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Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) Program

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The PsyD program is a post-master’s program that requires applicants to complete a graduate-level practicum prior to admission, including working with individuals and/or families in a clinical context. Incoming students must have a beginning understanding of the psychotherapeutic process as evidenced by a basic knowledge of how commonly occurring client problems are helped by different treatment approaches, and demonstrate interest in and readiness for self-reflection in clinical practicum.

Clinical training in the doctoral program includes an advanced practicum. Students have the option of completing a full-time internship in the 4th or 5th year of the program or a part-time internship in the 3rd and 4th years.

Advanced Practicum

  • The advanced practicum is completed over the course of one academic year.
  • Students are expected to be onsite 20 – 25 hours per week for a minimum of  1,000 hours.
  • Fifty percent of the student’s time (500 hours) must be in direct face-to-face clinical service.
  • Students receive 8 hours of supervision per month; 4 hours are provided by fully-licensed site supervisors and 4 hours by fully-licensed faculty supervisors.
  • Students are required to attend 3 hours of MiSPP didactic training per month.
  • Students develop core competencies in relationship, diversity, assessment, intervention, and professional development.

*Beginning with the 2014-2015 cohort students will complete a minimum of 1,800 hours of practicum training (at least 50% in direct client contact) over the course of two years. 

The  Director of Clinical Training guides students through the match and application process for practicum placement. The PsyD Practicum Handbook, located on MiSPP’s Student Resource site, provides detailed information about practicum training requirements. Below are examples of typical practicum placements available to MiSPP students.

Practicum Setting
Description of Services
Affirmations Outpatient gay affirmative psychotherapy with the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender population
McLaren Hospital
Behavioral Health Services
Services for individuals, families and children with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues
Neighborhood Services Organization
Older Adult Division
Mental health services for Wayne County residents, ages 60 and older, and adult nursing home residents, ages 18 and older
University of Michigan (UM) Counseling and Psychological Services Psychological and psychiatric services for currently enrolled UM undergraduate and graduate students

 

Internship

  • 2000 hours of advanced clinical training lasting between 11 – 22 months.
  • Prior to advancing to internship, students are required to pass a Clinical Competency Exam at the end of advanced practicum and possess a working knowledge of assessment and interviewing, case formulation, therapeutic alliance dynamics, and empirically-supported treatment formulation.
  • Interns work closely with clinical psychologists in a wide variety of clinical activities to prepare for independent practice.
  • Students receive 8 hours of supervision per month; 4 hours are provided by fully-licensed site supervisors and 4 hours by fully-licensed faculty supervisors.
  • In addition to didactic training at their sites, students are required to attend 3 hours of MiSPP didactic training per month.
  • Students develop advanced competencies in relationship, diversity, assessment, intervention, and professional development. 

Internships may be obtained at the national level through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral Internship Center (APPIC) , through the Michigan School of Professional Psychology Internship Consortium (MiSPPIC) or locally. Local sites must meet MiSPP’s requirements as indicated in the Internship Agreement. The Internship Handbook, located on MiSPP’s Student Resource site, provides detailed information about internship training requirements.


Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (MA) Program

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Clinical training is an integral part of MiSPP’s MA program. Full-time students are placed in practicum under the direction of experienced clinicians for all 3 semesters in which they are enrolled. Part-time MA students complete practicum in year 2 of enrollment. The goal of practicum training is for MA graduate students to acquire the theoretical knowledge, clinical competencies, and self-awareness needed to become competent effective practitioners and to develop a professional identity.

How long is the practicum?

Consistent with MiSPP’s practitioner-scholar model philosophy, full-time students begin practicum at the start of the first semester and finish at the end of the final semester. To maximize learning and skill development, the practicum may not be condensed into a shorter timeframe. Part-time students also complete the practicum in one year, but in year 2 of enrollment. 

How many hours are completed?

A total of 500 hours are completed over the academic year; 25% of those hours must be in direct face-to-face contact with clients. Typically students are at their sites 2 to 3 days, for 12 to 15 hours per week. 

What about supervision?

In accordance with State of Michigan licensing requirements, students receive 8 hours of supervision per month from a licensed psychologist. Four of those hours are provided by a supervisor at the practicum site. The additional 4 hours are provided by the student’s assigned faculty supervisor. Students are provided with information on their faculty supervisors during orientation.

What kinds of sites are available?

A variety of settings are approved for practicum, including community-based clinics, residential facilities, substance abuse settings, schools, and outpatient psychiatric clinics.

How are sites obtained?

Full-time students receive a list of potential practicum sites at the time they accept their admission offers. They are also free to pursue sites that are not on the list; however, all sites must be approved by the Director of Clinical Training to ensure that MiSPP’s training site requirements are met. The Clinical Training staff is available to help students identify and select sites. The MA Practicum Handbook, located on MiSPP’s student resource site, provides detailed information about the master’s practicum and training site requirements.

Handbooks and additional information may be found in the Student Resource area, available to current MiSPP students.  Questions related to clinical training should be directed to the Director of Clinical Training or faculty supervisor.