Director of Clinical Training in Clinical Psychology

California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 22, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


The Director of Clinical Training (DCT) has overall responsibility for the integrity and policies of the training program, including setting relevant training standards and ensuring that Pacifica’s Clinical training program adheres to them. The DCT helps to manage the relationships between students and training sites and advises students throughout the course of their practicum training. The DCT provides direct advisement and supervision to students and works collaboratively with members the Clinical Psychology faculty.



  • Oversee the Training Office functioning
  • Supervise the Clinical Training Coordinator
  • Preparation for placement, supervision, and completion of training hours, including practicum and internship training
  • Teach the first-year Professional Seminar Courses for D. students to orient them to the foundational and functional aspects of the program in regards to clinical training for practicum and internship and the accompanying timeline, protocol, and expectations
  • Maintain timely communication with students, staff, and administration regarding training issues
  • Keep students and faculty informed of the changes in clinical training at the state and national levels
  • Review and address student concerns regarding training and offer active support to students regarding their training needs
  • Maintain timely paperwork review and processing related to training
  • Build and maintain relationships with external training sites and agencies
  • Serve as the liaison between the Pacifica and the practicum and internship agencies. Is available for consultation with agencies wishing to develop training programs for Pacifica’s students
  • Provide both students and training agency representatives with a comprehensive set of guidelines that furnish details regarding the Institute's expectations for clinical training. Through oversight of the off-site visit process, the DCT also monitors compliance with these guidelines
  • Approve and monitor all practicum and internship arrangements on behalf of the program
  • Oversee and address concerns regarding student training needs and behaviors, including working with students on clinical probation
  • Provide yearly review and revision of the Training Office documents, including the Training Handbook and materials on the Desire to Learn website and Pacifica’s website
  • Support students in facilitating high standards of clinical practice, including in their ethical and professional behavior
  • Maintain a training calendar of presentations and communication with students regarding clinical policies, procedures, timing, and concerns
  • Collaborate with other offices regarding training issues and concerns
  • Maintain data collection related to accreditation and licensure-based student training
  • Hold quarterly information and advisement meetings for each cohort to allow an opportunity for students’ questions and to review requirements and procedures.
  • Maintain regular, weekly office hours to meet with students individually as needed
  • Establish and monitor standards for student readiness for placement
  • Oversee the maintenance of a current database containing available practicum and internship opportunities in real-time (quarterly basis). Oversee the maintenance of students’ descriptions of their experience at training sites for student perusal upon request
  • Work with first-year students to identify and select a practicum site, and ensure that they proceed through training in a timely manner as they enter into practicum placement by Fall of their second academic year
  • Prepare advanced Ph.D. students for the internship application process, which results in their internship placements beginning in the Fall of their post-coursework academic year. This involves a series of educational and preparatory meetings
  • Establish ongoing weekly meetings with Clinical Training Coordinator and collaborate on the revision of forms and clinical administrative procedures as well as website content
  • Interact with organizations that oversee the clinical training of doctoral students in clinical psychology such as SCAPTP, CAPIC, ASPPB, and possibly NCSPP
  • Serve as a liaison for alumni who are in the process of applying for licensure in their particular states and whose boards of psychology request DCT approval of documents
  • Participate in Clinical Psychology program faculty/program meetings to share updates on Clinical Office information
  • Coordinate with PsyD Counseling Program and its DCT on issues relevant to both licensure-based programs, such as developing similar evaluation rubrics and contract forms for coherent and streamlined engagements with practicum and internship sites at which both programs may seek to place students.



Additional Responsibilities in the Clinical Ph.D. Program

  • Serve as reader and grader on Comprehensive Exams
  • Serve as advisor to students
  • Conduct admissions file reviews and interviews




Position Requirements


  • Degree in Clinical Psychology from a Regionally Accredited or APA accredited academic program
  • California-licensed psychologist or be a post-doctoral individual who is licensed-eligible and completes licensure while in this position


Preferred Qualifications

  • Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated successful teaching and mentoring experience in a doctoral level graduate program
  • Strong evidence of attention and sensitivity to, and experience in working with diverse students and clientele, demonstrating cultural humility
  • Exceptional interpersonal, teamwork, and collaborative skills
  • Knowledge of and training in depth psychological theory and clinical application
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills
  • Experience with Tevera
  • Experience in clinical supervision 

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