The program requires 500 hours of direct clinical experience, 250 of which must be with couples or families. Students receive a minimum of 100 hours of supervision, at least 50 hours of which are based on direct observation, videotape, or audiotape. Students complete 8–10 hours of clinical practice per week and receive both individual and group supervision.
The first-year practica are designed to help students develop the basic clinical skills and competencies necessary to conduct couple, family, and individual therapy. The second-year practica help students broaden and integrate advanced clinical skills in working with diverse populations.
Practicum placements are available at a variety of clinical settings, including 14 Council for Relationships locations in the Philadelphia region as well as sites within the Jefferson Health System. Students choose from a wide spectrum of options such as outpatient mental health clinics, hospitals, and psychiatric settings for their clinical training.