Practicum & Internships


     Rachel Battaglia

    "The doctoral program in Counseling Psychology trained me to recognize injustices, to understand them, and most importantly, to teach us how we can act upon oppressive social structures to directly confront inequalities. This social justice and feminism focus is one of the reasons I chose to apply to Carlow. Another reason I chose the PsyD program is because of the nationally recognized practicum sites in the Pittsburgh area. These clinical sites provide students with exceptional training and supervision with some of the leading clinicians in the field."

  • Beginning in the summer of the first year of study, doctoral students are permitted to engage in community-based practica experiences at a variety of settings. Carlow University benefits from its location in the large metropolitan area of Pittsburgh. Students have placed at nationally recognized medical hospitals, university counseling centers, community mental health agencies specializing in child and adult treatment, and even rural practices that offer experiences that extend beyond the urban landscape.

    Below is a list with links to some of the practicum sites who have accepted our qualified PsyD students.

    • Allegheny General Hospital - Department of Psychology/Neuropsychology
    • Chatham University Counseling Center
    • Carnegie Mellon University Counseling Center
    • Carlow University Counseling Center
    • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh - Medical Coping Clinic
    • Family Behavioral Resources
    • Family Psychological Associates
    • Matilda Theiss Health Center
    • Mercy Behavioral Health
    • Staunton Clinic
    • Torrance State Hospital
    • Turtle Creek Valley MH/MR, Inc.
    • Watson Institute

    A breakdown of the types of practicum settings from the past 3 years is shown below. 

    Practicum Settings

    There is a diverse range of learning opportunities through these potential practicum sites and our students have been involved in neurological, personality, and intellectual assessment, community consultation, group therapy, and of course, direct individual therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. A breakdown of the clinical tasks that have been completed by our students over the past 3 years is shown below.

    Clinical Tasks

    The program requires that students complete a minimum of four 300-hour semesters of practicum, though some have taken an additional semester to bolster hours. Forty percent (40%) of each 300-hour practicum must be invested in direct clinical skills training with clients. The remainder may be utilized in assessment writing, supervision, program evaluation, and other supplemental activities. Students attend weekly seminar courses while enrolled in all levels of Practicum to both offer added supervision, as well as to allow students the opportunity to share in their development experiences in a small (5-8 students), supportive setting.