Clinical skills training begins in the first semester of the first year and usually continues until students take their internship position. The Noble H. Kelly Psychological Services Center (PSC), which serves clients from both the community and the University, provides the major portion of practicum experiences. The PSC is organized around research-based training teams focused on specific areas of psychological disorder. On these teams, students learn empirically-based approaches to assessment and treatment, and integrate scientific and clinical aspects of training. Students receive both group supervision (in teams composed of a supervisor and 6-8 students at different levels of experience) and individual supervision. Students acquire assessment and interviewing skills during the first year and typically start seeing psychotherapy clients in the middle of the second year, after observing case management supervision sessions as first year team members. 11 Credit hours in the Psychological Services Center are required, representing at least 160 hours per year of direct supervised service or related activity.
Finally, funded part-time training placements in clinical settings provide additional clinical experience for advanced students.