Opportunities for Graduate Students
Graduate students in Clinical and School Psychology get direct, supervised experience in psychological services, with a series of graduated training experiences that allow students to develop more skill over time.
School Psychology students do practica at local schools, gaining experience by observing school psychologists, conducting psychological assessments of children, consulting with teachers, and preparing reports. The culmination of their training is a full-time internship experience in which they act in a professional role in a school under the supervision of a school psychologist. Some students intern in a local school system. Others do their internship in another part of the country, gaining valuable exposure to best practices on a national level.
Clinical Psychology students have practicum experiences and externships in psychological assessment and psychotherapy. The Gallaudet Mental Health Center (http://mhc.gallaudet.edu ) is a training site for all Clinical Psychology practicum students. In addition, a wide range of externship experiences are available in the Washington DC area, working with a rich variety of clients and clinical settings. The doctoral program includes a one year, full-time internship, in which students receive extensive training and exposure to more advanced clinical skills. Internships can be taken at any approved training site, and many students intern in other areas of the country. [Note: During the Spring of 2009, our Clinical psychology Ph.D. candidates achieve 100 percent placement rate in prestigious internships!]
Much cutting-edge research related to deaf people is conducted on the Gallaudet campus. Graduate students have the opportunity to learn directly from the investigators, and to participate in research projects as research assistants or as co-investigators. Doctoral students conduct two research projects on the way to obtaining their degree, selecting topics that are of interest to the student. Many Gallaudet doctoral students present their own research at national or international professional conferences while still in school.
Psychology graduate students are active in professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (http://www.apa.org/apags/ ). Through APAGS, students have policy-level exposure to the field of psychology, as well as participating in conferences and serving as conference reviewers. Through professional activities early in their career, students develop advocacy skills and begin to develop a network of professional relationships that will continue throughout their careers in psychology.