Practicum Seminars

Clinical art The Practicum Seminars prepare students for applied clinical work in practicum and internship sites. The seminars serve as a context for students to be mentored into the profession by the Clinical Faculty, through a Seminar format wherein students learn about the clinical expertise of the Faculty. Seminars are also designed to offer students a forum in which to integrate clinical experiences gained in practicum with academic coursework; the Practicum Seminars act in conjunction with the focus of the academic program. The first year focus is on Professional Development and preparation for a Diagnostic Practicum. During the first year students will begin the development of an identity as a professional psychologist, with a depth psychology emphasis. The second year focus is on diagnostics and preparation for a Psychotherapeutic Practicum. These seminars are designed to offer students a forum in which to integrate diagnostic experiences gained in practicum with academic coursework at Pacifica. The third year focus is on psychotherapy, particularly from a depth psychology perspective, and preparation for a pre-doctoral Internship. These seminars are designed to offer students a forum in which to integrate psychotherapeutic experiences of practicum with academic coursework at Pacifica and to prepare students for their pre-doctoral Internship.

Professional Development Seminar I
CL 755......................1 Unit
In this first seminar of the first-year series, students will be asked to describe educational and career goals, and strategies to eventually become licensed. Students will begin the process of developing a professional identity as a clinical psychologist, the needed interpersonal and emotional capacities vital to the discipline, and the importance of organizational knowledge about mental health systems and licensure. Topics covered in this seminar include overview of Pacifica's clinical training program, the professional identity of a clinical psychologist, and the career path to licensure.

Professional Development Seminar II
CL 756......................1 Unit
Students will continue the process of developing a professional identity as a clinical psychologist, the needed interpersonal and emotional capacities vital to the discipline, and the importance of organizational knowledge about mental health systems and licensure. Planned topics include basic psychotherapeutic processes and interview skills, including cross-cultural competencies. A practicum application workshop will also be included in this seminar.

Professional Development Seminar III
CL 757......................1 Unit
The final seminar in the first-year series is intended to introduce the enrolled student to professional practice as a clinical psychologist, and to prepare the student to begin applied clinical work in a field practicum setting in the 2nd year and beyond. The seminar will include topics of the public mental health care system, levels of care, ethical and legal issues, career planning, and self-care.

Diagnostic Readiness Assessment Module
CL 758......................0 Units
In this Module each student will be evaluated to assure readiness to perform in their Diagnostic Practicum

Diagnostic Practicum Seminar I
CL 759......................1 Unit
This seminar is designed to assist students in the integration of diagnostic issues at their practicum site with the academic coursework at Pacifica. Topics scheduled for discussion in this seminar include clinical and diagnostic interviewing, risk assessment, and culturally appropriate psychological test selection. Prerequisite: CL 758

Diagnostic Practicum Seminar II
CL 760......................1 Unit
This seminar is designed to continue to assist students in the continual integration of diagnostic issues at their practicum site with coursework at Pacifica. This seminar will cover topics such as the mental status exam, motivational interviewing, stages of change models, and ASAM criteria for assessment of substance abuse. Prerequisite: CL 758

Diagnostic Practicum Seminar III
CL 761......................1 Unit
This seminar is the third and final of the second-year diagnostic practicum sequence. It is designed to offer students a forum by which to further integrate diagnostic issues at their practicum site with academic coursework at Pacifica. This seminar covers diagnostics with personality disorders, psychological report writing, and integrative assessment. Prerequisite: CL 758

Psychotherapy Readiness Assessment Module
CL 762......................0 Units
In this Module each student will be evaluated to assure readiness to perform in their Psychotherapy Practicum.

Psychotherapy Practicum Seminar I
CL 763......................1 Unit
This seminar offers students a forum in which to integrate psychotherapy experiences of practicum with academic coursework at Pacifi ca. This seminar will include topics on empathy and attunement to affect, Jung's transcendent function, managing boundaries in psychotherapy, and evidence-based best practices. Prerequisite: CL 762

Psychotherapy Practicum Seminar II
CL 764......................1 Unit
This seminar offers students an additional forum in which to integrate psychotherapy experiences of practicum with academic coursework at Pacifica. Scheduled topics include imaginal techniques in therapy, use of dreams, the therapeutic frame, transference/countertransference, and continued discussion of appropriate therapeutic boundaries. Prerequisite: CL 762

Psychotherapy Practicum Seminar III
CL 765......................1 Unit
This seminar is the final seminar in psychotherapy; it provides students a last forum in which to integrate psychotherapy experiences of practicum with academic coursework at Pacifica. Scheduled topics include active listening, making psychodynamic interpretations, additional consideration of boundaries in psychotherapy, and issues related to the development of a private practice. Prerequisite: CL 762

Internship Readiness Assessment Module
CL 766......................0 Units
In this Module each student will be evaluated to assure readiness for pre-doctoral Internship.