The clinical training component of the CMH program is fully integrated into the Master's degree program. In the first year students will have assignments which bring them into agencies and programs to learn firsthand what is happening in community mental health in our area. In year two (see below) students will begin to gain experience and deliver services and in year three they will take clinical practicum courses. It is in practicum that students begin, with supervision, to engage in therapy with clients. Each student plays a key role in identifying sites for field work and clinical practicum. The CMH office and the Field Placement team are ready and eager to help students make good choices. Once made, those choices must be approved by the Director of the CMH program and the Director of Field Education
Year 2- Clinical Field Study (2-units)
Over the course of two semesters students will engage in (2) one-unit courses that will introduce the student to clinical fieldwork. Students will explore the development of professional identity, client engagement, client advocacy, psychosocial education and case management. Completion of the course will require attendance in weekly classes plus 6-8 hours per week of documented fieldwork in an approved site.
Year 3- Clinical Practicum (4-units)
Over the course of two semesters students will engage in (2) two-unit courses that will enhance clinical training in the practicum. Students will continue their development of professional identity as the student learns to become a psychotherapist and integrate what is learned in the classroom with the experience at the practicum site. Completion of the course will require attendance in weekly classes plus 16-20 hours per week of documented training in an approved site.
Students must complete a minimum of 500 qualifying BBS hours between their fieldwork and practicum training, but may complete as many as 1300. The remaining qualifying hours may then be accrued post-graduation.