Provision of Services
The largest proportion of time is spent providing client/consumer services. Practicum students gain experience and training in providing services to individuals, organizations, the development of managers, the development of leadership, psychological assessments, technology integration, ethical considerations and case consultation.
For individual supervision, practicum students have a primary supervisor and an adjunct supervisor. Students will receive one hour of regularly scheduled, face-to-face, individual supervision with a Ph.D. psychologist for each 20-hour practicum week. Practicum students are expected to be active participants in negotiating the goals and process of their supervision. The primary supervisor will be licensed in the state of Minnesota, and have supervision as an area of competence with the State Board of Psychology.
All client projects are team staffed for apprentice-like learning. We meet weekly as an entire staff to discuss client projects and communicate progress/needs.
Regularly scheduled continuing education workshops and other training experiences designed by DRI Consulting staff take place monthly. Workshops topics include assessment, program and consultation, supervision, group dynamics, career counseling theory, psychology in the workplace and ethics. Each practicum student will make one presentation to staff and other interns, on a topic agreed upon by both the student and supervisor.
Support of Scholarly Inquiry
DRI Consulting provides resources for research, including scholarly research journal subscriptions and access to online databases in psychology. Each practicum student has access a computer with current programs available as well as connection to the Internet, and networking within DRI Consulting in order to facilitate research interests.
The practicum experience sequence incorporates increasing complexity of tasks and greater independence within each task over the course of the practicum. The developmental sequencing is incorporated in several ways.
The practicum begins with a two-week orientation program. During the first week, students spend much of their time with the Director of Training and the preceding 13 month pre- and post-doctoral interns, working to get acquainted with site policies and procedures. Students are also given information relevant to supervision. During the second week, the emphasis is on exposure to services provided by the firm, and staff associated with these services.
During the next month, practicum students are paired with a consultant-on-duty or mentor who provides modeling, consultation, and supervision for the students’ initial provision of services. For the next 3 months, mentors work with their assigned mentees in the delivery of individual, team, and organization development services.
During the third month, programming is structured and prescribed. Throughout the remainder of the practicum, students increasingly initiate and develop their own programs. During the final three months, students contract to complete a project related to product or service development. Some have opted to develop brochures, programs, or organize resources relevant to programming topics. Additionally, practicum students have increasing influence in the seminar topics over the course of the year.
All practicum students assume significant leadership roles for internal DRIC and external client projects as soon as they are ready.
The practicum student’s client responsibilities progress from individual assessment and coaching to small team facilitation/consultation to organization-wide interventions, depending on the developmental level of the student.