Department of Psychology

Practicum Opportunities

Clinical students in their second through fifth years typically receive training and financial support from assistantships at various university-based and community practicum sites. Each position has a licensed psychologist either on-site or affiliated with the clinical faculty who serves as the supervisor of record.

The following is a description of practicum training opportunities available for 2015-2016.

The AUPSC is the training clinic for the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Auburn University. AUPSC serves AU students as well as individuals and families in the East Alabama/West Georgia region. AUPSC provides a range of services for children, adolescents, adults, families, couples, and the community. Typically, approximately 200 new referrals are seen each year through the AUPSC, and clients come from a range of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. All staff positions will involve administrative duties, and staff clinicians will also be assigned assessment and therapy clients. The clinic director is Dr. Nadia Bhuiyan and she serves as the primary supervisor; clinical faculty members also provide supervision for assigned cases and specialty clinics. For additional information, please see the AUPSC website.

General Sites (child, adolescent, and adult populations)

This primary care placement provides exposure to both children and adults in the context of a family medicine residency program. Opportunities vary, but are structured around a multidisciplinary model. Clinics/rotations include disability evaluations, and therapy referrals; criminal and civil forensic assessments and individual psychotherapy through forensic private practice; group work; sickle cell clinic, primary care psychology, HIV clinics, inpatient psychiatry, inpatient palliative care; outpatient rotations in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics; discipline specific rotations in Cardiology, Pulmonary, Oncology, Pain Management, Neurology, etc. A wide range of didactic experience, including Grand Rounds, is provided as part of the medical residency program. Minor rotations in individual medical specialties are also offered. Research opportunities are also available. This placement is for students with at least 2 years of clinical practicum experience. For more information, please see the UAB/Baptist Health website.

This practicum experience involves the provision of clinic-based consultation and liaison services to patients, families, and employees of East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC). Clinical services include, but are not limited to, brief psychosocial screening and assessments of youth and adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, collaboration with dieticians involved in the EAMC employee weight loss program, and outpatient therapy for employees with type 2 diabetes through the EAMC Diabetes Self-Management Program. In addition, there are opportunities to learn more about the integration of medical and psychological services through biweekly huddles and continuing education programming provided by the clinic’s medical director for hospital staff. This placement is appropriate for advanced students with an interest in the interplay of medical and mental health issues across the lifespan. Supervision will be provided by a member of the clinical faculty.

Adult Sites

College Students

Student Counseling Services (SCS) offers brief individual counseling, group counseling, assessment, consultation for faculty, staff, parents, and students, and educational and outreach programs to the campus community. In addition, biofeedback and stress management services are available via accessing the Zen Den resources at Student Counseling Services. Student Counseling Services also houses the University’s Eating Disorder Treatment Team (EDTT) as well as serve as a liaison to the University’s Safe Harbor sexual assault program. Client presenting complaints vary widely and include: relationship issues, sexual and gender identity, trauma, grief and loss, substance abuse issues, attention problems, eating disorders, and mood disorders, reference to suicide, anger management, psychotic symptoms, psychosomatic concerns, spirituality issues, and clarification of career and life goals. This placement is available for a student who has completed at least one year of clinical experience. Supervision is provided by staff members/licensed psychologists or other full-time supervised counselors under their supervision. For more information, please see the SCS website.

This practicum experience involves the provision of clinic-based consultation and liaison services to patients, families, and employees of The Auburn University Psychological Services Center - Harrison School of Pharmacy (AUPSC-HSOP) position is designed to serve the therapeutic needs of Auburn’s pharmacy students at no cost. The typical caseload is nine to eleven weekly contact hours, depending on time of semester. The most frequent presenting complaints are anxiety and depression related issues. Pharmacy students may be required to attend therapy sessions by the pharmacy school administration if their grades are significantly impacted by personal issues; however, most of the students are self-referred. The clinician will be asked to make at least one psycho-educational presentation concerning coping with stress and anxiety to the student body and faculty of HSOP. In addition, the clinician will be responsible for client scheduling, conducting intakes, and drafting intake and termination reports for all clients. This practicum is designed for clinical students with at least 1 year of clinical practicum experience. Supervision is provided by a member of the clinical faculty. For more information, please see the School of Pharmacy website.

This position is a joint venture with the university’s Health Promotion and Wellness Services. Referrals are sanctioned students (along with self-referrals) who have experienced negative consequences or other problems related to alcohol and marijuana use as well as misuse of prescription medications. Clinical services are based on a variety of evidence-based programs such as Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) curriculum, personalized feedback interventions, relapse prevention, and motivational interviewing. There are also opportunities to engage in outreach and program development efforts. Clinical supervision is provided by clinical faculty member Dr. Chris Correia, and additional administrative support and supervision is provided by Eric Smith, M.A., Director of Health Promotion and Wellness Services. For more information, please see the TESI website.

