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Types of Practica

1. Interprofessional Pre-Practicum (IPP) Rotation

All incoming students must complete this rotation during fall of their first year (8 -10 hours per week). This experience involves rotations through a range of settings that enable exposure to multiple populations, problems, procedures, professionals, philosophies and contexts. Students must take the following pre-practicum and practica:

Following are some benefits student receive from this practicum:

  • Broadens awareness of other professional practices (e.g., social work, medicine), helping bridge the gaps that often impede interprofessional collaborations
  • Develops exposure fundamental to future interprofessional collaboration
  • Provides opportunities to learn about community resources and services first hand
  • Increases networking skills to make integrated service delivery more professional and effective
  • Helps with achievement of entry-level competency in clinical interviews and report writing (a separate component of the IPP course)

Coordination for the IPP rotation is provided by University of Houston (UH) School Psychology faculty, and supervision at the sites is provided by one of the licensed professional staff. Past IPP Rotations have included:

  • Bluebird Neurology Clinic at the Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children 's Hospital
  • The Simons Variation in Individuals Project (VIP) at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital
  • Harris County Juvenile Probation Department Forensic and Psychological Services Divisions
  • Harris County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority (MHMRA) Mental Retardation and Autism Units
  • The Monarch School for Neurological Differences
  • The Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program at UT Health Sciences Center
  • The University of Houston Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic
  • Selected public school rotations for those students without school experiences
2. The School Psychology practicum (SP)

Students must take the School Psychology (SP) practicum if:

  • They have not completed a school psychology practicum
  • They completed one but lack relevant professional or personal competencies

Site supervisors are credentialed in the following areas:

  • Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) or,
  • Licensed Psychologist (LP)

Primary goals of the SP include development of competencies in:

  • Psycho-educational assessment
  • Behavioral, affective and personality assessment
  • Multi-disciplinary team collaboration
  • Problem-solving
  • Databased decision-making
  • Consultation
  • Individual and group intervention

The student must complete this practicum (or its equivalent) and demonstrate relevant professional and personal competencies before they may apply for Advanced Practicum.

3. The Advanced Practicum (AP)

All students will participate in the 16-20 hour/week Advanced Practicum (AP) experiences which occur during the fall and spring semesters. These practica occur in a variety of settings:

  • Specialized assessment and intervention units in schools or agencies
  • Clinics at the Texas Children's Hospital and other settings within the Houston community.

Upon completion, students should accumulate about 1000-1200 practicum hours, positioning applicants to be competitive for APA accredited internships. Coordination for the Advanced Practicum is provided by University of Houston (UH) School Psychology faculty and supervision is provided by a designated licensed psychologist at each site. Placements can change from year to year but previous placement options include:

  • Clinical Child Neuropsychology Program, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children 's Hospital, Child Psychology Section
  • Texas Children 's Hospital Disruptive Behavior Disorders Program, BaylorCollege of Medicine/Texas Children 's Hospital, Child Psychology Section
  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, Baylor College of Medicine/ Texas Children 's Hospital, Child Psychology Section
  • Pediatric Primary Health Clinic of the Baylor College of Medicine/ Texas Children 's Hospital, Child Psychology Section
  • Bluebird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology, BaylorCollege of Medicine/ Texas Children 's Hospital, Child Psychology Section
  • Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics at the Baylor College of Medicine/ Texas Children 's Hospital
  • Harris County Juvenile Probation Department Forensic Unit and Psychological and Social Services Department
  • Harris County (MHMRA) Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority and Autism Unit
  • Harris County/University of Texas Children 's Psychiatric Center
  • M. D. Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Unit.
  • UH Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic