Terminal Master's Degree
If you have a terminal master’s degree (i.e., a degree earned from a program that is distinct from your current doctoral program. Master's degrees earned as part of a doctoral degree program are not considered to be terminal master's degrees). You must complete these fields if you enter any experiences in the Terminal Masters column.
In this section, report your practicum hours separately for hours accrued in your doctoral program and hours accrued as part of a terminal master’s experience in a mental health field. Hours accrued while earning a master’s degree as part of a doctoral program should be counted as doctoral practicum hours and not terminal master’s hours.
When counting practicum hours, consider the following important information and definitions:
- Only record hours for which you received formal academic training and credit or which were sanctioned by your graduate program as relevant training or work experiences (e.g., VA summer traineeship, clinical research positions, time spent in the same practicum setting after the official practicum has ended). Practicum hours must be supervised. Please consult with your academic training director to determine whether experiences are considered program sanctioned. The academic training director must be aware of and approve of the clinical activity. Academic credit is not a requirement in all cases. You can summarize your supervision experiences, anticipated practicum experiences, and support activities in other sections of the application. Other relevant experience that does not fit into the above definition can be described on your Curriculum Vitae.
- The experiences you are summarizing in this section are professional activities that were provided in the presence of a client. Telehealth, for the purposes of the AAPI, focuses on two-way, interactive videoconferencing as the modality by which telehealth services are provided. In order to count the hours delivered using this technology, the focus of the clinical application should include diagnostic and therapeutic services. Clinical applications of telehealth encompass diagnostic, therapeutic, and forensic modalities across the lifespan. Common applications include pre-hospitalization assessment and post-hospital follow-up care, scheduled and urgent outpatient visits, psychotherapy, and consultation. This does not include phone sessions or clinical supervision. All services must be appropriately supervised by a licensed clinician. Note that not all states count these types of hours toward licensure and you should carefully review particular state regulations as needed.
- A practicum hour is defined as a clock hour, not a semester/quarter hour. A 45-50 minute client/patient hour may be counted as one practicum hour.
- Some experiences can potentially fall under more than one category, but it is your responsibility to select the category that you feel best captures the experience. (For example, a Stress Management group might be classified as a group or as a Medical/Health-Related Intervention, but not both.) The categories are meant to be mutually exclusive; thus, any practicum hour should be counted only once.
- Only include practicum experience accrued up to November 1 of the year in which you are applying for internship. You may describe the practicum experience that you anticipate accruing after November 1 in the Summary of Doctoral Training section.
- When calculating practicum hours, provide your best estimate of hours accrued or number of clients/patients seen. It is understood that you may not have the exact numbers available. Please round to the nearest whole number. Use your best judgment, in consultation with your academic training director, in quantifying your practicum experience.
- Report actual clock hours in direct service to clients/patients. Hours should not be counted in more than one category.
- For the Total Hours Face-to-Face columns, count each hour of a group, family, or couples session as one practicum hour. For example, a two-hour group session with 12 adults is counted as two hours.
- For the # of Different… columns, count a couple, family, or group as one unit. For example, meeting with a group of 12 adults over a ten-week period for two hours per week counts as 20 hours and one group. Groups may be closed or open membership but, in either case, count the group as one group.
Consultation activities may count as practicum hours only to the extent that this activity involves actual clinical intervention. Direct consultation with the client (e.g., individual, family, organization) or an agent of the client (e.g., parent, teacher) would be activity you would include in this section. Consultation activities with other professionals regarding coordination of care (e.g., psychiatrist), without the client/patient present, should be reported in the Support Activities section.