Beginning in the second year of the program and continuing throughout the remainder of the program (a minimum of seven semesters), students integrate their academic knowledge with practical experiences through a series of practicum experiences. Practicum training is sequential, cumulative and graded in complexity, and provides opportunities for students to achieve and demonstrate profession-wide competencies as well as program-specific competencies (i.e., rural practice). Practica involve opportunities to work with diverse and underserved populations. Students progress from gaining culturally relevant competency in assessment and evidence-based interventions, to preparing for more advanced supervisory, consultation, and organizational leadership roles in applied settings.
Practicum Sites and Supervision: Placements include on and off campus practice settings. In addition to on-site supervision, students also participate in group supervision with a faculty member who is a licensed psychologist.
- Psychology Training Clinic
- Community Based Clinic
- Assessment Support and Counseling (ASC) Centers
- School Based Mental Health placements
- Counseling and Psychological Services Center
- University Based Counseling Center
- Integrated Behavioral Health Services
- Inpatient Hospitals
Placement: Practicum placements are made by the core program faculty in consultation with the student and sites. Student trainees are evaluated by on-site clinical supervisors. Practicum grades are assigned by supervising faculty in consultation with on-site supervisors.
Background Check: Some practicum sites require a criminal background check and drug screen before starting (cost covered by student). Students should check with the Director of Clinical Training to determine what is required for each practicum.