Clinical Psychology Practicum

Training Mission

The PSC is a training clinic for doctoral students in clinical psychology at Antioch University New England. It is staffed by a full–time director and by faculty members in Antioch’s Clinical Psychology Department who are available part–time to provide training, consultation, supervision and limited direct service. The PSC strives to be a “model” training program in professional psychology. With an emphasis on training, supervision, and staying abreast of changes taking place in the health care field, the goal of the program is to prepare students for multiple professional roles. The PSC seeks to train clinicians at an appropriate level of competence in their intellectual and clinical development.

The PSC functions as a mental health center and offers a range of psychological services to people in Keene and the surrounding communities. These services include individual therapy for children and adults, family therapy, group treatment, systems intervention, community consultation, psycho–educational groups, and a full range of psychological and cognitive evaluations. In addition, the PSC functions as a treatment and referral resource for students attending Antioch (excluding those in the Clinical Psychology Department). The treatment emphasis is on short-term interventions, and group therapy is encouraged and time limited.

The PSC promotes scholarly inquiry as part of its training. Both traditional, empirically–based studies and qualitative forms of research are emphasized. Students and faculty are encouraged to utilize the PSC as a research site for studying a variety of clinical/psychological areas, including prevention–oriented community programs, clinical outcome studies, organizational problems, and family systems interventions.

The training program at the PSC is 11 months in duration, beginning the first week of September and ending the first week of August. Trainees are given four weeks of vacation during this time, to be taken when the clinic is officially closed, two weeks during each semester break. Trainees are expected to be on-site for a minimum of 20 hours each week. Trainees will provide an average of 6–7 hours of direct service to clients each week. In addition, trainees are expected to conduct a minimum of three full psychological and/or psychoeducational assessment batteries during the academic year. Group treatment is encouraged, as is community consultation and education. Trainees will prepare and offer at least one community service presentation (usually in response to a request from a local agency). The clinical expectation may be reduced for trainees devoting significant time to consultation and education activities. See a listing of our current groups.


Supervision

Each trainee is assigned a primary clinical supervisor and a small–group testing supervisor. Both supervisors are licensed doctoral level psychologists. There is a minimum of two hours of face–to–face supervision each week—at least one hour of this time is in individual supervision with the primary clinical supervisor. It is this supervisor who assumes primary responsibility for overseeing the trainee’s clinical work at the PSC.

Instruction and supervision in assessment, especially for those students in their second year of study, is also an integral part of the training at the PSC. This is accomplished through a combination of group and individual supervision. Each clinician will meet with the testing supervisor in a small group once a week for 60 minutes during the regularly scheduled training seminar on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM until 10:00. Clinicians will also be expected to participate in two day–long assessment orientation sessions before they can begin performing assessments. Trainees will have the opportunity to schedule individual assessment supervision as needed.


Training Seminars

All trainees are expected to attend the bi-weekly training seminar, Tuesdays from 10:30–11:30. The first 30 minutes of this time will be spent with the director reviewing caseloads and other administrative business. The remainder of the time will be devoted to training issues and case presentations. Antioch faculty and invited guests will be available during this time to address topics of clinical interest or to be discussants in case presentations. The scheduling of these trainings and speakers is often fluid, depending on speaker schedule and availability, but an attempt is made to notify about topics well in advance. This time may also be used for family therapy observation and teamwork. Case presentations may be made in these times as well. Follow this link to a schedule of our recent Orientation and Inservice Training seminars.

Peter Isquith

Peter Isquith
co-author of the BRIEF was an invited guest during one of the PSC’s bi-weekly training seminars. His presentation was titled, Executive Function: Development & Presentation in Disorders.

In addition to the formal training seminar, discussion/work groups may be formed periodically to address areas of special interest. Clinicians will have the opportunity to participate in these specialized, theme–based training groups conducted by faculty as time allows. This year special interest groups may include health psychology, group therapy, parent consultation, and advanced family therapy.