An integral part of the doctoral program is the acquisition of practical skills gained in field placements. Ongoing involvement in community service and clinical activities at professional training sites, including Adler Community Health Services, gives students the closely supervised opportunity to apply and further develop the knowledge, skills, values, and competencies they gain in course work.
Practicum training requirements begin with a first year Community Service Practicum that focuses on developing skills related to community-based interventions, advocacy, social justice, and systemic interventions that benefit human welfare and well-being. Students then complete clinical training that focuses on developing skills and providing experience in psychological assessment and developing skills related to intervention and treatment.
First year students spend 8-10 hours per week over the course of six months at an approved Community Service Practicum site while concurrently enrolled in required coursework. A minimum of 200 clock hours is required over a period of six months. Second and third year doctoral students spend at least two days per week over the course of nine months at an approved clinical practicum site while concurrently enroll in Practicum Seminars throughout their field training.
A minimum total of 1,500 clock hours of clinical practica is required, but students may elect to complete an advanced practicum during their fourth year of study to obtain additional specialized or in-depth training to strengthen their learning experience. Advanced practicum students must complete a minimum of 600 clock hours of practicum over the course of at least nine months at an approved practicum site, and must concurrently enroll in Practicum Seminars throughout the training year.
The Director and Associate Director of Training and Community Service work in collaboration with students in identifying clinical experiences which meet the standards and requirements of the program. For more information, please contact Dr. Eunice Kim at (312) 662-4215.