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Clinical Training Sequence

During the first semester students register in Introduction to Clinical Practice through which they acquire basic interviewing and clinical skills.  Two additional systems are utilized to assist students develop basic clinical skills.  These are the Facilics system used during the second semester of the first year and the Learning Psychotherapy program utilized during the third semester.  Facilics teaches students advanced interviewing, assessment and intervention skills, including interventions with patients in crisis.  This system is utilized to evaluate the students performance with Standardized Patients utilizing specific symbols and diagrams to graphically depict each step of the intervention. All interventions are taped at the Standardized Patient facilities and later reviewed by the supervisor and the student.

During the third semester students register in Psychotherapeutic Techniques, a practicum that specializes in the developing the basic competencies of psychotherapeutic interventions through the Learning Psychotherapy program.  After acquiring the basic psychotherapeutic skills through the third practicum and through experiences in one of our practicum sites the student is immersed in the fourth practicum; Conceptualization and Treatment Planning.  During the third year student register in two integrative practicums while still being placed in different practice sites.  Elective practicums are available to fourth year students: Advanced Practicum in Health Psychology, Child and School Psychology Practicum.


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