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Practica are designed to provide graduate students an opportunity to develop and practice their professional skills under the supervision of experienced psychologists in the schools and other systems that provide services to children, adolescents, and their families. By applying methods and techniques of psychology to specific problems typically referred to psychologists in these settings, students are encouraged to integrate the systematic knowledge gained from their formal academic training. Psychologists who have special competencies and are employed by the schools and other community agencies, hospitals, clinics, juvenile courts serve as supervisors and role models. Students begin their practica during their first semester in the program and continue to develop their clinical skills in additional practicum settings throughout the entire program.

Head Start
All students in the Clinical Child and School Psychology program work at Head Start in the surrounding area. Most students typically complete a practicum at Head Start during their first semester in the program. Practicum students conduct child observations and teacher interviews. Also, practicum students conduct Social Health and Academic Readiness Enrichment groups. Some Clinical Child and School Psychology graduate students have graduate assistantships at Head Start and are the Behavioral Health Specialists. They help with the initial observations and also provide interventions for children and consult with teachers and parents.

More Information About Behavioral Health Services at Head Start

Attention and Behavior Clinic

Students in the Clinical Child and School Psychology graduate program have the opportunity to gain practicum experience in the Attention and Behavior Clinic housed within the Department of Psychology. Such experiences include completing comprehensive assessments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and providing brief behavior management services for children with externalizing behavior problems. Student clinicians work under the direct supervision of a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and are responsible for all aspects of service provision including interviews, observations, consultation, and administration of necessary assessment measures, case conceptualization, and report writing.

Local School Districts

School psychology students are placed in practicum sites throughout Madison and St. Clair counties in Illinois, and in Special School District in St. Louis, MO. Care is taken to ensure that students are assigned to those sites that are able to provide an appropriate level of supervision and range of experiences. Examples of recent sites include: Cahokia School District, Edwardsville School District, Granite City School District, Troy School District, Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative, Parkway School District in St. Louis, MO, and Special School District in St. Louis, MO.

Private and Community Mental Health Agencies

Child clinical psychology students complete practicum with private and community-based providers of mental health services for children. The CCS faculty are deliberate in providing clinical child students with a range of practicum experiences, so that they may make informed decisions regarding future career settings. Examples of recent sites include: Family Court of St. Louis, Madison County Juvenile Detention, St. Clair County Head Start, and the Attention & Behavior Clinic.


Students completing a Specialist degree in School Psychology complete a 1,200 hour internship prior to graduation. Internship is intended to be a comprehensive, applied training experience under the direction of a school psychologist supervisor. School psychology students at SIUE are well-prepared for internship placements and are consistently successful in obtaining their desired internship sites.

Examples of recent sites include: Williamson County Special Education District in Marion, IL, Black Hawk Area Special Education District in East Moline, IL, Wabash-Ohio Valley Special Education District, Cahokia School District, and Edwardsville School District.

Additional Graduate Training

Graduate coursework in the CCS program at SIUE provides a strong foundation from which many students elect to further their expertise in either School or Clinical Child Psychology.

Recent institutions where graduates of the CCS program have been accepted into doctoral programs include: University of Southern Mississippi, Loyola University Chicago, University of Missouri, University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Illinois State University, Louisiana State University, University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University, University of Utah, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Ball State University, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Texas A & M, University of Alabama, and the University of Denver.

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