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Important Policies & Statements for the Doctoral Internship Training Program

CAPS Pacific Policies and Procedures

CAPS maintains a policy and procedure manual that outlines all internal policies for our department. A copy of the CAPS Policy and Procedures manual can be obtained by emailing the CAPS Training Director at kderushia@pacific.edu.

University of the Pacific Policies and Procedures

CAPS follows all Pacific Policies and Procedures as detailed by on both the Policy and Procedure webpage and in the Pacific Staff Handbook. All applicants receiving a conditional offer of employment are subject to the University Policy and Procedures. If you have any questions about these policies and procedures, please contact Pacific's HR department. These Policies and Procedures can be accessed in the following places:

University Affirmative Action, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Policy

University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.

Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace Policy

University of the Pacific is committed to protecting the safety, health and well-being of all employees and other individuals in our workplace. We recognize that College and University campuses may be particularly vulnerable to alcohol and drug abuse which poses a significant threat to our goals. As members of the Pacific community, we must share in the work of solving this problem. We have established an alcohol and drug-free workplace program that balances our respect for individuals with the need to maintain an alcohol and drug-free environment. It is a violation of the Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace Policy to use, manufacture, possess, solicit, trade, and/or offer for sale alcohol, illegal drugs or intoxicants. The use of alcohol is strictly prohibited under any circumstance where impairment would impact the delivery of care or present a safety concern to include, but not limited to clinic environments, patient care or public safety. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are not prohibited when taken in standard dosage and/or according to a physician's prescription. Any employee taking prescribed or over-the-counter medications will be responsible for consulting the prescribing physician and/or pharmacist to ascertain whether the medication may interfere with safe performance of his/her job. If the use of a medication could compromise the safety of the employee, fellow employees or the public, it is the employee's responsibility to use appropriate personnel procedures (e.g., call in sick, use leave, request change of duty, notify supervisor, notify Human Resources) to avoid unsafe workplace practices. The illegal or unauthorized use of prescription drugs is prohibited.  It is a violation of the Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace Policy to intentionally misuse and/or abuse prescription medications. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken if job performance deterioration and/or other accidents occur. This policy can be read in it's entirety at the following link or you can contact HR at 209.946.2124 with any questions.  

Additional Standards, Laws, and Regulations

American Psychological Association

CAPS staff functions in accordance with the highest possible ethical standards and adheres to the published code of the American Psychological Association (APA) with regard to ethical aspirations and acceptable behaviors for therapists. A copy of the latest version of The Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct can be accessed here.

California State Law

In addition to the APA Ethical Guidelines, CAPS staff adheres to the laws and regulations of the State of California, as they apply to mental health practitioners. These laws and regulations can be accessed here. All situations presenting ethical issues or concerns are reviewed carefully, occasionally involve outside consultation, and are resolved in accordance with recognized professional codes.