Clinical Competency Examination & Internship

Clinical Competency Examination

The Clinical Competency Examination (CCE) is designed to evaluate the student's knowledge and skills in psychological assessment, intervention, diversity, and ethics as demonstrated in a video and written work sample and oral discussion with faculty examiners. Emphasis is placed on integration of clinical work with theory and empirical literature. Related topics such as consultation and development are often included as appropriate to the specific cases discussed. The examination itself is modeled after the diplomate exam in clinical psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).


Students are required to do a full year, full time internship or its equivalent, usually during the fifth year of the program. It is expected, that unless there are special circumstances, students will obtain their internship assignment through the national computer match carried out by the National Matching Service under the auspices of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Before a student is eligible to apply for internships, the student must have formally proposed the dissertation and passed the CCE. Xavier has had an excellent record of matching students to internships. Xavier students have completed internships in university counseling centers, Veteran's Administration facilities, children's hospitals, federal prisons, state mental hospitals, medical centers, community mental health facilities, developmental disorders clinics, and various consortia involving combinations of those.