Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D), Clinical Psychology
- 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.
- 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
- 600 hours of practicum training
- Three courses of group supervision
- Psychological Evaluations
- Psychometric testing and practical labs
- Research courses and a research practicum to prepare for the doctoral dissertation
Personal Therapy Requirement
- 1500 hours of internship training
- Group supervision courses
- Individual supervision
- 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
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Five Year Course Plan
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