This practicum experience is designed as a transition from formal coursework to learning experiences within a school or clinical setting, under the direct supervision by a licensed or certified psychologist. Through this practicum, students are provided with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of child development, learning theory, assessment, direct and indirect interventions, and to experientially apply the theories and techniques learned in Clinical Foundations of Intervention I & II (PSY 503 & 504) while working with children and families in a variety of settings. Under the supervision of the professor, each student will be placed in an approved site for two full days each week to practice skills, develop observation skills, continue to develop counseling skills and to become oriented to working as a practicing psychologist.
Each student will be required to complete a project of intervention that measures the progress of a client population (single or group that they are managing throughout the semester. Students are required to attend weekly meetings with other practicum students for case review, further supervision, topic presentations and sharing of intervention cases to be examined in light of theoretical and professional issues, ethics and strategies.