ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS - Clinical Area
Currently, the formal number of practica hours to be taken prior to applying for a predoctoral internship is 990 hours, consisting of Practicum I (330 hours) and Practicum II (660 hours).
Practicum I (MA)
Practicum I (Psychology 6430P 6.0) is taken in-house, in the student’s second year of MA studies.
Practicum II (PhD)
Practicum II (Psychology 6440P 6.0) involves 660 hours of supervised training at an external setting and is taken in the second year of the PhD program.
NOTE: When students undertake their Practica, they may find that they spend additional hours on activities such as studying individual cases, learning testing materials, writing intake summaries, etc. It is important for students to keep record of these substantive additional hours to their training and to present these alongside the 990 hours when applying for a predoctoral internship.
The Clinical and CD Areas have reviewed the evidence for the numbers of hours students are normally expected to have taken before applying for predoctoral internships. The 990 hours is fully adequate. What is more important is the quality (i.e., depth and breadth of the student’s training) and the balance of the training. An example of the latter would be having substantive training in both assessment and intervention approaches. The practicum III option is provided for students who seek to add to the quality of their training given that they are progressing through the program in a timely manner.
Choosing a Practicum II Location
After reviewing the Practicum Agreement Form and possibly confirming the arrangement with the practicum supervisor, the DCT will sign the Form and give it to Sandra Locke. One copy will be given to Connie in the Graduate Office, so the student can be registered for credit in the Practicum. Sandra Locke will also be informed so that she can arrange for a Contract Letter to be sent to the practicum supervisor. This is critical in order for the supervisor to receive a stipend for providing practicum supervision. THE ONUS IS ON THE STUDENT TO ENSURE THIS CONTRACT IS SENT. The student must therefore ensure that the name and address of the practicum supervisor are included in the Practicum Agreement Form. The Contract Letter is then signed by the Department Chair and sent by Sandra Locke.
Optional Practicum III
The Director of Clinical Training may allow a student to take a third clinical applied practicum provided that the student has completed all course work and either the minor area paper or an approved PhD dissertation proposal. Please note that this is an option that is available to a student who has been progressing in a timely manner (thus the required completion of courses and either PhD paper or dissertation proposal) and that the third practicum chosen is deemed necessary to meet the student’s training requirements.