Clinical Practicum in Autism & Related Conditions

The Autism and Neurodevelopment Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic that is a campus- and community-wide collaboration of clinicians, researchers, and families to foster excellence in clinical care for individuals and families with autism. The clinic is housed within the Division of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience and the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain and brings together experts in psychology, neuropsychology, psychiatry, social work, developmental behavioral pediatrics, and behavior analysis. Our specialty is to provide comprehensive evaluations and treatment services for individuals with complex care needs. The Autism and Neurodevelopment Clinic offers a supportive, scientist-practitioner focus for completion of your clinical practicum hours.

The clinical practicum works with infants through adults who have neurodevelopmental conditions and their families. The practicum may involve assessment, leading treatment groups, and providing individualized interventions including naturalistic developmental behavioral intervention and functional communication and behavioral consultation. Our clinic uses state-of-the-art, evidence-based evaluation and intervention, including partnering with researchers at the University of Minnesota and beyond to design, implement, and evaluate new interventions.

A Typical Master’s/Ed.S. Level Clinical Practicum could include:

  • Training in and conducting developmental testing (cognitive, language, adaptive, and behavioral measures)

  • Participating and/or co-leading treatment groups and family psychoeducation groups

  • Providing individual and parent-child interventions 

  • Observing and participating in diagnostic evaluations for autism

  • Participating, supporting, and maintaining documentation

  • Attending clinical staff meetings 

  • Typically 10-15 hours per week

A Typical Doctoral Level Clinical Practicum could include:

  • Training in and conducting developmental testing (cognitive, language, adaptive, and behavioral measures)

  • Co-leading treatment groups and family psychoeducation groups

  • Providing individual and parent-child interventions

  • Observing and participating in diagnostic evaluations for autism

  • Participating, supporting, and maintaining documentation, including experience writing evaluation reports

  • Contributing to clinical research projects

  • Attending clinical staff meetings 

  • Typically 15-20 hours per week

Clinical practicum students also are able to attend training workshops on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R)as part of their experience.