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date: 19 October 2020

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The practicum is the first and longest phase in the sequence of applied training for doctoral students in professional psychology. Changes in the American Psychological Association (APA) Model Licensure Act, in regulatory guidelines, and in accreditation standards and regulations have brought increased attention to practicum training in recent years. Practicum training has a long history that can be traced to the very beginnings of professional psychology. Designed to prepare students for subsequent clinical training, the practicum is the responsibility of the graduate program. This chapter discusses the methods and policies that programs design to manage and optimize the quality of students’ practicum experiences. Competency goals for practicum training have been an important focus for the developing competencies movement in professional psychology. These competencies are reviewed in this chapter, along with the practices and methods typically used in practicum settings to help students acquire them.

Keywords: Practicum, competencies, Professional Psychology Graduate Program Administration, teaching methods

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