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Field Placment Team

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology Practicum & Internship Program

Field Education

Practicum and internship experiences are coordinated with academic seminars and coursework, with clinical experience brought into the classroom.  At field placements, students receive a minimum of two hours of individual and/or group clinical supervision in addition to academic and professional training seminars.  All placements are reviewed and approved by the Field Training Directors and the Director of Field Education.

Participating Field Sites

MSPP student practica and internships offer training at over 175 sites in the New England area.

Cambridge Health

Brookline Community Health

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc.
Faulkner Hospital
Family Service, Inc.
Home for Little Wanderers
Joseph Smith House.
Lynn Community Health Center
McLean Hospital
Rhode Island College
Roger Williams University
WEDIKO Children's Services

A small sampling of sites is listed below:

  • Brookline Mental Health Center
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Chelsea Memorial Health Center (MGH)
  • Elder Services of Merrimack Valley
  • Family Services of the Merrimack Valley
  • Faulkner Hospital (MSPP Consortium)
  • The Home for Little Wanderers
  • Joseph Smith Health Center
  • Lynn Community Health Center (MSPP Consortium)
  • McLean Hospital
  • The New England Conservatory Counseling Center
  • Rhode Island College Counseling Center (MSPP Consortium)
  • Roger Williams University (MSPP Consortium)
  • Shriners Burn Hospital
  • Simmons College Counseling Center
  • Stone Center at Wellesley College
  • Wediko Childrens Services (MSPP Consortium)

Practica and Internship

Practica

Practica have training goals consistent with the curricular goals. At this stage, field placements emphasize broad exposure to varied populations and life span issues, theoretical orientations, assessment procedures, and modalities of intervention.

Incoming students may request that their current work site be evaluated as a practicum site: the "job as placement" option. Such requests should be made on the admissions application and then discussed at the admissions interviews. Decisions regarding these requests are made after admission  but prior to registration. Approval is contingent upon a site meeting MSPP training requirements and is for one year only.

Internship Readiness

Prior to internship application, students are assessed for their readiness  to proceed to the internship level of training. The student’s academic, clinical, professional, and interpersonal development is considered through a comprehensive review of the student’s academic record. After successful completion of relevant coursework and practica and certification of readiness for internship, a student can begin his/her internship.

Internship

Two options exist for completing internship portion of pre-doctoral training. Students may elect to apply to the APA accredited MSPP Consortium and if selected follow that trajectory outlined in Option 2 under Curriculum.

Alternatively, or in the event that they do not match with the MSPP Consortium, students will participate in the National match to secure a full-time APA internship. 

Internship Placement - Table 1

  Year Applied for Internship
  2007-
2008
2008-
2009
2009-
2010
2010-
2011
2011-
2012
2012-
2013
2013-
2014
Outcome N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%)
Students who sought or applied for internships* 81 49 75 63 79 90 96
Students who obtained internships 78 (96) 48 (98) 65 (87) 63 (100) 55 (70) 71 (79) 96 (100)
Students who obtained APA/CPA-accredited internships 11 (14) 8 (16) 5 (7) 9 (14) 13 (16) 26 (29) 34 (35)
Students who obtained APPIC member internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 1 (1) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Students who obtained other membership organization internships (e.g. CAPIC) that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Students who obtained internships conforming to CDSPP guidelines that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Students who obtained other internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 66 (82) 40 (82) 60 (80) 54 (86) 42 (53) 45 (50) 62 (65)


*This includes students that withdrew from the internship application process

Internship Placement - Table 2

  Year Applied for Internship
  2007-
2008
2008-
2009
2009-
2010
2010-
2011
2011-
2012
2012-
2013
2013-
2014
Outcome N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%)
Students who obtained internships 78 (96) 48 (98) 65 (87) 63 (100) 55 (70) 71 (79) 96 (100)
Students who obtained paid internships 34 (44) 26 (54) 31 (48) 32 (51) 26 (47) 45 (63) 45 (47)
Students who obtained half-time internships* (if applicable) 66 (82) 40 (83) 60 (92) 54 (86) 49 (89) 54 (76) 62 (66)


*Should only include students that applied for internship and are included in the number that "sought or applied for internship" from “Internship Placement - Table 1” for each year.

Updated 10/8/14

Professional Field Education staff matches students with training sites.

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