Practicum Training Program for Doctoral Students

Practicum Training Program:

Our staff is a culturally and theoretically diverse group of professionals committed to providing excellent training and supervision to doctoral students who are currently enrolled in a Ph.D. or Psy.D. program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology (APA-approved preferred). Practicum training at the University Counseling Center focuses on advanced training in providing time-limited services to a predominantly African American student population who present with a wide range of developmental issues and mental health problems. The practicum training program requires each student to be present for two semesters (during one academic year), 16 hours per week and emphasizes four training areas that are outlined below. Fifty percent of the practicum student’s time is devoted to counseling and psychotherapy while the remainder of time is divided between the other three training areas:

  • Supervision and Training
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy Experience
  • Psycho-educational Testing and Psychological Assessment
  • Group Therapy

 

Supervision and Training

Quality supervision is of the utmost priority at the University Counseling Center. Our staff utilizes a supervisory team model, in which each trainee has a primary supervisor, and also receives secondary supervision from group co-leaders and other professional staff. Supervisory issues are managed as a staff team.

  • Individual Supervision: Practicum students receive 1.5 hours of individual supervision each week from a licensed psychologist. Other staff is available for additional consultation as needed. Videotapes and audiotapes of therapy sessions are not permitted.
  • Group Supervision and Didactic Training: Practicum students are required to attend a weekly meeting, which provides 1.5 hours of group supervision (for both clinical and testing cases) and/or didactic training each week. Seminars include topical material on a range of clinical issues, diversity training, and case vignettes. Seminars are provided by a staff member and outside professionals, offering exposure to a range of theoretical orientations and expertise.
  • Case Presentations: Each practicum student is required to do two formal case presentations over the training year (one per semester) in the context of practicum seminars. Informal case presentations are also expected on a regular basis during group supervision.
  • Evaluation: Ongoing feedback and communication is highly valued by our staff. Goals are developed with each practicum student at the beginning of the training year, and performance evaluations are discussed at each mid-semester. Practicum students are formally evaluated at the end of each semester, and given the opportunity to provide feedback to their primary supervisor and the training coordinator throughout the academic year.

 

Counseling and Psychotherapy Experience

Practicum students receive experience and training in the provision of counseling and psychotherapy, which comprises approximately 50 percent of their time (8 hours per week). Students have the opportunity to gain clinical experience in three main areas (based on client availability and need):

  • Intake Assessment: Weekly intake interviews and written reports with new clients
  • Individual Psychotherapy: Mostly time-limited therapy, with a few long-term cases
  • Couples Counseling:Traditional counseling/assessment

 

Psycho-Educational Testing and Psychological Assessment

Practicum students may supplement their clinical hours with the opportunity to conduct occasional psycho-educational testing and psychological assessments. Under supervision, students will be expected to prepare a comprehensive report for each evaluation completed. Instruments typically used include:

Test of Intellectual Functioning

  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – IV
  • Woodcock-Johnson – III – Test of Cognitive Ability

Test of Achievement

  • Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement – Second Edition
  • Woodcock-Johnson – III – Tests of Achievement
  • Wide Range Achievement Test -4

Test of Attention, Memory and Learning

  • California Verbal Learning Test
  • Conners’ Adult ADHD Rating Scale
  • WAIS-IV Working Memory Index (WMS)
  • Brown ADD Scales

Executive Functioning

  • Trail Making Test Parts A and B

Visual-Perceptual - Motor

  • Rey Complex Figure Drawing Test
  • Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test
  • Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual Motor Integration

Language Skills

  • Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test – III

Emotional, Social and Personality

  • Beck Depression Inventory – II
  • Beck Anxiety Inventory
  • Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory – 2
  • Millon College Counseling Inventory
  • College Adjustment Scale
  • Rorschach Inkblot Test
  • Thematic Apperception Test

Substance Abuse

  • Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory - 3

Other Measures Used

  • Clinical Interview
  • Mental Status Exam
  • Comprehensive review of developmental history, including psycho-social reports (as provided)
  • Comprehensive review of medical records, including both somatic and mental health records (as provided)
  • Comprehensive review of educational records, including IEPs and behavior checklists

(as provided)

  • Collaborative resources

Group Therapy

Practicum students are encouraged to co-lead a therapy group which may include a support, psycho-educational, skills training or process oriented group (usually 4-8 weeks in duration) over the course of the year. All groups are co-led with a staff psychologist or a licensed professional counselor.

 

Supplementary Professional Experience: Outreach

Practicum students may gain experience in providing creative outreach initiatives to the university community. Opportunities may arise to provide psycho-educational presentations in undergraduate classes. Practicum students can also participate in preparation for campus events such as National Depression Screening Day, The Clothesline Project, Take Back the Night, Healthy Relationships/Dating Violence Forums, National AIDS Day for African Americans, Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies Health Fair, Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program and others.

 

Practicum Week at a Glance

     

       1.5hrs

        1.5hrs

        8hrs

              4hrs

         1hr      

 

Individual Supervision

 

 

Group Supervision/

Case Presentation/

Seminar

 

Counseling and Psychotherapy

(includes documentation)

 

 

Psycho-Educational Testing and Psychological Assessment/Report Writing (may be replaced with outreach activities if cases are not available)

 

 

Group Therapy (includes documentation)

 

 

 

Practicum Training Competencies

 

Each practicum student is evaluated on the following objectives during supervision at mid-semester with a formal written evaluation completed at the close of each semester:

 

  • Develop competencies in establishing therapeutic relationships with client
  • Develop competencies in clinical interviewing skills and accurate diagnosing skills
  • Develop competencies in selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation of psychological assessments and psycho-educational testing instruments, and developing effective report-writing skills.
  • Develop skills in case formulation from a therapeutic orientation(s) and from a strength based perspective
  • Develop skills in formulating interventions and recommendations based upon diagnostic impressions and case formulation
  • Develop an understanding of and commitment to ethical/legal standards and the standards of practice for psychologists consistent with the American Psychological Association’s ethical standards and the laws that govern the practice of psychology in the State of Maryland
  • Develop self-awareness and the ability to self-review by examining thoughts, feelings, and values, and the impact these have on interactions with others

Application Requirements

Qualifications:

  • Metriculation in an APA accredited doctoral program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology
  • A minimum of one year, (two years preferred), of supervised practicum experience that included psychotherapy and psychological assessment and/or psycho-educational testing

 

Application Deadline:

March 30th (annually)

 

Application Materials:

  • Letter of interest that includes:
    • Theoretical orientation and interests
    • Psychotherapy and testing experience
    • Specific area(s) of clinical interest that you would like to develop this year
    • What specifically about our program interests you
  • Current resume/vita
  • Two letters of recommendation from the following:
    • Major academic advisor or training director
    • One practicum supervisor familiar with your applied performance
  • Official transcripts of all graduate credits

 

 

Sending Application Materials:

Forward a complete packet of application materials, including letters of recommendation (signature of the recommender across the seal on the back), official transcripts, and other supporting documents in one envelope. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early if possible and should allow one week mailing time unless using overnight mail or hand delivery. Upon review of application materials, an interview will be arranged with those applicants under consideration.

 

Send Application Materials to:

Tamra J. Brooks, Psy.D.
Clinical Training Supervisor
Morgan State University
Counseling Center
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Carter Grant Wilson Bldg., Rm 202
Baltimore, Maryland 21251