Graduated students of the doctoral practicum training program

Springfield Doctoral Practicum Training Program

Doctoral practicum students will be responsible for providing in-clinic and outreach individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults struggling with serious emotional disturbances, psychological impairments, addictions, and high-stress life circumstances. Many clients at CSI have experienced some sort of traumatic event as well as are involved with the Department of Children and Families.

To be fully considered for the position, please submit your CV and cover letter by the first Monday of January at 5:00 p.m. Applications and questions about the practicum program can be directed to: Yomaira López Cruz, Ph.D. Training Director at

Doctoral Practicum Training Program Brochure

Description of Doctoral Practicum Training

As a part of a 20 hour per week practicum, students can expect to receive:

  • An average of 8-10 direct client hours a week
  • Two 1-hour weekly individual supervisions
  • Two 1-hour weekly didactic trainings; the first in “Becoming a Trauma-Informed Therapist” and the second in a topic of your choice: “Practical Application of Psychological Theory,” “Integrating Social Justice into Community Mental Health” and/or “Psychodiagnostic Assessment”

Additional responsibilities include one professional presentation that can be completed during a didactic training or during CSI’s monthly staff meeting on the second Monday of each month, as well as two psychological evaluations over the course of the training year.

Practicum students are welcome to work with their supervisors to tailor their training experience based on their interests. Previous trainees have focused their trainings on gathering experiences in:

  • Neurofeedback
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Play therapy
  • Filial therapy
  • Group psychotherapy

Psychological Testing Track

Doctoral practicum students have the opportunity to participate in a specialized training focused on providing psychological evaluations over the course of the training year. Students would complete a minimum of ten evaluations throughout the practicum, which averages to about one per month. To accommodate the increased focused on testing, doctoral practicum students would carry a smaller clinical caseload.


Who Can Apply?

Doctoral practicum students must be a full time graduate student in a Clinical or Counseling Psychology doctoral program. Doctoral practicum students should be able to work both independently and collaboratively with other professional staff and providers in the area. Doctoral practicum students should also have good time management skills. Doctoral practicum students should be open and flexible to the challenges that the practicum year provides, while maintaining a state of professionalism. Doctoral practicum students will be expected to maintain strict confidentiality as required by the various laws and ethics code associated with the mental health professions.