Clinical Practica

The IUPUI campus and the city of Indianapolis provide a rich environment for clinical practica.

Clinical Practicum

A clinical practicum is a supervised training and educational experience conducted in a university, hospital, or community health care setting. Generally, the sites for these practica are located in the Indianapolis area, but other locations are also possible. Training stresses the integration of scientific method, critical thinking, and evidence-based knowledge into professional practice. Practicum training helps students increase their basic clinical skills and confidence and acquire increased understanding of professional responsibility and ethics, as well as the many roles that psychologists can perform.

Practica are organized on a one or two semester-long basis and are usually one or two days each week. An important feature of the practicum experience at IUPUI is a high degree of access to many different clinical settings and client populations within and across specializations. In addition, most practicum sites involve professional psychologists who provide on-site supervision and serve as mentors. Health professionals including psychiatrists and others also function in supervisory and mentoring roles. The Assistant Director of Clinical Training meets individually with students to identify practicum sites based on student interest, skills, and site availability.  Close liaison is maintained between the Assistant Director of Clinical Training and each practicum site to assure that the practicum experience is meeting the training needs and educational objectives of the student. Most students complete 4-5 different placements.

Examples of Potential Practicum Sites

General Training Sites

  • Indiana University Medical Center - Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic
  • IUPUI Counseling Center (CAPS)
  • Indiana Women's Prison, Special Needs Unit
  • Marian University Counseling Center
  • Riley Hospital for Children - Mood Disorders Clinic

Health Sites 

  • Charis Center for Eating Disorders
  • Indiana University Medical Center – Consultation/Liaison Service
  • Indiana University Medical Center – Diabetes Clinic, MDC unit
  • Riley Hospital for Children – Pain Clinic
  • Roudebush VAMC Hospital – Pain Clinic
  • Roudebush VAMC Hospital – Primary Care Clinic
  • St. Vincent Hospital - Pediatrics
  • St. Vincent Hospital – Primary Care Clinic

Neuropsychology/Assessment Sites

  • Beacon Psychology Services
  • Children’s Resource Group
  • Community South Bariatric Center
  • Indiana University Medical Center - Neuropsychology Clinic
  • Indiana University Medical Center – Department of Neurology
  • Juvenile Detention Center
  • Pike Township Public Schools
  • Professional Psychological Services
  • St Vincent Hospital Department of Neuropsychology

Severe Mental Illness/Psychiatric Rehabilitation Sites

  • Adult & Child Mental Health Center
  • Eskenazi Hospital Midtown Community Mental Health Center
  • Eskenazi Hospital Midtown Westside – Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic
  • Indiana University Medical Center – Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center
  • Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center

Recent Internship Placements

The program requires a year-long internship and students have obtained placements at many excellent clinical and research facilities around the country. Examples of recent placements include:

  • University of California, Los Angeles, CA 
  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Patton State Hospital, Patton, CA
  • Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX
  • Nebraska Internship Consortium, Lincoln, NE
  • VA Boston Healthcare system, Boston, MA
  • Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • Baylor College of Medicine, Psychiatry Division
  • University of Washington School of Medicine
  • University of Michigan VAMC
  • VA Maryland Health Care System/University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • West Virginia University School of Medicine
  • Medical College of Georgia
  • Dorothea Dix Hospital, Raleigh, NC
  • Henry Ford Hospital
  • Indiana University Medical Center
  • University of South Florida Mental Health Institute
  • Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Consortium, Columbia
  • Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison Hospital and Clinics
  • Memphis VA Hospital
  • VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven