Additional Requirements for Clinical Placements

As a student in the Clinical Psychology Program you must complete all required clinical experiences. The program requires completion of six semesters of clinical experiences in our on-site Psychological Services Clinic plus at least two semesters of clinical experiences (Clerkship in Clinical Methods) at external sites. If you are unable to complete all required clinical experiences you will not graduate from the Program.

In order to complete the required clinical training in the Psychological Services Clinic, you must complete a background screening and health/immunization requirements as described below. Placement in the Psychological Services Clinic also requires that students complete the University’s Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Training and the Training on the Protection of Minors.

All external clinical experiences must be completed at a Program approved facility. The Program will assist you in finding such clinical placements. Each facility has its own requirements that must be met before accepting a student for a clinical placement. You are responsible for meeting the facility’s requirements. The Program is not responsible for securing clinical placements for students who are unable to meet a clinical facility’s placement requirements. (See Clinical Compliance Requirements located in Appendix L.)

Common clinical facility requirements may include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Successfully completing a background screening. Background screenings may include checking state and federal criminal records and sex offender registries. If your background screening shows that you have a criminal record or are listed as a sex offender, you may not be able to secure a clinical placement.
  2. Successfully passing drug screenings. Drug screening may occur at one or more times during the program. If you test positive for drug use, you may not be able to secure a clinical placement or may be removed from a clinical placement. This includes, but is not limited to, prescribed medical marijuana or opiates.
  3. Demonstrating that you are current with immunizations (i.e., tuberculosis, measles, varicella & influenza). A record of previous immunizations is not sufficient to fulfill these requirements. If you are unable to demonstrate, through written documentation, that you are current with your immunizations, you may not be able to secure a clinical placement. It has been UConn’s experience that clinical facilities will not accept a religious exemption form in lieu of proof of immunization and will deny clinical placements to any student who fails to provide such proof. Evidence of immunity and costs associated with testing are your responsibility. Titers may be done through either your family doctor or the University’s student health service. (See Clinical Health Records Packet located in Appendix M.)

If you are not able to meet these requirements, you will most likely not be able to complete the program’s clinical experience requirements. The financial costs of meeting these requirements are generally your responsibility. If you have any questions regarding background checks or drug screenings you can contact UConn’s Clinical Case Manager (clinicalcasemanager@uconn.edu). For all other inquires please contact Debbie Vardon, Training Program Administrative Manager (debra.vardon@uconn.edu or 860-486-2057).

Students are required to sign a consent/authorization (Appendix N) that permits the Clinical Program to collect and share information related to these requirements. In addition to these requirements, Veteran’s Administration placement sites require that the program provide information related to students’ Selective Service status. Students securing placements at VA facilities will be required to complete an additional consent/authorization form related to their Selective Service status.