Doctoral Practicum

Practicum students may enjoy the benefits of operating within the larger training program, which offers monthly agency-wide consultation, grand rounds, and an invited speaker series. Weekly individual supervision is with a doctoral-level staff psychologist and/or master’s level mental health professional, depending on students’ eventual licensure track and academic program needs.

  • Job Title: Doctoral Practicum
  • Direct Supervisor: Treatment Supervisor

Practica run for either 9 or 12 months, depending on the student’s needs and academic program requirements. Though not required, year-long placements are preferred in order to assure clients of the highest level of continuity between trainees. The Clinic offers both psychotherapy and assessment practicum placements.  Clinical work can be with either children or adults, depending on candidates’ learning goals. Lorenz recommends that interested applicants follow the specified application timelines as designated by their graduate programs, which is typically 5-8 months prior to placement. Applications should be submitted using the Clinic’s application portal.


Outpatient psychotherapy or psychological assessment practica are for typically takes or doctoral students from psychology doctoral programs. The placement requires at least 20-hours and at least two evenings per week (if in outpatient services). In our experience, the educational quality of a practicum is negatively correlated with a student’s concurrent credit load, and students are encouraged to begin practicum only after completing the majority of their degree requirements.

Prerequisite Doctoral Coursework:

  • Ethics
  • Counseling theories
  • Psychopathology

Although the clinic serves clients throughout the lifespan, practicum students are able to focus on the client population that best suits their learning goals.

  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychological Assessment

Application Process

Admission to the training program is competitive. Application materials are accepted starting mid-January and will be accepted through the spring for both June and September starts. To apply for a practicum placement, you will submit your resume/CV and letter of interest to the selection committee through our application portal. Letters of interest should broadly outline your learning goals and commitment to the common good and explicitly state the type of degree program you are in as well as the placement you are seeking. Interviews are typically done individually with the supervisor and/or Training Director. Finalists will be required to submit writing samples.

Note: All practicum placement offers are contingent upon successful completion of reference checks and background checks including Minnesota Statute 148.01 “Minnesota Sexual Exploitation Act.” This statute requires Lorenz Clinic contact employers from at least the last five years to determine whether any sexual exploitation of clients has occurred. Applicants who do not successfully pass these background checks will be dismissed from the placement.

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