year. All applicants must be currently enrolled in a clinical psychology PhD or PsyD program, and must receive approval from their graduate program’s Director of Clinical Training before applying to practicum. APU’s UCC is a member of SCAPTP (Southern California Association of Practicum Training Programs) and participates in the electronic match to select final candidates.

Desired Qualifications

To be considered for the Practicum Program, applicants should:

  • Demonstrate a strong interest in providing clinical services and outreach to APU’s student body.
  • Completed at least two years of doctoral level coursework.
  • Have excellent clinical, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong interest in exploring faith integration/spirituality with clients.
  • Previous clinical experience working with older adolescents/young adults.
  • Agree and abide by APU's Statement of Faith and What We Believe documents (see below)


The contract commitment consists of one academic year (late August to May), 16 hours per week, which equals approximately 600 total hours. Students are encouraged to spend two full days per week at the UCC, with Friday being a required day. Practicum students are also required to attend orientation, which is typically in mid to late August.

How to Apply

All applicants must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation, as well as agree with and sign APU’s Statement of Faith (MS Word). Applicants must read and abide by APU's beliefs and values outlined in What We Believe (PDF). An interview will be scheduled with all final candidates. Email applications to

Grace Kim, PhD

Training Director
University Counseling Center

  • Phone: (626) 815-2109
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