2012-13 Degree Requirements: Clinical Psychology

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

PsyD - 120 Credits, or 114 with half-time internship in year 4

The PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology is a five-year, full-time program that includes four years of coursework plus the completion of a year-long internship (which may be done half-time over two years). Full-time study is defined as the completion of, on average, 30 credits within a calendar year (or 24 credits plus a half-time internship or a total of 120-128 semester hour credits over the four years or 114 minimum if half-time standing is done in the fourth year). In addition to 28 to 30 semester hours of classes taken on Mondays, Tuesdays, and during the week at practicum placements, students are also required to take at least two weekend courses or Supervised Independent Studies (1 weekend = 1 semester hour credit) over each program year. The requirements outlined also show how the program meets the requirements for accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA) and our National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) educational model with its seven competencies. The program's curriculum customarily prepares students to be eligible for licensure in psychology. It remains for the student to ensure they are eligible for licensing in the specific state(s) in which they intend to practice. The program also meets the requirements for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, which has included the program in its list of Designated Doctoral Programs in Psychology.
Biological Aspects of Behavior (APA, NCSPP):
  • PY 710 Biological Foundations of Clinical Psychology (2 credits)
  • At least 1 credit selected from the following electives:
    • PYB 710 Advanced Seminar: Clinical Psychopharmacology (3 credits)
    • PYB 711 Advanced Seminar: Clinical Neuropsychology (3 credits)
    • PY 714 Clinical Psychopharmacology (1 credit)
Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Behavior (APA, NCSPP):
  • PY 714 Cognitive Aspects of Behavior (3 credits)
Consultation and Education (APA, NCSPP):
  • PY 812A Consultation: Theory and Practice I (1 credit) and PY 812B Consultation: Theory and Practice II (1 credit)
Cultural and Individual Diversity (APA, NCSPP):
  • PY 777B Human Diversity and the Clinical Enterprise (3 credits)
Dysfunctional Behavior or Psychopathology (APA, NCSPP):
  • PY 731 Psychopathology and Behavioral Disorders (3 credits)
History and Systems of Psychology (APA, NCSPP):
  • PY 702 Historical and Social Contexts of Psychology (3 credits)
Human Development (APA, NCSPP):
  • PY 732 Psychological Development (3 credits)
Individual Differences (APA, NCSPP):
  • PY 730 Personality: Theory and Assessment (3 credits)
Interventions (APA, NCSPP):
  • PY 700 Psychotherapeutic Intervention I and PYC 701 Psychotherapeutic Intervention II: : Individual and Family (3 credits each, 6 total)
  • PY 702 Psychotherapeutic Intervention III: Group (2 credits)
  • PY 708 Psychotherapeutic Intervention IV: Special Topics in Intervention (2 credits)
Management and Supervision (NCSPP):
  • PY 775 Public Policy and Advocacy (1 credit)
  • PY 723 Supervision (2 credits)
  • PY 799 Management (1 credit)
  • PY 780 Health Service Delivery Systems (1 credit)
Psychological Measurement (APA, NCSPP):
  • PY 780 Tests and Measurements in Psychology (3 credits)
Relationship (NCSPP):
  • PY 792 Intake Interviewing Skills (1 credit)
  • PYC 711 Social Justice in the Practice of Clinical Psychology (1 credit)
  • PY 880B Professional Seminar I: Relationships, Roles and Ethics (3 credits) and PY 881B Professional Seminar II: Relationships, Roles and Ethics (3 credits)
Research Methodology, Techniques of Data Analysis and Evaluating the Efficacy of Interventions (APA, NCSPP):
  • PY 871 Research Methods and Statistics I and PY 872 Research Methods and Statistics (3 credits)
  • PYR 875 Doctoral Research Seminar I (1 credit)), PYR 876 Doctoral Research Seminar II (2 credits), PYR 877 Doctoral Research Seminar III (2 credits), PYR 878 Doctoral Research Seminar IV (1 credit) (1 credit, 2 credits, 2 credits, 1 credit = 6 credits)
Social Aspects of Behavior (APA, NCSPP):
  • PYS Advanced Seminar: Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice (2 credits)
  • PY 772 Psychology in the Community (2 credits)
  • PY 786 Social Psychology and Social Responsibility (2 credits)
Theories and Methods of Assessment and Diagnosis (APA, NCSPP):
  • PY 815C Methods of Psychological Assessment I (3 credits) and PY 816 Methods of Psychological Assessment II (3 credits)
