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Field Placment Team

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology Practicum & Internship Program

Field Education

In the PsyD program students spend years one and two at practicum placements  and years three and four at half-time internships.  Practicum and internship experiences are coordinated with academic seminars and coursework, with clinical experience brought into the classroom.  At field placements, students receive a minimum of two hours of individual and/or group clinical supervision in addition to academic and professional training seminars.  All placements are reviewed and approved by the Field Training Directors and the Director of Field Education.

Participating Field Sites

MSPP student practica and internships offer training at over 175 sites in the New England area.

Cambridge Health
Dana Farber

Brookline Community Health

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc.
Faulkner Hospital
Family Service, Inc.
Home for Little Wanderers
Joseph Smith House.
Lynn Community Health Center
McLean Hospital
Rhode Island College
Roger Williams University
WEDIKO Children's Services

A small sampling of sites is listed below:

  • Brookline Mental Health Center
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Chelsea Memorial Health Center (MGH)
  • Elder Services of Merrimack Valley
  • Family Services of the Merrimack Valley
  • Faulkner Hospital (MSPP Consortium)
  • The Home for Little Wanderers
  • Joseph Smith Health Center
  • Lynn Community Health Center (MSPP Consortium)
  • McLean Hospital
  • The New England Conservatory Counseling Center
  • Rhode Island College Counseling Center (MSPP Consortium)
  • Roger Williams University (MSPP Consortium)
  • Shriners Burn Hospital
  • Simmons College Counseling Center
  • Stone Center at Wellesley College
  • Wediko Childrens Services (MSPP Consortium)

Practica and Internship

The First Two Years: Practica

Practica have training goals consistent with the curricular goals of Year I and II. At this stage, field placements emphasize broad exposure to varied populations and life span issues, theoretical orientations, assessment procedures, and modalities of intervention. Practica require 16 hours per week in the first year for a minimum of 640 hours and 20 hours in the second year for a minimum of 800 hours. Field placements are approved for one year of training.

Incoming students may request that their current work site be evaluated as a practicum site: the "job as placement" option. Such requests should be made on the admissions application and then discussed at the admissions interviews. Decisions regarding these requests are made after admission  but prior to registration. Approval is contingent upon a site meeting MSPP training requirements and is for one year only.

Internship Readiness

During the second term of year II students are assessed for their readiness  to proceed to the internship level of training. The student’s academic, clinical, professional, and interpersonal development is considered through a comprehensive review of the student’s academic record. After successful completion of relevant coursework and practica and certification of readiness for internship, a student can begin his/her internship.

The Second Two Years: Internship

Internship training spans the third and fourth years of the Doctor of Clinical Psychology program in two half-time placements. These occur while students complete the academic requirements of the program. Students may remain at the same site both years or may be at two different sites. Whichever option is chosen, MSPP faculty work with students and field sites to ensure that this advanced training is singular in nature, with a common understanding of the School’s and student’s overall educational plan and learning objectives.

The internship totals 2000 hours and must be completed within a 24-month period. Students typically spend 25 hours per week at training sites to complete a two-year, half-time internship. Students may elect to complete an extended internship in a full-time APA or APPIC internship program as well. Students considering this option may do so in the fifth year following completion of all academic requirements. 

Internship Placement

  Year Applied for Internship
  2007-
2008
2008-
2009
2009-
2010
2010-
2011
2011-
2012
2012-
2013
2013-
2014
Outcome N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%)
Students who sought or applied for internships* 81 49 75 63 79 90 96
Students who obtained internships 78 (96) 48 (98) 65 (87) 63 (100) 55 (70) 71 (79) 96 (100)
Students who obtained APA/CPA-accredited internships 11 (14) 8 (16) 5 (7) 9 (14) 13 (16) 26 (29) 34 (35)
Students who obtained APPIC member internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 1 (1) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Students who obtained other membership organization internships (e.g. CAPIC) that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Students who obtained internships conforming to CDSPP guidelines that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Students who obtained other internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 66 (82) 40 (82) 60 (80) 54 (86) 42 (53) 45 (50) 62 (65)


*This includes students that withdrew from the internship application process

  Year Applied for Internship
  2006-
2007
2007-
2008
2008-
2009
2009-
2010
2010-
2011
2011-
2012
2012-
2013
Outcome N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%)
Students who obtained internships 99 (98) 109 (97) 108 (99) 122 (92) 169 (97) 167 (91) 164 (96)
Students who obtained paid internships 38 (38) 46 (42) 46 (43) 38 (31) 50 (30) 68 (37) 68 (40)
Students who obtained half-time internships* (if applicable) 95 (96) 97 (89) 100 (93) 117 (96) 160 (95) 142 (78) 139 (81)


*Should only include students that applied for internship and are included in the number that "sought or applied for internship" from “Internship Placement - Table 1” for each year.

> APA-APPIC Internship FAQ

Updated 3/24/14

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