Field Placement Office and Practicum Experience

Practicum Experience

In years 2, 3, and 4 of our doctoral program, students are placed in practicum sites offering a diverse experience with regard to site, clientele, and clinical presentation. Practicums promote the integration of academic knowledge with practical experience in a real world setting, preparing students for future training in professional psychology. Students are required to complete 1500 hours of practicum service as a requirement for graduation.

A list of potential practicum agencies is offered to students in their first year practicum preparation course. Then, in the spring semester, students apply to practicum sites for the following academic year.

Practicums are:

  • 15-25 hours per week
  • Between 9 and 12 month
  • Non-paid position
  • Experiential learning through provision of direct clinical service
  • Training experiences beyond coursework offered on campus
  • Supervised by a licensed mental health professional.

Practicum sites include:

  • Hospitals and affiliated mental health clinics
  • Community Mental Health Agencies
  • School Districts
  • Specialty Clinics (i.e., agencies that specialize in the treatment of anxiety disorders, eating disorders, alcohol and substance abuse)
  • Specialty Private Practices (i.e, comprehensive assessment clinics)

All practicum training and placement is overseen by the Field Placement Office and the Assistant Dean of Clinical Training.