FAQs - Clinical


What is practicum?

Practicum is the clinical portion of your Master’s degree. Students are required to complete 4 practica, and each of them last approximately 10 months. It is sometimes possible to complete 2 practica simultaneously, but this is a significant workload. There are 2 parts to practicum – client work & supervision. In each 10-month practicum, students are expected to conduct 100-145 hours of face-to-face therapy with families, couples or individual clients. Typically students carry a caseload of 8-10 clients at any time and see 3-5 clients/week. Supervision occurs weekly. Students are required to meet with a supervisor and a few other students (typically a group of 4-5) once per week for 3 hrs. During this time, students discuss their client work, watch video-recorded sessions, and participate in live sessions. Supervision is not only focused on students’ clinical work but also on their self-of-the-therapist development. Outside of clinical hours and supervision, there are also assignments, readings, reflections and clinical paperwork. Each practicum involves approximately 12-15 hours of work per week once students are used to the paperwork and processes.

How many clinical hours are required for graduation?

Students are required to complete 500 clinical hours prior to graduation, 250 of which are relational hours with families or couples. Students typically complete 100 hours in their first practicum, 120 in their 2nd, 135 in their 3rd, and 145 in their 4th practicum.

How many supervision hours are required for graduation?

The minimum ratio of supervision hours to clinical hours is 1:5. This means students are required to receive a minimum of one hour supervision for every five hours of therapy that they provide.  Prior to graduation, students are required to have received a minimum of 200 hours of supervision. 

Where can I do my practicum?

Aurora Family Therapy Centre at the University of Winnipeg (www.AuroraFamilyTherapy.com) is the principle practicum site for the MFT Program.  Students are required to complete at least one practicum at Aurora, and typically complete 3 or 4 there.  There are external practicum sites available as well – located in social service agencies around Winnipeg and the surrounding communities.  If a student is going to complete an external practicum, typically this is done in their 2nd or 3rd practicum.

Do I get paid?

No.  There are no paid internships or practica.