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Practicum I, II, & III

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2014
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times



PSYC 6153, 6163, 6173

Fall 2014


Professor: Michael A. Vandehey, Ph.D.                                 Office: O’donohoe 114

Office Hours: MWF 9:00-10:00                                                          Phone: 397-4026

                       TR 9:00-11:00

Class Time: R 2:00-4:50 + individual supervision                  Location: OD 110

Home: 940-761-1942                                                              Cell: 940-733-4388



            1. Increase professional service through:

a. the implementation of psychological services under the supervision of licensed professionals.

b. seeking peer consultations in group supervision.

c. providing peer consultations in group supervision.

d. apply ethical decision-making, theoretically grounded treatment goals, and assessing the appropriateness of diagnosis to individuals seeking psychological treatment.


            2. Increase professional development through:

                        a. preparation of an extensive case write-up.

b. becoming acquainted with secretarial duties associated with managing paperwork.

c. attending various meetings.




Yalom, I. D. (2002). The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients. New York, NY: Harper Collins.


American Psychiatric Association. (2013) Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed. Treatment Revision). Washington, DC: Author.


American Psychiatric Association. (2000) Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed. Treatment Revision). Washington, DC: Author.


Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.). (2010).

Washington D. C.: American Psychological Association.

            -1st printed manuals contain errors. Please go to the APA website    ( to download the corrected pages for their book in PDF form.





1. In the semester prior to enrolling in Practicum I (PSYC 6153), students are expected to attend the weekly group supervision/practicum class. Students are not required to complete graded assignments or enroll in the



2. Prior to any client contact (approximately 6 weeks prior to the end of the pre-practicum semester), students must apply for and purchase Professional Liability Insurance from American Professional Agency, INC. You can apply for and pay for the insurance online at Please choose 1 million/3 million as the insurance limits. The cost is for the insurance is $35. Please email a copy of your insurance certificate to the Director of Clinical Training. Students will need to renew their insurance annually as long as they areproviding clinical services as a student.


3. Students must also complete a criminal background check prior to seeing clients. The form can be downloaded on the important forms page of the graduate program website

( ). The completed form should be submitted to the department secretary by mid-term of the pre-practicum semester.


Course Requirements


1. Students will provide 10-15 hours of practicum related services throughout the entire semester. Students will obtain a minimum of 150 service hours over the course of the semester. Ideally students will amass additional hours.


            a. Direct contact hours: Students will obtain a minimum 50 hours of direct client contact. Direct contact hours include:

                        i. Individual, couple, family, or group psychological services

                        ii. Psychological assessment involving client contact

            b. Indirect professional service hours: Students will obtain a minimum 100          hours of indirect professional service hours. Professional service hours include:

                        i. Individual and group supervision

                        ii. Scoring and report writing for psychological assessment

                        iii. Office duties

                        iv. Shadowing fellow clinician

                        v. Professional consultation and educational workshops that are clinical in                          nature

            c. Tracking Hours: Hours should be logged in the practicum hours tracking          spreadsheet found on the important forms page of the graduate program website.        This first page (showing cumulative hours) should be printed, signed by the             individual supervisor and practicum course instructor, and submitted to the             director of clinical training at the semester midterm and at the end of the semester.


Students are not allowed to terminate service provision upon completion of hours prior to end of the semester. Some students request that they begin working prior to the first day of class or work over break and between semesters. These hours count towards an ‘Incomplete’ from the previous semester or towards the next practicum. In some external practicum sites, such as Red River, First Step, or the State Hospital, the programs come to depend on the services provided by practicum students. Please make sure your supervisor is notified at the beginning of your placement of any time that you will take off between semesters. Students at these sites may want to limit their time off between semesters to one week.


2. Evaluation of practicum students: Individual supervisors will evaluate the student at semester midterm and at the end of the semester. Students are responsible for providing the supervisor with the Practicum Student Evaluation Form, which can be found on the important forms page of the graduate program website. These forms should be submitted to the director of clinical training. Students will receive an incomplete for the course if these evaluations are not submitted by the end of the semester.


3. Chart Review: Periodically throughout the semester, the director of clinical training will review a random selection of client charts. Please see the clinic manual for a copy of the chart review checklist and a list of items that should be included in clinic charts. Each clinician is responsible for making sure that client notes are up to date and signed by the individual supervisor. If appropriate, treatment plans and transfer/termination summaries must be completed and filed. At the end of the semester, one file from each student will be chosen at random, if any required paperwork (contact log, treatment plan,

notes, or termination/transfer summary) is missing, then the student automatically receives a C for practicum that semester.


            a. Treatment Plans: By the 3rd session with every client, clinicians will submit a   treatment plan outlining goals for treatment and planned interventions. This initial     treatment plan may include the goals of developing rapport and continuing to       assess presenting problems. The treatment plan document should be updated as      the case conceptualization and treatment plan develops. The clinician will discuss        the treatment plan with the client and involve the client in establishing treatment          goals. The treatment plan will be included in the client’s clinic chart.


            b. Termination and Transfer Summaries: At the end of treatment, the clinician will summarize the client’s presentation and progress. This document will be used         to facilitate an immediate transfer or follow-up services sought at a later date.



