The Center for Deployment Psychology Summer Institute: Preparing for a Psychology Career in the Military

Course Overview

The Center for Deployment Psychology Summer Institute: Preparing for a Psychology Career in the Military (CDPSI) is a five-day course that was established to raise doctoral students’ awareness of what it would be like to serve as a psychologist in the Armed Forces and to increase their competitiveness for a military internship.

The course is:

  • Offered at no cost and provides lodging for the entirety. (Students are required to pay for their own travel, meals, and incidentals)
  • Hosted at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences located in Bethesda, MD
  • Intended for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year doctoral students in clinical or counseling psychology
  • Aimed at students seriously considering applying for military internships at one of the ten training programs located throughout the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force
  • An intensive program which will strengthen trainees’ backgrounds in military behavioral health as they gain first-hand knowledge of military culture, the work of psychologists serving in uniform, and evidence-based strategies to treat active duty Service members


Through didactics, experiential exercises, and panel and group discussions led by CDP faculty and experts in the field, participants learn about:

  • Types of clinical and assessment opportunities for military psychologists
  • The warrior ethos, deployment cycle stress, military family challenges and resilience
  • Ethical dilemmas faced by providers working with military patients. Students have the opportunity to explore situations that may expose military psychologists to unique ethical challenges
  • Clinical problems experienced by Service members and cognitive behavioral treatments used at military clinics

Course Highlights

  • Chance to interact with psychologists from different branches of the military
  • Panel discussion with Training Directors from each of the military branches
  • Discussion of what military life is like for family members
  • Four hour training in PTSD assessment
  • One day skills-based training in assessment and crisis intervention for suicide


The safety and well-being of the students we train is very important to us. CDP is paying close attention to updates and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We will continue to assess the situation and will follow local guidance as available. If the health concerns continue, CDP will implement contingency plans that may involve offering the course modules, discussions and panels online (as live webinars) versus in person.

Questions can be emailed to Hakimah Campbell at


The 2022 application period opens 15 November 2021