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.