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The Mary A. Rackham Institute offers professional training in Clinical Psychology, Social Work, and Speech-Language Pathology. Our commitment to high-quality, professional training has been unwavering since the inception of the Institute, more than 75 years ago.

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Clinical Psychology

We offer three main professional opportunities for students in the Psychology field. We host practicum training to doctoral students in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. We provide internship training through our participation in two APA-accredited clinical psychology internship training programs. We offer postdoctoral fellowships in clinical psychology for advanced, more specialized training.

Social Work

We offer field placements for graduate students in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan. We also offer postgraduate fellowships for more specialized and advanced training.

Speech-Language Pathology

We offer applied internships in speech and language to students from neighboring universities, in addition to postgraduate fellowships for more specialized and advanced training.

Clinical Psychology

MARI offers several opportunities for psychology students:

  • Practicum training to Ph.D. students in the Department of Psychology at U-M.

The Psychological Clinic and the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF) offer practicum training for University of Michigan Clinical Psychology doctoral students in their second to fourth year of graduate school. Up to three trainee positions available per year. The practicum commitment is 10–15 hours per week for 8–12 months, beginning September 1. Practicum students are closely supervised by senior staff as well as supervised postdoctoral fellows. Students attend seminars, case consultation or disposition meetings, and receive group and individual supervision from our qualified and engaged supervising faculty. Trainees both observe and provide clinical services to our outpatient population. Training is aimed at providing hands-on experience in diagnostic assessment, case conceptualization, clinical documentation, and psychotherapy.

For more information please read the practicum training flyer for the University Psychological Clinic or the practicum flyer for UCCF.

  • APA-accredited clinical psychology training program internships.

Interns are based in one or both of the two mental health units within our Institute: the University Psychological Clinic (serving adults) and/or the University Center for the Child and Family (serving children, adolescents and families; UCCF). The Psychological Clinic and UCCF are housed together in comfortable facilities in downtown Ann Arbor, just one block off the University of Michigan central campus. The internship begins in September and runs for one year. We have five internships available each year. Clinical or counseling psychology graduate students from accredited doctoral programs are eligible to apply. The annual internship stipend for 2016-2017 is $23,000. Benefits include medical insurance, two weeks vacation plus December-January holiday week break, sick leave, and generous professional development leave. The internship offers strong supervision and seminar programs, including more than five hours of combined individual and group supervision per week, and 3 weekly hours of multidisciplinary case consultations and disposition meetings. Both units provide experience in ADHD / Learning Disability test administration as well as individual and group psychotherapy.

For more information, check out the internship brochure (PDF).

  • Advanced, specialized postdoctoral fellowships in clinical psychology.

We offer a post-doctoral fellowship training program in which fellows choose to complete either adult-focused training at the University Psychological Clinic or child- and family-focused training at the University Center for the Child and Family. Fellowships available for 2017-18: one adult fellowship and one child/adolescent fellowship. Our Fellowship Training Program is designed to provide advanced training in professional psychology to qualified post-doctoral psychologists. Our post-doctoral fellowships start on September 1 and the program lasts for 12 months. Fellows may stay for a second year by mutual consent. The program prepares fellows for licensure in the State of Michigan or any other state with similar requirements. These competencies are enhanced through direct clinical service with supervision from expert clinicians, participation in seminars, clinical meetings, and conferences, and consultation with other professionals outside the clinic. Fellows are asked to teach seminars to psychology interns and social work students, and to supervise their clinical work. In addition, fellows participate in the clinic’s senior staff meetings and workgroups.

Our post-doctoral training brochure has more information available for you to download. The flyers for the Adult Clinical Psychology and Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology post-doctoral fellowships provide more details including application deadlines.

We are strongly committed to the training of highly competent clinicians who are able to provide a full range of evidence-based, outcome-informed professional psychological services to a clinically diverse patient population.

We practice a scientist-practitioner model that emphasizes:

  • The importance of integrating scientific data and inquiry into our training and clinical work.
  • Training in a wide variety of evidence-based treatments.
  • Immersion in clinical services including individual, group, and couples psychotherapy, as well as psychological testing.
  • Broad training across the age span, across a wide variety of clients with varying diagnoses and presenting problems, and across a wide array of evidence-based and theoretically varied intervention techniques.
  • The importance of providing intensive and varied supervision.
  • Training in a supportive, multidisciplinary setting with supervisors dedicated to this task, and among a large cohort of fellow trainees at various levels.

