Students must complete 1,000 direct service hours of practica (up to 500 direct service hours of practica may be transferred from the master's program). All students begin their practica at the University’s Community Counseling Service (CCS) and later complete hours at off-campus sites such as schools, universities, hospitals, or community agencies. In the CCS practicum, students participate on a treatment team under the supervision of a doctoral faculty member. Students work with individuals and families to resolve a wide range of problems. Treatment teams at the CCS use video recording and live supervision to enhance feedback between clients, therapists, and team members. A Spanish language team offers students seeking the PSSSP certificate supervision of services provided in Spanish. Students placed in off-campus practicum sites are supervised both by OLLU faculty and on-site licensed psychologists.
One year (1,900-2,000 hours) of pre-doctoral internship experience is required. The internship may be completed by working half time over two years. Students must complete their internships in programs that are either APA accredited or that meet the minimum requirements set forth by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Application for predoctoral internships in psychology is a competitive process governed by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) to which the program belongs. Information about the internship application process can be found at http://www.appic.org.