Degree Requirements Department of Clinical Psychology, 2011/2012

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 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 an average total of 120-128 semester hour credits over four years or 114 minimum if half-time standing is done in the fourth year).

This model provides approximately the same number of academic credits and contact hours per year as do more conventional programs in two academic semesters. 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 an average of 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):

  • Biological Foundations of Clinical Psychology (2 credits)
  • 1 credit selected from the following electives:
    • Advanced Seminar: Clinical Psychopharmacology (3 credits)
    • Advanced Seminar: Clinical Neuropsychology (3 credits)
    • Clinical Psychopharmacology (1 credit)

Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Behavior (APA, NCSPP):

  • Cognitive Aspects of Behavior (3 credits)

Consultation and Education (APA, NCSPP):

  • Consultation: Theory and Practice I (1 credit) and II (1 credit)

Cultural and Individual Diversity (APA, NCSPP):

  • Human Diversity and the Clinical Enterprise (3 credits)

Dysfunctional Behavior or Psychopathology (APA, NCSPP):

  • Psychopathology and Behavioral Disorders (3 credits)

History and Systems of Psychology (APA, NCSPP):

  • Historical and Social Contexts of Psychology (3 credits)

Human Development (APA, NCSPP):

  • Psychological Development (3 credits)

Individual Differences (APA, NCSPP):

  • Personality: Theory and Assessment (3 credits)

Interventions (APA, NCSPP):

  • Psychotherapeutic Intervention I and II: Individual and Family (3 credits each, 6 total)
  • Psychotherapeutic Intervention III: Group (2 credits)
  • Psychotherapeutic Intervention IV: Special Topics in Intervention (2 credits)

Management and Supervision (NCSPP):

  • Public Policy and Advocacy (1 credit)
  • Supervision (2 credits)
  • Management (1 credit)
  • Health Service Delivery Systems (1 credit)

Psychological Measurement (APA, NCSPP):

  • Tests and Measurements in Psychology (3 credits)

Relationship (NCSPP):

  • Intake Interviewing Skills (1 credit)
  • Social Justice in the Practice of Clinical Psychology (1 credit)

Research Methodology, Techniques of Data Analysis and Evaluating the Efficacy of Interventions (APA, NCSPP):

  • Research Methods and Statistics I and II (3 credits) and II (3 credits)
  • Doctoral Research Seminar I (1 credit), II (2 credits), III (2 credits), IV (1 credit)
    (1 credit, 2 credits, 2 credits, 1 credit = 6 credits)

Social Aspects of Behavior (APA, NCSPP):

  • Social Psychology and Social Responsibility (2 credits)
  • Psychology in the Community (2 credits)

Theories and Methods of Assessment and Diagnosis (APA, NCSPP):

  • Methods of Psychological Assessment I (3 credits) and 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:

  • Advanced Projective Testing (3 credits)
  • Aftermath and Treatment of Trauma (3 credits)
  • Assessment and Treatment of Couples (3 credits)
  • Brief Psychotherapy (3 credits)
  • Clinical Child Psychology Psychopathology and Assessment (3 credits)
  • Clinical Neuropsychology (3 credits)
  • Clinical Psychopharmacology (3 credits)
  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (3 credits)
  • Contemporary Psychoanalytic Practice (3 credits)
  • Countertransference and Supervision (3 credits)
  • Forensic Psychology (3 credits)
  • Health Psychology (3 credits)
  • Integrative Psychotherapy (3 credits)
  • Intervention with Children and Adolescents (3 credits)
  • Mindfulness (3 credits)
  • Object Relations Theory and Therapy (3 credits)
  • Psychological Assessment-Evaluations for Clinics, Schools, and Courts (3 credits)
  • Substance Abuse Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • The Psychology of Performance (3 credits)

Additional weekend courses, practica, or SIS totaling at least 8 credits.
(1 credit each)
 Required Practicum (600 hours of approved practicum during each of the second and third years)
Intervention and Assessment (APA, NCSPP):

  • Second Year Clinical Practicum (6 credits)
  • Third Year Clinical Practicum (6 credits)

Elective Practicum
Intervention and assessment (APA, NCSPP):

  • Advanced Practicum (3 credits) — 300 hours per semester in the fourth year
  • 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)):

    • Professional Seminar I (3 credits) and II (3 credits):
      Relationships, Roles and Ethics

(Intervention (APA, NCSPP)):

  • Professional Seminar III (3 credits) and IV (3 credits):
    Case Conceptualization
  • Case Conference I (3 credits) and 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.
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 academic 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 internships.