As an intern at MARI, you are an integral member of our highly experienced, multidisciplinary treatment team. You will participate in staff meetings and discussions, and your suggestions and observations about our service delivery system are seriously considered. Trainees’ skill levels and clinical interests are carefully considered in designing and tailoring clinical assignments and training experiences to the professional development of each trainee.

Our training fosters the development of clinical competencies from basic to professional psychology. We train our interns to develop the skills and attitudes that are expected of well-qualified, humane, and ethical professionals.

In short, you will get a hands-on, highly interactive, broad-spectrum training experience as an intern for MARI.

Two of our three centers offer psychology training programs. Both centers are large, university-based outpatient mental health clinics. Most of the clinicians working at these two centers are trainees in doctoral programs in clinical psychology or master’s programs in social work, closely supervised by licensed professionals. The following are our centers offering psychology training:

The University of Michigan Psychological Clinic focuses on the assessment and treatment of adult individuals and couples from our campus and community.

About the Clinic

  • The Psychological Clinic was established in 1938 and has been committed to training in psychology for 75 years.
  • Trainees work here within a wide scope of evidence-based treatment approaches, including interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral , emotion-focused, couples / systems, biological / psychiatric, and brief psychodynamic approaches.
  • Trainees treat a wide range of adults outpatients, including those with anxiety, depression, interpersonal problems, adjustment difficulties, emotion dysregulation, and the full range of other outpatient presenting concerns.

The University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF) assesses and treats children, adolescents, couples, and families from our campus as well as the Ann Arbor and surrounding community.

About UCCF

  • UCCF was established in 1988, and over the past 25 years has established itself as a respected center for psychology training, as well as a valued community resource for the provision of high quality mental health assessment and treatment for local children, adolescents and families.
  • Trainees gain experience working in all of the basic areas of child and family work, integrating a wide range of perspectives when assessing and treating clients. The studied perspectives include biological, behavioral, cognitive, psychodynamic, family systems, and community / cultural approaches.

A multi-theoretical, evidence-based approach to training and treatment is practiced at both sites, and a multicultural, diversity-infused perspective is infused in our setting and all of our work.

These two centers are located next to each other within a single building within one block of U-M’s central campus.

We have a multidisciplinary staff that includes highly experienced psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists who closely supervise our practicing post-doctoral psychology fellows, psychology interns, and clinical social work interns. Our professional staff adheres to a scientist-practitioner model to provide evidence-based care and psychotherapy training. Our range of expertise enables us to train and practice using an integrative approach to psychotherapy.
We offer placements in several types of training positions within clinical psychology at both the Psychological Clinic and UCCF. We have annual openings for the following types of training positions:

  • Pre-Doctoral Practicum
  • Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowships
Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship applications are typically due in early November.

Post Doctoral Fellowship applications are usually due at the beginning of each year, with the material for both available in early September.

More information will be made available here, along with on our social media channels, when it is available.

We have informational materials, including our MARI Internship Handbook, located on our site under the Placements Page. REPLACE WITH MATERIALS

Mary A. Rackham Institute’s Psychology Internship program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association.

Please contact Dr. Michelle (Shelly) Van Etten Lee, director of clinical psychology training, for more information about any of our clinical psychology placements by calling (734) 764-3471 or send an email to vanetten@umich.edu.


Social Work

As a social work trainee, you will learn in an exciting setting, working toward becoming a well-rounded, excellent clinician. Each year we have a multidisciplinary group of interns who learn and grow together, many of whom become leaders in the field in the U.S. and abroad.

Each of our mental health units—the University Psychological Clinic and the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF)—host social work training programs at the levels of field placements (internships) and post-graduate fellowships in social work. We offer field placement training in both interpersonal practice as well as administration.

Our trainees benefit from our rigorous training in a supportive, collaborative environment. They work alongside fellow trainees at all different levels, all of whom are on similar paths. Trainees also have the opportunity to work closely with staff members who are dedicated to and enjoy providing quality supervision and instruction for their students.

As a trainee, you will  become equipped with a wide variety of treatment methods. We offer training with clients of all ages with a wide range of outpatient diagnoses. Gaining exposure to a breadth of circumstances ensures you will have a rich, dynamic experience working as a practicing professional.

Our primary responsibility is to train highly competent clinicians who are able to provide a full range of evidence-based, outcomes-informed professional psychological services to a clinically diverse patient population.

