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Curriculum

The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program requires four years of full-time residence. The total number of credits required to graduate is 115. Of these credits 88 are for academic courses and 26 credits are for practica/externships/supervision courses. There are five basic competency areas, each of which includes a sequence of comprehensive courses. Area one deepens the students' knowledge of basic psychological concepts and principles. There are six required courses in this first area. Area two is the clinical core, which consists of courses in assessment, psychopathology, psychotherapy and ethics. This area, the largest, includes twelve required courses designed to train students in the basic understanding of psychopathology, methods of assessment with different groups, and the approaches for intervening with people who have problems in living. The courses address different populations, modalities and theoretical models.

Area three is the research core. Three courses in statistics and research methodology prepare students for understanding the role of research in clinical practice and two independent courses are designed to help the student complete a doctoral dissertation. Area four is a series of six seminars which focus on issues of professional development, including learning about clinical psychology in the public interest, professional socialization, clinical supervision and the "psychological life of mental health organizations". The fifth area is a series of two courses where the student receives beginning level training in the application of his or her clinical knowledge and skills to specific client populations and their problems. The three elective concentrations are family violence, applied child and serious mental illness. In addition, students may choose to take elective courses, such as DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), marital therapy, or family therapy (usually offered during summer sessions).

Clinical Training

The clinical externships in the second, third and fourth years are critical to the training of every candidate. Sixteen hours per week are required in the second, third and fourth years of training. Students receive a total of fourteen credits for externship work. The second year placement is fulfilled on campus at the Psychological Services Center. Externship sites are available in the three elective concentration areas, as well as in more general clinical areas. The program is currently affiliated with more than 50 externship sites in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and community mental health facilities.