Doctoral Program Goals, Objectives & Competencies

The Psy.D. program is designed to support students through the program as they become socialized into, and identified with, the profession of clinical psychology. The program provides students with a clear and detailed program of study, offers opportunities for scholarly exchange, provides timely reviews of progress, offers a curriculum that moves students toward Pennsylvania state psychology licensure requirements, and supports the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and professional socialization processes directed toward lifelong learning as a clinical psychologist.

Please note that these goals, objectives, and competencies have been updated and have replaced what is in the 2012-14 catalog, effective fall 2013. 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

  •       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 (i.e., psychological testing)

  •       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: Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of skills necessary for delivery of culturally competent services

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

Objective 4: Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills to diagnose mental health conditions

  •       Identify and apply DSM classifications
  •       Diagnose clients correctly

Objective 5: Students will demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills in the areas of ethical and professional standards

  •       Identify and apply APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct
  •       Apply knowledge and skills of ethical behavior

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: Students will demonstrate and integrate knowledge in the content domain of life span development

  •       Identify and apply developmental stage theory

Objective 2: Students will demonstrate and integrate knowledge in the content domain of biological bases

  •       Identify and apply biological foundations of behavior

Objective 3: Students will demonstrate and integrate knowledge in the content domain of cognitive-affective bases

  •       Identify and apply concepts of cognitive-affective bases

Objective 4: Students will demonstrate and integrate knowledge in the content domain of social bases of behavior

  •       Identify and apply concepts of social behavior

Objective 5: Students will demonstrate and integrate knowledge in the content domain of pharmacological treatment

  •       Identify and apply concepts of psychopharmacology

Objective 6: Students will understand and integrate knowledge in the content domain of psychological measurement

  •       Identify and apply concepts of psychological measurement to the appropriate use of psychological tests

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

Objective 1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of research methodology and statistical analysis

  •       Identify and apply research skills to clinical problems
 

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