MA | Master of Arts in Psychology

The MA Practicum Courses

The MA’s practicum program gives CalSouthern students the opportunity to gain valuable face-to-face clinical experience in an appropriate setting of the student’s choice with approval of CalSouthern. Whether it be at a hospital, community mental health center, substance abuse treatment center, domestic violence shelter or any of a number of other clinical settings, practicum students will perform face-to-face clinical work while under the supervision of a licensed mental health practitioner.

The practicum program spans three courses, allowing the student to accumulate hours of clinical experience—hours which may be applied toward the required hours for licensure as a California marriage and family therapist. Students will receive feedback from faculty mentors and site supervisors, allowing them to refine and hone their clinical skills.

To further enhance the learning experience, students will participate in CalSouthern’s clinical case conferences moderated by the university’s director of clinical training. The conferences give students the opportunity to share—in a safe, welcoming environment—their clinical experiences and to exchange ideas with other students in the practicum program, many of whom are skilled and experienced practitioners.

Although students are responsible for securing their own site placement, the School of Behavioral Sciences’ academic staff will guide and assist students in locating a placement that interests them.

MA Practicum Highlights:

  • Gain face-to-face clinical experience in an approved mental health setting of your choice
  • Receive supervision, feedback, guidance and support from faculty mentor and licensed mental health practitioner
  • Apply hours worked toward the requirement for licensure in California as a marriage and family therapist
  • In CalSouthern’s clinical case conferences, share your clinical experiences and exchange ideas with other students in the practicum program

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