As the first capstone required for graduation, the Practicum is to provide practical experience in competencies that meet the
professional goals of the student. The Practicum is conducted under the supervision of a senior
Site Supervisor who is a registered psychologist, or other qualified mental health professional. Each student is ultimately responsible for finding and successfully completing three practicum placements, for a total of 900 hours. For clinical psychology students, at least one of these must involve assessment. The Director of Clinical Training is responsible for approving sites and providing support and assistance to students in identifying, selecting, and completing Practicum experiences. Students should expect to be on site a minimum of one full day per week. Some sites may allow a schedule of two or more evenings or weekends.
Practicum seminars run concurrently with student Practicum placements and meet on a regular basis in a small group format. They provide experienced faculty with the opportunity to provide developmental supervision and consultation to guide the ongoing development of the student. Students will present and critique clinical, counselling, psychotherapy, or coaching case material
through the use of audio and/or video recording. They will receive peer consultation as well as sound clinical instruction and developmental supervision necessary for enhancement of professional skills.