Practicum Sites

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.

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.