The CMHC practicum (COUN 587, 597 and 598) experiences represent a major benchmark in the master's level clinical training of students, as it is their supervised clinical experience providing direct service to clients. The practicum courses taken during the last three terms of the CMHC program, are oriented towards providing clinical counseling in settings that provide mental health services. These courses are designed to provide CMHC trainees with experiences enhancing their assessment, intervention, collaboration, and advocacy skills. The trainee is expected to demonstrate competencies of the highest caliber.

The CMHC practicum courses have a multilayer approach to supervision; CMHC trainees have onsite individual and group supervision, as well as weekly group and bi-weekly individual supervision from USD faculty.

The total number of practicum hours for the three semesters is 700, with a minimum of 280 hours in direct service hours with clients.

If you have any questions, contact Lily Vistica, Academic Programs Manager, at lilydancis@sandiego.edu.

Practicum Sites

Approved practicum sites for Clinical Mental Health Practicum supervised experiences are listed below. Please note that this list is subject to change.

  • Center for Community Solutions (CCS)
  • Alvarado Parkway Institute (API)
  • North County Lifeline
  • Veteran’s Village of San Diego (VVSD)
  • Community Research Foundation – START (Short Term Acute Residential Treatment) Programs
  • Southern California American Indian Resource Center (SCAIR)
  • San Diego County Office of Education Juvenile Court and Community Schools
  • Community Research Foundation – Wellness and Recovery Centers - Maria Sardiñas, Douglas Young, South Bay, Wellness and Recovery Centers
  • Neighborhood House Association – Project Enable
  • San Diego City College Mental Health Counseling Center
  • The Monarch School