We embrace a training model that emphasizes:

  • The importance of integrating scientific data and inquiry into our training and clinical work;
  • Training in a wide variety of evidence-based treatments;
  • Immersion in clinical services including individual, group, and couples psychotherapy;
  • Broad training in treating a diverse group of clients with varying diagnoses and presenting problems, and across a wide array of evidence-based and theoretically varied intervention techniques;
  • The importance of providing intensive and varied supervision; and
  • Training in a supportive, multidisciplinary setting with supervisors dedicated to this task, and amongst a large cohort of fellow trainees at various levels.

Trainees are integral members of our highly experienced, multidisciplinary treatment teams. You will participate in staff meetings and discussions, and your suggestions and observations are seriously considered. We take into account your skill levels and clinical interests when we design and tailor your clinical assignments and training experiences.

Our training fosters the development of a range of clinical competencies in professional social work. We train our clinicians to develop the skills and attitudes that are expected of well qualified, humane, and ethical professionals.

Two of our three centers offer training programs in the field of social work. Both centers are large, university-based outpatient mental health clinics. Most of the clinicians working at these two centers are trainees in master’s programs in social work, closely supervised by licensed professionals.

The following are our centers offering social work training:

  1. The University of Michigan Psychological Clinic is an agency which focuses on the assessment and treatment of adult individuals and couples from our campus and community.
  • The Psychological Clinic was established in 1938 and has been committed to training in psychology for 75 years.
  • Trainees work here within a wide scope of evidence-based treatment approaches, including interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, emotion-focused, couples / family systems, biological / psychiatric, and brief psychodynamic approaches.
  • Trainees treat a wide range of adult outpatients, including those with anxiety, depression, interpersonal problems, adjustment difficulties, emotion dysregulation, and the full range of other outpatient presenting concerns.

      2. The University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF) assesses and treats children, adolescents, couples, and families from our campus and community.

  • UCCF was established in 1988, and over the past 25 years has established itself as a respected center for psychology training, as well as a valued community resource for the provision of high quality mental health assessment and treatment for local children, adolescents and families.
  • Trainees gain experience working in all of the basic areas of child and family work, integrating a wide range of perspectives when assessing and treating clients. The studied perspectives include biological, behavioral, cognitive, psychodynamic, family systems, and community / cultural approaches.

A multi-theoretical, evidence-based approach to training and treatment is practiced at both sites, and a multicultural, diversity-infused perspective is infused in our setting and all of our work.

These two centers are located next to each other within a single building within one block of U-M’s central campus.

We invite applications for our training placements from individuals in the University of Michigan Master of Social Work (MSW) program and Smith College Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program.

Our training supervisors include licensed social workers, psychologists, and a psychiatrist. They offer individual and group training and supervision in psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

All of our social work training programs are administered by our director of social work training, Susan Watts, ACSW, LMSW, in conjunction with the respective clinic directors:

  • Dr. Todd Favorite, U-M Psychological Clinic Director
  • Dr. Cynthia Foster, University Center for the Child and Family Director
  • Dr. Cheryl King, MARI Director
Our mental health training sites offer fieldwork placements to students in the University of Michigan Master of Social Work (MSW) program. There are two field placements available for those students: interpersonal practice and administration.

Interpersonal Practice Field Placements
Students in Interpersonal Practice field placements complete their training in either the University Psychological Clinic or the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF). These placements are out-of-sequence and begin in September of each year. Each student is at his or her placement forfour semesters.

Fieldwork placements take place at the following units:

University Psychological Clinic (Adult Mental Health)
Social work students interested in acquiring skills in psychotherapy with adult individuals and couples in evidence-based treatments receive training and supervision from senior staff at our adult mental health center, the University Psychological Clinic. Students can expect to be exposed to CBT, IPT, ACT, CBASP, and short-term psychodynamic treatment. They also participate in a wide variety of seminars and meetings. On multiple occasions, students will have opportunities to present their clinical work.

UCCF (Child and Family Mental Health)
Training at our child and family unit – UCCF – is offered to students who desire to develop skills in psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and families. Students can expect to be exposed to cognitive-behavioral interventions for youth depression and anxiety, parent behavior management training, school consultation, and evaluation / intervention for youth on the Autism Spectrum. Students in these field placements participate in a core curriculum of seminars and clinical conferences, and provide direct clinical service with supervision from senior clinicians.

Administration Field Placements
Social work students wishing to learn the skills necessary to administer a mental health clinic are invited to apply for our administration field placements. During their administration field placements, students have the opportunity to work with senior administrators in both UCCF and the University Psychological Clinic.
Training in personnel management, data management processes and systems, interagency communication and collaboration, billing and insurance practices, and preparation of administrative reports is provided to administrative field placement students.

