Practicum begins with a 2- to 3-week long orientation in Mid-August, designed to get acquainted with staff and other trainees, as well as to introduce trainees to agency policies and procedures, space, technology, and other logistical matters.
One-and-a-half to two hours per week of individual supervision are provided for both fall and winter semesters. Trainees are usually supervised by a postdoctoral psychology fellow or staff psychologist during the fall and one to two predoctoral psychology interns during the winter. The postdoctoral fellows and predoctoral interns, in their role as supervisors, are supervised by licensed psychologists.
Practicum seminar occurs for one-and-a-half hours weekly throughout the academic year. It is comprised of a weekly check-in with the practicum coordinator to provide support, navigate challenges, and help foster training goals and professional development. Each session concludes with a presentation by permanent staff, discussing practice/professional issues pertinent to the fields of psychology and counseling.
Practicum trainees will be given the opportunity to connect with permanent staff in a mentoring capacity. This relationship will be non-evaluative and confidential. Since this role is completely voluntary (and in addition to the normal staff responsibilities), the availability of mentors may differ from year to year. Every effort will be made to assign a practicum trainee to a mentor.