The rigorous practicum consists of approximately 13 hours per week for 30 weeks. The practicum is normally completed over two 15-week terms. In total, the practicum involves 400 hours of counselling experience in a professional counselling setting, including 200 hours of direct, supervised contact with clients.
After completing 14 academic courses with a minimum cumulative grade point average of B (3.0), students are eligible to begin their practicum. Students are responsible for finding a suitable practicum site, although Yorkville University’s Faculty of Behavioural Sciences is available to assist. Practicum settings and eligible on-site supervisors must be approved by the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences prior to commencement of the practicum.
The practicum experience takes place within the context of a course (PSYC 7113 and PSYC 7203) led by a member of the faculty. Students complete a number of self-directed learning modules related to the practice of counselling psychology, participate in 12 live seminars, engage in individual supervision with a faculty supervisor, and prepare a multi-staged case analysis.