Sacramento’s Clinical PsyD program emphasizes the integration of academic coursework with clinical practice. Students receive supervised clinical training through five semesters of practicum and one year of full-time pre-doctoral internship. Practicum students are placed through a network of more than 35 agencies throughout Central and Northern California. Potential sites include hospitals and other medical settings, schools, correctional facilities, group homes, clinics, universities, and state and county programs. Placements are available in agencies utilizing a variety of theoretical approaches and serving demographically and culturally diverse populations.
Skills learned in the classroom are quickly put to practice as students participate in their professional training experiences (or practica). Students begin practicum during the 2nd semester of their first year. This first year practicum requires 12 hours per week for 17 weeks (approximately 200 hours) and draws on the skills learned during the first term in courses designed to prepare students for practice (such as Basic Foundations of Clinical Practice, Introduction to Ethical Practice & Law, and Intellectual Assessment). In the second and third years, practica are 16-20 hours per week for 50 weeks (approximately 800 hours each year) and utilize psychotherapy and assessment skills in a variety of settings. Liaisons with the Office of Professional Training assign students to agencies based how the available training experiences match individual practicum learning plans, developed for each student to provide a breadth of experiences in keeping with the student’s level of experience and career goals.
In their final year of study, students are responsible for obtaining an appropriate one year, full-time internship (approximately 2080 hours) and are strongly encouraged to seek an APA-accredited internship, although APPIC or CAPIC member internships are permissible. The Office of Professional Training assists students as they negotiate the internship application process.