An opportunity for college and graduate students to work in the office of a local clinical psychologist in private practice, applying knowledge and skills in a supervised setting to develop professional services of assessment, counseling, and/or practice management, is available. Requirements and responsibilities will vary in terms of the particular professional focus desired by the practicum student and appropriate for his or her knowledge and skills. Activities may be drawn from these areas:
Prerequisites will vary by practicum focus and responsibility, but will generally include senior status and completion of Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and one of the following: Advanced General Psychology, Introduction to the Profession of Psychology, Health Psychology, Individual Differences
Practicum students emphasizing psychological or neuropsychological assessment should have completed Psychological Testing and one of the following: Human Growth and Development, Physiological Psychology
Practicum students emphasizing counseling should have completed Counseling & Clinical Theories & Interventions
Liability insurance must be obtained by the practicum student.
Stipends are available and negotiable for advanced students only.
- PSYCHOLOGICAL and/or NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT: administering, scoring, and interpreting psychological and/or neuropsychological measures; learning and administering additional tests. Advanced students may be supervised in interviewing and performing mental status evaluations, organizing and writing results leading to conceptualizations, diagnoses, and treatment recommendations.
- COUNSELING: providing client-centered services under supervision; treatment populations typically include higher-functioning individuals and/or families. Advanced students may learn specialized skills in gestalt, interpersonal, behavioral, or stress management therapies.
- PRACTICE MANAGEMENT: maintaining testing schedules; interacting with referral sources and clients; proofreading assessment reports; researching topics relevant to test materials and norms, diagnostic issues, psychotherapeutic techniques.