Professional Practicum Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Professional Practicum?
A Professional Practicum involves students providing organizational consulting services to clients under the direction of internal Human Resource (HR) or Organizational Development (OD) managers, and externally via supervision by Organizational Psychology faculty of Adler. The goal of this training is for students to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values needed to become competent practitioners. A Professional Practicum complements classroom education, provides the opportunity to work with experienced professionals, and helps students acquire a professional identity.
What kinds of sites are available?
Approved sites include a range of settings, such as HR or OD departments in public, private or not-for-profit organizations, EAP firms, management consulting firms and relocation or outplacement firms.
Can I create my own site?
Yes. If there is a site you’re interested in that isn’t currently approved, you need to provide the Training Department with contact information for that site, and we will follow up to determine if the site meets our requirements for quality training.
How many hours are involved?
Students must complete 300 hours of professional practicum. Students are typically at their site 2 to 3 days per week for a period of four months.
Can I condense my Professional Practicum and complete my hours in a few months?
No. The Adler School is committed to providing students with a prolonged practicum experience that maximizes professional skill development, and, therefore, does not approve block practicum experiences. As such, students must take a minimum of four months to complete their Professional Practicum – and a maximum of six months if this is negotiated to the benefit of both the student and the organization.
What type of supervision will I get?
Students will receive weekly individual supervision from their training site supervisor, and will also enroll concurrently in practicum seminars led by faculty members at the School. These seminars will meet for approximately two hours every other week for eight weeks each semester. Supervision will involve student process with clients or projects, discussion of issues from both the theoretical and practitioner viewpoint, and presentations of documents, activities or other materials developed to meet the needs of the practicum projects.
When and how do I apply?
Students generally begin their practicum after they have completed the first year of coursework and the Community Service Practicum. All students must attend a workshop several months before practicum begins to address the Professional Practicum application process and outline the specific steps to be followed in the application process. The Director of Training and Community Service will set the dates for these workshops.