College of Health Sciences

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Clinical Practicum

Clinical Psychology Program

Students enter practicum training if they are making satisfactory progress in the program and receive approval of the Program Director, Director of Training, and the Academic Review Committee. The Director of Training assists students in the application process for practicum placements to facilitate an appropriate match between training site characteristics and students' interests. Practicum is a field experience at an off-campus clinical training site for a minimum of 9 months and up to 12 months.  Practicum training is completed at numerous hospitals, agencies, and organizations throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. The specific clinical focus of the experience varies according to the student's needs, interests, services provided at the training site, and availability of practicum sites. Students complete a minimum of nine quarters of practicum. Students typically work approximately 16 to 24 hours per week in a clinical setting. The practicum experiences in diagnostic, therapy, and advance total approximately 1,800 hours over three years. Typically, the student completes a diagnostic practicum in the second year of study, a therapy practicum in the third year, and an advanced practicum in the fourth year. Practicum placements may require work in the summer months, over holiday periods, and during breaks in the academic calendar.  All students must successfully complete practicum experiences in the second, third and fourth years of study. Students must also successfully complete in the second, third, and fourth year of study a concurrent practicum seminar on campus. In order to receive credit for practicum students must pass both Fall, Spring, & Winter (summer if required) Quarter evaluations from their site supervisor and seminar leader. For more information, refer to the current Clinical Psychology Practicum Training Manual and the Practicum Search Manual.