Practicum is a three consecutive semester sequence that is completed during the student's final year. While enrolled in practicum, students work in a community agency for one year seeing clients with supervision from both agency and faculty supervisors. During the 12-month practicum, students are required to accumulate 500 hours of direct client contact, 200 of which must be with couples and/or families present in the therapy room. 100 hours of supervision must also be accumulated during this time, of which at least 50 hours must include supervision from raw data (video, live supervision). In reality, most students receive over 200 hours of supervision.

During the practicum class, students present videotapes of their clinical work during weekly group supervision, and receive didactic instruction on various clinical topics. In addition, students will have individual videotape and live supervision of their clinical work with a university clinical faculty member. Supervision is also obtained at the practicum site, which includes both group and individual supervision. Students receive a minimum of one to five ratio of supervision to clinical experience in accordance with state and national accreditation guidelines. All of the supervisors at USD and the sites are AAMFT Approved Supervisors or meet equivalency standards. AAMFT Approved Supervisors have taken special courses in supervision, and have had their supervision supervised by more experienced supervisors.

Practicum Settings in MFT

Practicum students work in a community agency for one year seeing clients with supervision from both agency and faculty supervisors. The program provides the student with a list of pre-approved agencies where students complete their clinical work. The school has developed several outstanding practicum sites that offer a broad range of client populations and presenting problems. This allows students to seek a practicum site that best matches their interests and needs. A description of these sites provided by the agencies is listed below.

Please note that this list is subject to change.

  • AKUA Mind & Body
  • Desert/Mountain Children’s Center via High Tech Schools
  • Family Wellness Center/San Diego Center for Children
  • Home Start
  • Hospice of the North Coast
  • Pathways: Kickstart
  • San Diego Youth Services
  • South Bay Community Services
  • Rady Children’s Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital
  • St. Vincent De Paul Village
  • UCSD Center for Healthy Eating and Research (CHEAR)
  • UCSD Integrated Behavioral Health
  • UCSD Eating Disorders Clinic
  • UCSD Internal Medicine
  • UCSD Pediatrics
  • UCSD Reproductive Medicine
  • Urban Restoration Counseling Center
  • Wings Recovery
  • YMCA Oz San Diego