Master of Arts in Psychology: Behavioral Clinical Psychology

Practicum Experience


Students' Practica Options and Eligibility Criteria

As a BCP graduate student, you are eligible to apply for university‐based practica (options shown below) to obtain supervision (see www.bacb.com under categories of supervised experience). The following practica options, a professional requirement of the program, are offered by the CSUN BCP graduate program at this time.

I. University-Based On-site Practica

This practica option provides direct supervision by BCP Faculty. Currently, there are three tenure-track faculty members conducting clinical work and behavior analytic research:

  1. Faculty member: Dr. Debra Berry Malmberg
    • Setting: Autism Clinic at CSUN
  2. Faculty member: Dr. Tara Fahmie
    • Setting: Taking Steps Together with Ventura County Office of Education schools.
  3. Faculty member: Dr. Ellie Kazemi
    • Setting: Training & Supervision Laboratory, CSUN and Applied Behavioral Research with Community Research Partners.

II. University-Based Off-site Practica

Students work directly at one of the CSUN‐approved internship sites under the direct supervision of a CSUN‐approved site supervisor.

CSUN‐approved internship sites are local ABA service providers who obtain formal CSUN Internship Site approval as well as Site-Supervisor approval status. The approval process is initiated by the local agency or a current BCP student. Applications are reviewed and approved/denied by BCP faculty.

III. Off-site Practica (Supervised Independent Fieldwork Model)

Students must work at one of the CSUN‐approved internship sites under the direct supervision of a site supervisor who is a BCBA in good standing. For this practicum option, it is the intern's responsibility to seek and secure a qualified site‐supervisor (see www.bacb.com).

CSUN‐approved internship sites are local ABA service providers who obtain formal CSUN Internship Site approval. The approval process is initiated by the local agency or a current BCP student. Applications are reviewed and approved/denied by BCP faculty.

Differences among the three options

Eligibility

To be eligible for CSUN‐approved practica experience, the student must meet the following criteria.

  1. Be in good academic standing (i.e., a 3.0 or above cumulative GPA).
  2. Submit "BCP Internship Application & Agreement" by specified deadlines announced by BCP.
  3. Interview for the on‐site or off‐site position(s).
  4. Be matched or selected for the university‐based practica experience.
  5. Enroll in 3‐CE units of the XBEH 903 Practicum Course each semester. Estimated cost for practica each semester is $1,300.

 

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