PhD in Clinical Psychology | Clinical Training
Each student is required to complete a minimum of two years of clinical practicum training. Each practicum experience includes 500 training hours per year, including provision of direct clinical services (e.g., assessment and psychotherapy), supervision, and other clinically relevant experiences. Training helps students integrate theoretical knowledge and research activity with clinical application, and supervised practice experience with a range of client populations and clinical problems will be gained. The PhD program places an emphasis on evidenced-based practice in clinical psychology, and students gain didactic and experientially-based training in these techniques. As a scientist-practitioner program, the course of study encourages students to integrate their research interests and clinical work, and this process is navigated through close mentorship guidance from a primary advisor.
SPP operates the Pacific Psychology Clinic, a training clinic with sites in Portland and Hillsboro. The Hillsboro clinic is located in Creighton Hall on the Hillsboro Campus in Hillsboro and provides services in Spanish and English. The Portland clinic is located in downtown Portland. These clinics offer a wide range of psychological services to the community. Most students gain some practicum experience at the program's own training clinics; other community sites in the Portland area are also available, allowing for exposure to varied sites and populations.
The clinical psychology internship is the culminating experience of the clinical psychology PhD program. It is among the last major tasks undertaken by students prior to graduation and represents a significant commitment of time and effort. The internship provides opportunity to use and refine clinical skills and knowledge and to consolidate one’s professional identity.
The internship requires either full-time supervised clinical experience for one calendar year or a comparable halftime supervised clinical experience for two consecutive years. Internship training must be taken at a site that is APA accredited or meets Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Center (APPIC) criteria. Students apply for internships through the APPIC match procedure. We also have our own APA-accredited internship training program at the Pacific Psychology Clinic.