4. Group Supervision: All students will come to group supervision prepared to discuss their cases. Attendance is mandatory and absences must be cleared with the instructor or a reduction in grade will occur. Scheduled Case Presentations: The 1st 45-minutes of practicum (1:30-2:15) will be for scheduled student case presentations.


            a. The clinician is responsible for providing a one page outline summarizing            services to date. All identifying information should be altered or removed for the           protection of the client. The presentation should include:

                        i. background information: demographics, brief history (only what’s                                    relevant to conceptualization)

                        ii. case conceptualization: problem list, competencies/resources,                                           primary/orienting issue or dx, theoretical conceptualization (using theory                             to understand why these problems at this time for this client)

                        iii. treatment goal & plan

                        iv. question or concern

                        v. video or audio recording cued to relevant section


            b. Participants are responsible for:

                        i. asking questions that clarify missing information and deepen the                                      understanding of the client.

                        ii. providing ethical and theoretically based interpretations and                                            recommendations.


5. Individual Supervision: Each student clinician will meet at least one hour weekly individually with a supervisor. Individual supervision will often include videotaped presentations of the therapeutic encounter. Attendance is mandatory and absences must be cleared with the instructor or a reduction in grade will occur. Clinic students need to bring:

            a. Cued videotape

            b. Client files with notes completed for sessions since the last supervision meeting

            External students will engage in the supervisory process that is in place at the         external placement. Students completing practicum in an external setting will     meet with one of the clinical faculty for individual supervision of any cases          carried in the Psychology Clinic. Students will be expected to follow of the             policies in the clinic manual while providing services in the clinic.


6. Case conceptualization Paper: (100 points each) Every student shall prepare an extensive case conceptualization paper on one client (single spaced). Prac III students should choose a different case from their exit paper for the class paper. The report shall contain the following areas:

            a. Presenting problem/history of the problem

            b. Relevant history

                        i. Family, social, and relational history

                        ii. Educational/work history

                        iii. Medical/Psychological history, including substance abuse

            c. ing information (if available)

            d. Theoretical conceptualization of the client(s): references (3-5) are appropriate     here

                        i. General description of the theory & how the theory explains                                             psychopathology

                        ii. theoretical conceptualization (using theory to understand why these                                problems at this time for this client, how is the client’s behavior and                               experience consistent with the theory)

            e. Summary of the report (1/2-1 page)

            f. Diagnosis as per the DSM-5

            g. Treatment goals and strategies (references may be appropriate here).


Rewrites: An initial grade will be given. Should a paper need a re-write, the student will be given the option of (a) accept the current grade or (b) re-write the paper. The second draft will receive a letter grade – ½ a grade level. Should a second re-write be needed, the student may (a) accept the current grade or (b) re-re-write the paper. The third draft will receive a letter grade – 1 grade level, etc. MSU Clinic students shall provide a video-tape of the most recent session to accompany the paper.


Due: Monday October 9th (midterm) and December 4th (final).  


Participation: (50 points) The last hour of each class shall comprise of an in depth discussion of Yalom’s ideas. Students are expected to be prepared to offer positive and negative critiques, pose ethical questions, and aid in answering comments by other students. This hour should be fun, energizing, and provide a framework for professional development once you have left the program. Should students fail to demonstrate: (a) being prepared, (b) quality participation, and (c) interest, I reserve the right to have a midterm and final examination (TBA). Each exam will be worth 100 points and will be essay in nature.


Each week’s reading assignment shall be determined by the students in the prior week.  


Grades: 250-225 = A; 224-200 = B; 199 and lower = F

If we need to have a midterm and final, grades will be based upon a 450 point scale.


Important Dates:


9/1                               Labor day, no classes

9/29                             Last day for December graduates to file

10/6                             Last day for May graduates to file

10/27                           Last day for “W”

11/26-30                      Thanksgiving break, no classes


Attendance: Attendance is required. Since we only meet once a week, a student is allowed 1 absence without penalty. The 2nd absence results in 1 grade drop, the 3rd absence results in a grade of ‘F.’ Being tardy three times will count as an absence. Afterwards, every additional tardy counts as an absence. 



Make-up Policy: Make-up exams will be essay in nature and can be scheduled with me. I need one week to prepare the exam; thus, the earliest a make-up exam can be taken is one week after the initial exam. See the 2012-2014 Student Handbook and Activities Calendar on Class Attendance Policy (pg. 70-71).


Electronic Contact: My cell phone is to be used only be students who have been given it by me (e.g., honor society officers, graduate students). Please do not text me on my cell unless I have personally given you my cell number. If an emergency occurs, ALWAYS contact me day or night. If I am unavailable, contact your individual supervisor, Dr. Spiller (Director of Training), or Dr. Carlston (Graduate Program Coordinator).  


Cell Phones and Pagers: Please turn all cell phones and pagers off (no sound) during class. DO NOT text message during class. DO NOT answer your cell phone in class. Exceptions include emergency calls (e.g., birth of child, family member in hospital). Students who are unable to comply will not be allowed to attend class. 

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Course Attachments


Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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