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Psychology Training Directors' Views of Number of Practicum Hours Necessary Prior to Internship Application

Ko, Susan F. ; Rodolfa, Emil

Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 2005, Vol.36(3), pp.318-322 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Psychology Training Directors' Views of Number of Practicum Hours Necessary Prior to Internship Application
  • Author/Creator: Ko, Susan F. ; Rodolfa, Emil
  • Language: English
  • Is Part Of: Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 2005, Vol.36(3), pp.318-322
  • Description: A national survey of training directors of academic programs, predoctoral internships, and postdoctoral fellowships was conducted to explore what constitutes an adequate number of practicum hours necessary to apply for internship. Training directors agreed that minimum standard hours should be set but differed on what those hours should be, with academic training directors endorsing fewer hours than directors of predoctoral internships and postdoctoral fellowships. The results raise questions about what is a practicum hour and suggest a need to obtain consensus about minimum standards and the possibility of a competency-based approach rather than emphasizing hours of practicum experience.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0735-7028 ; E-ISSN: 1939-1323 ; DOI: 10.1037/0735-7028.36.3.318