Training Opportunities for Clinical Psychology Students
Training for Practicum Students in Fuller's Clinical Psychology Program
FPFS provides training opportunities in the areas of psychotherapy, assessment, and didactic training for Practicum I and Practicum II (PsyD and PhD) students:
Psychotherapy. Students typically see an average of six to eight clients per week for 50-minute sessions. Each student receives at least one hour of weekly individual supervision and two hours of group supervision.
Personality assessment. Qualified students have the opportunity to administer, score, interpret, and document personality assessments to help provide insights to psychotherapy clients during their treatment, and to help clients who simply seek to better understand the impact their personalities have in areas such as relationships and vocation.
Didactic training. Practicum students receive at least six hours per month of in-service training. Typically, four hours of this training focuses on the integration of psychology and religion. Training also include topics such as child and elder abuse reporting, suicidality/self-harm, motivational interviewing, and short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Training for Advanced (Degreed) Students
FPFS also provides training opportunities for students who are advanced in their training and have achieved their master’s degree in Clinical Psychology:
Paid psychotherapy positions. Students in Fuller’s Clinical Psychology program who have attained their master’s degree in Clinical Psychology may apply for a Clinical Trainee position. This is a paid position in which clinicians see an average of at least 10 clients per week and receive a percentage of the therapy fees their clients pay to the clinic. These clinicians also receive individual and, as needed, group supervision, and have access to other training opportunities such as in-service lectures.
Clerkship in neuropsychological assessment. Advanced students in the Clinical Psychology program may apply for 12-month clerkship positions at FPFS, during which they will administer neuropsychological assessment batteries to help detect the presence of neurodevelopmental disorders. These disorders include but are not limited to ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, learning disorders, intellectual disabilities, dyslexia, processing issues, depression, and anxiety. These students are directly supervised by a licensed psychologist.
Clerkship in personality assessment. Advanced students in Fuller’s Clinical Psychology program may apply for 12-month clerkship positions at FPFS, during which they will administer personality assessment batteries to help clients understand their personalities at a deep level, identify areas of their personality that may interfere with reaching their fullest potential, and gain insights into vocational and career themes that best fit them. These students are directly supervised by both licensed psychologists and post-doctoral fellows.
Students Seeking Additional Clinical Experience
FPFS has a limited number of opportunities for clinical students seeking additional clinical experience in the areas of psychotherapy and assessment, for the purposes of honing their skills and becoming more competitive when they apply for internship. These positions typically involve spending five to eight hours per week in the clinic treating clients and receiving supervision.
What Makes Training at FPFS Unique?
FPFS is unique as a training clinic in a number of ways, including these:
Intensive supervision. All practicum students receive both weekly individual supervision and weekly group supervision. This allows for both in-depth, private, one-on-one attention and the opportunity to learn from and help your fellow students. Each practicum student receives some or all of his or her direct supervision from a licensed clinical psychologist, and the balance of his or her supervision from a postdoctoral fellow who is directly supervised by a licensed professional.
Video recording capability. FPFS therapy rooms are equipped with video recording capabilities that record both the client and the clinician. These recordings are regularly reviewed during supervision to enhance training effectiveness.
Exposure to a variety of therapeutic modalities and types. At FPFS, we believe that the best training experience exposes students to a variety of ways to conceptualize and treat clients and to a variety of treatment types. For example, each practicum student will receive extensive training in both insight (e.g., psychodynamic) and action/behavioral (e.g., cognitive behavioral) therapies. Further, we strive to provide opportunities for each student to treat adults, children/adolescents, and couples/families.
Access to a diverse clientele population. Los Angeles County in general and the Pasadena area in particular are blessed with a rich mixture of racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. This provides students the opportunity to learn and utilize culturally sensitive conceptualization and intervention practices.
Integration of psychology and spirituality/religion. One of the most important and fundamental ways FPFS is unique is that its very existence is predicated upon treating mind, body, and spirit in an integrated manner. Simply put, this means that people are more than just physical beings. It also means that psychological symptoms such as depression and anxiety often manifest as physical symptoms such as fatigue or pain. Further, it means that our spiritual health can impact and be impacted by our physical and psychological symptoms. These beliefs are inextricably linked to the establishment and ongoing vision of FPFS, a vision strongly influenced by both the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology and Fuller Theological Seminary. Students receiving training at FPFS will have opportunities to learn how this integration is done in practice. And, because FPFS attracts many clients who want their spirituality/religion integrated into their treatment, students will have many opportunities to practice integration with willing clients.
For More Information
Irene Rapp LMFT
Director of Training, Fuller Psychological and Family Services
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist