This package includes:
PSY-654 Psychology Practicum I (WE) – 3 credits – $1950
PSY-664 Practicum Seminar I (WE) – 1 credit – $650
Total Package Cost – $2600
This series of three field placements provides opportunities for the psychology student to gain practical experience in competencies that meet their professional goals. Under the guidance of their Practicum Portfolio Faculty Mentor/Advisor in their first trimester, they are introduced to the Psychology Practicum Handbook. By their second trimester, they are expected to have developed a Practicum Portfolio to support their application to placement settings following a successful Practicum Readiness Interview with the Director of Clinical Training and their Faculty Mentor/Advisor. Once a site has been identified, the student has applied and been accepted, and the practicum experience has been approved by the Director of Clinical Training, placement begins at the beginning of Applied Sequence (fourth trimester for full-time students). Placements are in a psychology or related mental health setting under the supervision of a qualified member of the College of Psychology. Students should expect to attend one full day per week at the practicum site, although some sites may allow half-days or evenings. Each practicum consists of 300 hours including 15 hours of supervision and 75 hours of direct client contact. Remaining hours consist of report writing, research and reading, and attending and/or presenting at conferences or rounds, as directed by the student’s primary Supervisor. The Supervisor observes and assesses students against a standard of “competent” in all six MPsy program learning objectives: Interpersonal Relationships (IP); Assessment and Evaluation (AS); Intervention (NT); Research (RC); Ethics and Standards (EH); Diagnosis (DG).
Practicum Seminars run concurrently with student practicum placements and meet on a regular basis in a small group format. They provide experienced faculty with the opportunity to guide the on-going development of the student’s “safe and effective use of self”. Students present and critique clinical case material through methods such as audio and/or video recordings and receive peer consultation as well as sound clinical instruction and developmental supervision necessary for enhancement of professional skills and knowledge. Once a student has started a Practicum placement, they may start attending Practicum Seminar. If a student is not currently in Practicum, they should not attend the seminars. For example, if a student has started Practicum mid trimester, they may start attending Seminars. If they suddenly lose their placement, they should wait to obtain a new one before continuing their attendance. Students who have completed their Practicum requirement but have not attended the requisite Practicum Seminars must continue to attend until such time as they have met the requirement.