Doctoral Program Goals, Objectives & Competencies

Coordinator: Jed Yalof, Psy.D., ABPP, ABSNP

The Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology, accredited by the American Psychological Association, is a 117-credit program grounded in the practitioner-scholar model of professional psychology. The Psy.D. program is committed to the education and training objectives for doctoral programs set forth by The American Psychological Association (APA) and has been influenced by the values of The National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (NCSPP). Students are instructed intensively in psychotherapy, psychodiagnostics, and other areas pertinent to the practice of clinical psychology.

The Psy.D. program fosters the development of research skills through coursework, independent projects under faculty direction, and the dissertation. Program graduates are prepared to practice at the doctoral level, make scholarly contributions to the professional community, and take leadership positions in the mental health field.

All course scheduling is done with advisement. The Psy.D. program was developed to address the educational needs and objectives of students who are working, and whose lifestyles do not permit attendance at daytime classes. Classes are in the evening; practica are completed during day hours.

The Psy.D. program has goals and objectives that are 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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