Clinical Practicum Experience
Clinical practicum is a supervised training experience designed to teach clinical skills.
All Psy.D. students are required to begin their clinical practicum at the Goodman Psychological Services Center, Albizu University’s on-campus training clinic, for two consecutive semesters. Before seeing patients, students must obtain, read, and agree to abide by all provisions contained in the Goodman Psychological Services Center Clinical Manual. Clinical practice is supervised by licensed psychologists. The Goodman Center is overseen by three full-time faculty members, who serve as the clinic’s director, chief psychologist, and internship director.
Later in their programs, Psy.D. students can choose from more than thirty approved external practicum sites, including regional and community hospitals, a university medical center, a VA medical center, mental health community centers, social community agencies, correctional centers, and private practice offices. Students will be directly supervised by licensed clinical psychologists. AU’s assistant director of clinical training works with students to identify practicum sites that best match their clinical interests and skill levels and maintains communication with on-site supervisors to monitor student progress.
Students are also required to complete a clinical internship during the fifth year of their programs. Students apply for competitive internships nationwide at medical schools, mental health centers, VA hospitals, university counseling centers, private hospitals, prisons, state hospitals, and other community sites.