Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D), Clinical Psychology

The Doctorate in Psychology is a practitioner - scholar model designed to meet professional standards of international practice in Clinical Psychology. The degree includes course work, practicum and internship supervised training, and the doctoral dissertation.
 
The program focuses on academics, experiential training, and research in psychology; with emphasis on assessment and treatment with individuals, couples and families; application of psychometric tests, psychological evaluations, and training in psychotherapy modalities.
 
Development of professional standards of practices in psychology is needed in Kenya, East Africa, and beyond. As graduates with an accredited Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, you will be prepared to:
  • Start or advance your skills in your own private practice. 
  • Provide advanced mental health care in clinics, hospitals, or community mental health centers.
  • Conduct professional psychometric testing and psychological evaluations.
  • Provide skilled psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families, and children.
  • Qualified to join psychology faculty at institutions of higher learning.
  • Provide trainings, workshops, and seminars in the community.
  • Conduct professional psychology research, publish, and present at conferences. 
  • Contribute to the growth of professional practice in clinical psychology. 
  • Create and experience very meaningful and gratifying work over a life time.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
  • Utilize empirical research in clinical psychology, including ability to critically review, synthesize and develop written research, meeting dissertation requirements, utilizing APA style of writing.
  • Differentiate between theoretical orientations and demonstrate ability to apply at least two theoretical orientations in psychotherapy.
  • Conduct client case conceptualization by completing comprehensive assessments including history, mental status examinations and screening measures to result in accurate diagnose of the major DSM-IV-TR disorders, diagnostic criteria, symptoms, and differential diagnoses, utilizing the DSM-IV-TR five axes diagnostic system.
  • Ability to write and implement collaborative and measureable treatment plans, as developed from the case conceptualization, client diagnosis and evidence-based treatment interventions.
  • Utilize psychotherapeutic techniques and skills when providing psychological interventions with individuals, couples, families, and in group therapy, including multicultural and special populations. 
  • Apply and maintain professional ethics and the law utilizing the standards of practice established by the American Psychological Association (APA), including verbal communication and written reports; such as progress notes, empirically based treatment plans, psychological reports, and case presentations.
  • Demonstrate competency in preparing and writing psychological evaluations including psychometric testing; involving skills in test identification, administration, scoring, and interpretation; while maintaining ethical standards. 
 
Degree Requirements 110 Units

Foundation Courses
  • Emphasizing assessment, DSM-IV–-TR diagnosis, case conceptualization, and multicultural awareness
  • Evidence-based treatment
  • Psychotherapeutic models of treatment with emphasis on experiential training in therapy

Doctoral Practicum
  • 600 hours of practicum training 
  • Three courses of group supervision

Psychometric Testing
  • Psychological Evaluations
  • Psychometric testing and practical labs

Research
  • Research courses  and a research practicum to prepare for the doctoral dissertation 

Comprehensive Exams
Required to gain advancement to candidacy for the doctorate degree

Doctoral Dissertation
Three courses, concurrent with the students’ dissertation committee

Personal Therapy Requirement
Completion of 50 hours of personal therapy

Doctoral Internship       
  • 1500 hours of internship training
  • Group supervision courses
  • Individual supervision

Electives
Three elective courses  
 
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
The following are the requirements for acceptance into the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology program. Additional requirements can be found on the Admissions application, which can be accessed and downloaded from our webpage:
  • A biographical letter, including degree interests
  • An academic writing sample of 8 - 10 pages 
  • Three letters of reference (Forms available at Admissions)
  • Certificate of Good Conduct
  • Completion of GRE entrance exam 
  • Interview with Psychology faculty

PSY.D. ENTRY PATHS
Entry Path I: Start the Psy.D. Courses
Psy.D. Entry with MA in Psychology
Enter with MA degree in Psychology from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0.   
Psy.D. prerequisite courses must be reflected in transcript.
 
Entry Path II: Start THE M.A. Clinical Psychology degree, on Psy.D. Track
Pre-Psy.D. Entry with MA Non Psychology
Enter with MA degree in a non-Psychology field from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  
Start the MA Clinical Psychology degree on the Psy.D. Track.
 
Entry Path III: Start the MA Clinical Psychology degree, on Psy.D. track
Pre-Psy.D. Entry with BA Psychology
Enter with BA degree in Psychology from an accredited university with a GPA of 3.0.  
Start the MA Clinical Psychology degree on the Psy.D. track.