Clinical Practicum

Practicum will provide didactic and experiential training opportunities related to the delivery of psychological services in a manner consistent with professional standards of clinical psychology practice and APA ethical principles. Clinical training begins with a required 2-semester foundation practicum sequence, followed by a minimum of three elective advanced practicum (though most students enroll in several more than three) as described below.

  1. Foundation Practicum I: Assessment (1st year, spring semester): Foundation Practicum I introduces didactic and experiential training in foundational relationship skills, assessment skills, intervention skills, diversity, ethics, and professional development. Foundation Practicum provides students with breadth of clinical training experiences, including exposure to a range of presenting problems and empirically supported assessment and treatment approaches, which will serve as a foundation upon which to pursue depth of clinical training in specific areas. Emphasis on developing competence in a broad range of clinical practice activities coincides with the first year clinical course sequence that facilitates foundational knowledge in psychological clinical science.
  2. Foundation Practice II: Treatment (2nd year, fall semester): Foundation Practicum II consists of seminar, clinical placement (practicum), and supervision experiences that begin the process of developing competence in psychological treatment, thereby providing a foundation for future clinical coursework and practica opportunities. Students are introduced to theories and principles of psychological treatments for children, adolescents, and their families (e.g., initial evaluation; diagnosis; case conceptualization; choosing the appropriate evidenced-based treatment; treatment planning; treatment monitoring; treatment termination), as well as ethical, cultural, and professional issues related to treatment (e.g., confidentiality, suicide risk assessment, mandatory child abuse reporting).
  3. Advanced Practicum: Following successful completion of the Foundation Practicum, students complete a minimum of three Advanced Practicum during their second, third, and fourth years of study in the Clinical Science doctoral program. A Student Guide to Advanced Practicum containing an updated list and description of opportunities will be distributed annually before fall semester course registration. Advanced Practicum experiences provide students with depth of clinical training in both assessment and treatment, and related to specific diagnoses (e.g., anxiety, ADHD), techniques (e.g., cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, behavioral parent training, school consultation), and formats for delivery (e.g., clinic, home, community, technology-facilitated). Emphasis on the development of intermediate to advanced competence in specific types of clinical activities coincides with the second, third, and fourth year curriculum that facilitates an intermediate to advanced knowledge base in clinical psychological science. Each student will select Advanced Practicum in consultation with his or her major professor. Students are encouraged to complete a diverse range of Advanced Practicum experiences to build intermediate to advanced competence in diverse types of clinical activities. Students are required to complete at least one practicum that provides training in assessment, at least one practicum that provides training in treatment, and at least one breadth practicum (outside of their primary clinical research area). Students are required to submit their hours for approval by their practicum supervisor at the end of each practicum, and encouraged to maintain a log of clinical activities via MyPsychTrack.