Training & Research: Clinical Training
Our doctoral program encompasses broad scientific concepts while integrating the art of clinical practice. It also includes the core competencies outlined by the National Council of Schools and Program of Professional Psychology (NCSPP).
The clinical training sequence requires students to complete two years of practicum, one year of internship, and to attend quarterly clinical supervision and consultation groups. Learn more about these requirements below.
Practicum training involves 16–20 hours per week of experience in clinical settings throughout the Puget Sound region. Students may apply to sites based on the students’ clinical interests.
SPU works with a variety of sites including medical centers, community mental health clinics, correctional facilities, and university counseling centers.
Clinical Psychology Practicum Definitions
Practicum Training Competencies
Each student is evaluated on the following competencies objectives, which appear on the Quarterly Practicum Student Evaluation form. Each quarter the student must meet with his or her clinical supervisor(s) to review each of these competencies.
Our program works to train doctoral students to develop the following competencies:
Clinical Consult Groups (CCG's) are opportunities for small groups of students to consult with faculty members regarding applied clinical questions.
Students are required to attend nine CCG during each year of their practicum experience, and to be prepared to present one or more cases from their practicum position.
Each CCG will be organized around a particular clinical theme or method, and will frequently center on issues of professional development, ethics, and legal standards of practice.
Consultations are aimed at helping practicum students with case conceptualization, the learning of new clinical methodology, and to assist with better enacting a local clinical scientist model of practice. The CCG does not serve as a substitute for, extension of, or replacement for, on-site individual and group supervision provided by practicum site supervisors.
Students in the doctoral program are required to complete a 12-month predoctoral psychology internship training experience. Each internship training site will have its own set of training expectations and objectives.
Students typically obtain internship training in medical centers or mental health settings. Students are encouraged to apply to both regional and national training sites based on the students’ clinical interests and professional goals.
The predoctoral clinical psychology internship application process at SPU follows the policies and procedures of the Association of Psychology Post-Doctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Students are expected to seek an internship through the APPIC matching process.