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Become a Clinical PsyD Field Site

The Office of Field Education is available to work with sites that are interested in becoming approved for clinical practicum, advanced clinical practicum and internship level training. William James College training requirements are program specific and will be provided upon request by the Office of Field Education by contacting: fieldplacement@williamjames.edu.

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, and there are two different paths for the completion of field education requirements during Years IV and V.

Clinical Practica Requirements

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. A student seeking to commit more time to a site must have prior approval of his/her William James College faculty advisor and the Office of Field Education.

All clinical practicum students need at least one hour of individual supervision and either a second hour of individual supervision or 90 minutes of group supervision (4 students maximum). At least one of the supervisors must be a licensed psychologist/health service provider. All supervisors must be either licensed psychologists; licensed independent clinical social workers, licensed mental health counselors or board eligible or certified psychiatrists. An orientation to the site and weekly structured learning activities must be included in the student’s training program. A minimum of one hour per week of these learning activities and/or additional mentoring is required for students at the clinical practicum level of training.

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.  

Advanced Clinical Practica Requirements

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 sites. Advanced clinical practica typically run from late August through mid-June. As with other years of training, a student seeking to commit more time to a site must have prior approval of his/her William James College faculty advisor and the Office of Field Education.

All advanced clinical practicum students receive two hours each week of individual face-to-face supervision from a qualifying licensed supervisor (licensed psychologist HSP, board certified psychiatrist, or licensed independent clinical social worker). At least half of the supervision should be provided by a licensed psychologist who is also the primary supervisor.

At least half of the total hours of supervised experience in this advanced clinical practicum will be spent in “service-related” activities, defined by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as “treatment/intervention, assessment, interviews, report writing, case presentations and consultations.”

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.

  • Many students complete Advanced Clinical Practicum II during Year IV and go on to apply for and complete a full time APA internship during Year V.
  • Other students apply for and complete their internship during Years IV and V through the William James College APA-accredited Internship Consortium.
Internship Requirements

Internship training occurs during Year V in a full time APA-accredited internship or during Years IV and V on a half-time basis, (typically 27 hours/week) as part of the William James College APA-accredited Internship Consortium training program.

Please contact Dr. Randi Dorn at Randi_dorn@williamjames.edu for information about becoming an APA-accredited Internship Consortium site or click here for additional information.

Supervisor Responsibilities

The Primary Supervisor’s responsibilities are:

  1. To complete and to sign the Field Placement Contract during the annual Assessment and Planning Conference (typically held in May or June) or to complete and to sign the Contract during early September before the trainee begins to see clients.
  2. To work with the student to implement the training program as specified in the Field Placement Contract.  This is accomplished by helping the student to reach contracted learning goals, by monitoring the student’s overall development as a professional psychologist, and by maintaining an awareness of the interface between field training and coursework at William James College.  The Primary Supervisor will be contacted half way through the first semester by the William James College Field Education Office to learn about the student’s progress.  Further, the Field Education Office personnel are available to discuss any matters related to a student’s work.  In addition to these routine contacts, site visits will occur routinely by a designated William James College psychologist from the faculty or administration.  You will be contacted to arrange this visit or you may request a visit to your site.  The Primary Supervisor attends the Assessment and Planning Conference (A & P) which is one of the most important mechanisms that integrates the student’s individualized needs, the field site characteristics, and our program.  As noted previously, the Field Education Contract is typically completed at the A & P conference.  The A & P conference is described in more detail below.
  3. To provide timely and complete written evaluations a the end of each semester using William James College  Evaluation Forms.
  4. To inform the student of the various programs, training opportunities, and supervisors available at/to the site.
  5. To oversee or designate another staff member to oversee the student’s training program at the site.

The Primary Supervisor will receive a copy of the Field Placement Contract from the trainee in September.

