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The Clinical Psychology faculty emphasize the development of strong clinical skills as an essential part of our training program


Lee Cooper, Director of the Psychological Services Center (http://www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc), is seen here with his clinical practicum team. The Clinical Psychology faculty emphasize the development of strong clinical skills as an essential part of our training program. Practicum teams consist of one or two first year students, several second year students, and a fourth year student. Dr. Cooper teaches strategies developed from a systems model of therapy for both beginning and advanced student therapists that can be used with an individual, couple, or family-based client. Moreover, he encourages students to reflect on their experiences and provides feedback on their performance. In this way, the student experiences the process of self-reflection as a way to improve their effectiveness as a therapist; to evaluate when and how to use the strategies; and to modify them in ways that are consistent with their own styles.