Clinical Experience

Integral to LSU’s Clinical Psychology programs’ training program is didactic and experiential, supervised training in evidence-based assessment and intervention approaches. Training occurs at onsite and at external training facilities affiliated with our program. Both internal and external practicum settings employ evidence-based practice. Clinical training is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity:  To illustrate -- to prepare for beginning to provide clinical services in their 2nd year, 1st year students: (1) complete coursework in psychopathology, evidenced-based intervention, and professional considerations (including ethics), (2) attend practicum supervision meetings to become familiar with clinic policies and procedures, and (3) shadow senior graduate student therapists. Once they have attained basic skills and information, they gain direct supervised clinical experience through their practica.

Clinical Practicum

Students in LSU’s clinical psychology graduate program are required to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of practicum prior to leaving for internship. Most students complete many more hours than this minimum. Students begin seeing clients in the context of practicum beginning in their 2nd year in the program. Practicum experiences are vital in helping students acquire knowledge and competence in psychological assessment, measurement, intervention, and issues related to cultural and individual diversity. 

Students complete the majority of their practicum coursework under the supervision of their major professor. To broaden their clinical training, students must complete one year of practicum with a Clinical Psychology faculty member who is not the student’s major professor. 

Students receive weekly supervision from a licensed psychologist and receive feedback on their clinical performance throughout the year from their practicum supervisor during individualized supervision and/or team practicum meetings. In addition, students receive written feedback on their performance in these areas on the Practicum Evaluation Form. 

The on-campus practicum site is the Psychological Services Center (PSC). The PSC is a community-based outpatient training clinic that serves children and adults from the greater Baton Rouge area with a variety of presenting problems. Graduate students gain valuable experience conducting evidence-based assessments and implementing interventions under the close supervision of their major professor or other practicum supervisor. To illustrate, on the Adult Therapy Team, the most common diagnoses seen included anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and depressive disorders, with 75% of cases meeting DSM criteria for more than one disorder. Further, 42% of cases were female, 68% were non-Hispanic White, and ages ranged from 17-69.

For a current list of program approved practicum training sites, please click here.

Assessment Practicum

A practicum experience linked to the assessment course sequence (Psychological Assessment I and II) is required of students taking these courses. It is essentially a laboratory for the assessment courses.

Internship

All Clinical students are required to complete a formal, one year, full-time pre-doctoral internship at an APA-approved internship program. The internship is generally completed in the 5th year. A decision to delay the internship beyond the 5th year is made in consultation with the student’s major professor. This timeline allows students time to complete all coursework, defend their general examination, and propose their dissertation project. We require that the dissertation proposal be successfully defended before applying for internship to help ensure that students can successfully complete all requirements of the Ph.D. by the time they complete their internships. Also, students must be in good standing with the program prior to applying for internship. Typically, students have completed two years of practicum before they apply for internship; they are required to have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours of practicum prior to leaving for internship. Most students complete many more hours than this minimum. While on internship, students enroll in PSYC 7997 Clinical Psychology Internship (at least 15 credit hours). 

Licensure Data

Approximately 91.8% (n = 68) have obtained licensure of the 74 graduates from years 2007-2015. Please note that these numbers under-represent the percent who will become licensed since a year of supervision post Ph.D. is required in most states along with completion of the EPPP and an oral exam.

Placement of LSU Clinical Students for Internships

2017-2018

VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
Ann Arbor, MI

VA Connecticut Health Care Center
Westhaven, CT

Central Texas Veteran's HCS
Temple, TX

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Cypress, TX 

2016-2017

Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health
Canton, OH

Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

Child and Adolescent Psychology at Hawthorn Center
Northville, MI

Duke University Medical Center
Raleigh, NC

VA Connecticut Health Care Center
Westhaven, CT

Medical College of Georgia, VA Medical Center
Augusta, GA

University of Oklahoma HSC
Oklahoma City, OK

2015- 2016

Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

VA Connecticut Health Care Center
Westhaven, CT

Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus, OH

Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

VA Medical Center
Battle Creek, MI

2014-2015

Central Texas Veteran's HSC
Austin, TX

Denver Health Medical Center
Denver, CO

Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Medical College of Georgia, VA Medical Center
Augusta, GA

Nebraska Internship Consortium, Boys Town
Omaha, NE

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH

University of Mississippi, Medical School & VA
Jackson, MS

University of Texas HSC
San Antonio, TX

Wright State University
Dayton, OH

2013-2014

Gulf Coast Veteran’s Administration
Biloxi, MS

University of Tennessee HSC
Memphis, TN

Devereux Foundation
Philadelphia, PA

Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

University of Mississippi MC/VA
Jackson, MS

Metropolitan Detention Center
Los Angeles, CA

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH

Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology, Munroe-Meyer Institute
Lincoln, NE

2012-2013

University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center/VA
Memphis, TN

Northeast Florida State Hospital
MacClenny, FL

Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Devereux Foundation
Philadelphia, PA

University of Florida Health Sciences Center
Gainesville, FL

Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology, Munroe-Meyer Institute
Lincoln, NE

Brown University/ Alpert Medical School
Providence, RI

Western State Hospital
Tacoma, WA

Arkansas Medical Center
Little Rock, AR

2011-2012

Marcus Autism Center
Atlanta, GA

Duke University Medical Center
Raleigh, NC

Beth Israel/Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Pinecrest Services Center
Pineville, LA

University of Alabama VA
Birmingham, AL

Kennedy Kreiger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

2010-2011

University of Mississippi Medical Center/VA
Jackson, MS

VA Medical Center
Atlanta, GA

Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

University of Florida Medical Center
Gainesville, FL

Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus, OH

Brown University, Alpert Medical School
Providence, RI

University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Medicine/VA
Baltimore, MD