The clinical practicum sequence exposes the student to a wide variety of clients. Clinical experiences are sequenced and arranged hierarchically:
- Typically during the summer semester between first and second year, students begin the clinical practicum experience in our program maintained on-campus Psychology Clinic.
- Students spend one semester in Junior Practicum where they become oriented to clinic procedures, provide assistance with clinical cases, and participate in group supervision. The following semester, students begin seeing clients for assessments and intakes.
- In Spring of their second year, student begin Clinical Practicum, where they manage several clients in the clinic. They continue in clinical practicum each semester until they depart for the predoctoral internship. Students gain experience with both adult and child clients.
- Clinical supervision is provided by full-time clinical faculty members. Supervisor groups change each semester, and students are typically exposed to multiple clinical practicum supervisors during the course of their training. Supervising faculty members offer different areas of specialization as well as differing personal and professional styles.
The Psychology Clinic operates year-round, with the exception of academic breaks and holidays, and provides assessment, therapy, and consultation services to a range of adults and children. Most of the cases are individuals from communities within a 60-mile radius of Hattiesburg, and the rest are students and students’ families.
The clinic has nine therapy and assessment rooms, offices for four clinical faculty members, a waiting room, a secretary’s office, a clinic coordinator’s office, a reception area, a conference room, and work areas for the student clinicians. Each therapy and assessment room is equipped with digital recording equipment so that sessions can be recorded for supervision purposes.