Field Education

Clinical practica, advanced clinical practica and internship experiences are coordinated with academic seminars and coursework. At field placements, students receive a minimum of two hours of individual and/or group clinical supervision in addition to academic and professional training seminars. All placements are reviewed and approved by the Director of Field Education.


Participating Field Sites

Clinical practica, advanced clinical practica and internship level training is offered at over 175 sites in the New England area.

Cambridge Health Alliance
Brookline Community Mental Health Center
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc.
Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital
The Home for Little Wanderers
Lynn Community Health
McClean Hospital
Rhode Island College
Roger Williams University
Wediko Children's Services

Some of our sites include:

  • Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (WJC Consortium)
  • Brookline Community Mental Health Center
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Chelsea Memorial Health Center (MGH)
  • Elder Services of Merrimack Valley
  • Family Services of the Merrimack Valley
  • The Home for Little Wanderers
  • Charles River Community Health (WJC Consortium)
  • Lynn Community Health Center (WJC Consortium)
  • McLean Hospital
  • The New England Conservatory Counseling Center
  • Rhode Island College Counseling Center (WJC Consortium)
  • Roger Williams University Counseling Center (WJC Consortium)
  • Shriners Burn Hospital
  • Simmons College Counseling CenterWellesley College, Stone Center Counseling Services (WJC Consortium)
  • Wediko Children’s Services (WJC Consortium)

All William James College clinical psychology doctoral students complete five years of field placement. Years I and II are designated as clinical practicum; Year III is advanced clinical practicum; there are two different paths for the completion of field education requirements during Years IV and V.

Clinical Practica

Clinical practica have training goals consistent with the curricular goals of Years I and II. At this stage, field placements emphasize exposure to varied populations and life span issues, theoretical orientations, assessment procedures and modalities of intervention. Students’ progress is assessed on the acquisition of particular knowledge, skills and attitudes. First-year students spend a minimum of 640 hours (16 hours per week) at their field sites; second year clinical practicum students spend a minimum of 800 hours (20 hours per week) at their sites. Practica typically run from late August through mid-June. 

Incoming students may request that their current work site be evaluated as a clinical practicum site: the "job as placement" option. Such requests should be made on the admissions application. Decisions regarding these requests are made after admission but prior to registration. Approval is contingent upon a site meeting William James College training requirements and is for the first year of training only.

Advanced Clinical Practica

All trainees engage in advanced clinical practicum training during Year III of the clinical doctoral program. The training occurs on a part-time basis and students spend a minimum of 960 hours (24 hours per week) at their site. Advanced clinical practicum training goals are consistent with the curricular goals of the student’s training year and continue to address the full range of competencies endorsed by the APA and our doctoral program.

Students pursue one of two training paths after completing Advanced Clinical Practicum I.

Students either complete Advanced Clinical Practicum II during Year IV and go on to complete a full-time APA internship during Year V.

Or

During Years IV and V, students apply for and complete their internship on a half-time basis (typically 27 hours/week) through the William James College APA-accredited Internship Consortium.