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Combined Clinical/Counseling/School PhD Program

Applied Training in the Combined Program

Hands-on experience is essential in the Combined Program.  Here you will find information about practicum classes and clinical opportunities to put into practice what is learned in the classroom. The requirements ensure that students gain experience working with clients across the lifespan, however, students can then choose to specialize. 

Practicum Course Information

All students complete three years in formal applied training.  One of the three years must be conducted in a setting primarily serving children.  Applied training activities include providing direct (face-to-face) services to clients, weekly individual supervision, weekly seminars and/or group supervision, as well as the requisite paperwork that accompanies applied practice in psychology.  The program supports an evidence-based practice model which considers the best research evidence, clinical expertise and judgement, and the client's characteristics, values, and context to provide the best care for clients.  Students are closely supervised and supported in practica.

  • Integrative Practicum with Adults, Adolescents, and Children (6 credits across the academic year)
  • Practicum in Clinical Child or Clinical/Counseling Psychology (6 credits across the academic year)
  • Applied Practice in Psychology Clinical Child or Clinical/Counseling (2 credits across the academic year)

Assistantships

In addition to the required applied training, Combined Students often engage in additional applied practica and assistantships.  These 10 or 20-hour applied opportunities allow students to gain more experience.  Students engaging in direct service as an assistantship (paid externship) are expected to work more independently than in a practicum, and are therefore students working at an advanced level.

Applied Training Sites

The program offers a number of sites that allow students to gain expertise in different specialties including adult psychology, child and adolescent psychology, anxiety disorders, assessment, health psychology, and early intervention with families.

  • Anxiety and Related Disorders Clinic - Specialty practicum treating clients with anxiety disorders, employing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques.
  • Avalon Hills Eating Disorder Programs - Applied experience working with adolescents with eating disorders in a residential treatment facility. Students will be members of a multidisciplinary staff; treatment modalities include individual and group therapy.
  • Bear River Head Start - Applied experience working with children and families served by Bear River Head Start. Extensive travel is part of the practicum as many services are delivered in families’ homes and in community settings
  • Biomedical Clinic at the Center for Persons with Disabilities - Practice of evidence-based clinical assessment and intervention within a primary care pediatric clinical setting.  Students will gain knowledge of the major models of parent training, specialized knowledge and experience implementing the Forehand model of parent, training and exposure training within the behavioral-pediatric clinic model.
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic - Psychological evaluations and interventions conducted with cardiac patients at Brigham City Hospital.
  • Clinical Services at the Center for Persons with Disabilities  - Interdisciplinary clinic providing psychological assessment services for the community including diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disorder, as well as others.  Clinical activities include administration of standardized assessments and integrating the findings in an interdisciplinary report.
  • Neurobehavioral Center for Growth (Bountiful, UT) - Community-based clinic that provides services including neuropsychological and psychological evaluations, therapy and other interventions. Primary populations served include children and young adults with ADHD, autism, ODD, CD, OCD, and others. 
  • Neuropsychology Center of Utah (Clinton, UT) - Community-based clinic that provides neuropsychological and psychological evaluations and therapy to clients across the age spectrum with a variety of neurocognitive, behavioral and emotional disorders. 
  • Oncology Clinic - Psychological evaluations and interventions conducted with oncology patients.
  • Student Health and Wellness Center - Psychological evaluations and treatments conducted in a primary care setting, employing brief psychological interventions.
  • Up to 3 Early Intervention Program - Up-to-Three is an early intervention program for families in Cache, Rich, and Box Elder counties. Practicum students in this setting are considered behavioral specialists and will provide services to families of children with disabilities ages birth to age 3. The majority of behavioral interventions are provided in clients’ homes.
  • USU Psychology Community Clinic - Integrated practicum that provides didactic and experiential knowledge to a wide range of clients (child, adolescent, adults) and clinical diagnoses. Activities include psychological assessments and interventions (with emphasis on evidence-based practice).
  • USU Student Counseling Center - Applied experience at the USU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) center includes intakes, treatment planning, intervention (individual and group) and termination with university students
  • VA Medical Center (Salt Lake City) - Practicum in a VA hospital with opportunities in the following areas: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Neurocognitive Assessment, Addiction Recovery, General Outpatient Mental Health, Women Warrior, and Integrative Health in Holistic Medicine. 
  • Students interested in a school-based applied training site should contact Dr. Donna Gilbertson for opportunities.