A total of at least 17 credits in advanced seminars. The following elective courses are examples that have been regularly offered: Advanced Seminar:
  • PYC 716 Advanced Projective Testing (3 credits)
  • PY 856A Aftermath and Treatment of Trauma (3 credits)
  • PYC 717 Assessment and Treatment of Couples (3 credits)
  • PY 820A Brief Psychotherapy (3 credits)
  • PY 740B Clinical Child Psychology Psychopathology and Assessment (3 credits)
  • PYB 711 Clinical Neuropsychology (3 credits)
  • PYB 710 Clinical Psychopharmacology (3 credits)
  • PYC 706 Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (3 credits)
  • PYS 776 Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice (2 credits)
  • PYC 712 Contemporary Psychoanalytic Practice (3 credits)
  • PYS 701 Countertransference and Supervision (3 credits)
  • PYI 705 Forensic Psychology (3 credits)
  • PY 719 Health Psychology (3 credits)
  • PYI 704 Integrative Psychotherapy (3 credits)
  • PY 821 Intervention with Children and Adolescents (3 credits)
  • PYI 707 Mindfulness (3 credits)
  • PY 737A Object Relations Theory and Therapy (3 credits)
  • PY 842 Professional Geropsychology (3 credits)
  • PY 816F Psychological Assessment-Evaluations for Clinics, Schools, and Courts (3 credits)
  • PYI 708 Spirituality and Religious Issues (3 credits)
  • PYC 710 Substance Abuse Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • PYI 702 The Psychology of Performance (3 credits)
A minimum of two weekend courses or SISs per year in the program (1 credit each)
  • PY 714 Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • PYC 705 Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • PY 789 Dialogue and Difference
  • PY 721A Ericksonian Hypnotherapy
  • PY 718A Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy
  • PYC 735 Infant Mental Health
  • PYC 726 Positive Psychology: Research & Practice
  • PYC 707 Psychotherapy with LGBT Clients
  • PY 822 Sleep Dimension in Psychotherapy
  • PY 703 Social History Popular Psych Discourses
  • PYC 729 Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • PYC 730 The Dream in Clinical Practice
  • PY 842A Workshop in Gerontological Psychology
  • PY 863 Writing Workshop I
  • PY 868 Writing Workshop II
Required Practicum (600 hours of approved practicum during each of the second and third years) Intervention and Assessment (APA, NCSPP):
  • PY 892 Second Year Clinical Practicum (6 credits)
  • PY 893 Third Year Clinical Practicum (6 credits)
Elective Practicum Intervention and Assessment (APA, NCSPP):
  • PY 898 Advanced Practicum (3 credits) - 300 hours per semester in the fourth year
  • PY 894C Special Proficiency Practicum (1 credit) - 100 hours per semester in the third (summer only) and fourth year
Professional Seminar and Case Conferences (continuous enrollment required) (Professional Standards and Ethics & Relationships (APA, NCSPP)):
  • PY 880B Professional Seminar I: Roles, Relationships and Ethics (3 credits) and PY 881B Professional Seminar II: Relationships, Roles and Psychologist (3 credits)
(Intervention (APA, NCSPP)):
  • PY 882B Professional Seminar III: Case Conceptualization and Demonstrations (3 credits) and PY 883B Professional Seminar IV: Case Conceptualization
  • PY 884A Case Conference I (3 credits) and PY 885A Case Conference II (3 credits)
1800 hours of internship within 24 consecutive months or participation in an APA approved internship, beginning the fourth or fifth year. Satisfactory performance on the Qualifying Examination with one part at the beginning and another at the end of the third academic year. Satisfactory completion of a doctoral dissertation which demonstrates doctoral level scholarship. Master of Science in Clinical Psychology After the successful completion of required coursework specified for the first three years of the program (90 credits) including two years of practicum placements, matriculated students are awarded the Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. Courses must be completed through the spring semester of the third year; Qualifying Examinations are not required. Students are not admitted separately for the MS, nor is the degree designed to meet master's level licensing requirements. The MS is an additional credential that makes our students more attractive for some internships.

*The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation at Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, Phone: (202) 336-5979
E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation