The practicum is a 100-hour clinical experience that exposes students to assessment, case formulation, diagnosis, and treatment planning, during which students participate in a variety of therapy and training experiences. The practicum is available in the Fall and Summer terms only.
All students must complete an internship of two to three terms. During the internship, interns participate in milieu therapy, group therapy, case conferences, and other types of educational training experiences. Internships require 600 hours of clinical experience, which includes at least 240 hours of direct clinical contact. This meets the internship requirement for licensure (LPC) in Pennsylvania.
Students in the Couple & Family Therapy concentration must meet different requirements to be eligible for LMFT certification, which include a full calendar year of internship (three terms) of at least 700 hours, including 300 direct contact clinical hours. Students receive direction from an Internship Coordinator, Site Supervisor, and Academic Advisor, as well as an approved site listing.