The clinical psychology training program at UNLV emphasizes the importance of cultural competence to clinical practice. As a designated Minority Serving Institution (Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander, and Hispanic students) within a culturally diverse city, UNLV and Las Vegas practicum training sites prepare students to work effectively with diverse clients in assessment, treatment, and consultation.
During the first year of clinical practicum, students are placed at The PRACTICE: A UNLV Community Mental Health Clinic. The PRACTICE provides low-cost individual, couples, and group therapy to the UNLV and greater Las Vegas communities. Clients who seek services at The PRACTICE reflect the ethnic, socioeconomic, sexual orientation and gender diversity of the Las Vegas area, and facilities are fully accessible. During the 2014-2015 academic year, 55% of clients seen at The PRACTICE identified as Anglo-American/Caucasian, 15% as Hispanic-American/Latino, 8% as African-American/Black, 6% as Asian-American/Pacific Islander, and 6% as multiethnic. Consistent with our mandate to provide affordable services, fees are determined based on a sliding scale according to household income, and services are open to individuals of any financial status. In the 2013-2014 academic year, approximately 70% of sessions were provided at a fee of $5 (for annual incomes of under $10,000) or $10 (for annual incomes of under $20,000).
Featured Diversity Training Practica Sites
Family and Child Treatment (FACT) of Southern Nevada is one of numerous practicum sites available for clinical psychology doctoral students. FACT is dedicated to addressing the needs of underserved and diverse populations of Las Vegas metropolitan area. FACT provides sliding scale and free services in areas of abuse, neglect, domestic violence and trauma. All services are offered in English and Spanish and include education and prevention programs, as well as individual, couples’, family and group therapy for victims and perpetrators of violence. In addition, FACT collaborates with other community organizations that offer supervised visitation, therapy for victims of human trafficking, and psychoeducation groups for parents of child abuse victims. Practicum students have the opportunity to work with children and adults from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Another opportunity for clinical psychology doctoral student clinical practica is with the Mobile Crisis Response Team, a service developed and implemented by the Clark County Children’s Mental Health Consortium, Nevada PEP (a non-profit that provides information, services, and training to families of children with disabilities), and the State of Nevada Division of Child and Family Services. The Team consists of psychologists, social workers, and other mental health professionals. Without easy access to crisis intervention and psychiatric stabilization services, families often utilize local emergency departments to obtain behavioral health crisis services for their children. Treatment of behavioral health crisis concerns in the emergency department is a national and local problem. The number of children admitted to local emergency departments for a mental health crisis has continued to increase in past years in Las Vegas. The Mobile Crisis Response Team aims to solve this problem by responding immediately to children and families during times of crisis. Services provided follow a Systems of Care philosophy which states that services must be family-driven, youth-guided, culturally and linguistically competent, and community based. The Team serves anyone needing services, with longer-term services available to youths who are uninsured, under-insured, or have Medicaid Fee For Services. The Team assures safety and continuity of care through individualized strategies implemented through a wrap-around and team-based approach. The Team provides phone crisis triage, mobile dispatch for crisis intervention, linkages to long-term services and supports, and facilitation of hospitalization when necessary (about 15% of crisis calls). Additionally, the mobile crisis team can provide up to 30 days of intensive in-home crisis stabilization services. Practicum students have the opportunity to work on a multidisciplinary team, conduct risk assessments in a variety of home and community-based settings, and provide services to youth and families from diverse ethnic, religious, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.