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Practicum/Additional Requirements

Clinical Practicums and Internship

Students complete four internal practicums at the family therapy clinic at the Brief Therapy Institute. During this practicum sequence students see their own clients and are supervised in teams and individually. Details regarding practicum and the department clinic are available in the Policies and Procedures Manual of the Brief Therapy Institute. Policies and Procedures are required reading and understanding of all policies and are available online. In depth discussions of all policies will be a part of internal practicums.

Background checks and fingerprinting are required of ALL students and must be completed during the first two weeks of enrollment. Students will contact the DFT Internship Coordinator for detailed information on these procedures.

Students also complete an internship of three consecutive terms, designed to provide the student with a full-time experience, emphasizing relationally focused practice, research, and/or supervision. Students must have successfully passed their Clinical Portfolio before registering for internship.

Client Contact Hours

A total of 1,000 clinical hours and 200 supervised hours are required to complete the program. At least 400 of the 1000 required clinical hours must be with couples and/or families present in the room.

Doctoral students who can document that their previous supervised clinical practice is comparable to that which would be received in a COAMFTE accredited program may petition the program to waive some of the required 1000 direct client contact hours. However, waiving part of this client contact hour requirement does not release a student from completing all of the practicum or internship requirements of the program. In order for a waiver request to be approved, the student must also provide a copy of their supervisor's vita and credentials. In order for their supervision to count, these credentials must indicate that the previous supervisor is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, is a licensed MFT, received training in MFT supervision, is an AAMFT clinical member, and is recognized by a state regulatory body as being an equivalent MFT supervisor.

If a waiver request is approved, students still are required to document a minimum of 100 in-the-room hours with individuals, couples, and/or families during their time as a student in the program before beginning clinical internship. At least 50 of these hours must be accrued at the Brief Therapy Institute (BTI) and practicum hours may be included in the total. In order to count, all direct client contact hours must be supervised by AAMFT Approved Supervisor, who will sign and document that the hours submitted are accurate. Students must follow all BTI policies and procedures.

Documentation of client contact and supervision hours must include the date, type of session (i.e., family, couple, or individual), length, and location of each session. Students must have written case notes for all sessions listed. The necessary forms are available online at the KPCOM student resources website. Students must submit their completed forms to the internship Coordinator at the end of each term to ensure progress is recorded and the student file remains updated. Students must keep a copy of all completed and signed forms during their entire program and for future licensure needs.

Clinical Portfolio

The Clinical Portfolio is a capstone experience designed to assess how students met various aspects of the program’s learning objectives and outcomes. Similar to a doctoral qualifying exam, the Clinical Portfolio is an important benchmark in progressing towards candidacy.  Students demonstrate the full range and depth of their clinical skills and theoretical knowledge, and scholarly writing.

Annual Review

As part of the graduation requirements, students must have an Annual Review at the end of the first three years of the program.  This Annual Review consists of an evaluation of the student’s academic progress, clinical progress, professional and ethical conduct, and level of attainment of the program’s student learning outcomes.  The Annual Review is also utilized for collection of feedback from students about the program and support services by the institution.  This review is conducted in a manner needed for each individual student such as, but not limited to, a meeting with a faculty advisor, program director, or via email.  Students must complete the Annual Review during the summer of each of the first three years.


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