• If you are in distress and need to speak with someone urgently, an on-call crisis counselor can be reached 24/7 at the following numbers:
    Holy Cross 24-hour Crisis Center number (855-418-7282)
    National Suicide Help Line (800-273-8225)

Psychology Practicum

The College of the Holy Cross Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a nine-month Predoctoral Practicum Training Program for clinical or counseling psychology doctoral students. The applicants are expected to have completed, at minimum, one full year of a clinical practicum placement that was supervised by a licensed psychologist through a clinical or counseling psychology doctoral program prior to starting at our center. Practicum students are on-site 20 hours per week and will have the opportunity to work with a diverse population of young adults who manifest the full spectrum of psychological and psychiatric problems.  CAPS is pleased to be able to offer a "monetary allowance" of approximately $6,000 for each practicum student for the 2023-2024 training year. 

Tuesday afternoon from 1 PM – 5 PM is a mandatory training day and practicum students must be on-site during this time.

Practicum students can expect to have a well-rounded clinical training experience in college mental health supported by weekly individual supervision (2 hours), a weekly Training Block which includes seminars on diversity and other clinical issues and case discussion (2 hours).  During the first two weeks of the practicum, students will receive more focused training in the basic operations of the CAPS. The externship begins in mid-August and ends in late May.

The usual recruitment cycle begins in late-fall and application materials are welcome in early December. Although it varies by year and weather conditions, we attempt to hold interviews in January and early February. Notifications can be made as early as January and as late as March. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis up until final decisions are made.

The College of the Holy Cross Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is now accepting applications for the Predoctoral Practicum Training Program for the 2023-2024 academic year. 

Due to the high number of applicants we receive not every applicant will be invited for an on-campus interview.  Please make sure to review the minimum criteria prior to submitting an application.  Qualified and interested candidates should submit the following application materials to the attention of Dr. Adriana DiPasquale either electronically or via post:
cover letter 
curriculum vitae
3 letters of reference
  (at least one of three letters of reference must be from a direct, on-site supervisor (licensed psychologist) of your clinical work ) 

This practicum site does not currently participate in the Boston Area Practicum Training Collaborative (PTC) notification process. 

Students may also contact Dr. DiPasquale by email at adipasqu@holycross.edu or telephone at (508) 793-3363 with any questions about the practicum program . 


                Adriana DiPasquale, Psy.D.
                Associate Director of Clinical Services and Training
Counseling and Psychological Services, College of the Holy Cross
                One College Street
                Worcester, MA 01610-2395



Associate Director for Clinical Services and Training:
Adriana DiPasquale, Psy.D.
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As the associate director for training, I am responsible for developing and implementing the training program for clinicians currently completing their doctorates in clinical and/or counseling psychology. I am particularly proud of playing a role in helping to train the next generation of culturally-competent and ethical psychologists.

For more information regarding the Predoctoral Practicum Training Program please go to


How to Contact Me

To contact me regarding the training program, please email me at adipasqu@holycross.edu.