Guidelines for Defining a Pre-Internship Practicum or Externship Experience
The applicant must demonstrate successful completion of a doctoral degree in psychology as defined below.
- Practicum must be completed as a component of established curriculum in an approved (APA/CPA Accredited or ASPPB/National Register designated) doctoral program in psychology and must be completed prior to the internship experience.
- The practicum experience is required for successful completion of the doctoral program; or, externships or supplemental practica are voluntarily undertaken by the trainee with the approval of the doctoral program. For required practica, students must demonstrate completion by enrolling in a practicum course that is an established component of the program’s curriculum.
- The doctoral program maintains oversight of the quality of training provided in the practicum site.
- The doctoral program provides specific metrics for satisfactory completion of the practicum experience, including completion of a minimum number of hours of training with a defined areas of experience.
- The doctoral program delineates a specific set of experiential competencies that trainees are required to meet and keeps objective evidence that such competencies are met.
- The practicum experience is not purely observational (for G1 practica, active observation using established methods, e.g., recording classroom behavioral observation will qualify).
- The practicum experience is directly or indirectly supervised by qualified faculty (i.e., direct, on-site supervision by a qualified, doctoral level psychologist, or indirect supervision via established seminars or regular meetings by doctoral program faculty).