The purpose of the clinical experience is to provide meaningful supervised interactions in a clinical setting with fellow students and an experienced clinical supervisor. The goal is for students to integrate didactic training, personal experience, supervisory feedback, and peers' perception of their experiences. These training experiences take place during the second, third, and fourth years at Xavier, as well as during the internship year.
First Year: Students start by taking a series of basic science and assessment courses. In addition, students begin clinical experiences by volunteering three to five hours per week in a community agency.
Second Year: Students take six hours in Professional Development and Practicum. These class sessions are under the supervision of a clinical faculty member. Such training takes place in the program utilizing observation rooms, video and audio equipment, and live and taped presentations. This format allows students to participate in a variety of activities that further expose them to what takes place in actual clinical settings.
Third year: Students expand upon the skills learned during the second year, apply for practicum placements in applied settings, and work with the professional staff. Students also share their practicum experiences in group seminars supervised by faculty members. This experience further emphasizes the development of appropriate professional behavior and ethics in the workplace.
Fourth year: Students expand their clinical/professional skills through advanced practicum experiences. The program enjoys well-established relationships with the staffs of many agencies in the greater Cincinnati area. Also, the on-campus Psychological Services Center is utilized to provide clinical training experiences for students.
Each student receives over 1200 clock hours of clinical practicum experience prior to entering the internship year.