V. THE PSYCHOLOGICAL CLINIC, PRACTICUM, AND INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS
REQUIREMENTS FOR CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS
Every clinical psychology student is required to see clients in the general clinic during their first 3 years of graduate school. Cases seen through specialty clinics as part of a practicum (e.g., Tourette’s, YAD-C, PACT, DBT clinic) do not count toward this requirement. First year students will see one cognitive-behavioral therapy case and one psychodynamic therapy case to satisfy this requirement. All second year clinical students are expected to participate in the assessment team and may also provide individual, family, or group psychotherapy. Third year clinical students may conduct psychotherapy and/or assessments. A minimum of 3 clinic credits (.5 credits in the fall and spring of Years 1-3) is required for graduation. Students who see clients in the clinic beyond the third year, must continue to register for .5 credits each semester that they see clients.
The Clinic will provide the following:
- Introduction to Clinic procedures, client management systems, suicide and crisis assessment – This will be provided by the Clinic Director during the student’s first year.
- Therapy Clients – The clinic will provide clinical students with therapy clients during their time at GSAPP. If a student is interested in picking up a case, she/he will be placed on the therapist list for available clients and provided with a client when her/his name gets to the top of the list.
- Assessment Clients – All second year clinical psychology students will be provided the opportunity to conduct assessments at the clinic in their second year. Third and fourth year students may also pick up assessment cases if there are enough assessment cases to satisfy the requirements of the second year clinical students and the school psychology department.
- Assessment Training – An assessment training will be offered by the Assessment Director during May or June each year. Attendance at this orientation is required prior to taking an assessment case.
- Supervision – Students will be provided with a supervisor who is a professional psychologist with appropriate credentials and experience.
- Students must attend the Clinic orientation when it is provided. If this is not possible, they may view the alternative videos provided by the Clinic Director. Students may not see Clinic cases without completing the Clinic orientation.
- Students are required to attend the Assessment Team orientation prior to taking an assessment case.
- Students must register for clinic credits in the fall and spring semesters of their first through third years at GSAPP and in any subsequent semester in which they see clients for psychotherapy and/or assessment.
- Students must initiate the process of obtaining a Clinic assessment or therapy client by submitting the Case/Supervisor Request Form to the Clinic Director.
- Students must maintain flexibility in their schedules in order to be able to engage in work in the Clinic, and be cognizant of the fact that client availability may be partially determined by the client’s schedule. In addition, since most supervisors are practicing psychologists, supervisor availability may be partially determined by the supervisor’s other work commitments and supervision sessions may require reasonable travel to a supervisors’ office.
- Students are expected to work with clients seen in the Clinic until the assessment or intervention is completed in a professional manner. In the case of an assessment this usually means administering tests, writing the report, providing feedback to the client, and making referrals if indicated. For a therapy case it means carrying the treatment to a conclusion agreed upon with the assigned supervisor.
- Students are responsible for following all Clinic procedures and completing all required Clinic paperwork and record keeping.