Practicum | Clinical Psychology PsyD

Each student is required to complete six terms (two years) of practicum. The practicum experience includes a minimum of 500 training hours per year:

  • at least 50%, and ideally 75%, in direct service
  • 25% in supervisory and training activities, and¬†administrative duties related to service and training

Training helps you integrate theoretical knowledge with clinical application, and you will gain supervised practice experience with a range of client populations, age groups and clinical problems. For example, you can pursue training in child psychopathology and treatment, neuropsychology, behavioral health, forensic issues, human diversity, cognitive behavior therapy and psychodynamic therapy, carried out in close mentoring relationships.

Possible Sites

The School of Graduate Psychology maintains the Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinic, a training clinic at two sites. The Hillsboro clinic is located in Creighton Hall on the Hillsboro Campus and provides services in both Spanish and English. The Portland clinic is located in downtown Portland. These clinics offer a wide range of psychological services to the community. Many 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.

More than 70 sites are used, and include these examples:

  • Children's center, serving children and adolescents of varying ethnicity with severe emotional disturbances requiring psychiatric treatment in a day, residential, or intensive outpatient treatment setting
  • Several community mental health centers serving children, adolescents, adult, and geriatric populations, primarily Caucasian, although all minority groups are represented. Client problems include moderate to severe family and individual dysfunction. Services provided include assessment and individual, family and group therapy. Some agencies focus on specific populations, such as patients with life-threatening illnesses or sexual minority clients.
  • State hospital with multicultural clients from every age group and including forensic populations. Diagnoses include any of the major mental illnesses, and treatment includes intermediate and long-term inpatient treatment. Trainees may be involved in providing individual and group psychotherapy, behavioral treatment, assessment, and working with an interdisciplinary treatment team.
  • Student counseling centers where clients range in age from late adolescence through 60s. Counseling centers are in both small town and urban settings and serve college students from diverse backgrounds, multicultural populations, and a wide variety of diagnoses (adjustment disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, alcohol/drug problems, career decision making and learning disabilities). Trainees may participate in individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, outreach consultation, vocational testing and counseling, psychological assessment and learning disability assessment.
  • Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinic with branches in Hillsboro and downtown Portland serving clients of all ages and ethnicities, generally of low socioeconomic status. Client problems include mood disorders, dysfunctional relationships, child abuse, personality disorders, interpersonal problems, physical and sexual abuse and eating disorders. Students participate in offering individual, group and family therapy, as well as psycho educational groups, consultation and psychological assessment. The Hillsboro branch offers services in Spanish as well as English.
  • State Department of Corrections at multiple sites, servicing inmates with problems ranging from adjustment issues to severe persistent mental disorders, to crises. Students may do assessment, consultation, and group and individual forensic interventions.
  • Residential treatment center for boys serving about 50 residents and almost 20 day treatment clients, ages 10-18. The most common diagnosis is ADHD, with conduct disorder and oppositional, defiant disorder being the next two most common. In addition, a number of the clients are diagnosed with mood disorders and/or PTSD. Currently, 14 of the residents are classified as juvenile sex offenders. The programs generally employ a cognitive-behavioral treatment model (not a medical model). The primary treatment modality is group therapy, but individual, family, and psycho-educational interventions are also used.