Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology
- Bruce Hall, Suite 201
- tel: 610-499-1206
- fax: 610-499-4625
- Graduate Admission Support Specialist
- Kapelski Learning Center Room 120
- tel: 610-499-4188
Clinical Experience, Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology
From the start of the program, I've been able to see how theory is applied in a clinical setting. My practicum placements afforded me the opportunity to work with a variety of populations and my supervisors have been pivotal in my growth. Practicum has been crucial in further developing my clinical interests and skills.
Practicum really brings to life what we learn in the classroom. Having the knowledge foundation is one element, but putting that knowledge into action has been transformative.
At Crozer Keystone Center for Family Health, I had the unique opportunity to work in an integrated health care setting. As a student interested in health psychology and behavioral health, this has been an incredible opportunity for me to learn how psychologists play an integral and leading role on interdisciplinary teams. We help address patients' psychological and behavioral health needs, improving their overall health and well-being.
The integrated clinical experience with its various placement rotations is unique to Widener’s doctoral degree in clinical psychology (PsyD). In our program, the clinical experience itself is embedded in the curriculum.
Students undergo both practicum training (years one, two and three) that prepare them for internship-level training experiences (years four and five). These experiences are sequential and graded to introduce more challenging work as the student progresses in their training.
The first three years of the field placement are at the practicum-level, which are introductory experiences designed to familiarize the students with a variety of clinical settings. It is here that students can develop fundamental skills in the seven core competency areas. Each practicum offers progressively more responsibility and patient–staff interaction.
The integrated internship, which is taken three days a week over a two-year period, is considered equal to a full-time doctoral internship. The internship experience includes informative coursework including continuous case seminars and internship rotations at various sites, which may be oriented toward treatment of children, adolescents, or adults.
Mental health service sites range from:
- Inpatient clinics/hospital units
- Outpatient clinics
- Schools for the learning disabled
- Forensic-related placements
- Private practice settings
- Community mental health facilities
- Neuropsychology clinics
- University counseling centers
- Rehabilitation centers
At Widener, PsyD students are exposed to a variety of practicum experiences and they also are guaranteed an internship upon admittance through an exclusively affiliated program that allows students to finish their clinical degree requirements right on campus at a range of university-run clinics.