Practicum (MF705, MF706, MF707 and MF708) is a four consecutive quarter sequence that is completed during the student's final year. While enrolled in the practicum the students work in a clinical placement seeing clients with individual and group supervision from the clinical placement and Bethel faculty. During the four quarter practicum, students are required to accumulate 500 hours of direct client contact, 250 of which must be with couples, families and/or children present in the therapy room. These hours count toward the 3,000 hours required for MFT licensure in California. For more information on licensure in California, please see the Board of Behavioral Sciences website at bbs.ca.gov.
The program provides a list of possible placements to the student upon entering practicum. While it is the students responsibility to obtain a practicum placement, the practicum coordinator is available for assistance. Students find placement in a variety of settings including schools, hospices, churches, non-profit organizations and private practices.