Psychology MSMU students get the opportunity to earn practicum hours while enrolled in a corresponding course to monitor, discuss, and enhance the practicum experience. Students get to choose which setting they prefer and earn practicum hours working with professionals in a professional field in their professional daily routines. Students benefit significantly in doing practicum work, which emphasizes the importance of learning by doing and make valuable contacts within the industry. More importantly, the student gets the opportunity to connect the theoretical and conceptual contributions of the classroom with the practical world of the practice setting.
Below are some examples of current practicum sites students can work with during their undergraduate experience at The Mount:
Ability First provides programs for children and adults with disabilities and special needs services to help participants reach their full potential throughout their lives. We offer a broad range of employment, recreational and socialization special needs programs and operate 12 accessible residential housing complexes.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Cedars-Sinai is one of the largest nonprofit academic medical centers in the U.S. with 886 licensed beds, 2,100 physicians, 2,800 nurses and thousands of other healthcare professionals and staff. Clinical programs range from primary care for preventing, diagnosing and treating common conditions to specialized treatments for rare, complex and advanced illnesses. In addition, Cedars-Sinai serves the community through its Medical Network, which includes the highly rated Cedars-Sinai Medical Group and Cedars-Sinai Health Associates.
The Alliance for Children's Rights
The Alliance for Children’s Rights protects the rights of impoverished, abused and neglected children and youth. By providing free legal services and advocacy, the Alliance ensures children have safe, stable homes, healthcare and the education they need to thrive. For many of our clients, the Alliance is the only connection to a safer, brighter future.
MSMU Community Student Ambassador Program
Introduced in 1991, the Community Student Ambassador Program works with high school students and in some cases their parents, answering questions which pertain to the college application process, preparation for college, college life, financial aid, and provide assistance to the high school counselors. Each Ambassador is assigned to a high school or site and is expected to work on a weekly basis. The Student Ambassador Program is funded through grants by organizations that believe in closing the gap in higher education.
Braille Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. We offer a variety of Free Programs, Classes and Services at five Centers and 220 Community Outreach locations throughout Southern California. Each year Braille Institute serves more than 75,000 people. We provide an environment of hope and encouragement through integrated educational, social, and recreational programs and through our services, classes, and seminars.
Clinica Oscar A. Romero
The management, staff, and Board of Clínica Mr. Oscar A. Romero are mission-driven to provide quality health care, health education, and community advocacy on behalf of the under-served men, women and children of Greater Los Angeles. Health care is a human right and Clínica Romero works to ensure access to it for all people regardless of their ability to pay. A majority of the administrative, clinical and counseling staff are from the ethnic communities served by Clínica Romero, which guarantees solidarity of purpose, ability to communicate and empathic care.
Carondelet Center Sisters of St. Joseph
Along with our Associates and ministry partners, we serve others in the United States, Japan and Peru. We do it in a manner that respects individuality and diversity, fostering the common good through parish service, adult education, spiritual direction and retreat work, direct service of the poor, and justice activities. We find the strength from being in community, which allows us to share resources and skills. Learn what living in community means to us.
Dream Catcher of L.A. Therapeutic Riding Centers
Dream Catchers serves children, adults, and veterans with cognitive, psychological, and physical challenges utilizing equine therapy. Previous students were responsible for interacting with clients in session, learning how to "side-walk", learning how the equine is a valuable tool in therapy, and involved in discussion of different special needs, i.e. down syndrome, autism, Prader Willis syndrome.
Free Arts for Abused Children
Free Arts programs inspire hope in the lives of children who have experienced abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness through innovative creative arts programs and positive interactions with caring adult volunteers. Free Arts envisions a society of individuals from different communities, cultures and life experiences connecting through the healing power of art to interrupt the cycle of violence, create understanding, build self-esteem and nurture lives.
LA County Department of Mental Health
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health is the largest county-operated mental health department in the United States, directly operating programs in more than 85 sites, and providing services via contract program and DMH staff at approximately 300 sites co-located with other County departments, schools, courts and other organizations. Each year, the County contracts with more than 1,000 organizations and individual practitioners to provide a variety of mental health-related services.
John Tracy Clinic
John Tracy Clinic (JTC) is a leading non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, with a mission of providing parent-centered services to young children with hearing loss, offering hope, guidance and encouragement. Founded in 1943 by Louise Treadwell Tracy, JTC is now one of the world’s most acclaimed private providers of audiology diagnostics, education, resources and support for families who have infants or young children with hearing loss. Today we serve more than 2,500 families annually.
Founded in 1999, Saddle Up Therapeutic Riding Stables is a non-profit organization which provides a horseback riding program designed for physically and mentally challenged individuals. It is operated by trained and dedicated volunteer instructors and lay people. The executive directors are Lisa and Terry DeJaynes. Saddle Up received PATH International Premiere Accreditation in 2001, 2006 and 2012. Everyone involved with Saddle Up is exceptional. Our students, parents and volunteers are the strength and foundation for our accomplishments every day.