Graduate Practicum Placement Information

The Practicum Experience

The second year is largely devoted to their clinical practicum and/or their master’s thesis project, although students continue to come to campus to attend additional course work and participate in clinical and research supervision. Currently, students electing to do a practicum experience are required to train about 16 hours a week, typically two full days, at a forensic mental health program or institution. They receive clinical supervision on-site from a supervisor employed at the training placement who has entered into a training agreement with RWU. 

Additionally, students return to campus for weekly small group (3 or 4 students) with a member of the psychology faculty at RWU. The practicum placements are provided by the graduate program, although students are supported in their efforts to secure a practicum placement on their own that better matches their professional interest.

Our students have successfully trained in the following practicum sites:

  • Rhode Island Training School at Cranston
  • Treatment Center for Sexually Dangerous Persons at Bridgewater
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School (research)
  • Juvenile Court Clinics in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island
  • Federal Correctional Institution at Devens in Ayer, MA
  • Alpert Medical School at Brown University (research)
  • South Bay Mental Health
  • Arbour Counseling
  • Day One, the Sexual Assault and Trauma Recovery Center