Please visit our Admission Information page for details on how to apply for administration field placements and interpersonal practice field placements in either unit.

Students who have received their master’s degree in social work (MSW) are invited to apply for our post-MSW fellowships. Both the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF) and the University Psychological Clinic offer one-year, full-time fellowship programs in social work.

Our fellowships give recent MSW graduates further training and experience in the field as they prepare for licensure. Fellows provide direct clinical service with supervision from expert clinicians. They also participate in a core curriculum of seminars and clinical conferences, consult with other professionals, and have the opportunity to engage in community outreach.

Fellows receive training in evidence-based psychotherapy interventions, including individual, group, couples, and family therapy. Infused throughout each internship are the following:

  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Multicultural competencies
  • Professional Development
  • Ethics
  • Leadership, supervision, and administrative skills

While our fellowships start as one-year programs, there is a possibility of extension for a second year with mutual consent of the fellow and his or her supervisor(s). Our internships start in either September or January every year. Graduation from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) approved program is required of our applicants. A generous benefits package is given to the successful applicant(s).

Our social work training program is open to individuals in the University of Michigan Master of Social Work (MSW) program and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program at Smith College.

Please note that the U-M School of Social Work (SSW) Field Office handles all applications for field placements directly through the field office. Please visit their website and contact them if you wish to apply for either field placement.

For specific information on the U-M School of Social Work field placement, please contact Oliva Alban Kuester at the U-M School of Social Work Field Office.

For further general information about either of our social work field placements or post-graduate fellowships, please contact Director of Social Work Training Susan Watts, ACSW, LMSW at  (734) 764-3471 or by emailing.

***Neither of these contact names appear on the U-M School of Social Work field placement website. Who should be contacted for information about these programs?


Speech-Language Pathology

We offer future speech and language pathologists a dynamic and unique environment to learn about becoming talented clinicians. Each year volunteers, interns, and a clinical fellow observe, work, and provide speech and language therapy to children and adults with variety of language and literacy disorders. Working with certified speech and language pathologists, the students learns to treat and communicate with our clients. Our program objective is to help you become an excellent clinician and to strengthen our professional field through high-caliber training.
The interns and clinical fellow are supervised by certified clinicians who are outstanding role models and demonstrate the benefits of intensive speech therapy. As a trainee, you are provided ongoing assistance throughout your placement.

We advocate the following training criteria:

  • Using evidence-based therapy approaches with our diverse population
  • Becoming skilled diagnosticians to develop measurable treatment goals
  • Working with clients in individual, group and computer sessions
  • Understanding the benefits of intensive therapy and working with a team of professionals
  • Being effective communicators with clients and caregivers
  • Developing strong writing skills
  • Learning to be a critical and creative thinker in therapy
  • Advocating for clients and providing resources
  • Embracing the field of Speech-Language Pathology

As an intern or clinical fellow, you are an active member of our clinical programs and participate in weekly speech forums and team meetings as well as center-wide meeting and activities. You will be immersed in an exceptional learning environment to work with a variety of highly trained and compassionate professionals. You are observed and given ongoing feedback from your supervisors to help perfect your clinical skills.

We scaffold our supervision based on your skill sets. We foster independence as you progress through your clinical placements. Clinical assignments and special training experiences are integrated into the whole experience. Our objective is to send you out in the professional field as a competent and qualified clinician, ready for success.

Our clinical supervisors are all certified and licensed speech/language pathologists who are experts in working with adults with aphasia and children with language and literacy disorders. Additional professional staff includes music therapist, a social planner, and a social worker. Our director is a neuropsychologist.
Ongoing clinical placements are available at the University of Michigan Center for Language and Literacy (UCLL) throughout the year. Interns from local and out-of-state universities are accepted into 2-3 month placements at the University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP) or in Language and Literacy Services (LLS) at UCLL. As an intern, you will participate in a rigorous training program to develop your clinical skills.

A longer-term one-year clinical placement is also available for fellows at UCLL. Clinical fellows are students who have completed their graduate training in the field of Speech-Language Pathology and are seeking employment. During this placement, the clinical fellow participates in a 9-month internship and then achieves certification from our national organization.

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Please contact Carol C. Persad, PhD., ABPP, director of the University Center for Language and Literacy, for more information about any of our speech-language pathology placements by calling (734) 764-8440 or send an email to cpersad@umich.edu.