Doctoral Program Goals, Objectives & Competencies

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Immaculata's Psy.D. program has goals and objectives related to the acquisition and attainment of competencies in the following areas.

Goal 1: Psy.D. graduates will be proficient practitioners of clinical psychology

Objective 1: Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of a range of intervention skills

Competencies:

  •       Learn multiple theoretical orientations and intervention skills
  •       Demonstrate ability to apply theories to therapy cases
  •       Apply and evaluate intervention appropriate to theory
  •       Demonstrate the ability to behave ethically with clients

Objective 2: Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of a range of assessment techniques

Competencies:     

  •       Learn to administer, score, and interpret cognitive, personality and neuropsychological tests
  •       Administer cognitive and personality tests using standard procedures
  •       Score tests correctly
  •       Interpret data accurately
  •       Write integrative reports

Objective 3: Demonstrate knowledge and application of culturally competent services

Competencies:     

  •       Increase awareness and knowledge of diverse groups and develop culturally informed helping skills
  •       Apply culturally informed intervention and assessment strategies

Objective 4: Demonstrate knowledge and skills to diagnose mental health conditions

Competencies:     

  •       Identify and apply DSM classifications
  •       Diagnose clients correctly

Objective 5: Demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills in the areas of ethical and professional standards

Competencies:     

  •       Apply knowledge and skills of ethical behavior
  •       Identify and apply APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct
Objectives and competencies for Goal 1 are evaluated through the comprehensive examination, practicum, and embedded course assignments.

Goal 2: Psy.D. graduates will be knowledgeable in the area of scientific foundations and capable of using this scientific knowledge in the practice of clinical psychology

Objective 1: Demonstrate and integrate knowledge in the following content domains:

Competencies:    

  •       Identify and apply developmental stage theory
  •       Identify and apply biological foundations of behavior
  •       Identify and apply concepts of cognitive-affective bases
  •       Identify and apply concepts of social behavior
  •       Identify and apply concepts of psychopharmacology     
  •       Identify and apply concepts of psychological measurement to the appropriate use of psychological tests
Objectives and competencies for Goal 2 are evaluated through the comprehensive examination and embedded course assignments.

Goal 3: Psy.D. graduates will be critical consumers of research and make a scholarly contribution to the profession.

   
Objective: Students will demonstrate knowledge of research methodology and statistical analysis.

Competency:

  •       Identify and apply research skills to clinical problems
 

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