Practicum Placement

The CPSR practicum placement provides intensive supervised experience in the practice of clinical psychology regarding clinical services to adults, adolescents and children, as well as to couples and families. Practicum placements are designed to enables students to acquire (1) competence for the autonomous practice of clinical psychology; (2) a sound commitment to ethical standards of professional practice, and (3) a strong sense of professional identity and responsibility.

The CPSR practicum placement will initiate you to two main areas of practice in clinical psychology:

  • Assessment (i.e., diagnostic, career, and treatment planning)
  • Intervention (i.e., individual, group, couple, and family)

The cornerstone of the program at CPSR is the scientist-practitioner model in which the clinician is encouraged to rigorously examine and critique interventions, account for the choice of such interventions, and evaluate their outcomes.

In order to complete the required hours of psychological services at CPSR students must complete five cases during their practicum placement (two assessment cases and three intervention cases). Each completed case must be approved by the clinical supervisor. Evaluation of acquisition of expected clinical competencies are assessed by the supervisor at two time points during the year (December and May). Expected competencies development is discussed individually with the practicum student’s supervisor and described in a Supervision Agreement.

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