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Practicum Program

The Psychology Practicum Training Program at Cambridge Health Alliance offers advanced-practicum training for advanced graduate students in psychology. Practicum trainees are appointed as Clinical Fellows of Harvard Medical School, which provides the appointee with access to university libraries, athletic facilities, and other benefits.

All practicum placements require 20 hours per week, with the exception of the inpatient placements (Child Assessment Unit and Adolescent Assessment Unit) which require 24 hours per week, and the assessment practicum, which may be arranged anywhere between 14 to 20 hours per week. All trainees receive three weeks of vacation. The practicum begins September 1, and runs through June 30. Positions are unpaid.

How the Practicum is Structured

At Cambridge Health Alliance, the education of psychologists occurs in multidisciplinary settings. All trainees share a dual responsibility to the Psychology Division and to their placement sites, and report to the Psychology Division Training Directors as well as to their Site Director and Team leaders. Each site maintains specific seminars that address the particular treatment modality within which patients are treated in the respective setting. A core seminar for all practicum trainees is led by the Director of the Psychology Practicum Training Program (Dr. Conklin). Opportunities for psychology testing are required for some sites and optional for others.