Psy.D. Degree

Unsatisfactory Performance on Practicum

Broadly, a student’s performance is considered to be unsatisfactory when generally one of the following conditions exists and interferes with the trainee’s professional functioning on practicum: (a) an inability and/or unwillingness to acquire, integrate, and demonstrate professional and ethical standards into one’s behavior; (b) an inability to acquire and demonstrate the level of professional skills necessary to reach an acceptable level of performance within a competency area (e.g., rating of 3 or above on Training Progress Report); (c) unaddressed personal stress, health concerns, and/or emotional responses such that they result in below expected level of professional skills and/or (d) an inability and/or unwillingness to modify behavior deemed unacceptable on practicum. The incorporation of professional and ethical standards includes following all practicum site and SOPP policies and procedures and behaving in accordance with the APA Code of Ethical Principles of Psychologists, HIPPA regulations, and Ohio state law.

Responding to Unsatisfactory Performance on Practicum

Practicum sites are required to follow due process in responding to student’s unsatisfactory performance on practicum.  The following information can serve as a guide for practicum sites and supervisors in responding to unsatisfactory performance on practicum.  However, a practicum site may develop their own policies and procedures and/or apply current agency policies in responding to unsatisfactory performance of students on practicum which would be followed in concordance with any relevant SOPP policies (e.g., grading, remediation).  Practicum site supervisors, practicum site Training Directors, and students are encouraged to consult with the Director of Clinical Training when unsatisfactory performance on practicum is identified.  

  1. Notification - provide clear feedback (verbal and/or written) to students regarding unsatisfactory performance, level of expected performance, and how to meet expectations. 
    1. verbal
    2. written
      1. documentation on Training Progress Report
      2. documentation in memo/letter to the student and/or program
      3. documentation in supervisor’s notes
  2. Adjustment of supervision - consider appropriate supports and training activities needed to assist students in addressing unsatisfactory performance within the scope of routine supervision. 
  3. Site-level remediation (in consultation with SOPP DCT) - students need adjustment to training activities, additional site oversite, and/or closer supervision to address unsatisfactory performance. Site-level remediation may occur when the level of unsatisfactory performance does not automatically require Program-level remediation and may serve as a secondary step in addressing issues of unsatisfactory performance. 
  4. Program-level Remediation: See remediation process outlined in SOPP’s Grading and Remediation policies.

Termination from a Practicum Site

A student may be terminated from a practicum site at any time during the course of the training year. The decision to terminate a student from a practicum site should be made in consultation between the practicum site supervisor, practicum site Training Director (if applicable), and Director of Clinical Training. Termination from a practicum site may result from failure to successfully remediate unsatisfactory performance, unsatisfactory performance that is not remediable, unethical behavior, and/or violation of practicum site policies and procedures. Typically, termination from a practicum site would only occur following a process of notification and remediation of unsatisfactory performance. However, in cases of egregious violations of professional conduct and/or policies and procedures, students may be terminated from practicum without previous notification of or opportunity to remediate unsatisfactory performance.