Length of program 2 years
Timetable afternoon
Credits 90 ECTS
CoordinationDra. C. Palma Dr. V. Cabré Prof. A. Gil
Application CLOSED
masters-universitarisMPGS

Practicum

The Practicum module counts for a total of 30 ECTS which are taken in two semesters (Practicum I, which is taken in the second semester of the first year – 12 ECTS - and Practicum II, which is taken in the first semester of the second year – 18 ECTS). In this way, students do outside practice for a one-year period (from January to December). The syllabus of the Practical module is primarily based on compulsory practical external activities which the student will perform at specialised centres. The Practicum works on general and specific competences of the Master’s supervised by the mentor at the outside centre and by a professor-mentor from the university. During the stay at the practicum centre, the student will have a mentor who will supervise and track the activities they perform. What is more, inside the Faculty the student will be assigned a mentor who will monitor and guide the practices from the twofold standpoint of the Practicum seminar: both individually and as a group. The group setting is ideal so the students can contribute and share their respective experiences. This thus encourages the construction of knowledge through group interaction, and it helps to cement the bond between practice and theoretical reflection.

Students must have free time available in order for them to participate in the Practicum properly.

The process of assignment to the practicum centre is as follows:

  1. Informative session for all students. At this session the students will be informed of the practicum centres: their characteristics, the kind of population they care for, their psycho-therapeutic orientation, etc.
  2. Optional individual interview for students who need guidance or who want to clarify their questions about the alternatives. 
  3. The students will send the ranking of their choice of centres by email.
  4. The assignments will be made bearing in mind the student’s academic record (average marks in degree in Psychology) and their ranking.
  5. Students will be informed of the centre they have been assigned by email.

Transversal activities in the curriculum 

The activities that the Practicum student will perform in each centre will stem from the commitment between the student and the Practicum centre, with the approval of the professor-mentor from the Master’s. However, the tasks to be performed depending on each centre may include the following:

a) Attendance at interviews, consultations and comments on clinical records, observation of therapies, attendance a meetings of the therapeutic team and clinical sessions. 

b) A field diary which reports on the agenda of the day, the activities performed and a brief commentary.

c) Attendance at clinical sessions, training or supervision meetings at the Practicum centre. 

d) A compilation of the meetings attended at the Practicum centre.

e) Developing a dossier of resources and documentation on some of the issues dealt with in the practicum: psychological diagnosis, psychometric and qualitative evaluation, intake interviews, therapeutic treatment, clinical records, etc.

f) Records of interviews held with the professionals at the Practicum centre.
g) Design and programming of an intervention or research project contextualised for the Practicum centre and in line with this centre’s needs. 

The specific content of the practicum will be related to the care of people with problems or disorders. The student will perform the following tasks depending on the centre where they are assigned:

  • Contextualisation and organisation of the centre. 
  • Practices observing the work with patients carried out by expert, qualified professionals.
  • Holding evaluative clinical interviews.
  • Applying evaluative instruments and correcting and interpreting the results. 
  • Working with clinical hypotheses, diagnoses and differential diagnoses.
  • Writing psychological reports and clinical records.
  • Holding interviews to return information to users.
  • Designing and implementing intervention programmes appropriate for each case.
  • Participating in the design of prevention programmes.
  • Participating in clinical sessions and supervision of the team of professionals at the centre.
  • Writing the report on the Practicum.

External practice placements are obligatory in renowned centres and institutions:

  • Fundació Vidal i Barraquer. Institut Universitari de Salut Mental (affiliated centres).
  • CSMA St. Andreu
  • CSMIJ Sta. Coloma de Gramenet.       
  • CSMA Sant Pere Claver Fundació Sanitària
  • CSMIJ Sant Pere Claver Fundació Sanitària
  • CSMIJ Gavà Fundació Orienta
  • CSMIJ El Prat  Fundació Orienta
  • CSMIJ Hospitalet de Llobregat. Fundació Orienta          
  • Unitat de Salut Mental de Collblanc. 
  • Fundació Puigvert: Servei de Psicologia Clínica.     
  • CSMA Horta Asociación de Salut Mental Horta-Guinardó
  • CSMA de l’Hospitalet Benito Menni
  • Hospital de Mataró. Consorci Sanitari del Maresme. 
  • Escola de Teràpia Familiar de l’Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau. 
  • Hospital Sant Joan de Déu (children-youth).
  • Centre d'Atenció i Seguiment (CAS) Horta-Guinardó. Agència Salut Pública de Barcelona.
  • Hospital Mútua de Terrassa. 
  • Fundació Puigvert.
  • Parc Sanitari Pere Virgili.
  • Hospital Nens de Barcelona.
  • Consorci Sanitari de l'Anoia.
  • CorAvant. Fundació de Cardiopaties Congènites.
  • CAS de Sants. Agència Salut Pública de Barcelona.
  • CAS Nou Barris. Agència Salut Pública de Barcelona.
  • Atenció i Investigació de socioaddiccions (AIS)
  • Obra Benèfico Social del Nen Déu
  • Centro de Terapia Familiar e Individual Sant Gervasi-Gràcia (CEPFAMI)
  • Espai de Psicologia per l'Infant, l'Adolescent i la Família
  • Cas Sarrià. Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona.
  • Cas Baluard. Agènica de Salut Pública de Barcelona.
  • SOM. Servei d'Orientació i Mediació
  • COS. Cooperativa de Salut
  • Institut Guttman

Prior requirements:

To take the Master’s course practice placements, students have to become members of the Psychological Association.

International extracurricular practices

From the Master’s course, we promote the professional experience abroad. At present, we have an agreement with the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Porto) to carry out practice placements in appointed clinical centres.

Evaluation of the Practicum

The following will be taken into account when evaluating the Practicum (file on assessment reports on the Practicum)

  • Evaluation by the university mentor (50%).
  • Evaluation by the mentor at the Practicum centre (50%). 

Active participation in the outside practicum will count 50% at most, attendance 30% at most and writing assignments 20% at most.
The student must turn in a final report to the university mentor of the Practicum which should contain a detailed description of the activities that the student performed at the Practicum centre and reflections and critiques of this Practicum.
The mentor at the participating centre shall write and turn in to the university mentor in the Faculty a final report assessing the student’s experience.
The faculty shall solely be authorised to evaluate the student’s Practicum for academic purposes.

Regulations for external placements in FPCEE Blanquerna-URL master's courses*

* In compliance with Ministerial Order ECD /1070/2013, dated 12 June 2013.