Adults

WCGRH, a state-run psychiatric hospital located in Columbus, GA. The hospital has two divisions: Adult Mental Health (AMH) and Forensic Services (bed capacity of 30 and 116 respectively). Individuals on the AMH units are typically admitted due to dangerousness to self or others, and individuals on the forensic units are typically admitted for evaluation of competency to stand trial and/or criminal responsibility. A wide variety of training opportunities are available to students and include observation and participation in multi-disciplinary treatment teams as well as conducting initial and annual psychological assessments for inpatients. There are opportunities for both individual and group therapy as well as to observe and/or participate in crises management situations. Students may also observe and participate in forensic and violence risk assessments. There are opportunities to observe the expert testimony of forensic psychologists in Court. Students take part in assessing and treating inpatients from admission to discharge. They would be exposed to individuals experiencing active and debilitating symptoms and be able to witness the treatment cycle and work with patients towards recovery and eventual reintegration into the community. This placement tends to emphasize adult assessment opportunities due to hospital demands and stability of the patients, but supervisors are eager to address training needs. Dr. John Parmer is the Director of Forensic Services, and Dr. Kelly Farris is the Assistant Director of Forensic Services. Dr. Bob Connell is the supervising psychologist on the inpatient unit. All three are licensed psychologists in the state of Georgia and will provide supervision to students. For more information, please see the WCGRH website.

Veterans

CAVHCS provide services to veterans at the Tuskegee and Montgomery campuses. Veterans representing a wide range of US military conflicts, cultural and ethnic backgrounds are seen at these two facilities. Veterans present with a variety of general medical and emotional symptoms and syndromes including: combat and non-combat related PTSD, affective disorders, social and familial relationship problems, substance use disorders, chronic pain, spinal cord injuries, dementia, and with more chronic and severe mental illnesses. Drs. Lindsay Davis, Sonja Wilamowska and Courtney Worley serve as the primary supervisors, although other staff may be assigned as needed. Opportunities include:

  • Individual therapeutic services related to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Major Depressive Disorder, Substance Abuse, and Anxiety Disorder. There may be some limited opportunities in health promotion activities. This would include health psychology interventions with individual patients, and groups such as Shared Medical Appointments (SMA’s) designed to assist those with chronic issues such as weight management, smoking cessation and diabetes.>
  • Manualized intervention techniques, such as Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE), with veterans presenting with PTSD diagnoses
  • Groups: PTSD psychoeducation, coping, and sleep management; Anger/stress management groups; veterans with suicidal/homicidal ideation; depression recovery; substance abuse.
  • High Intensity Psychiatric Unit: severe mental illness.

Positions were available for students who will have completed at least two years of clinical practicum work. For more information, please see the CAVHCS website

Children, Adolescents, and Families

Mt. Meigs Accountability Based Sexual Offender Program (ABSOP)

The Mt. Meigs Facility is a 290-bed residential facility for adjudicated juveniles operated by the Alabama Department of Youth Services. The Accountability Based Sexual Offender Program (ABSOP) is a state funded project that provides assessment and treatment services to adolescents with illegal sexual behaviors (AISB). The age range for these incarcerated AISB is typically 12 to 21, with most between the ages of 13 and 18. Group and individual supervision meetings occur on a weekly basis. Assessment and treatment experiences are integrated into this placement. The treatment placement requires the completion of at least one year of clinical experience; the assessment placement requires satisfactory completion of the first year clinical curriculum.

  • Assessment. In this placement, students conduct extensive evaluations with AISB shortly after they are committed to the facility and prior to their release. While assessment services are provided to other non-AISB youth in the facility, our students typically work with AISB. Supervision is provided by Drs. Barry Burkhart.
  • Treatment. In this placement, students provide ongoing individual, group, and family therapy services for AISB. Extensive case management is also required. We are implementing evidence-based treatment in the facility and students will be involved in these efforts. Please note that all students participating in this placement will be required to attend a 1-2 day training in TF-CBT before starting and will be providing TF-CBT to AISB and their families and conducting trauma evaluations. These interns will write risk assessments for the court prior to their clients’ release. Supervision is provided by Dr. Jan Newman with consultation offered by select full-time staff-members.

Founded in 2006 as a pediatric practice, PCCFC has been providing an expanding range of  psychological service including assessment of learning disabilities and ADHD and treatment of depression, anxiety and behavior management. The services are based on an integrated care model and provided by a team consisting of medical and mental health providers. This placement is appropriate for advanced child-track students with an interest in the interplay of medical and mental health issues. Students involved in this integrated pediatric primary care practica will conduct psychoeducational assessments and provide outpatient therapy to children and adolescents presenting with a number of psychological and health behavior concerns. This practica is ideal for students with interests in child clinical psychology, pediatric psychology, and working in health care settings. A master’s degree and one full year of practicum experience are required. Supervision will be provided by Dr. Wendy Gray.

Children’s of Alabama, located in Birmingham, is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Through this external practicum placement, students will have the opportunity to work with the Hope and Cope psychosocial program at the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders. As a member of the Hope and Cope interdisciplinary team, students will complete consults and provide brief inpatient therapy as well as outpatient therapy, parent training, and co-leading parent support groups. Common presenting problems of the pediatric patients and their families are depression, anxiety, pain management (e.g., procedural distress), medication non-adherence, school/community reentry, grief, bereavement, and general individual and familial coping/adjustment issues related to illness stressors.  Students will also have the chance to attend interdisciplinary (e.g., oncologists, nurse practitioners, child-life specialists, chaplains, psychologists) clinic staffing meetings to learn more about the integration of medical and psychological services. In addition, opportunities in conducting neuropsychological assessments focused on the learning needs of pediatric cancer patients both on and off treatment are available.  Students also have opportunities to participate in ongoing research.  Supervision is provided by the director of the Hope and Cope Program, Dr. Avi Madan-Swain. 

Last Updated: July 27, 2016