Welcome to the Massachusetts Practicum Training Collaborative!
This listing is intended to distribute information to students about clinical training sites in the Boston area and surrounds. It aims to assist students in locating sites and learning about available training positions. Students will still need to check with their academic programs before applying to sites to determine if there are restrictions on the training sites to which they can apply.
Many additional training sites have committed to using the PTC guidelines, but have not yet listed themselves on the website. If you don't see the site you are interested in, please contact them directly to learn about their application process and determine if they are adhering to the PTC guidelines, and contact your academic program training coordinator as well.
If you are a student, click on View Practicum Sites to see a full list of training sites.
To add your program as a PTC participant or to update your existing site, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and specify:
For details about the collaborative, you can Read Our Background, Policies, and Procedures. If you have general questions about the collaborative, or wish to report a problem or concern, please send and email to: email@example.com.
Recommended Application Deadline: Preferred starting in mid December 2021, but due by Monday January 10, 2022
Notification Date: 8:00 AM on Monday February 14, 2022, with two hours to hold an offer
As you may know, for the past several years, the Training Committee (TC) of the MPA has been developing the Practicum Training Collaborative among doctoral programs and training sites in Massachusetts and surrounding states.
The impetus for a Practicum Training Collaborative (PTC) came from students, doctoral programs and training sites, who voiced concerns about the problematic practices they had experienced and desired a system that was more organized, structured, and fair.
In response, the TC gathered information in a variety of ways, including dinner meetings among representatives of academic programs and training sites together, and separately; through surveys and other feedback; from the MPA general and Training Forum list serves and from consultation with a similar collaborative in greater New York City. We also ran a pilot program during the 2015-16 training year and gathered input from participants on their experiences Throughout, the TC and a sub-group working on the PTC, discussed the information we received and the various pros and cons of different approaches.
We now present what we believe is the best way to move forward. Although there are still details to be worked out, a number of basic ideas have emerged.
The MPA Training Committee will
Doctoral programs are asked to
Training sites are asked to
Students are asked to
Rachel Friendly, Co-Chair (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth)
Shellee Robbins, Co-Chair (William James College)
Steven Vannoy, Webmaster (University of Massachusetts, Boston)
Please directly contact site coordinators via the listed email for more detailed site information (brochures, application directions, practicum details).