Participation Forms

Willingness to Participate

William James College’s Willingness to Participate As a Field Site form (WTP) is generally completed at the beginning of each training year by the site Director of Clinical Training or their designee.  It formalizes the interest of the site in training William James College students for the following academic year.  It also describes the nature of the program, the kinds of training opportunities offered to students, pertinent site contact information, supervisor’s credentials and the requirements and prerequisites for students who train at the site.

Once a site has been approved, the completed WTP is placed in our online site Search Directory as well as in William James College Field Directory files along with other site information such as agency brochures.  These files are available to students as they engage in their field placement search.

Please contact the Office of Field Education at fieldplacement@williamjames.edu to receive a current Willingness to Participate form.

Policies and Procedures

Application and Notification Deadlines

Sites that train William James College students adhere to the application and notification deadlines set by the Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA) Practicum Training Collaborative (PTC). The application deadline is the first workday in January and the response deadline is the first working Monday in February. Sites are asked to notify applicants by 9 am and to copy the Director of Field Education on all offers. The PTC response deadlines do not apply to sites accepting entering first-year and advanced standing students, WJC APA-accredited Internship Consortium students, or APA internships which follow APPIC guidelines.

Student Evaluations

We ask field supervisors to complete two written evaluations of their supervisees, one at the end of each semester.  The first written evaluation is due in December by the end of the fall semester and the second Spring evaluation is due by the end of May. Note: specific dates will be shared with sites each year.  Please respect the deadlines for evaluations.  Failure to do so creates problems for the students and the School. We expect you to review the content of the evaluations with your student before submitting the form to William James College.  We will share the evaluations with the student’s Advisor who will use them, along with input from the faculty, to help the student assess their progress and set goals for future academic and field work, as well as to assign Field Education Credit.         

The Assessment and Planning Conference (A & P)

This annual conference, held toward the end of the second semester, is a unique feature of our program, and of major importance to William James College students.  Each student meets with their Advisor,  a fellow student, their current Field Placement Supervisor, as well as the next year’s Field Placement Supervisor.  In that meeting, communications about the student and evaluations of their work are reviewed and formal recommendations regarding academic and field work are made.

In the spring, your current supervisee and/or our trainee you have selected for the following academic year will approach you to set a time for the A & P conference.  We try to be sensitive to field supervisor’s schedules in arranging the meetings.  Coordinating schedules, however, is often difficult, so please anticipate this request around April.  Your input at the conference is essential.  While designed to meet students’ needs, the A & P’s have, in fact, proven to be enormously gratifying for faculty and field supervisors as well.         

Adjunct Clinical Faculty Appointment

Adjunct Clinical Faculty appointments may be awarded for the current training year to primary and secondary clinical supervisors. Supervisors who would like to be considered for this designation should send a letter of interest describing their professional work with William James College students as well as an updated professional resume for review by the Director of Field Education and the Chair of the  Clinical Psychology Department.

The Faculty Advisor

Each student is assigned an Advisor who oversees their program throughout their years at William James College.  The Advisor approves the student’s program (including selection of field site) by means of the Field Education Contract, and chairs the annual A & P Conference.

Field Education Department Contacts

Shellee Robbins, PhD
Director of Field Education
shellee_robbins@williamjames.edu

Randi S. Dorn, EdD, ABPP
Director of Training
randi_dorn@williamjames.edu

Lionel S. Joseph, PhD, PsyD
Associate Director of Training
lionel_joseph@williamjames.edu

Kristen Aberle, PsyD
Associate Director of Field Education 
kristen_aberle@williamjames.edu

Wendy Rotfort, PsyD
Associate Director Field Education
wendy_rotfort@williamjames.edu

Cheryl MacDonald, MBA
Assistant Director of Field Education
cheryl_macdonald@williamjames.edu

Laura Bourgeois, MA
Department Coordinator 
laura_bourgeois@williamjames.edu


Sites should submit any/all written materials to fieldplacement@williamjames.edu or

William James College
Director of Field Education
One Wells Avenue
Newton, MA 02459