Over the course of two semesters students actively engage in the development of their professional identity as they learn to become a psychotherapist and integrate what is learned in the classroom with the experience at the practicum site.
Completion of the practicum requirement includes attendance in weekly classes plus 16-20 hours per week of documented training at an approved site.
Each student plays a key role in identifying sites for field work and clinical practicum. The Community Mental Health department and the Field Placement team are ready and eager to help students with their placements. Once made, those choices must be approved by the Director of the program and the Director of Field Education
Students must complete a minimum of 225 qualifying BBS hours during practicum training to qualify for graduation.
Our Field Placement office can help you find the right practicum site for you.
The Clinic Without Walls
The Clinic Without Walls (TCWOW) is the CIIS affiliated practicum site of the Community Mental Health program. Situated in low-income housing sites within San Francisco, TCWOW aims to provide psychological services to underserved communities. The Clinic strives to make therapy accessible to people who have been denied services on the basis of stigmatization, discrimination, and/or socioeconomic factors. Further, the clinic seeks to serve children, adults, and families by identifying and addressing mental health issues within the Bay Area community. All services are provided free of charge.
The student practicum at TCWOW focuses on the development of essential clinical skills and with an emphasis on multicultural awareness. Trainees acquire a broad range of clinical experience in several contexts including individual, couple, family, and group therapy. In addition to formal therapy services, the Clinic incorporates a frontier approach called "therapy on the margins." This modality offers an alternative to formal treatment and aims to cultivate community engagement. Trainees lead workshops on a variety of topics including: self-care, parenting skills, and mindfulness. In order to develop and refine clinical skills, student therapists receive weekly supervision and training from licensed clinicians.
Overall, the practicum is structured to provide a conceptual and experiential framework for community mental health as informed by multiple theoretical perspectives. TCWOW aims to provide quality psychological services and to provide students interested in community mental health with a dynamic training opportunity rooted in social justice.
Learn more about our Counseling Clinics by visiting the CIIS Counseling Clinics page.